By Bill Vaughan
British thespians turned Hollywood stars David Oyelowo (“Selma” “Gringo”) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave” “The Martian”) are teaming with other celebrity guests for The GEANCO Foundation’s annual fundraiser Oct. 6 at Spectra in the Pacific Design Center.
The evening’s proceeds will fund the David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship for Girls, which provides tuition, room and board, medical care and social and psychological support to young female victims of terrorism and gender inequality. Donations will also underwrite special medical missions, through which free complex surgeries are provided to poor Nigerians.
Oscar-nominated actor and GEANCO’s 2016 Global Promise honoree Benedict Cumberbatch “Doctor Strange” “Sherlock”) is the honorary gala chair. Sam Adegoke (“Dynasty”), Dayo Okeniyi ( “Shades of Blue”), Grammy-nominated musician Jidenna, former football players Marcellus Wiley and Warren Moon, Mark Johnson (Oscar and Emmy‑winning producer of “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul” and “Rain Man”) and Billy Ray (Oscar-nominated writer of “Captain Phillips” and “The Hunger Games”) are slated to be in attendance.
For more information on the event and foundation, visit www.Geanco.org.
MERRY MERRY: Newly anointed EGOT winner John Legend’s first holiday album, “A Legendary Christmas,” will be released Oct. 26 on Columbia Records. The set is executive produced by Raphael Saadiq with special guests Stevie Wonder and Esperanza Spalding.
To accompany the album, Legend will embark on a 25-date tour hitting cities like Atlanta (Nov. 20), New York (Dec. 3), Los Angeles (Dec. 23) and more before wrapping in San Diego (Dec. 30). Tickets go on sale to the general public Oct. 5 via www.johnlegend.com.
KEEP MUSIC ALIVE: Siedah Garrett, Victor Wooten, Julie Andrews, Richie Sambora, Bernie Williams and Nancy Wilson of Heart are inaugural ambassadors as Kids Music Day goes global this year with more than 500 participating locations. The initiative spotlighting the importance of music in children’s education falls on Oct. 5. For events and locations near you, visit: www.kidsmusicday.org.
IN REMEMBRANCE: The family of Malcolm McCormick (aka Mac Miller) has announced a benefit concert to launch a charitable fund in the late artist’s name. “Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life” will take place Oct. 31 at the Greek Theatre with his friends, including Chance the Rapper, John Mayer, Miguel, Action Bronson, Anderson Paak, ScHoolboy Q, SZA, Vince Staples, Ty Dolla $ign, participating. Tickets will be available beginning Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.com.
COME TOGETHER: Foxy Brown is this year’s headliner for The Amber Rose SlutWalk, an annual nonprofit event bringing DJs, key thought leaders and community partners together with a mission towards gender equality, ending rape culture, victim blaming, body shaming and other social injustice issues.
Scheduled for Oct. 6, registration is at 8 a.m. at 1st and Hill streets with the walk/march festivities beginning at 10 a.m. The festival at Pershing Square runs from noon to 5 p.m. For additional info, visit www.amberroseslutwalk.com. This event is for mature audiences only.
CLIPPETTES: Numerous reports say a settlement has been reached on a five-year lawsuit between the Tupac Shakur estate and Death Row Records, meaning new music (said to be three albums worth) is getting readied for release …
The inaugural Adult Swim Festival kicks off at Row DTLA Oct. 5 with a preview night presenting T-Pain performing tracks from “Freaknik The Musical.” The next two evenings find the fest in full swing with Flying Lotus, Hannibal Burress, Thundercat, Big Freedia, Run The Jewels and more …
Since some original New Edition members are touring as RBRM (Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky & Mike), the remaining guys have formed their own super group plus one. Get ready for Keith (Sweat), Johnny (Gill) & Ralph (Tresvant), who will be performing their classic hits, including the music of LSG – Sweat and Gill’s former collaboration with the late Gerald Levert …
R&B Superfest, featuring Tyrese, Monica, Joe, Donell Jones and 702, hits the Forum Oct. 5; while Brazilian music legend Sergio Mendes is in concert at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach …
Jazz at Drew (University of Medicine and Science) is back Oct. 6 with After 7, Miki Howard, Pete Escovedo, Everette Harp, Ronnie Laws, The S.O.S. Band and others. Also that evening, The Pharcyde, Freddie Gibbs, Dead Prez and “Black Jesus” himself, Slink Johnson, are holding court at the The Novo DTLA; while over at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Lalah Hathaway and violinist Damian Escobar are paired for a soulful night …
Lenny Kravitz will rock the Hollywood Palladium Oct. 8 in support of his new album, “Raise Vibration” …
Rita Moreno is reuniting with George Chakiris, Russ Tamblyn and Eliot Feld for “Words on Dance: Jerome Robbins and West Side Story,” as part of the PaleyLive Fall 2018 season Oct. 11. Famed Broadway and film director/choreographer Rob Marshall will moderate the session.
HELPING HAND: Veterinary Dr. Danielle Spencer, better known as “Dee,” the former child star of 70s sitcom classic “What’s Happening!!,” is the focus of a crowd-funding page created after she had to have emergency brain surgery on a bleeding hematoma. It is not known how long she will be in recovery because of her previous bouts with cancer and a spinal injury. For more info, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/friendsofdrdaniellespencer.
TC ON TV: Oct. 5 – “Great Performances” (PBS): Tina Turner, Queen, Louis Jordan, The Meters and more are honored at an all-star concert hosted by Yolanda Adams for this “Grammy Salute to Music Legends 2018.” “Fresh Off The Boat” (ABC): Jaleel White, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Cooper guest star. “Z Nation” (SyFy): Harold Perrineau (“Claws”) joins the Kellita Smith-led zombie fest for its final season. “Unprotected Sets” (Epix): Wanda Sykes is an executive producer of this raw, unfiltered look at stand up comics on the verge of breaking out.
Oct. 6 – “Autopsy: The Last Hours of …” (Reelz): Barry White. “Black Love” (OWN): The series has spawned a weekend event beginning this day at The Montalban Theater. Check www.blacklovesummit2018.com for details. In tonight’s episode, Rev. Run and wife Justine Simmons are among the couples sharing how they’ve learned to pick their battles and manage their emotions when they’ve reached the breaking point. “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Awkwafina (“Crazy Rich Asians”) and rapper Travis Scott
Oct. 7 – “The iHeart Music Festival” (CW): Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons, Leon Bridges and Rae Sremmurd will be featured over two consecutive nights. “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” (ABC): Miles Brown (“black-ish”) and Honey Boo Boo are some of the celebrity kids participating in this spin-off. “Unsung Hollywood” (TV1): “The Best Man” “The Walking Dead” (AMC): The final season for lead couple Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Guirira) is here. “Uncensored” (TV1): Nick Cannon discusses Mariah Carey and leaving “America’s Got Talent.”
Oct. 9 – “2018 American Music Awards” (ABC): Tracee Ellis Ross returns to host the ceremony that will include a salute to the late Aretha Franklin by Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans. “Black Lightning” (CW): Bill Duke, Robert Townsend and Angela Rye guest star in this season two premiere.
Oct. 10 – “All American” (CW): Inspired by the life of former NFL player Spencer Paysinger, this drama stars Daniel Ezra as a rising Crenshaw high school footballer who is recruited by a Beverly High coach played by Taye Diggs. Bre-Z (“Empire”) co-stars in this episode directed by Rob Hardy.
TASTY QUIP: “If 60 people tell you something about me, be inclined to listen. Unfortunately, what we’re witnessing now was a long time coming. We all knew eventually it was going to happen and here it is. Three years? Sixty people? If you put it all together he’s serving like 10 minutes per crime.” – DAVID ALAN GRIER of Fox’s “The Cool Kids” on Bill Cosby to Wendy Williams
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