“He’s the Nelson Mandela of fashion! The Kofi Annan of what you got on!” So says trendsetting music maker Will.I.Am about André Leon Talley in director Kate Novack’s fascinating look at the style icon: “The Gospel According to André.”
The lively documentary chronicles the life of the famed former Vogue editor-in-chief from growing up in the Jim Crow South, to landing at Andy Warhol’s Factory in the 1970s before climbing the ranks of the New York fashion editorial world.
Testimonials from giants of the industry Anna Wintour, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Isabella Rossellini, Manolo Blahnik, Graydon Carter and more help illustrate Talley’s impact, including his push to feature African-American models and designers in such major publications as Women’s Wear Daily, W and Vogue magazine.
Magnolia Pictures will release the film nationwide on May 25, but Film Independent at LACMA is presenting a screening on May 10 that promises Novack and Talley in attendance for a conversation. Visit: FilmIndependent.Org for details.
UNDER THE SUN: “This has been coming a long time,” said Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer and funk founding father George Clinton upon announcing his retirement from touring next May. “Anyone who has been to the shows over the past couple of years has noticed that I’ve been out front less and less. The shows have been great.”
Plans are underway for a final edition of Parliament-Funkadelic’s annual “Mardi Gras Madness” tour (January through March 2019). Also being scheduled is the “One Nation Under a Groove” tour, which will be a once-in-a-lifetime sendoff for the group’s legendary founder and front-man, celebrating his legacy.
“Truth be told it’s never really been about me,” Clinton humbly confessed. “It’s always been about the music and the band. That’s the real P-Funk legacy. They’ll still be funkin’ long after I stop.”
TASTY QUIP: “A lot of us are afraid that we’ll get found out as normal. The reason why bodyguards and velvet ropes really exist is mainly because a lot of celebrities don’t want you to know how normal and regular they are.” – QUESTLOVE to Rolling Stone
CLIPPETTES: “The X-Files” star David Duchovny is signing copies of his new book “Miss Subways” May 4 at Barnes & Noble on Grove Drive …
Later that evening, Da Brat, Letoya Luckett, Demetria McKinney and Kyla Pratt kick off a three-night engagement of JeCaryous Johnson’s live stage adaptation of “Set It Off” at the Orpheum Theatre …
Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary’s Revelations Entertainment has cut a deal with CBS All Access to develop “8 Fights – The Life of Muhammad Ali” as a limited event series …
In support of his just released second album “Good Thing,” soul singer Leon Bridges will perform at the Troubadour May 5; while Joey Bada$$ is at the Novo and Angélique Kidjo’s Remain In Light Tour arrives at the Theatre at Ace Hotel …
Expect some hypnotically stunning covers as featured on her new album “Ventriloquism,” when bassist/singer Meshell Ndegeocello performs May 6 at the Teragram Ballroom …
On May 10, Top Dawg Entertainment: The Championship Tour headlining Kendrick Lamar, SZA and Schoolboy Q hits the Forum.
TC ON TV: May 4 – “Dear White People” (Netflix): The college satire series based on the 2014 film begins its sophomore year. “A Little Help with Carol Burnett” (Netflix): The comic legend presides over a panel of clever kids who help adults and celebrity guests like Taraji P. Henson, Wanda Sykes and Russell Peters solve their problems with brutal honesty. “Manhunt” (Netflix): Director John Woo’s new film debuts here. “Jazz Ambassadors” (PBS): How America asked Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman to travel and combat racially charged Soviet propaganda through their music. “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO): Stockton, California Mayor Michael Tubbs
May 5 – “2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony” (HBO): See Mary J. Blige and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes pay their respects to inductees Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Sharpe. “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Donald Glover hosts with his alter-ego Childish Gambino serving as musical guest. He’ll join Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton and the cast of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” at its premiere May 10 at the El Capitan Theatre. Glover plays young Lando Calrissian, a role made famous by Billy Dee Williams in the original franchise trilogy.
May 6 – “Vida” (Starz): Mishel Prada and Melissa Barrera star as Mexican-American sisters from East L.A. in this half-hour drama series. “Arial Africa” (Smith): Visits the powerful Zambezi River in the majestic lands of Zambia. “Naked & Afraid XL: All-Stars” (DISC): The fourth season brings back fan favorites like Baltimorean Clarence Gilmer, II to brave 40 days in Africa’s Selati River basin. “Drop The Mic” (TBS): Marlon Wayans vs. Jay Pharoah and Olympians Lindsey Vonn vs. Gus Kenworthy
May 7 – “Dear Mama: An Event To Honor Moms (VH1): La La and Anthony Anderson return to host this special with guests Gabrielle Union and Colin Kaepernick.
May 8 – “Lethal Weapon” (Fox): Rumors continue that Clayne Crawford’s clashes on set may lead to a recasting of Riggs or cancellation. “Black Love” (OWN): The special “Motherly Love” kicks off the second season of this docu-series featuring the families of Tichina Arnold (“Martin”), Kofi Siriboe (“Queen Sugar”), actor/author Hill Harper, Erica and Tina Campbell of gospel duo Mary Mary and Uber’s Chief Brand Officer Bozoma Saint John.
May 9 – “Empire” (Fox): Cookie finally visits her mother (Alfre Woodard) in this episode directed by the series’ Jamal Lyon, Jussie Smollett. The face offs this season between Terrence Howard’s Lucious and Forest Whitaker’s Eddie Barker have been juicy.
May 10 – “Atlanta” (FX): That viral cut video of the pajama jammed male leads saluting TLC’s has a lighter touch than the majority of this season which ends tonight. Congrats to the show’s Paper Boi, Brian Tyree Henry for his Best Actor Tony nomination for “Lobby Hero” with the similarly cited Michael Cera and snubbed “The Avengers: Infinity War” star Chris Evans at NYC’s Hayes Theater.
TASTY QUIP: “I come to you with a deep pain in my heart and a great love in my soul. I dare you; I challenge you, to have a year of atonement. I dare you artists and you leaders of the world and this nation – including you, Mr. President – to see with your eyes that are open as clearly as my eyes that are blind. … My hope is that we will come together as a united people, before it’s too late.” – STEVIE WONDER to the audience at the concert celebrating the opening of the Equal Justice Initiative’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama
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