It’s a big week for Taraji P. Henson as the actress/producer who starred in the Oscar-nominated 2016 film “Hidden Figures” and is featured weekly as street smart matriarch Cookie Lyon on Fox’s “Empire,” will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 6212 Hollywood Blvd., at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 28.
The Howard University grad, who broke through in John Singleton’s “Baby Boy” and has critically acclaimed films “Hustle & Flow” and David Fincher’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” among her credits, will just be gearing up.
Later that evening, her latest film “What Men Want,” will be premiering at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood Village. The movie, a script flipping remake of a 2000 Mel Gibson comedy with the premise of reading the minds of the opposite sex, co-stars Tracy Morgan, Aldis Hodge, Tamala Jones, Richard Roundtree, Pete Davidson, Shaquille O’Neal and Erykah Badu.
The BET/Paramount release opens in theatres nationwide Feb. 7.
Up next for Henson is “The Best of Enemies, opening April 5. In the factual drama, she portrays civil rights activist Ann Atwater, who faces off against C.P. Ellis, exalted cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.
SPOTLIGHT: Multi-genre recording artist Damien Sneed’s 36-city North American tour, “We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” arrives at Cal State Northridge’s Soraya Center Jan. 26.
The Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient, who has worked with jazz, classical, pop, and R&B legends including the late Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Diana Ross and Ashford & Simpson, will be joined by Erica Campbell of Mary Mary fame.
The concert will include selections from the just released “Damien Sneed: We Shall Overcome” on LeChateau Earl Records. The inspiring new project features the pianist/composer’s unique arrangements of Billie Holiday’s “God Bless The Child,” Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday,” as well as an original tune called “I Dream A World,” inspired by the Langston Hughes poem.
“For years, American musical artists have used their platform to proclaim songs of protest and reconciliation in response to the many issues in our homes, schools, government, nation and the world abroad,” says Sneed. “My desire, with this musical offering, is to follow in the footsteps of the pantheon of great artists like Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, and others who melodically gave voice to those who otherwise wouldn’t have a voice.”
MOVIE WATCH: “I Am Not A Witch,” the international award-winning film from Zambian-born Welsh director Rungano Nyoni that was named to numerous Best of 2018 lists, is now available on DVD from Film Movement.
The striking satire about witchcraft in contemporary Zambia is at times moving, often funny and occasionally surreal, showcasing Nyoni as the birth of a significant new screen voice.
The release also includes an interview with the director as well as her short film, “Mwansa the Great.”
Tika Sumpter (“The Haves and the Have Nots”) returns to the big screen in “An Acceptable Loss,” now playing in area theatres. Jamie Lee Curtis co-stars in the political thriller directed by Joe Chappelle (“The Wire”).
“Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church,” The much-lauded documentary telling the story of the guitarist’s involvement as the headliner of the second Atlanta International Pop Festival, then hailed as the ‘Southern Woodstock,’ is getting a rare showing beginning Jan. 31 at Arc Light Hollywood and select theatres around the world. It previously premiered on Showtime.
CLIPPETTES: Tickets go on sale Jan. 25 for Carlos Santana’s Supernatural Now Tour marking the 20th anniversary of the album that spawned back-to-back number 1 singles “Smooth” and “Maria Maria.” The Doobie Brothers are opening on all 29 dates including a June 24 stop at the Hollywood Bowl. Visit LiveNation.com for tickets that will include the iconic guitarist’s latest album …
Singer Teedra Moses is in concert at Inglewood’s Miracle Theater Jan. 26. Also that evening, Ozomatli featuring Cut Chemist + Chali 2na are at Zebulon; while Kelly Clarkson appears at The Staples Center …
Grammy-nominated vocalist Kenny Lattimore will headline for his foundation’s first L.A. fundraising concert Jan. 27 at The Rose in Pasadena. Proceeds will go towards the fall launch of pilot programs with ICEF View Park Preparatory Accelerated Elementary School …
Murs will host a discussion and book signing of “The History of Gangster Rap” with its author Soren Baker on Jan. 30 at The Artform Studio …
“American Son,” the Broadway hit starring Kerry Washington, will be adapted as a Netflix motion picture with its original cast including Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan and Eugene Lee, and the play’s director Kenny Leon returning to helm …
More than $2 million has been raised to go towards the expansion plans of Detroit’s Motown Museum as part of the commemoration of the label’s 60th anniversary. The celebration continues with “Forever Motown” (Jan. 30 – Feb. 2) at the Laguna Playhouse. The musical revue features The Spinners original lead singer G.C. Cameron and former Temptations lead Glenn Leonard, along with members of The Marvelettes and a live band.
TC ON TV: Jan. 25 – “Black Earth Rising” (Netflix): Michaela Coel (“Chewing Gum”) stars in this limited series as a Rwandan orphaned by the genocide, raised in London by an adoptive mother who tries to discover the truth of her past. John Goodman and Tamara Tunie co-star. “Roy Wood Jr.: No One Loves You” (Comedy): “The Daily Show” correspondent and host of “This is Not Happening” explores the plight of the black superhero, national anthem protests, and the many failed strategies men have used to avoid #MeToo allegations.
Jan. 26 – “Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin’” (HBO): The actress, featured as Tiffany on the network’s “Insecure,” makes her stand-up debut in this hour-long special directed by comedy veteran Stan Lathan. “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): James McAvoy, Meek Mill
Jan. 27 – “Rent” (FOX): The groundbreaking Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is performed live with a cast that includes Vanessa Hudgens, Kiersey Clemons, Mario, Tinashe and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” veteran Valentina. “The 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards” (TBS/TNT): Tom Hanks will present Alan Alda with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony hosted by Megan Mullally with Yara Shahidi serving as ambassador. “Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest” (DXD): The animated series reveals the secrets about Bashenga, the founder of the kingdom of Wakanda.
Jan. 28 – “I Am The Night” (TNT): “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins has crafted an engrossing mini-series surrounding the famed mystery of The Black Dahlia case. It stars Chris Pine, Connie Britton with career defining performances by Golden Brooks (“Girlfriends”) and newcomer India Eisley (daughter of “Romeo & Juliet” actress Olivia Hussey).
Jan. 29 – “Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: One Show Fits All” (Netflix): The popular comic discusses his teenage son and encounters with Snoop Dogg, Chris Rock and Vicente Fernández in this new stand-up special.
Jan. 30 – “Ellen” (Syn): Priyanka Chopra, Boy George & Culture Club
Jan. 31 – “30 for 30” (ESPN): “Deion’s Double Play” tells the story of when Deion Sanders sandwiched a pro football game around a pair of postseason baseball games, in two different cities a thousand miles apart.
TASTY QUIP: “Thirty years is a long time, ain’t it?” – SPIKE LEE on his first Oscar nomination as a director for “BlacKkKlansman” via AP
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