Award-winning screen legend Cicely Tyson has joined the cast of filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s new anthology series for the Oprah Winfrey Network called “Cherish the Day,” her second series for OWN since creating the acclaimed “Queen Sugar.”
The show will chronicle the stirring romance of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The season-long narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel us to hold true to the ones we love, from the extraordinary to the everyday.
Xosha Roquemore (“Brian Banks,” “The Mindy Project”) and Alano Miller (Cato on “Underground”) star as the romantic couple; with Tyson (“How To Get Away with Murder”) as Miss Luma Lee Langston, a legendary star of stage and screen in decades past.
“Last November I was honored to present Ms. Tyson with her Honorary Academy Award, so to have the opportunity to work with this force of nature who has inspired multiple generations with her talent and grace is beyond anything I can describe,” DuVernay said. “I am over the moon that Miss Tyson will bring Miss Luma Lee Langston to life in ‘Cherish the Day.’ Each day that she walks on set is a master class.”
Filmmaker Tanya Hamilton (“Queen Sugar,” “Night Catches Us”) will direct the “Cherish the Day” series premiere written by DuVernay to air in winter 2020.
THE RED CARPET: Multi-platinum selling music producer and artist Teddy Riley, who created the revolutionary sound labeled “New Jack Swing,” gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 6405 Hollywood Blvd., at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 16.
Award-winning actor/writer/director Ted Lange is hosting Reel Black Men, a short film showcase featuring the artistry of emerging African-American male filmmakers, presented by the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center. The Aug. 17 event at the Pacific Design Center will consist of screenings, Q&As and a reception.
Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lance Reddick, Nick Nolte and more are expected at the premiere of Summit Entertainment’s “Angel Has Fallen” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Regency Village Theatre. It is the third installment in the Fallen film series, following 2013’s “Olympus Has Fallen” and 2016’s “London Has Fallen.”
BACK 2 THE FUTURE: Eddie Murphy’s sequel to his classic hit “Coming To America” is building excitement as original cast members Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Louie Anderson, Paul Bates, Vanessa Bell Calloway and at last, Prince Akeem’s love interest Shari Headley have agreed to return.
New to the film to arrive Dec. 18, 2020, are Jermaine Fowler as the newly discovered son of the prince, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, KiKi Layne, Rick Ross and Luenell. Craig Brewer (“Hustle & Flow” and the upcoming “Dolemite Is My Name,” also starring Murphy and Snipes) directs.
CAUSE WORTHY: The Black Cooperative Investment Fund (BCIF) has announced A Conversation with Issa Rae as part of its Salon Series Aug. 22. The cost of the ticket, which is tax deductible, is $60 with the location to be provided upon purchase.
Founded in 2016 and based in Los Angeles, BCIF pools dollars from individuals and corporations that are passionate about economic empowerment for the African-American community and distributes those funds via microloans. For more info, visit www.bcifund.org.
NEW MUSIC: 18-year-old blind keyboard prodigy Matthew Whitaker, who rose to fame through his appearances on Fox’s “Showtime at The Apollo,” saw his first album released this week.
Available now via Resilience Music Alliance, “Now Hear This” teams Whitaker with a stellar all-star band featuring guitarist Dave Stryker, bassist Yunior Terry, drummer Ulysses Owens Jr., and percussionist Sammy Figueroa. Keyboardist Marc Cary and flutist Gabrielle Garo also make special guest appearances on the album overseen by Grammy Award-winning producer Brian Bacchus.
“This album is the next level for me,” declared Whitaker. “I’m really happy and excited and hope people enjoy it.”
CLIPPETTES: Dave Hollister and DW3 headline the free R&B Night of The City of Carson Day of Unity Festival on Aug. 16 at Dignity Health Sports Park. Also that evening, jazz guitarist Kevin Eubanks starts a two-night stand at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Studio City …
Strong Women, Strong Drink, Together in the Park is how YOLA DÍA is billing its Aug. 18 event at L.A. State Historic Park from 3 to 11 p.m. The Downtown Women’s Center will receive a portion of the proceeds from the concert featuring the “Hot Girl Summer” act Megan Thee Stallion, Lykke Li, Cat Power, Sophie, Courtney Love & The Chateau Band, Kelsey Lu, Empress Of and more …
Also that date, Talib Kweli and Ackword Actwrite are at the La Santa OC; and Smooth Summer Jam is held at the Hollywood Bowl with an awesome line-up of Dave Kox & Friends (Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Kenny Lattimore & Aubrey Logan), The Commodores, Adam Hawley and a 40th anniversary performance by the group Hiroshima …
The Bowl also hosts Herbie Hancock: Next Generation on Aug. 21 pairing the legendary keyboardist with rising stars R+R=Now featuring Robert Glasper, Christian Scott and Terrace Martin and Phoelix on the bill …
Coming to the same venue on Oct. 16 is a one night only co-headlining performance by Grammy Award winning artists Lauryn Hill and H.E.R. Tickets are now on sale …
Banned in Kenya, yet celebrated around the world, director Wanuri Kahiu’s hip LGBT romance “Rafiki” is now available digitally and on DVD via Film Movement. The short “Hudson,” directed by Shae Xu, accompanies the release …
The Rolling Stones’ No Filter North American Tour lands at the Rose Bowl Aug. 22. Recent shows had Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood reviving their classics including “Brown Sugar,” “Miss You,” “It’s Only Rock N Roll” and “Harlem Shuffle.”
TC ON TV: Aug. 16 – “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO): Musician/Activist Michael Render, a.k.a. Killer Mike
Aug. 18 – “Ball In The Family” (Facebook): Change and the tension between LaVar and Lonzo Ball is showcased in the series’ fifth season. “Sunday Best” (BET): Fantasia guest-stars and kicks it with the semi-finalists. “Fear The Walking Dead” (AMC): Series co-star Colman Domingo announced he is joining the cast of Jordan Peele’s “Candyman” reboot. “Downton Abbey Live! (PBS) Deborah Roberts host this 90-minute special celebrating the beloved series along with cast members and creators in advance of its next iteration as a feature film. “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): 50 Cent, Kate Upton
Aug. 20 – “Tales” (BET): Nas’ “I Gave You Power” is the inspiration for this episode directed by Benny Boom (“All Eyez on Me”) and starring Antoine Harris and Little JJ.
Aug. 21 – “Live with Kelly & Ryan” (ABC): Kevin Hart, Naomi Scott (“Aladdin” “Charlie’s Angels”)
TASTY QUIP: “I was in the studio one day and I was tired of some of the stuff I was hearing that was happening in the world. We done got out of hand with disrespecting each other. And see what happens when we disrespect each other, other folks think that they can disrespect us, too. So you got folks talking about grabbing you by the you know what. Ladies, you got to demand respect. Some of you walking around saying, ‘I’m a bad bitch.’ Let me learn you something real quick. What’s a bitch? It’s a four-legged dog. Last time I checked, ain’t none of you got four legs.” – “Goddaughter of Soul” LEELA JAMES, who is giving a free homecoming concert on Aug. 17 at Marina Del Rey’s Burton Chace Park
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