By Bill Vaughan
The long-awaited third album from Anderson .Paak is about to be released and it is an homage to his hometown. On “Oxnard,” the singer/instrumentalist presents his unique brand of funk, soul and hip-hop on the Dr. Dre-produced tracks.
Guest turns from Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, B.J. the Chicago Kid, Q-Tip, Pusha-T, and more are highlighted on the follow-up to the Grammy nominated “Malibu.”
To celebrate, Paak is hosting Andy’s Oxnard Carnival on Nov. 17 at the city’s Performing Arts and Convention Center from 2 to 6 p.m. The all-ages event will feature free rides, free food, free games, plus prizes, shuttles and more.
He is expected to perform and may bring some of the aforementioned along for the fun. To RSVP, visit: oxnardperformingarts.com/carnival.
MOVIE WATCH: Spike Lee is preparing to film Roger Guenveur Smith’s critically acclaimed one-man show “Frederick Douglass Now.” The longtime friends worked together previously on “School Daze,” “Do The Right Thing” and “Malcolm X.”
Lee is currently attached as executive producer of Howard University grad Faraday Okoro’s feature film debut, “Nigerian Prince.” The drama about a young New Yorker sent to Nigeria to meet his relatives including a scammer cousin, was made possible by a $1 million grant by the AT&T Presents: Untold Stories initiative, a multi-tier alliance between AT&T, Tribeca and the Tribeca Film Institute.
It can be viewed in theaters and on-demand streaming services.
TASTY QUIP: “Steve [McQueen] saw me as this woman. I migrate toward people who actually see me. I actually do have a vagina.” – VIOLA DAVIS on being cast by her “Widows” director in the film opening this weekend.
CLIPPETTES: Snoop Dogg and JeCaryous Johnson’s “Redemption of a Dogg” is being staged Nov. 16 at the Microsoft Theater and Nov. 17 at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. Tamar Braxton, Eric Benet, Demetria McKinney, Omar Gooding, Latoya London and James “Lil JJ” Lewis round out the cast. During his busy schedule, Snoop has been huddling with ace filmmakers Lee Daniels and Ryan Coogler for a biopic of his life …
Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and T.I. will be judges for a Netflix singing competition called “Rhythm + Flow.” The John Legend-produced series will premiere next fall …
On Nov. 17, Jenifer Lewis (“black-ish”) will sign copies of her book “Mother of Black Hollywood” at The Grove at Farmers Market; and Pharrell Williams will be in conversation about his second book “A Fish Doesn’t Know It’s Wet” at The Novo at L.A. Live …
Willie Hutch’s soundtrack to the classic blaxploitation caper “Foxy Brown,” out of print for nearly two decades, is available once again on black vinyl via Motown/Ume in celebration of its 45th anniversary …
Bassist/Vocalist Esperanza Spalding plays music from her new album “12 Little Spells” on Nov. 20 at the El Rey Theatre …
“1963: New Directions,” a new release covering the arc of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane’s work, is now available on LP, CD, as a digital download and on all streaming services …
Keyshia Cole is live in concert on Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 21 with Eric Bellinger and JoJo Hailey of Jodeci and K-Ci & JoJo at the Long Beach Convention Center.
TASTY QUIP: “My biggest pet peeve is that most scripts put the nationality or the color of the person’s skin — except for the Caucasian characters. So they’ll put, like, ‘Jessica, 24, attitude,’ and two pages down you’ll read ‘Simon, African American.’ And I’ll be like, ‘So I am supposed to know that the story is about a white person and then we put people of color in certain places to create accents?’ It’s upsetting.” – ZOE KRAVITZ to the L.A. Times
TC ON TV: Nov. 16 – “Narcos” (Netflix): The complete fourth season will explore the origins of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s with Diego Luna starring as Félix Gallardo and Michael Peña as DEA agent Kiki Camarena. “Great Performances” (PBS): “John Leguizamo‘s Road To Broadway.” “Rising” (Showtime): Lena Waithe (“The Chi”) co-wrote the screenplay of this short which asks the question “why does it take a disaster to bring us together?” “Mike Judge Presents Tales From The Tour Bus” (Cinemax): Rick James, Pt. 2.
Nov. 17 – “Austin City Limits” (PBS): Janelle Monáe “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Ella Mai.
Nov. 19 – “9-1-1” (FOX): Rae Dawn Chong makes a rare television appearance in this episode. “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Mariah Carey.
Nov. 20 – “Motown Magic” (Netflix): Smokey Robinson serves as executive producer of this family-friendly animated series that brings together 52 newly recorded versions of classic hits from such musicians as The Jackson 5, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and The Supremes. “Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia.” (Netflix): “The Daily Show” host touches on tacos, runaway snakes, camping, racism immunity and lessons he learned from his mother in this comedy special.
Nov. 21 – “Double Dare” (Nick): Former teen stars Kenan [Thompson] and Kel [Mitchell] battle in this hour-long episode. “My Christmas Inn” (Lifetime): It’s a “Sister Sister” reunion as Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Jackée Harry and Tim Reid lead the cast of this holiday offering. “Greenleaf” (OWN): The gripping third season comes to an end.
Nov. 22 – “MasterChef Junior: Celebrity Showdown” (Fox): Chefs Gordon Ramsay and Aaron Sanchez welcome actors Terrence Howard and Lil Rel Howery, NFL legends Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith with their kids and series alums to show off their culinary skills competing in head-to-head contests for charity. “I’m Coming Home” (ABC): Whoopi Goldberg oversees this special focusing on celebs including Tyler Perry, Tiffany Haddish and Daymond John of “Shark Tank” sharing childhood memories.
TASTY QUIP: “I am saddened to hear about the passing of Stan Lee. From watching Marvel films with my friends in college to having the privilege to take on one of his characters in ‘Black Panther,’ Stan’s creative genius sparked my imagination and left me in awe. His legacy will carry on in all of us who relish in the worlds he created. Worlds that renew our spirits and help us cope with our own.” – LUPITA NYONG’O via Instagram
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