BET Experience: Usher, Katt Williams announced at Staples Center Concert

March 28, 2016

'Black Sails': episode 10 preview

March 24, 2016
On an all new episode of "Black Sails," Rogers and his forces come for the pirates. Rackham and Bonny face impossible odds. Silver demands answers from Flint. Billy crowns a king.

Check out a preview below: 

“Black Sails” airs on Saturdays at 9:00 PM ET/PT on STARZ.

Comedian Quincy Jones lands HBO deal after appearance on Ellen

March 22, 2016
Quincy Jones, a young stand-up comic diagnosed with terminal cancer who recently told his story on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and expressed his intent to tape a one-hour stand-up show, is set to headline his first HBO comedy special. The exclusive presentation will tape at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles on April 4 and debut this spring. 

Originally from Seattle, the 32-year-old Jones moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in comedy. At the time of his cancer diagnosis in July 2015, he was performing an estimated 1,000 stand-up sets a year in order to develop his skills, and continues to perform today, despite ongoing chemotherapy.

To help Jones achieve his dream of starring in a stand-up comedy special that would be his legacy, friend and fellow comedian Nicole Blaine, along with her husband, Mickey Blaine, launched a Kickstarter campaign, which led to his March 15 appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and his subsequent HBO deal.

Jones found out that HBO would air his special when he returned for a second appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which taped Thursday, March 17 for air today, Monday, March 21.

Song of the Day: "Back to Life" by Soul II Soul

Here's "Back to Life" by Soul II Soul from the album Club Classics Vol. One.


Macy's to donate dresses to Operation Prom

Betsy & Adam off-the-shoulder illusion gown, $199, available at select Macy's stores and on (Photo: Business Wire)Macy's (is making it his mission to see that every teen has an incredible prom night. As a partner with Operation PROM, Macy’s is helping to underprivileged teens through the “Buy 1, We’ll Donate 1” program. For each prom dress purchased on March 26, Macy's will donate a brand new dress* to Operation PROM to help girls in need sparkle on prom night.

Prom night is a magical evening, and Macy’s has partnered with Operation PROM to bring that magic to young women in need. Macy’s invites customers to help girls glow on prom night by participating in its “Buy 1, We’ll Donate 1” program, benefitting Operation PROM. On Saturday, March 26, for every prom dress purchased, Macy’s will donate a prom dress to Operation PROM, which provides formalwear to students who are in financial need, homeless, sick or disabled. This amazing cause brings joy to the lives of countless young women and helps them to feel as wonderful and as beautiful as they are.

Operation PROM is a national 501 c 3 not-for-profit organization that provides free prom dresses and tuxedos to underprivileged teens. Eligible students are those who are in financial need, homeless, sick, or disabled. Over the past 12 years, Operation PROM has helped thousands of students across the U.S. attend their prom at little or no cost.
*Up to 5,600 new dresses. Only regular-price prom and social dresses trigger the donation. Purchase is not tax deductible. For more info, visit:


'Doctor Who' coming to Amazon Prime

March 21, 2016

cid:image001.jpg@01D1835F.833FBFE0"Doctor Who"T is coming to Amazon Prime.  U.S. Amazon Prime members can stream seasons 1-8 of BBC AMERICA’S popular sci-fi television series, including all of the Christmas special episodes beginning March 27, 2016 at no additional charge to their membership

Season 9  and the Christmas Special, The Husbands of River Song will be available in Fall 2016. 

Prime members can enjoy the series via the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV and mobile devices, or online. List of all Amazon Video compatible devices here.
Don’t have Prime Video? Grab a free 30-day trial here

Doctor Who, a BBC Production, began broadcasting on BBC AMERICA in 2005, follows the Doctor, an alien from a race called the Time Lords whose home planet is Gallifrey. The Doctor travels through time and space in his ship the TARDIS – short for Time and Relative Dimensions In Space – with numerous companions in an effort to continuously save the world. 

Christopher Eccleston (Thor: The Dark World), David Tennant (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Matt Smith (Terminator Genisys), and Peter Capaldi (World War Z) have all played the Doctor in the hit series. BBC audiences were first introduced to the series fifty-two years ago. BBC AMERICA premieres a new Doctor Who Christmas special later this year and premieres Season 10 in 2017.

Video: Adam Lambert talks American Idol and music

March 18, 2016
Adam Lambert onstage at American Idol (CR:FOX)
American Idol announced the top 5 finalists on Thursday, March 17. They include MacKenzie Bourg, Trent Harmon, Dalton Rapattoni, La’Porsha Renae and Sonika Vaid. Judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. determined that from the bottom two of Sonia Vaid and Tristan McIntosh, that they would save Vaid and McIntosh would be eliminated.

Also on the show, Nascar drivers Ryan Blaney and Bubba Wallace surprised the finalists to inform them that the Top Five will sing “God Bless America” prior to the start of the Nascar Spring Cup Series Auto Club 400 race airing live on Sunday, March 20 (3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT) on FOX.
Adam Lambert opened the show with an updated version of "Mad World". Lambert peformed the song in 2009 when he was a contestant on the show. After a clip of the orginal song performance, Lambert took the stage to perform the song live. Lambert later took the stage to sing his brand new song “Welcome to the Show” with co singer Laleh. Laleh co wrote the song with him.
Next week, Thursday, March 24 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed), the Top Five will perform two songs.Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Sia will mentor the Top Five on songs from her repertoire, as well as perform her hit “Cheap Thrills” from her new album “This is Acting.” Then, E Street Band’s Stevie Van Zandt will mentor the finalists on classic rock songs. Actress and Idol alum Katharine McPhee also will return to the stage to perform her memorable rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

I spoke with Adam Lambert backstage after the show. Click on the video link to see what he had to say about returning to Idol and more.

Lambert will be live in concert in the Los Angeles area on April 2, 3. For tickets and more information.

Next month Lambert will begin shooting "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"remake. The original movie was adapted from the 1973 West End musical The Rocky Horror Show. 

Adam Lambert interview backstage at American Idol 3-17-2016 by TVMusic Network

This article was originally posted on Examiner.Com on March 18, 2016.

Monopoly: vintage game celebrates 81st birthday

In celebration of World MONOPOLY Day, March 19, follow the iconic MONOPOLY game pieces to learn more about MR. MONOPOLY!(Graphic: Business Wire)After more than 80 years of top hats, tokens, and passing GO!, the MONOPOLY brand and its iconic MR. MONOPOLY character celebrate World MONOPOLY Day, this Saturday, March 19. Fans around the globe will be given the chance to “own it all” as several iconic brands featured in the latest MONOPOLY EMPIRE game including Universal Parks & Resorts, Ford, Caterpillar, Billboard, Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Polaroid, TRANSFORMERS and more gather on social media and through special events to help MONOPOLY “Pass Go” and celebrate its 81st birthday.

Since its debut in 1935, the MONOPOLY brand has captivated more than one billion players in 114 countries around the world, and continues to grow. Fans are now able to experience the MONOPOLY brand like never before with the many ways the brand comes alive whether it’s in digital games, fashion, live events or casino gambling - there is a MONOPOLY experience for every lifestyle. The MONOPOLY game can be played across a variety of formats including the mobile MONOPOLY Classic game from EA and MONOPOLY Bingo game from Storm8, as well as the updated version of MONOPOLY EMPIRE board game which challenges players to move around the board buying and selling the world’s top brands. The MONOPOLY EMPIRE game is available now for ages 8 and up for an approximate retail price of $19.99.

TCM Festival: Carl Reiner, John Singleton, Eva Marie Saint, more to appear to 2016 festival

March 14, 2016
Steve Martin in a scene from "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" written and directed by Carl Reiner. 
This year's TCM Classic Film Festival brings many of Hollywood's biggest stars to Hollywood to celebrate their classic films. This year's guests include Carl Reiner, Elliott Gould, Eva Marie Saint, John Singleton, Stacy Keach and Anna Karina.

Highlights of the festival include:
Films featuring Elliott Gould include his classics "M*A*S*H" (1970) and "The Long Goodbye" (1973). Gould will also be featured in conversation in Club TCM. 
Director-writer Carl Reiner  will introduce a screening of "Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid" (1982) along with an extended conversation with the talented Emmy-winning writer and director. 

Actress Eva Marie Saint will be on hand to introduce a screening of the "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians, The Russians Are Coming." 

Director John Singleton will present a special 25th anniversary screening of his coming-of-age classic "Boyz N The Hood" (1991). 

Actor Stacy Keach will be on hand to discus John Huston’s vision of amatuer boxing in the 1972 film, "Fat City." 

French actress Anna Karina -will introduce her film "Band of Outsiders" (1964), directed by Jean-Luc Godard. 

The 2016 TCM Film Festival special live events:
  • North American premiere of "Holiday in Spain aka Scent of Mystery" (1960) presented in “Smell-O-Vision” in a one-of-a-kind presentation at the Cinerama Dome
  • Opening night poolside screening at the Hollywood Roosevelt of master comedian Harold Lloyd’s biggest hit," The Freshman" (1925), featuring DJ Thomas Golubić spinning a unique live music mix for the silent film

For more info and tickets, visit:

'All The President's Men' to screen at 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival

Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman in a scene from "All The President's Men"
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 7th annual TCM Classic Film Festival on April 28th with a 40th Anniversary screening of the Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman 1976 political thriller "All The President’s Men." The festival will take place from April 28 - May 1 in Hollywood.

"All The President's Men," produced by and starring Robert Redford, showed a hard look political and newspaper movies when he teamed with Dustin Hoffman for this tense political thriller about Washington

Redford and Hoffman portray real life Washington Post reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein who famously investigated of the Watergate break-in, a story that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation. The feature will be presented in a 40th anniversary screening in collaboration with Warner Bros. Classics.

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures returns as an official festival partner as well as the co-host of the opening night screening and party. Other festival partners include Delta Air Lines, DIRECTV, The Hollywood Reporter and Bonhams.

For more festival info and for ticket information, visit:

Chad Michael Murray cast in CMT's 'Million Dollar Quartet'

CMT today announced that Chad Michael Murray ("Agent Carter," "Outlaws and Angels" and "Texas Rising") will portray rock 'n' roll pioneer Sam Phillips in the upcoming scripted drama inspired by the musical "Million Dollar Quartet." Jennifer Holland ("American Pie Presents: The Book of Love," "American Horror Story") will play Sam's devoted wife Becky Phillips, while Margaret Anne Florence ("Inside Amy Schumer," and "30 Rock")is set to play his assistant-turned-girlfriend, Marion Keisker. Production begins this spring in Memphis with the series slated to premiere in November on CMT.

Phillips founded Sun Records, breaking and guiding young musicians like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Ike Turner and more. During the tumultuous civil rights movement, Phillips advocated for racial equality and broke barriers within the music industry. He was aided with the unwavering support of his wife Becky, as well as his longtime assistant Marion, who is best known for being the first person to record Elvis Presley.
Murray and Holland join previously-announced cast members Drake Milligan (Elvis Presley), Kevin Fonteyne (Johnny Cash), Christian Lees (Jerry Lee Lewis) and Jonah Lees (Jimmy Swaggart). The series is timed to the historic 60th anniversary of the famed "Million Dollar Quartet" recording sessions featuring icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

"Million Dollar Quartet" (working title) is a coming-of-age story set in Memphis during the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement, and tells the untold true story of nothing less than the birth of rock 'n' roll. Guided by Sam Phillips, young musicians like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis combined the styles of hillbilly country with the 1950s R&B sound created by artists like Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Fats Domino and Ike Turner, and changed the course of music forever. The series chronicles these young artists' often jarring and sudden meteoric rise to fame in the face of sweeping political change and social unrest.

"Million Dollar Quartet" is based on the book written by Floyd Mutrux and Escott, with original concept and direction by Mutrux.


Luther premieres on KCET, March 14

March 11, 2016

"Luther" is coming to KCET. The nation's largest independent public television station will premiere the first three seasons of the internationally critically acclaimed BBC series in Southern California beginning Mon., Mar. 14 at 9 p.m. PT.
The detective series stars Golden Globe Award winner Idris Elba. Elba also won a Screen Actors Guild Award for his title role. "The Affair's" Ruth Wilson will play Luther's nemesis.

In the series opener, Luther is introduced to Alice Morgan (played by Wilson) a woman who pulls off the perfect murder, which challenges Luther as never before.

"Luther" is a gripping, smart and entertaining psychological thriller driven by an intellectually brilliant but emotionally impulsive cop. For Luther, his profession is a vocation rather than a job. He serves his own idea of a moral order as much as rules and codes of criminal law. Throughout the series we see Luther face a succession of psychological duels between hunter and hunted, predator and prey. Luther's confidante is his arch-enemy Alice, a beautiful multiple-murderess who evades his grasp early on, and with whom he becomes locked in a lethal battle of wits. As the stakes get ever higher and more personal, Luther's lonely path pulls him towards the very edge of temptation. Will his personal demons prove to be as dangerous as any of the criminals he pursues?

Join the conversation on social media using #Luther. Visit the KCET website for a special character index, episode loglines, and video promos that give viewers an exciting in-depth look at the series. For more information visit

'Preachers': first look at AMC's new series

March 9, 2016

Check out photos and a trailer for AMC's new drama series "Preacher," based on the cult favorite comic book series of the same name. The show stars Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga and Joseph Gilgun.

"Preacher" is a supernatural, twisted and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power. Jesse, his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy come together and when they do, they are thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.

Check out the trailer below:


Video: Richie Sambora and Orianthi talk music at ASCAP nomination celebration

March 7, 2016
ASCAP presented their annual Grammy nomination celebraton on Friday, February 12 at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. The event included Grammy nominees, executives, music industry members and friends to kick off Grammy weekend with fancy cocktails, foot and, of course, music. Jazmine Sullivan, nominee for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Album, captivated the crowd with soulful versions of her nominated song "Let It Burn" and "Stupid Girl," both from her nominated album "Reality Show."

ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews, President Paul Williams and other top ASCAP members were on hand to greet ASCAP nominees including Lee Ann Womack (Best Country Song, "Chances Are"), James Fauntleroy (Album of the Year, To Pimp a Butterfly), Anna Wise (Album of the Year, To Pimp a Butterfly and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, "These Walls"),Dave Bassett (Best Rock Song, "Ex's & Oh's"), Jake Gosling (Record of the Year,Thinking Out Loud), Morgan Heritage (Best Reggae Album, Strictly Roots) and ASCAP Board member Marcus Miller (Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, Afrodeezia).
Claudia Brant, Bridget Kelly, Victoria Monet, Mali Music, No ID,R. City, Orianthi and Richie Sambora were also in attendance.
Sponsors included D'ussé, Cîroc and Tu Me Water.

I spoke with Orianthi and Richie Sambora on the red carpetat the lucheon at the event. Click on the video link to see what they have to say about music and more.

Next up it the 11th annual ASCAP's "I Create Music" EXPO on April 28-30 in Hollywood, Californa.

This article was originally published on Examiner.Com on March 7, 2016.


2016 ABFF Honors spotlights the best in Black movies and televsion

March 1, 2016
The American Black Film Festival Honors were recently held in Beverly Hills. The ceremony recognizes the best in movies and television from the previous year.

The event was hosted by Mike Epps, will honor Diahann Carroll with the Hollywood Legacy Award and producer Will Packer with the Distinguished ABFF Alumni Award. 

This year's nominated movies include "Straight Outta Compton," "Creed," "Beasts of No Nation," "Dope" and "Concussion."

On the television side, the nominated shows are "Being Mary Jane," "black-ish," "Empire," "How To Get Away With Murder"  and "Power"

Below are this year’s ABFF Honors:

Film of the Year

Beasts of No Nation
Straight Outta Compton

Television Show of the Year
Being Mary Jane
How to Get Away With Murder

TVMusic Network was on had to cover the events Red Carpet and talked to several of the nominees and presenters for the night.

Check out our interviews below:

Ice Cube:

Howard Hewitt: