Awards season is upon us with the announcement of a few major events on the horizon.
The Critics Choice Association (formerly known as the Broadcast Film Critics Association) will bestow a Career Achievement Award on Eddie Murphy during its Celebration of Black Cinema to be held Dec. 2 at the new Landmark Annex.
Nia Long (“The Banker”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind”) and director Kasi Lemmons (“Harriet”) also will be honored at the ceremony commemorating 100 years of black cinema to be hosted by former Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
On Dec. 5, the prestigious annual Urban One Honors will be filmed at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, for broadcast during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on TV One.
This year’s honorees include veteran music executive Sylvia Rhone (Lifetime Achievement Award); Grammy Award-winning recording artist and producer Missy Elliott (Music Innovation Award); Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx (Entertainment Icon Award); and actor/dancer and star of “Pose,” Ryan Jamaal Swain (Represent Pride Award).
Ne-Yo, Wale, Brandy, Eric Benét, Pastor Charles Jenkins, Egypt Sherrod, Billy Porter, and the subject of Netflix’s documentary “The Black Godfather” Clarence Avant are among the show’s participants.
Actor/Comedian Deon Cole (“black-ish,” “Grown-ish”) will host the fourth annual American Black Film Festival Honors on Feb. 23 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The event will pay tribute to HBO’s critically acclaimed television series “The Wire,” where cast and crew will gather for a celebration and special presentation of this year’s “Classic Television Award.”
Created by David Simon, the series premiered the first of its five seasons on HBO in 2002 and is widely regarded to be one of the greatest television shows of all time.
The cast mainly consisted of then unknown actors, including Idris Elba (“Hobbs & Shaw”), Wendell Pierce (“Jack Ryan”), Andre Royo (“Empire”), Michael K. Williams (“Motherless Brooklyn”), Wood Harris (“Empire”), Sonja Sohn (“The Chi”), Clarke Peters (“Harriet”), Reg E. Cathey (“House of Cards”), Jamie Hector (“Queen of the South”), Tristan Wilds (“Shots Fired”), Dominic West (“The Affair”) and Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther”) who have gone on to become major players in Hollywood.
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Legendary jazz musician/artist Les McCann (“Compared To What,” “With These Hands”), suffering from various maladies, is alone and now in an advanced care nursing facility with around the clock care. Although he previously had good health care insurance, it is now maxed out. MusiCares, The Jazz Foundation of America, friends and colleagues have assisted and now you can at www.gofundme.com/f/les-mccann-needs-our-help
TICKET ALERT: Boyz II Men are coming to the Microsoft Theatre on April 3 with special guests Bell Biv Devoe and SWV. Visit: AXS.com for advance tickets.
CLIPPETTES: Singers Stokley (of Mint Condition) and Raheem DeVaughn will be Groovin’ @ The Grove of Anaheim on Nov. 22; a date that also begins the Center Theatre Group production of August Wilson’s “Jitney” with Anthony Chisholm and Francois Battiste through Dec. 29 at the Mark Taper Forum. Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson directs …
Idris Elba has been signed to star in an upcoming Netflix western called “The Harder They Fall” to be produced by Jay Z …
Ice Cube, ZAPP, Lisa Lisa, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Mellow Man Ace and others will rock the OC Block Party at Santa Ana’s Civic Center Plaza on Nov. 23. Also that evening, DJ Quik with Kurupt visit the Riverside Municipal Auditorium; Eric Roberson hits Inglewood’s Miracle Theater; Avery Sunshine headlines The Theatre at Ace Hotel; Todrick Hall is at the Saban Theatre; and the Grammy Museum hosts Island Records 60th Anniversary with founder Chris Blackwell, recording artist Jessie Reyez and more …
Justin Timberlake, who rode his role as Branch in 2016’s “Trolls” to the top of the charts with the film’s song “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” will return next year in the sequel, “Trolls World Tour.” In addition, he’ll exec produce the soundtrack and has enlisted contributions from Mary J. Blige, George Clinton, Anderson .Paak, Kelly Clarkson and SZA …
Kanye West’s opera “Nebuchadnezzar” premieres at the Hollywood Bowl on Nov. 24 with re-sale tickets topping $1,000. The artist is apparently also working on a follow-up to his new hit album “Jesus Is King” with Dr. Dre producing some tracks …
Stephanie Allain (“Dear White People,” “Hustle & Flow”) and Lynette Howell Taylor (“A Star Is Born”) have been announced as producers of the 92nd Academy Awards taking place Feb. 9 at the Dolby Theatre …
Nov. 27 brings rappers to the forefront as A$AP Ferg’s Floor Seats Tour arrives at the Hollywood Palladium; and Kevin Gates walks the stage of The Novo.
TC ON TV: Nov. 22 – “Carole’s Christmas” (OWN): Kimberly Elise and Jackée Harry star in this tale of an overworked businesswoman who learns the meaning of “be careful what you wish for.” “Great Performances” (PBS): The Public Theater’s 2019 Shakespeare in the Park production of “Much Ado About Nothing” starring Danielle Brooks (“Orange is the New Black”) is adapted by its Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon.
Nov. 23 – “Lil Rel Howery: Live in Crenshaw” (HBO): The comic actor from “Get Out,” “Uncle Drew” and his own short-lived self-titled Fox sitcom was filmed before a live audience at Dorsey High School under the direction of Jerrod Carmichael.
Nov. 24 – “2019 American Music Awards” (ABC): Ciara hosts the event with performances by Toni Braxton, Christina Aguilera, Post Malone with Travis Scott and Ozzy Osbourne, Kesha with Big Freedia, Lizzo, Taylor Swift, Billie Ellish, Selena Gomez, Camila Cabello and more. “Watchmen” (HBO): Deep under the influence of Nostalgia (a drug that holds memories), Angela (Regina King) gets a firsthand account of her grandfather’s journey after the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot in this pivotal episode directed by series executive producer Stephen Williams. “Talking Dead” (AMC): “The Walking Dead” mid-season finale is discussed with Seth (Father Gabriel) Gilliam and superfan Deborah Joy Winans from “Greenleaf.”
Nov. 25 – “Dancing With The Stars” (ABC): The remaining couples in tonight’s 28th season finale include Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson, Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko, Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber, and Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten. “The Tonight Show” (NBC): Michael Eric Dyson (author of “Jay Z: Made In America”) and Leon Bridges
Nov. 26 – “Made From Scratch” (Fuse): Big Boi and his mom whip up a home-cooked meal.
Nov. 27 – “The Irishman” (Netflix): After several weeks in theatres for Oscars eligibiility, Martin Scorsese‘s latest epic, pairing Robert De Niro and Al Pacino (as union head Jimmy Hoffa) for the first time together, makes its exclusive streaming debut. “A Very Vintage Christmas” (Lifetime): It isn’t the holidays without a new movie starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict! In this tale, she’s a quaint town’s shop owner trying to return a memento to its rightful owner.
Nov. 28 – “Holiday Rush” (Netflix): Romany Malco (“A Million Little Lies”) Sonequa Martin-Green (“Star Trek: Discovery”), Deon Cole (“black-ish”), La La Anthony (“Power”) and Darlene Love are featured in this new Yuletide tale of a widowed radio DJ and his four spoiled kids learning the meaning of Christmas. “Servant” (Apple TV+): M. Night Shyamalan is the force behind this horror series. “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” (NBC): Billy Porter (“Pose”), TLC, Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Rowland, Chicago and Ozuna with plenty of bands, floats and balloons. “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” (ABC): Grammy Award-winning icons Sting and Shaggy perform duets and solo numbers from Walt Disney World Resort, including a new festive reggae version of “Silent Night (Christmas is Coming)” and “Jamaican Drummer Boy.” The two-hour special will also offer a behind-the-scenes look into “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance,” opening in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on Dec. 5 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Jan. 17, 2020, at Disneyland Park in California.
TASTY QUIP: “It’s been 16 years for me. The way that I perform and as much as I give, and I can’t help it, it takes a lot out of me. I’d rather prepare shows where there’s like spot dates… one-offs… and do it that way. So yes, this is it! If you have not seen the tour, you need to come and see it!” – FANTASIA whose Dec. 6 show at the Microsoft Theater will mark the end of the road for her current Sketchbook Tour.
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