Eight-time Grammy Award-winner Anita Baker, whose signature hits include “Caught Up in the Rapture,” “Sweet Love” and “Giving You the Best That I Got,” has consented to come out of retirement to take part in radio host Tom Joyner’s Fantastic Voyage 2018 setting sail from Galveston, Texas, on April 29 and continuing through May 6 with stops in Montego Bay and Cozumel.
The jazz/R&B diva will join an impressive line-up of music artists including Chris Brown, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, the Isley Brothers, Tamar Braxton, the O’Jays, SWV, Taste of Honey, the Sylvers, Raheem DeVaughn, Dwele, Eric Roberson, 112, the Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston, Force MDs, Grandmaster Melle Mel, EPMD, the Fat Boys and more.
For more information on the cruise, which benefits historically black colleges and universities, visit BlackAmericaWeb.com.
CONNECT THE DOTS: In celebration of what would have been her 70th birthday last week, UMe released an unheard, alternate version of Minnie Riperton’s global No. 1 hit “Lovin’ You,” which is featured on the two-CD set “Perfect Angel: Deluxe Edition,” to be released on Dec. 1. The discs give proof to the legend that the album was essentially a collaboration with Stevie Wonder who co-produced, arranged, and played with his band, Wonderlove. Due to contractual reasons, the Taurean was credited as “El Toro Negro”—the Black Bull.
Members of Riperton’s old group, Rotary Connection are featured as the back-up band on the limited edition “Chess-Nut Brown” vinyl reissue of Muddy Waters’ fifth studio album “Electric Mud,” from Third Man Records. Originally released by Chess in 1968, it was very controversial for its fusion of electric blues with psychedelic elements. The disc is now recognized as a forward-thinking classic, sampled extensively by artists like the Black Keys and Gorillaz.
Tickets for Stevie’s 21st annual House Full of Toys at the Staples Center on Dec. 10 are now on sale via AXS.com. The legend plans complete performances of his great albums “Talking Book” and “Innervisions,” with special guests to be announced. Rickey Minor will serve as musical director and as always concertgoers are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or gift of joy.
ROYAL GATHERING: Comedic actresses Kim Whitley and Patrice Lovely (“Tyler Perry’s Love Thy Neighbor”) are set to host the Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards (HAPAwards) at Glendale’s Alex Theatre Nov. 18. Among the honorees and nominees are the cast of Eddie Murphy’s classic “Coming to America,” former WBA heavyweight champion Gerrie Coetzee, and directors Lionel C. Martin (“How To Be a Player”) and Saran Bynum, whose short “Father Forgets” is getting a lot of attention.
CLIPPETTES: Angela Bassett and hubby Courtney B. Vance will be recipients of the Humanitarian Orchid Award at the 10th annual Carry benefit for at-risk youth Nov. 17 at the Beverly Hilton. Pete Escovedo’s Latin Jazz Orchestra and Thelma Houston provide the entertainment …
Also that evening, Stix Hooper, the drumming legend who is the only surviving member of the (Jazz) Crusaders, can be experienced in a special performance with his current global ensemble, Viewpoint at the Moss Theater …
Zendaya will star and co-produce (with Reese Witherspoon) a biopic of Anita Hemmings, the first African-American woman to graduate from Vassar College …
The Real Show 2017 will be held Nov. 18 at the Forum with some of hip hop’s biggest stars including J. Cole, French Montana, Yo Gotti, Cardi B, Jessie Reyez, Zoey Dollaz and Cozz, with a special performance from Young California …
Kerry Washington and the cast of “Scandal,” Issa Rae, Ava DuVernay, James Franco and more are scheduled for Vulture Festival Los Angeles (Nov. 18-19) at the Hollywood Roosevelt …
Sade is rumored to be in the studio with a potential late 2018 tour in the works …
Talib Kweli hosts and DJs an afternoon release party on Nov. 19 for his new album “Radio Silence” at Riviera 31 at Sofitel. Later, New Edition/BBD mainstay Ronnie DeVoe is celebrating turning 50 at Avalon Hollywood with surprise guest performances all night …
Five-time NAACP Theatre Award-winning writer and producer Kinnik Sky brings her new dramedy “Peace Be Still,” directed by Carl Gilliard, to the Lee Strasburg Institute this weekend and next.
TC ON TV: Nov. 17 – “Mudbound” (Netflix): Mary J. Blige has already been recognized by IndieWire Honors and the Film Awards for her breakout performance in Dee Rees’ drama. Could an Oscar be on the horizon? Jason Mitchell, Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Rob Morgan and Jason Clarke are also featured in the Mississippi Delta period piece. “Marvel’s The Punisher” (Netflix): Jon Bernthal reprises his popular vigilante character from the second season of “Daredevil” only this time it’s all about him. “Steve” (Syn): Tyler Perry, Sunny Anderson “Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City” (Comedy): Paterson, NJ comics get a shot. “The Tonight Show” (NBC): The late Sharon Jones gets a musical tribute.
Nov. 18 – “Night of Too Many Stars” (HBO): Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Adam Sandler, Olivia Munn, Hasan Minhaj, Howie Mandel and others are participating in this 90-minute Next for Autism benefit. “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Chance the Rapper, Eminem
Nov. 19 – “2017 American Music Awards” (ABC): Christina Aguilera plans to honor Whitney Houston and the 25th anniversary of “The Bodyguard” in her live performance. Lifetime achievement award winner Diana Ross also will take the stage to promote her new greatest hits compilation “Diamond Diana: The Legacy Collection.”
Nov. 20 – “Live with Kelly & Ryan” (ABC): Denzel Washington. “Couples Court with The Cutlers” (KDOC): Lil’ Mo (“Love & Hip Hop New York”) and her husband Karl Dargan get to the bottom of cheating rumors and allegations that have surrounded them for years in this case that concludes the next day. “Baltimore Rising” (HBO): Sonia Sohm (“The Wire”) directs this feature-length doc about the city after the death of Michael Brown, and a movement for change there through protest and activism led by young people committed to transforming their community.
Nov. 21 – “Who Killed Tupac” (A&E): This six-part limited series (with a theme song from the Game) follows civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who represented Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and other victims of gun violence, as he conducts, for the first time ever, a no-stone-unturned investigation twenty years after the death of the dynamic and influential rapper and actor. Ironically, Tupac‘s mother, Afeni Shakur went to high school with Crump’s mother. “Checked Inn” (OWN): Former Essence Editor-in-Chief Monique Greenwood and the couples who visit her family-run, upscale bed and breakfast are featured. The series will air regularly on Saturdays beginning Nov. 25 with celebrity guests to include singer Peabo Bryson, Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter and Pastor John Gray and his wife Aventer. “Real America with Jorge Ramos” (Fusion): John Lequizamo.
Nov. 22 – “iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 1” (CW): Pink, The Weeknd.
Nov. 23 – “She’s Gotta Have It” (Netflix): Spike Lee directs all 10 episodes of his first TV series based on his debut feature film from 30 years ago. DeWanda Wise is the new Nola Darling for the show produced by Tonya Lewis Lee, Barry Michael Cooper and Lynn Nottage.
TASTY QUIP: “A lot of things come at you in a negative way and it depends on how you accept it and respond to it. It can make you a better person.” – BOOTSY COLLINS to Rolling Stone
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