Janelle Monáe, who stars in season two of Amazon’s “Homecoming,” is spearheading a drive-through and walk-up food relief effort for the city of Los Angeles and surrounding areas in response to COVID-19 May 29 from noon to 3 p.m.
Participants joining her in the mission through her Wondaland imprint at Inglewood’s Crozier Middle School include singer Jidenna, CNN analyst/activist Angela Rye and U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters.
Families are encouraged and everyone is welcome to the contact-free prepackaged lunches and more, but must pre-register at tinyurl.com/wondalunchonus. Early arrival is highly advised.
Monáe will next be seen on the big screen in “Antebellum,” a horror thriller from the producer of “Get Out” and “Us,” co-starring Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons and Gabourey Sidibe. It is scheduled to hit theaters on the new date of Aug. 21.
ALSO MAY 29: Universal Studios Hollywood pays homage to its mega attraction, “Jurassic World — The Ride” with a special watch party of the global blockbuster movie in celebration of National Dinosaur Day (at https://twitter.com/unistudios) May 29 at 5 p.m. To help toast the celebration, some favorite cocktail recipes from their popular Isla Nu-Bar will be shared for the first time at their website under Park Tips.
THE NEXT WAVE: Naughty By Nature, Vanilla Ice and Rob Base are among the first name acts announced for a Drive-In Concert Series available for bookings across America. Their “Back To The 90s” tour will join options of a 60’s iteration featuring vocal groups the Drifters, the Platters and the Coasters; along with a number of cover acts reenacting performances of the Beatles, Eagles, Bee Gees, Chicago and more.
MILESTONE: Grammy Award-winning pianist Ramsey Lewis will celebrate his 85th birthday with a digital program available to audiences worldwide May 30 via streaming platform Stageit.
The solo performance will begin at 11 a.m., with a 50-minute performance kicking off a monthly series by the retired-from-touring NEA jazz master.
Says Lewis: “I have played all over the world but not really. I’ve played most of the major cities, but not every city in between and it’s exciting to know that this will be available to every person in the world. And that thought in my mind excites me and makes me want to perform again.
Visit RamseyLewis.com for more information.
DVD WATCH: New this week is one of the last of the theatre releases, “The Invisible Man” starring Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge and Storm Reid. Also hitting is the complete third season of HBO’s “The Deuce” and the fourth season of USA’s “Queen of the South.”
On June 2, one of the most anticipated box sets arrives – HBO’s “Watchmen” – the conscious new adaptation of the acclaimed DC Comics graphic novel with Regina King in an award-worthy performance, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Louis Gossett Jr.
Highly recommended is “The Jesus Rolls,” a sequel of sorts to 1998’s “The Big Lebowski,” with John Turturro directing, co-writing and starring as his scene-stealing Jesus Quintana character.
This off-beat road trip of a movie is a breezy entertaining ride with surprising turns from Bobby Cannavale, Audrey Tautou, Susan Sarandon, Pete Davidson, J.B. Smoove, Jon Hamm, Christopher Walken, Sonia Braga and Gloria Reuben.
TASTY QUIP: “I probably would’ve hated social media when I was coming up. There’s a certain mystique that gets destroyed. I like the mystique, I like waiting. I don’t need anybody to know where I am every minute or what I’m doing. Or what I’m about to do. There’s a certain mystique that came along with music that was entertaining to wait and see what was about to happen.” – DR. DRE to British GQ
CLIPPETTES: Megan Thee Stallion achieved another huge career milestone in what is already her most important year yet, with her single “Savage Remix” featuring Beyoncé reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart …
From executive producers Katie Couric and will.i.am comes “Parkland Rising,” an award-winning documentary from the film festival circuit on the teen-led gun reform movement that rose from one of the worse mass shootings in the country. RSVP for the National Live Streaming Premiere on June 2 at 5 p.m. with the producers and principals at parklanddocumentary.com/national-premiere …
In light of the global pandemic and the current circumstances facing the entertainment industry, HBO redirected funds allocated for the company’s landmark Emmy party and FYC events to make a $1 million donation to the charitable efforts of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund …
Mary J. Blige, whose new film “Body Cam” was featured in last week’s Tasty Clips, has dropped a new single from the film entitled “Can’t Be Life.” The song, reuniting Blige with longtime collaborators Chucky Thompson, Denise Rich and Bruce Miller, will be available on Apple Music and Spotify …
Enjoy a night of good music and great vibes at home as pianist Marcus Johnson and his trio perform new music, including a single incorporating his jazz groove with a hip hop spin “Unprecedented Times,” on June 4 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at eventbrite.com/e/marcus-johnson-livestream-tickets-106677280618
TASTY QUIP: “After my last post, I’m getting a lotta ‘Damn what happened to Eric Benèt?’ comments. I’m like 30 years happened nucca!! Lemmie see what yo’ soda drinking, chicken McNugget eatin’ ass look like at 53yrs old!” – ERIC BENET on Twitter after a social media backlash on his appearance today.
TC ON TV: May 29 – “Central Park” (Apple TV+): Josh Gad is executive producer and star of this animated musical comedy series with voices by Daveed Diggs, Leslie Odom Jr., Titus Burgess, Kristen Bell and Stanley Tucci. The cast and creatives are also participating in Paley Front Row, a discussion series on the Paley Center For Media’s YouTube channel this day at 9 a.m. “Ramy” (Hulu): Oscar winner Mahershala Ali joins the cast as a spiritual advisor to first-generation, Egyptian-American (portrayed by Ramy Youssef). “Somebody Feed Phil” (Netflix): Phil Rosenthal returns to take in the cuisine and culture of Bangkok, Lisbon, Mexico City and more in this Emmy Award-winning series. “The View” (ABC): Gov. Gavin Newsom, Ice Cube “Haircut Night In America” (CBS): Top hair stylists guide celebrities and frontline healthcare workers through the perfect DIY haircut, color and style from their homes. “Jesus Trejo: Stay At Home Son” (Showtime): The Long Beach native scores his first stand-up special painting the picture of a first generation Mexican-American who goes to great lengths to impress his parents.
May 30 – “Girlfriends Check In” (OWN): Carla Hall
May 31 – “Live From Daryl’s House” (AXS): Darius Rucker “Insecure” (HBO): Issa (Issa Rae) and Lawrence (Jay Ellis) catch up and talk life, careers, past mistakes, and what makes each of them happy in this installment written by cast mate Natasha Rothwell.
June 1 – “Iconic: TLC” – (CW): Jordin Sparks hosts four artists performing covers of the pop group’s hits while connected by video chat. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas will select one to collaborate with for the finale. “Wayne Brady’s Comedy IQ” (BYU): Wayne challenges the kids to create viral dance videos and win over followers or face elimination. “Songland” (NBC): Bebe Rexha
June 2 – “Maxxx” (Hulu): The British sitcom written, co-directed, produced and starring O-T Fagbenle (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) makes its stateside debut. In it, he plays a former boyband singer trying to revive his career while wooing his girl back. “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out” (VH1): Sean Paul, Kranium, and Tahiry Jose
June 4 – “Untold Stories Of Hip Hop” (WE): Renowned radio host Angie Martinez wraps up her series of chats with rap royalty.
TASTY QUIP: “You have to wake up every morning and have a passion for something. Make plans, for God’s sake. Make plans. And then more importantly, love something. You got to be passionately into something. Because otherwise the passion button goes away. You gotta have something that makes you go, ‘Oh, man, I can’t wait.’ – LIONEL RICHIE to Rolling Stone
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, via Twitter @tastyclips, or Instagram @tasty_clips.