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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: ABC’s ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ nears the end

“How to Get Away With Murder,” the Shonda Rhimes-created series that cemented Viola Davis in the history books as the first woman of color to win a primetime lead actress Emmy, wraps up its sixth and final season with six more episodes beginning April 2 on ABC. 

This season follows the class of Davis’ Professor Annalise Keating through their final semester in law school — while the deception, fear and guilt binding her to her students proves deadlier than ever.

The fall finale ended on a cliffhanger as Wes Gibbons (Alfred Enoch), who was previously presumed dead, was seen in a flash-forward at Annalise’s funeral, fueling further speculation of “Who Killed Annalise?”

The back half of the season will pick up in the present-day storyline as Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King) and Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee) are arrested for the murder of Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry).

Meanwhile, Annalise was last seen fleeing Philadelphia after the news broke that she was under criminal investigation.

During the series run, the drama has been praised for its on-screen inclusivity, with storylines exploring racial dynamics, LGBTQ representation, gender inequality and sex positivity.

Over the course of the first five seasons, the series has been awarded numerous accolades including an American Film Institute Award for Television Program of the Year, a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series and an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Drama Series.

MOMENTOUS: Sting singing his rendition of Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” and Anthony Hamilton doing Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” are a couple of the highlights on “Music Moments,” a collection of new recordings released by the Alzheimer’s Association. 

The 10-track project highlighting the connection of memories to the soundtracks of our lives is available on all major streaming platforms and also includes Nile Rodgers & CHIC’s version of The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” that was also recorded at the group’s famed Abbey Road studio. 

For additional information, visit: alz.org/musicmoments.

DVD-LICIOUS: “Bad Boys For Life,” this year’s smash sequel reuniting Will Smith and Martin Lawrence is being fast-tracked for streaming services on March 31 with a DVD set for April 15. 

Also being released for home viewing is “Clemency,” the acclaimed drama starring Alfre Woodard and Algis Hodge.

Next week’s goodies include “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker,” the box set of “The Purge” season two starring Derek Luke, and “V.F.W.,” a new action drama marking the return of Fred “The Hammer” Williamson and Stephen Lang (“Avatar”).

Williamson is also featured with martial artist Ron Van Clief, Adolph Caesar (“A Soldier’s Story”) along with rare footage of the legendary Bruce Lee in a just released 40th anniversary box set restoration of the cult classic mockumentary “Fist of Fear, Touch of Death.”

FESTIVAL NEWS: The 50th anniversary of the Detroit Jazz Festival, considered the world’s largest and best free salute to the music, is apparently still on for Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 4-7).  Herbie Hancock, Pharoah Sanders, Gregory Porter, Abdullah Ibrahim, Kenny Barron, Ben Vereen, Robert Glasper, Joey Alexander and Dee Dee Bridgewater were among the artists announced this week. 

Also returning this year is “Detroit JAZZ Fest LIVE!” For just $20, performances for the duration may be viewed on your various devices. Register for the livestream at live.detroitjazzfest.org.  

The 24th annual American Black Film Festival, originally set for June 17-21 in Miami, Florida, has been postponed to Oct. 21-25. As reported earlier in Tasty Clips, Mary J. Blige is still in place as the fest’s ambassador. 

STREAM THIS: Beatport will broadcast a live, 24-hour global DJ marathon on Twitch beginning March 27 at 2 p.m. Pacific Time. Artists including Carl Cox, Todd Terry, A-Trak, Themba and Tokimonsta will be performing from their homes or studios around the globe while also supporting charities helping those most in need.

STEPPING UP: Netflix has announced a $100 million relief fund to help with hardship in the creative community during the COVID-19 pandemic with most going towards supporting workers on their productions worldwide.

Meanwhile, Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation has provided $5 million to the following organizations to immediately mobilize a broad response working with on-the-ground partners that include Direct Relief, Feeding America, Partners in Health, the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, the International Rescue Committee, and others.

TASTY QUIP: “You know that one don’t play music just for the hours to pass. But you play music because you are in love with music and luckily if it happens that people like what I’m proposing, then I’m happy.” – Cameroonian jazz musician MANU DIBANGO (“Soul Makossa”) who died this week in Paris at 86 due to complications from COVID-19

CLIPPETTES: The Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani comedy “The Lovebirds” has been acquired by Netflix for airing later this year after its April movie theater opening was derailed

Disney+’s Star Wars spinoff “The Mandalorian” has listened to the fans and added Rosario Dawson to the cast as Jedi apprentice Ahsoka Tano from the animated “The Clone Wars” series

Oprah Winfrey launched a new weekly talk show series called “Oprah Talks COVID-19,” which is available for free on Apple TV+ without a required subscription. The first guests were Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina Dhowre who both contracted the virus

“Star Trek: Picard” star Patrick Stewart announced that his show, reaching its season finale this week, can now be viewed in its entirety along with other CBS All Access offerings like “The Twilight Zone,” “The Good Fight” and more for free! The streaming service is giving away month-long passes when you use the code GIFT when signing up through April 23.

TC ON TV: March 27 – “Uncorked” (Netflix): Mamoudou Athie, Courtney B. Vance and Niecy Nash star in this film of a young man aspiring to become a master sommelier from producer and writer Prentice Penny (“Insecure,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) making his directorial debut. “Making The Cut” (Amazon): Hosted and executive produced by Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, the 10-episode fashion competition brings together a diverse group of 12 talented entrepreneurs and designers in what is being labeled as the first-ever global and instantly shoppable series. Two new episodes will premiere each week, filmed in New York, Paris and Tokyo with judges including Naomi Campbell and Nicole Richie awarding $1 million to the winner. “20 Women To Watch In 2020” (SyFy): This special documentary will showcase up-and-coming ladies in comics, TV and film who will impact the genre in the upcoming year. 

March 28 – “The Substitute” (Nick): Comedian Kel Mitchell transforms into a Substitute staffer who gives students a field trip to the park that they won’t forget while unleashing new characters such as a crazy frontiersman, a wild survivalist and lizard expert with a shocking secret in this season finale. “Being” (BET Her): “Love & Hip Hop: New York” star Yandy Smith opens up.

March 29 – “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj (Netflix): The former “Daily Show” correspondent returns for a sixth season of the news, politics and culture presented with his unique comic view. “Unsung” (TV1): Grammy Award-winning Philadelphia International singer Billy Paul (“Me And Mrs. Jones”) gets a long due profile.

March 31 – “Coachella: 20 Years In The Desert” (YouTube): A documentary that opens up the vault for the very first time with the performances (including Kanye West, Billie Eilish, Daft Punk, Travis Scott and Madonna) along with behind-the-scenes stories that shaped the famous music festival. “Empire” (Fox): Charlamagne Tha God appears as himself in this episode taking place on the wedding day of Andre (Trai Bowers) and Teri (Meta Golding). “For Life” (ABC): Series executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson guest stars in this episode. “If Loving You Is Wrong” (OWN): Tyler Perry‘s seductive series is back for a fifth and final season. 

April 1 – “The Challenge: Total Madness” (MTV): Twenty-eight players vie for $1 million in the 35th season of the franchise that invented the reality-competition genre — this time with 90-minute episodes. “In The Cut” (Bounce): The hair care sitcom starring Dorien Wilson (“The Parkers”) and Kellita Smith (“The Bernie Mac Show”) returns with guest appearances coming from Dawn Halfkenny (“Saints & Sinners”), Luenell (“Dolemite Is My Name”) and YoYo (“Love & Hip Hop Hollywood”). “David Blaine: The Magic Way” (ABC): The unorthodox street magician/endurance artist April Fools us with Odell Beckham Jr., Tom Brady, Dave Chappelle, James Corden, Bryan Cranston, Dr. Dre, Jamie Foxx, Derek and Hannah Jeter, Michael Jordan and others.

April 2 – “Station 19” (ABC): “Grey’s Anatomy” stars Jesse Williams, Kevin McKidd and Kim Raver crossover again in this new episode. Shout out to both shows and the network’s “The Good Doctor” for donating supplies, including N95 masks, to medical workers and hospitals.

TASTY QUIP: “I’m trying to keep y’all entertain in these tough times. Stay at home. Stay safe. Wash ya wash ya wash ya hands! Sanitation is a must right now! Ya heard me. Praying for everyone … Gods speed.” – BIG FREEDIA whose “Friday Night Shakedown” is streaming every Friday night during the Coronavirus crisis at 6 p.m. Pacific Time on Instagram and Facebook

 As featured in the Los Angeles Wave and Independent, Tasty Clips is one of the leading entertainment columns in the nation, serving nearly one million weekly readers. Bill Vaughan may be reached at tastyclips@yahoo.com, via Twitter @tastyclips, or Instagram @tasty_clips.