Demetria McKinney is having one of those streaks entertainers dream of. The singer/songwriter/actress has three projects being unveiled this weekend that showcase her many talents.
Up first is the release of “Officially Yours” on the eONe label. The album, executive-produced by McKinney, award-winning artist, producer and personality Kandi Burruss and industry powerhouse/beau Roger Bobb, has already spawned a hit single, “Easy” and the sure shot track “No No No.”
Additionally, McKinney will star in actor/director Mario Van Peebles‘ new supernatural SyFy series “Superstition,” with his daughter Morgana Van Peebles and Robinne Lee (“Til Death Do Us Part”), premiering Oct. 6.
She also portrays the late music legend Whitney Houston in TV One’s biopic “Bobbi Kristina,” starring Joy Rovaris as the only child of Houston and singer Bobby Brown, which is scheduled to premiere on the network Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.
McKinney is widely known for her role as Janine Payne on the hit TBS sitcom “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” which has taped more than 250 episodes and received five NAACP Image Awards for Best Sitcom, now airing on syndication on BET. She will revive the character in the new Tyler Perry show The Paynes, debuting on OWN in 2018.
With recurring parts on Bounce TV’s breakout hit “Saints & Sinners,” and BET’s “The Quad,” the beauty has quietly become one of the hardest working triple threats in the biz.
IRIE: The 40th anniversary of one of Bob Marley’s landmark albums will be celebrated with Exodus 40 Live, an all-star concert event set to take place Nov. 1 at the Orpheum Theatre. Music director Don Was will be joined by Ziggy Marley, Stephen Marley, Tom Morello, Gary Clark Jr., Jim James, Citizen Cope, Aloe Blacc, Cyril Neville and Terence Higgins, with additional artists to be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets are now on sale via Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster locations, at (800) 745-3000, or at the Orpheum box office.
CLASSIC SPINS: The centennial of Ella Fitzgerald’s birthday has been celebrated throughout this year and is culminated with the release of “Someone To Watch Over Me,” featuring digitally remastered vocal tracks from Ella’s original Decca and Verve recordings paired with newly orchestrated and arranged performances by the London Symphony Orchestra. Among the highlights: Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter duets with Ella on the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, “People Will Say We’re In Love” from the Broadway musical “Oklahoma;” and the beloved duets with Louis Armstrong.
On “Johnny Mathis Sings The Great New American Songbook,” the legendary vocalist tackles 11 current songs with his indelible touch. Among the songs produced by Grammy winning music greats Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds and Clive Davis, are Adele’s “Hello,” Pharrell’s “Happy,” Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly,” Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are,” and “Run To You” (featuring Kenny G), originally recorded by Whitney Houston.
INDIE WATCH: A whimsical look at marijuana culture yesterday and today is presented in Peter Spirer’s documentary “The Legend of 420,” available on VOD and iTunes and opening in theatres Oct. 6. Famed talking heads Tommy Chong, W. Earl Brown, Henry Rollins, Michael Del Barres, Melissa Etheridge and various experts provide amusing testimonials and scientific info on the herb. Did you know about the cocoa connection? You’ll never look at that confection the same again.
CLIPPETTES: Maxwell with Raphael Saddiq and Jazmine Sullivan bring the hits to the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 6; while Jeffrey Osborne woo woo woos with Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers at the Newport Beach Hyatt Regency …
Lupita Nyong’o is rumored to be joining Kristen Stewart as two of “Charlie’s Angels” in a movie reboot …
Jazz at Drew is set for Oct. 7 with Earth, Wind & Fire, Sheila E, Kamasi Washington & the West Coast Get Down, Eloise Laws and others on campus. Later that evening, Raekwon headlines Panic in L.A. at the Globe and Sean Kuti & Egypt 80 are at the Novo DTLA …
LisaGay Hamilton (“House of Cards”) has landed the part of Condoleezza Rice in “Backseat,” a Dick Cheney biopic …
Leon Sylvers III, Dom Kennedy and Matt Martians are representing three generations of L.A. musicians at Glydezone on Oct. 10 as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival …
Rising soul singer Phillip Brandon will headline Soulful Cabaret (with Elijah Rock) in support of his debut album, “The Story Begins” on Oct. 12 at the Colony Theatre.
TC ON TV: Oct. 6 – “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” (Netflix): This documentary looks for the truth behind the mysterious 1992 death of the black transgender activist and Stonewall veteran. “Harry” (Syn): Queen Latifah, Ledisi “The Real” (Syn): Idris Elba, guest co-host Keyshia Cole. “Broke and Famous” (Reelz): TLC “The Tonight Show” (NBC): Taraji P. Henson, Desus & Mero, Miley Cyrus.
Oct. 8 – “Startalk” (NGC): Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Oct. 10 – “Live with Kelly & Ryan” (ABC): Tracee Ellis Ross, Jackie Chan “2017 Hip Hop Awards” (BET): DJ Khaled will host performers T.I., Travis Scott, Gucci Mane, Lecrae, Young M.A, Dead Prez and more.
Oct. 11 – “Ellen” (Syn): Sean “Diddy” Combs, French Montana, Gina Rodriguez “Empire” (Fox): Teyonah Parris (“Survivor’s Remorse”) joins the cast in this episode featuring more flashbacks from Cookie’s jail house years. “The Story of Us” (NGC): Morgan Freeman presents more answers in this spinoff of his popular series “The Story of God.”
Oct. 12 – “The Comedy Get Down” (BET): A behind-the-scenes scripted series following tour mates George Lopez, DL Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin and the late Charlie Murphy.
TASTY QUIP: “Praying for the cities after the fact is great but what we really need to be praying for is gun control.” – CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD on Twitter
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