Netflix is celebrating Women’s History Month with the premiere of “Self Made: Inspired By the Life Of Madam C.J. Walker,” the true story of the washerwoman who rose from poverty to build a beauty empire and become the first female self-made millionaire.
Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer stars as the trailblazing African-American haircare entrepreneur in the series based on the book, “On Her Own Ground,” written by Walker’s great-great-granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles.
“Self Made” also features Blair Underwood as her husband C.J. Walker, Tiffany Haddish as her daughter Leila, Carmen Ejogo as Walker’s business rival Addie Monroe, Garrett Morris as Walker’s father-in-law, Kevin Carroll as her longtime lawyer Ransom and Bill Bellamy as Ransom’s cousin Sweetness.
Kasi Lemmons, who directed the feature film “Harriet,” is on board as a director and joins Spencer, LeBron James and his business partner Maverick Carter as executive producers for the four-part event premiering March 20.
FILM FILE: With movie theaters closed due to coronavirus restrictions, the streaming services have stepped up. Disney+ has rushed “Frozen 2” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” to their platform, Vudu and iTunes …
Universal is trumping them by making current releases “The Invisible Man,” “Emma,” “The Hunt,” and the upcoming “Trolls World Tour” available on demand at a suggested price of $19.99 for a 48-hour period.
“The Cuban” starring Louis Gossett Jr.; “PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools;” and “Once in a Hundred Years: The Life & Legacy of Marion Anderson” were announced as the big winners of the 28th annual Pan African Film Festival held Feb. 11–23 at L.A.’s Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. For highlights, visit www.PAFF.org.
DELAYED DISCS: Record Store Day 2020, the annual global vinyl fest originally scheduled for April 18 has been moved to June 20.
Among the limited firsts and exclusives now on hold are releases featuring Al Green, Miles Davis, Ron Carter, Jimi Hendrix, Dizzy Gillespie/Charlie Parker, Brittany Howard and Bob Marley & The Wailers; “The Lost 1965 New York Studio Sessions” by Bob James; The Notorious B.I.G. and Ol’ Dirty Bastard box sets; and a remix of Gary Clark Jr.’s beautiful “Pink Cadillac” with Andra Day added on vocals.
JUST RELEASED: Singer/Songwriter/Multi-instrumentalist Raul Midón looks at the new decade through his much anticipated 11th album “The Mirror.” The release finds the two-time Grammy nominated jazz artist breaking new ground for himself, including two entrancing solo spoken-word pieces (“If I Could See” and “One Day Without War”).
“I grew up listening to artists who were rappers before rap, like Gil Scott-Heron, so I’ve always wanted to take that sort of approach to something. I think hearing me speak the words over the music makes it especially personal – which is particularly true with ‘If I Could See,’ where I’m talking about something very intimate for me,” says Midón, who has been blind since birth.
The renowned horn-driven soul/R&B/rock/pop/funk outfit Tower of Power, led by founding members Emilio Castillo and Stephen “Doc” Kupka, is back with “Step Up,” a culmination of 14 tracks from the sessions with Grammy-nominated producer Joe Vannelli that also spawned their critically acclaimed 2018 release “Soul Side of Town.”
If all goes well, area fans will be able to get their groove on with the veteran band now featuring dynamic new lead vocalist Marcus Scott on May 31 at the Newport Beach Jazz Festival.
TASTY QUIP: “I’ve always wanted to do something with you. Right now, my team is going to come around and pass out non-disclosure forms because I’m going to share an idea. Parker [Posey], I think we should do the new Cheech and Chong movie — me and you.” – ERYKAH BADU, set for some May dates on the road with Snoop Dogg, at the Texas Film Awards to the current Dr. Smith on Netflix’ “Lost In Space.”
CLIPPETTES: Robin Givens (Tyler Perry’s House of Payne) has been tapped by Lifetime to make her directorial debut with “A Murder to Remember,” inspired by Ann Rule’s true crime collection “Empty Promises” with a script by Amber Benson (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer”) …
Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino (“This Is America”) teased fans last weekend by dropping a new album on a website only to be removed several hours later. The tracks reportedly featured guest turns from Ariana Grande, SZA and 21 Savage …
Actor Bartón Fitzpatrick, who found fame as hard-headed gang banger Reggie on Showtime’s “The Chi,” is spreading his wings as singer/songwriter Bartón with the release of a Colleagues-produced track, “Fan.” The Chicago native has also landed a starring role in the new Netflix comedy “White People Money” premiering this June …
Filming has wrapped on Ava DuVernay’s HBO Max pilot adapting the Vertigo comic book “DMZ.” Rosario Dawson and Benjamin Bratt star in the story imagining an isolated demilitarized Manhattan after a future civil war.
TASTY QUIP: “I do think it will happen. We’ve all been in discussions with the director, Malcolm Lee. I think it might end up being a TV series, maybe on a streaming platform, but the script has already been written, so we’ll see. I’m just waiting on Malcolm Lee.” – TAYE DIGGS on the possibility of a third edition of “The Best Man” backstage at “The Talk.”
TC ON TV: March 20 – “The Banker” (Apple TV+): After a small stint in theaters for Oscars consideration, the true pioneering real estate story starring Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie hits its destined streaming home. “Big Time Adolescence” (Hulu): Pete Davidson shines in this movie shot while he was on break from “Saturday Night Live.” “The Letter For The King” (Netflix): Amir Wilson (“His Dark Materials”) stars in this series as a young knight in training contending with ancient prophecies and magical powers as he sets out on an epic quest.
March 22 – “The Walking Dead” (AMC): After a surprising three deaths last week, the long M.I.A. Michonne (Danai Gurira) returns to star in this episode explaining why she’s been gone. Savor it while you can because this may be her swan song. “Unsung” (TV1): Recording artist Shannon (“Let The Music Play”) is profiled. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO): “The Spite Store” ends the 10th season and Larry David’s hilarious feud with the neighboring Mocha Joe.
March 23 – “Live with Kelly & Ryan: Tessa Thompson (“Westworld”)
March 24 – “Mixed-ish” (ABC): Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson guest-star in this episode showing how young Bow got interested in the medical field. “East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story” (PBS): Award winning documentarian Ken Burns presents his daughter Sarah Burns (“The Central Park Five”) and her husband David McMahon’s look at an Atlanta community while raising critical questions about race and poverty. “One Day At A Time” (POP): After a passionate fan campaign to save the show, the Cuban American sitcom based on Norman Lear’s 1975 series is back for a fourth season on a new network with stars Justina Machado and Rita Moreno intact. “Cherish The Day” (OWN): With the end of the story and season we find if the relationship of Gently and Evan can survive.
TASTY QUIP: “Calm down, calm down, follow protocol … God is in control … He’s brought people through it – not without pain and not without suffering. Not without loss … Maybe you can get this flu, this virus, and be fine. But now you are at risk of infecting people who won’t be fine if they contract it. It could be critical for them. It’ll be fatal for them. And so, let’s be mindful of those individuals. Stay calm, be smart, practice protocol. This too shall pass.” – Christian rapper LECRAE on Instagram
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