Former heavyweight boxing champion turned entrepreneur MIKE TYSON is about to add another title to his name — promoter. His inaugural production will be the Kind Music Festival (Feb. 23), a one-day “pop-up” micro-festival event at the future site of the Tyson Ranch Resort, a 412-acre entertainment complex, luxury glamping resort and cannabis research and design facility in Desert Hot Springs.
The experience, called the first-ever all-ages music festival to embrace cannabis as a legalized recreational product, will feature food trucks, a ‘ChillVille” with 100 specialty bean bags; a Fun Zone featuring massive inflatable rides, obstacle courses and mazes, bar area, a vendor village and limited edition hoodies.
California’s progressive stance on cannabis and its updated recreational/medical laws that took effect Jan. 1, will be observed. However, there will be no sales or giveaways of cannabis products at the festival.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Jan. 3 following the announcement of the lineup on Jan. 2, with a portion of proceeds donated to the nonprofit Standing United organization, aiding those fighting drug addiction and homelessness.
For more information, visit: www.kindmusicfestival.com.
ANOTHER ONE: Fifty years later, the historic 1969 Woodstock Festival will be celebrated at the site of the original event in New York with the “Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival,” Aug. 16-19.
Live performances from prominent and emerging artists spanning multiple genres and decades and TED-style talks from leading futurists and retro-tech experts, are promised, as well as a museum featuring exhibits from the first gathering.
SAY WHAT?: While chatting with comic/actress LUENELL for last week’s Faves of 2018 edition, the subject of the Oscars still looking for a host after Kevin Hart’s departure was raised.
“I don’t think Kevin was the right choice in the first goddamn place,” she said of Hart who stepped down due to controversy over jokes told in the past. “I don’t think he’s the right type. The Oscars is not a jokey joke place.”
Luenell suggests Eddie Murphy, with whom she appears with in the upcoming Netflix movie, “Dolemite Is My Name,” as someone more worthy for the dignified affair due to his transition into a very viable actor later in life.
“Kevin hasn’t done the dramatic role even though I’m sure that he will because most stand-up comics end up being stupendous dramatic actors, i.e., Robin Williams, Eddie and Mo’Nique,” she added in advance of Hart’s long delayed drama “The Upside” being released Jan. 11.
As for Whoopi Goldberg’s recommendation of Ken Jeong (“Crazy Rich Asians”) for the job, Luenell thinks it would be a history-making choice.
“[He’s] the flavor of the month,” she explained. “Everybody likes him. He’d be the first Asian to host the Academy Awards and I think that would be fine. This is a real Me Too type of year and some will say we should have another woman do it, but that’s been done. They’ve had the lesbian. They’ve had the black woman. So why not let Ken do it.”
WORTHY: The Recording Academy announced this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients as George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Dionne Warwick, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, Sam & Dave and Black Sabbath; with Ashford & Simpson winning a Trustees Award. More info will be released closer to the L.A. event to take place on May 11.
TRIBUTE: “Aretha! A Grammy Celebration For The Queen Of Soul,” is set to tape at the Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 13. Patti LaBelle, Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Common, Janelle Monáe, Celine Dion, BeBe Winans, H.E.R., Kelly Clarkson and SZA will pay homage to Franklin through song at this concert. A broadcast date is expected later in 2019 on CBS.
TC ON TV: Jan. 4 – “Lionheart” (Netflix): Veteran Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji‘s directorial debut becomes the streaming service’s first original film from Nigeria. “The Cool Kids” (Fox): Jackée Harry guest stars as the ex-wife of Hank (David Alan Grier) in this episode also featuring Rick Fox. “The Hollywood Walk of Fame” (CW): Highlights from 2018 induction ceremonies for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Tracy Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Mary J. Blige, Cedric the Entertainer and more. “Surviving R. Kelly” (Lifetime): The three-night documentary event continues with two additional hours including interviews with civil rights activist Tarana Burke, John Legend, Wendy Williams and many others.
Jan. 5 – “Austin City Limits” (PBS): Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Jan. 6 – “The 76th Golden Globes Awards” (NBC): Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg host the ceremony that will honor Jeff Bridges with the 2019 Cecil B. DeMille Award. “Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest” (DXD): Wakanda’s Vibranium Curtain is explored in this two-parter.
Jan. 7 – “Last Call” (Bounce): Charles Malik Whitfield (best known for his performance as Otis Williams in “The Temptations” miniseries) stars as a broke ex-NFL player turning his Baltimore bar into a comedy club. Sitcom vets T.C. Carson (“Living Single”) and Carl Payne (“Martin”) are also cast. Look for guest appearances this season by reality stars Towanda Braxton, Cynthia Bailey and Lisa Wu; comic Pierre, and wrestler/actor David Otunga.
Jan. 8 – “Finding Your Roots” (PBS): Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. helps “Game of Thrones” author George R. R. Martin answer family mysteries in the season five premiere.
Jan. 10 – “The Rap Game” (Lifetime): Artists Will.I.Am, Lil Jon, Xscape, Killer Mike, Rapsody and that self-proclaimed “King of R&B” Jacquees join Jermaine Dupri to help guide promising rappers (like L.A. teen Tyeler Reign) to music victory. “Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition” (WE): Soulja Boy, Waka Flocka, Lil’ Mo, “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Jessica Dime and their spouses are among the couples putting their relationships to the test.
SNEAK PEAK: The first episode of Showtime’s “Black Monday,” a Wall Street comedy series starring Don Cheadle, Regina Hall and Andrew Rannells is available for free now on YouTube, Facebook and SHO.com prior to its Jan. 20 premiere.
TASTY QUIP: “I think that stories about monsters are one of our best ways at getting at deeper truths and facing our fears as a society. Very important for me was to have a black family at the center of a horror film. It’s also important to note this movie, unlike ‘Get Out,’ is not about race. It is instead about something I feel has become an undeniable truth: That we are our own worst enemies.” – Writer/Director JORDAN PEELE describing his new film “Us” to be released March 15.
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