The television crossover event of the season arrives March 1 when Shonda Rhimes’ two ABC series, “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder,” unite for two scintillating hours.
The dream pairing begins in the former show with Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope getting an unexpected visit from criminal defense attorney Annalise Keating, as portrayed by Viola Davis. In the episode, directed by co-star Tony Goldwyn, Keating seeks help in fast-tracking a judicial reform class action to the U.S. Supreme Court. Aja Naomi King guest stars.
The action continues in “How to Get Away With Murder” with “Lahey v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania” as Annalise’s case hangs in the balance. It is esteemed Washington, D.C.- fixer Pope to the rescue in helping her get the opportunity to argue her case in the nation’s highest court. Cornelius Smith Jr. also will appear.
Expect a lot of action that evening with the hashtags: #TGITCrossover and #HowtoGetAwaywithScandal.
AT LONG LAST: Ava DuVernay announced via Twitter that Sade, who hasn’t recorded in eight years, has contributed an original song entitled “Flower of the Universe” for the soundtrack of the upcoming film “A Wrinkle in Time.” “I never thought she’d say ‘yes,’” wrote the director, “but I asked anyway. She was kind and giving. A goddess. We began a journey together that I’ll never forget.”
DVD ALERT: “IndiePix Festival Favorites Volume 3” is being released to commemorate Black History Month with three powerful, thought-provoking documentaries, each focusing on a different part of the African-American experience. Included in the value-priced DVD set are “The Nine Lives of Marion Barry,” “The Vanishing Black Male” and “In His Own Home,” a ripped-from-the headlines documentary about police brutality.
Also just released is the acclaimed documentary “Copyright Criminals: The Funky Drummer Edition.” This special two-disc edition is packed with sampling stars including Chuck D, De La Soul and George Clinton; and over five hours of extras like the featurettes “The Art of Sampling with Cee-Lo Green,” and “Clyde Stubblefield‘s Ultimate Breaks & Beats (24 downloadable tracks).”
TASTY QUIP: “You are now witnessing the devolution of rap music. The death of poetry and smoothness, they use this. The absence of a message. The inability to create meaningful change through words and verses, but the worse is, they don’t even know they hurt this artful purpose. It’s tragic.” – RAKIM on Twitter
CLIPPETTES: Kim Kardashian West and Chrissy Teigen are keynote speakers at the Create & Cultivate conference on Feb. 24 at the City Market Social House …
Later that evening, Flypoet Winter Classic returns, teaming all-star spoken word artists with special musical guests Jazmine Sullivan and Raheem DeVaughn at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center …
TVLine has reported exclusively that Alfre Woodard has landed the role of the mother of Taraji P. Henson’s Cookie Lyons character on Fox’s “Empire” …
The Harlem Globetrotters bring their world famous antics to Staples Center Feb. 25 …
L.A.-based, Grammy-honored singer/songwriter/producer LaRombé created his latest project “Bunnys Boy” mostly for those “seasoned listeners” who aren’t quite getting enough “soul in their bowl” these days. Its 12 tracks can be sampled at www.cdbaby.com/larombe3 …
Lalah Hathaway’s The Honestly Tour hits Avalon Hollywood on Feb. 28 …
ARTIVISTAS: A Concert Inspiring Resistance, Empowerment and Social Change will be held March 1 at Bovard Auditorium at USC. RSVP at www.visionsandvoices.usc.edu for free tickets to witness an evening of performances by women artists and activists of color including Medusa, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Maya Jupiter and more.
TC ON TV: Feb. 23 – “Seven Seconds” (Netflix): Regina King, Russell Hornsby and breakout British actress Clare-Hope Ashitey star in this new anthological crime thriller. “Ugly Delicious” (Netflix): From restauranteur David Chang comes this original eight-episode documentary series traversing the world’s kitchens with special guests including TV stars Jimmy Kimmel and Steve Yuen; chefs Ray Garcia, Nina Compton, Roy Choi and Asha Gomez; and writers Lolis Elie, David Simon, Gustavo Arellano and Psyche Williams-Forson. “The Rap Game” (Lifetime): Who will win the fourth season? Youngest contestant Street Bud seems to be the most feared competitor. “2 Dope Queens” (HBO): The first season concludes with “Black Nerds aka Blerds” led by Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”).
Feb. 24 – “Notes From The Field” (HBO): This adaptation of Tony and Pulitzer-Prize nominee Anna Deavere Smith‘s acclaimed one-woman show, featuring her portrayals of 18 real-life characters, dramatizes the accounts of students, parents, teachers and administrators caught in America’s school-to-prison pipeline.
Feb. 25 – “Celebrity Big Brother” (CBS): Keisha Knight Pulliam and Metta World Peace basically quit, but you know Omarosa is not going down like that! “Unsung” (TV1): The Boys “The Walking Dead” (AMC): You’d be surprised at how many people, wowed by Danai Gurira in “Black Panther,” didn’t know she was a regular on this hit show. “Uncensored” (TV1): Nene Leakes
Feb. 26 – “Jonestown: The Women Behind The Massacre” (A&E): The powerful two-hour special focuses on four women in Jim Jones’ inner circle who helped plan one of the largest murder-suicide events in modern history. “Good Girls” (NBC): “Scandal” executive producer Jenna Bans presents this dramedy series about three suburban moms turned robbers starring Christina Hendricks, Retta, Mae Whitman, Reno Wilson and Matthew Lillard. “Independent Lens” (PBS): Theo Anthony’s critically acclaimed “Rat Film” burrows into the dark, complicated history of Baltimore.
Feb. 27 – “Marlon Wayans: Woke-ish” (Netflix): The comic gets raw on racism, age-appropriate rap rhymes, gay rights and more in this stand-up special. “Black Lightning” (CW): Benny Boom (“All Eyez on Me”) directs. “Black-ish” (ABC): Dre (Anthony Anderson) explains the state of the country as a bedtime story to baby Devante in the special episode. “American Creed” (PBS): Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, historian David Kennedy and a diverse group of citizens explore whether a unifying set of beliefs can prove more powerful than the issues that divide us. “Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations” (OWN): Salma Hayek Pinault, Stephen Colbert, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Yara Shahidi, Trevor Noah and Jordan Peele participate in this forum. “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.” (USA): Josh Duhamel stars as LAPD Detective Greg Kading in this scripted true crime serial chronicling the two major police investigations into the murders of the rap giant. Marcc Rose, Wavyy Jonez, Bokeem Woodbine, Luke James, Aisha Hinds and Letoya Luckett round out the cast.
March 1 – “Showtime at the Apollo” (Fox): Steve Harvey returns to host this series revival along with Adrienne Houghton. “Atlanta” (FX): “Robbin’ Season” marks the second group of episodes of the award-winning comedy series that has catapulted the careers of Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Lee Stanfield and Zazie Beetz.
TASTY QUIP: “People say, ‘You’re a black Meryl Streep. You are. And we love you. We love you. There is no one like you.’ OK, then if there’s no one like me, if you think I’m that, you pay me what I’m worth. You give me what I’m worth.” – VIOLA DAVIS to Women in the World
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