World AIDS Day will be commemorated this year with two star-studded events in Los Angeles. On Nov. 30, actress Rosie Perez hosts Keep the Promise on AIDS, a free march and concert pushing to accelerate the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Special performances at the Dolby Theatre by Patti LaBelle, Common, Jojo and Espinoza Paz are slated with a huge honor reserved for singer, songwriter, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte.
Seats are limited so attendees are encouraged to register at www.ahfwad.org/los-angeles/. The march will kick off at Hollywood and Schrader boulevards at 5 p.m. Comfortable shoes for walking and dancing are recommended and no backpacks will be permitted.
The next evening, Dec. 1, award-winning producer, writer and director Lee Daniels will headline an illustrious list of inductees into the Heroes in the Struggle Hall of Fame.
The gala reception and award presentation, a signature benefit for the Black AIDS Institute, will be hosted by “Empire” star Jussie Smollett at the Director’s Guild of America. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with a VIP reception. Visit www.blackaids.org for details.
TASTY QUIP: “I think in the future … I don’t think people are gonna talk. They’re literally gonna communicate through eye contact, body language, emojis, do whatever without having to use words.” – The tour-canceling KANYE WEST to Surface
UNAPOLOGETIC: Atlantic Records’ highly anticipated release of “The Hamilton Mixtape,” an unprecedented musical companion to the landmark Broadway musical by Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, has arrived.
Executive produced by the Roots’ Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter, the album presents songs from the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical covered and remixed by a remarkable cast of contemporary artists including Usher, Alicia Keys, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Sia, Chance the Rapper, John Legend, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Miguel, Andra Day, Jill Scott, Kelly Clarkson, Jimmy Fallon and more. As a bonus, the set also features three previously unreleased “Hamilton” demos.
TASTY QUIP: “When do you stand up and point out every micro-aggression, and when do you stand down so you’re not the angry black person all the time?” – GABRIELLE UNION to Harper’s Bazaar
CLIPPETTES: Dave Chappelle has joined the previously announced Chris Rock in setting up shop at Netflix. Look for three stand-up comedy specials next year …
Rapper Kool Keith brings the Feature Magnetic Tour to the Belasco on Nov. 26 …
Bong Joon Ho’s 2013 sci-fi film “Snowpiercer” is being developed as a series for TNT …
Young Thug’s HiHorsed Tour hits L.A on Nov 27 at the Shrine Expo Hall …
Congrats to Hayma Washington for his election as the first African-American chairman and CEO of the Television Academy …
Moonfaze Feminist Film Festival will screen 20 genre-breaking short films that illuminate HER story on Dec. 1 at Conduit DTLA …
“Suicide Squad: The Album” has become the only certified platinum (million) selling soundtrack this year.
TASTY QUIP: “I don’t really care if [Trump is] a racist or not. I care if he’s a capable president. If you really think everything in your life, everything that you benefit from comes from socially aware, like-minded, good-hearted people, then you’re out of your mind.” – “SNL” Weekend Update anchor MICHAEL CHE to Vulture promoting his stand-up special premiering Nov. 25 on Netflix.
TC ON TV: Nov. 25 – “Roots” (Bounce): The original 1977 eight-part miniseries will air as a marathon starting at 11 a.m.
Nov. 26 – “The Christmas Swap” (TV1): Dondré T. Whitfield (“Queen Sugar”) finds it’s a wonderful life in this original movie co-starring Christian Keyes (“Saints & Sinners”). “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” (OWN): Monica, Ziggy Marley, Lisa Nicole Carson and Veronica Webb close this season.
Nov. 27 – “2016 Soul Train Awards” (BET): Erykah Badu is back as host with Brandy and Teddy Riley receiving top honors.
Nov. 28 – “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” (VH1): Robin Thicke, Keke Palmer and DJ Khaled bring the bacon for this episode of the series already renewed for a second season.
Nov. 30 – “Unsung” (TV1): Frankie Knuckles and house music are profiled. “Queen Sugar” (OWN): A fine debut season ends.
Dec. 1 – “Top Chef” (Bravo): Eight returning chefs join eight newbies for the 14th season based in Charleston, South Carolina. “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Leah Remini; “The Late Late Show” (CBS): Queen Latifah, Morris Chestnut, Tracey Ullman, Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello
SEASONAL: Verve is celebrating the holidays with two heart-warming Christmas releases – “Joyful Jazz! Christmas with Verve, Vol. 1: The Vocalists,” and “Joyful Jazz! Christmas with Verve, Vol. 2: The Instrumentals,” as part of its 60th anniversary.
The Vocalists features Ella Fitzgerald performing “White Christmas,” as well as Willie Nelson and Norah Jones‘ take on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” and Dinah Washington on “Silent Night,” previously a rare single-only release. The album also boasts spirited tracks from Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Patti Austin, Mel Tormé, Peggy Lee, Shirley Horn, Diane Schuur and Betty Carter.
The Instrumentals portray exciting takes on songs like “Silver Bells” from Kevin Eubanks, “Frosty The Snowman” as interpreted by Roy Hargrove and Christian McBride, Stanley Jordan‘s version of “Silent Night” and Kenny Burrell‘s take on “The Little Drummer Boy.” The Ramsey Lewis Trio, Mark Whitfield, Nelson Rangell, Jimmy Smith, the Lionel Hampton Sextet, Oscar Peterson and a rare John Coltrane Quartet spin on “Greensleeves” are also featured.
TASTY QUIP – “God gifted me with my talent so I knew I could do this, I knew I could sing, I knew I could pick up an instrument and play it and I’ve never had any formal lessons. That’s what kept me going.” – [R.I.P.] SHARON JONES to Shadow and Act
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