Steve Harvey has that golden touch these days. Now the comic/author who hosts four hit shows and counting will return to the place that launched his stardom with the Fox special revival of “Showtime At The Apollo,” airing Dec. 5 on the network.
“I’m excited to be going back home to the Apollo to celebrate the history of this great theater,” said Harvey of the famed Harlem emporium. “I have great memories from my time there, and this is going to be a homecoming party that you won’t want to miss.”
This two-hour reimagining of the classic talent showcase series will feature comics Tracy Morgan, Mike Epps and Gabriel Iglesias; rappers Doug E. Fresh and Rakim; and classic musical acts Bell Biv DeVoe and En Vogue.
Producers Reginald Hudlin and Jonelle Procope are making sure to spotlight the Apollo’s legendary Amateur Night — the long-running, live talent competition, now in its 82nd year. Many iconic artists, including James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five, D’Angelo and countless others, saw their careers catapulted from this stage.
ROYAL REMEMBRANCE: On the heels of last week’s vault release of Prince’s “Moonbeam Levels” comes word of Celebration 2017, a four-day event to be held at his Paisley Park Studios and Museum April 20-23.
The event, to be produced by the Prince Estate, will feature private guided tours, panel discussions, activities and performances by the Revolution, New Power Generation, Liv Warfield, Shelby J, and members of 3rdEyeGirl, and Morris Day & The Time. Tickets are $499 and $999.
IN NEED: Shemar Moore, whose latest movie “The Bounce Back” opens Dec. 9, has been on a mission since his 15-year-old co-star, Nadja Alaya, was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
The actor, who starred in CBS’ “Criminal Minds,” is leading a campaign to help kids like Alaya by raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Nadja is going to ‘bounce back’ from this and go on to live a full life,” said Moore. “We want to ensure kids like Nadja receive the best care possible.”
Donations can be made at BounceBackForKids.org and will go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of donors’ choice. There are 170 children’s hospitals across North America supported by the charity, including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where Alaya is being treated.
BLAZING: Bruno Mars is on a roll. His just-released “24K Magic” album is the highest selling debut of his career reaching No. 1 on digital and R&B/Hip Hop charts with more than 400 million global streams. To add to the feat, his world tour sold a remarkable 1 million tickets in 24 hours. Mark your calendars for his 2017 dates at the Forum: Nov. 7, 8, 10 and 11.
IN NEED II: A GoFundMe.com page (JeffLiveJeff) has been created for award-winning trombone player, recording artist and bandleader Jeff Bradshaw. He was recently diagnosed with a severe and unprecedented case of diverticulitis disease which has caused major intestinal and financial challenges.
CLIPPETTES: Cali Christmas featuring Ice Cube, 2 Chainz, G-Eazy, D.R.A.M., Madeintyo, and Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals is celebrated on Dec. 2 at the Forum; while Pomona’s Glass House Concert Hall hosts R&B singer Lee Fields & The Expressions …
Michele Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”) has been cast as the leader of “Star Trek: Discovery,” embarking on adventures this January on CBS All Access …
The Robert Glasper Experiment holds court at the Fonda Theatre on Dec. 5 …
Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles presents the fourth annual Wishing Well Winter Gala on Dec. 7 at the Hollywood Palladium. Hosted by Mario Lopez, the gala will honor Robert Downey Jr. with the Shining Star Award, presented by Don Cheadle; and nods to industry power broker Scooter Braun by Tori Kelly; and the LA Kings …
The King + Queen Tour featuring Maxwell, Mary J. Blige and the rising Ro James hits the Forum on Dec. 6 …
Marvel Comics visionary Stan Lee will get a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dangerman Hero Awards on Dec. 7 at the California African American Museum …
“When Jazz Had The Blues,” a true musical story of Billy Strayhorn, Lena Horne and Duke Ellington, continues its run at the Matrix Theatre through Dec. 18 …
Keith Sweat celebrates the 30th anniversary of his debut album, “Make It Last Forever” with a Las Vegas residency at the infamous Flamingo Jan. 17–Feb. 4, 2017 with special guest Aries Spears.
TC ON TV: Dec. 2 – “National Christmas Tree Lighting” (Hallmark): Yolanda Adams, James Taylor, Chance the Rapper, Kelly Clarkson. “Van Morrison: Live at the Rainbow” (PBS): Taped in London in 1973.
Dec. 3 – “Patti LaBelle’s Place” (Cooking): The diva welcomes Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Naturi Naughton, Estelle and Joe Zee.
Dec. 4 – The Breakthrough Prize” (Nat Geo): Morgan Freeman hosts and Alicia Keys will perform at this live ceremony from NASA celebrating science, physics and mathematics. “Mariah’s World” (E/Bravo): The eight-part event follows Ms. Carey overseas.
Dec. 5 – “Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night” (VH1): Mariah Carey, Patti LaBelle, Teyana Taylor, Vanessa Williams, Chaka Khan and more. “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” (CBS): Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and The Weeknd.
Dec. 6 – “Reggie Watts: Spatial” (Netflix): “The Late Late Show” bandleader/comedian gets trippy in this special. “This is Us” (NBC): “Last Christmas” brings the fall finale of the runaway hit show this season.
Dec. 7 – “Hairspray Live” (NBC): Director Kenny Leon (“The Wiz Live”) leads Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Sean Hayes, Rosie O’Donnell and Ephraim Sykes (“Hamilton”). “Unsung” (TV1): Bobby Bland
Dec. 8 – “Taraji’s White Hot Holidays” (Fox): Ms. Henson will be joined by her “Empire” son Jussie Smollett, Taye Diggs, Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys, Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC, Snoop Dogg, TLC, Tyler Perry and Terry Crews.
TASTY QUIP: “The day that media in America is afraid to tell the truth, is the day the propagandists win.” – Radio host JOE MADISON – “The Black Eagle” on Sirius/XM
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