By Bill Vaughan
World Channel, the multiplatform channel bringing diversity to public media, honors the Juneteenth holiday with a slate of documentaries and episodes that center the stories of Black people and American heroes of African descent.
Selections from its curated playlist by noted filmmakers including Stanley Nelson, Michèle Stephenson, Joe Brewster and Sam Pollard run all month on a variety of platforms, including World Channel, WorldChannel.org, World Channel’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page, PBS Passport and on the PBS app.
The nation’s newest federal holiday, Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in America. It marks the day, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, when Union soldiers reached Galveston, Texas, with the news that those enslaved were freed.
Viewers can explore Black history with six episodes of the renowned civil rights documentary series “Eyes on the Prize” and powerful documentaries on towering figures in Black history, including Fannie Lou Hamer (“Fannie Lou Hamer’s America” by Joy Davenport), Muhammad Ali (“Muhammad Ali” by Ken Burns), Madam C.J. Walker (“Two Dollars and a Dream” by Nelson).
“Muni” captures Black golfers in Asheville, North Carolina, and “How It Feels to be Free,” executive produced by Alicia Keys, explores the trailblazing Black woman entertainers Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier as they take on the entertainment industry and the racist tropes it perpetuates through their art and activism.
There are many more films including Stephenson and Brewster’s “The Conversation Remix,” Pollard’s “Goin’ Back to T-Town,” depicting the destruction of the once thriving community of Greenwood in Tulsa, known as Black Wall Street, and much more. Get the details at worldchannel.org.
TICKET WATCH: June 17 at 10 a.m. gives you the first shot at seats for Mary J. Blige’s Good Morning Gorgeous Tour. Ella Mai and Queen Naija are special guests for the 23-city tour from the Black Promoters Collective with an Oct. 9 date at Kia Forum. LiveNation.com is the one-stop.
RESPECT: Dyana Williams, Larry Elder, Walt “Baby” Love, Bobby O’Jay, Johnny Magic, Carol Miller, Suzyn Waldman, Steven Van Zandt, Pat St. John and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo are among the 2022 nominees for the Radio Hall of Fame. More than 600 industry members will cast votes with the inductees to be announced July 25 and honored in-person at the induction ceremony in Chicago on Nov. 1.
AT THE MOVIES: “Neptune Frost,” the Afrofuturist sci-fi punk musical from multi-hyphenate, multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams and his partner, the Rwandan-born artist and cinematographer Anisia Uzeyman, is now playing at the Los Feliz and Laemmle Theatres.
TASTY QUIP: “I’m Grenadian and Sengalese, and I grew up in London. I was surrounded by Caribbean music my entire life. I’m celebrating the culture, but I’m also a part of it.” – Grammy winning artist ESTELLE promoting her aptly named hit Apple Music radio show, “The Estelle Show,” set to salute Black Music Month and Caribbean Heritage Month on June 17
CLIPPETTES: House legend Louie Vega returns to Avalon on June 17, as fusion trumpeter Theo Croker jams at Neuehouse Hollywood; reggae’s Wailing Souls hit the stage of the Venice West; bluesman Southside Slim performs at Harvelle’s; Chris Issak and Lyle Lovett & His Large Band play The Greek; and Steve Martin and Martin Short romp at the Santa Barbara Bowl …
Dee Dee Bridgewater, Klymaxx and Mike Phillips kick off the 30th annual Juneteenth Celebration from 1 to 7 p.m. June 18 in Santa Monica’s Virginia Avenue Park; while the evening finds Santana, Earth, Wind & Fire and War uniting at Banc of California Stadium; and the Sunset JazzFest with Will Downing, Freda Payne, Jacques Lesure, comic Gary “G-Thang” Johnson and more hosted by Pat Prescott at Malibu’s Civic Center Way …
Mehcad Brooks (“Supergirl,” “Desperate Housewives”) is joining the cast of “Law & Order” as a detective replacing the departing Anthony Anderson …
Juneteenth at The Hollywood Bowl: A Celebration of Freedom, as touted previously in Tasty Clips, is happening on June 19; as Aloe Blacc, Will Gittens, Marieme, Benkadi African Drummers and more usher in Juneteenth at the Culver Steps in downtown Culver City …
Holly Robinson Peete (“21 Jump Street,” “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper”) gets her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (6623 Hollywood Blvd, near Cherokee), June 21 at 11:30 a.m. In addition that evening, Halsey’s Love and Power Tour hits the Hollywood Bowl and the Sun Ra Arkestra docks at Zebulon Café …
Author and historian Ibram X. Kendi will join the L.A. Times Book Club at USC’s Bovard Auditorium on June 22 to discuss his new book, “How to Raise an Antiracist.” Tickets are available through Eventbrite …
Walt Disney/Marvel’s “Thor: Love & Thunder,” starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Chris Pratt, Russell Crowe and more is having its Hollywood premiere on June 23 around 5 p.m. at the El Capitan Theatre; as rap sensation Coi Leray later headlines with B Lovee at The Novo.
TASTY QUIP: “I’m going through it. My son is in trouble right now. But I’m his mother, and I don’t know any more about it than you. I see it when everyone else sees it, but I’m there with him to support. That’s what mothers do until death do us part. It’s the same as a marriage. So if something happens to your kid, you have to be there because you’re their inspiration. It’s not that what he’s involved in is good or bad, I don’t know, but that’s my son and I can’t abandon him now.” – MISS ROBBIE MONTGOMERY (”Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s”) regarding her son Tim Norman being charged with orchestrating the death of her grandson, Andre Montgomery Jr.
TC ON TV: June 17 – “The Wendy Williams Show” (Fox): After 13 successful seasons in syndication, the show ends with a video tribute to the missing-in-action host. “Spiderhead” (Netflix): Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller (“Top Gun: Maverick“) and Jurnee Smollett star in this darkly comic action movie. “HelloBeautiful Interludes Life” (TV1): Ashanti “Friday Night Vibes” (TBS): Amanda Seales and Sanaa Kelly visit for the “Men In Black” trilogy. “Soul of A Nation” (ABC): “Sound of Freedom – A Juneteenth Celebration” hosted by country music star Jimmie Allen with guests Lizzo, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Patti LaBelle, Marvin Sapp and Jon Batiste. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC): Martin Lawrence
June 18 – “After Jackie” (History): Celebrates the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s integration into Major League Baseball.
June 19 – “The Torch” (AMC+): A documentary on 85-year-old Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy. “Civil: Ben Crump” (Netflix): A year in the life of the man Rev. Al Sharpton calls “Black America’s Attorney General.” “The Recipe: Juneteenth” (BET): With Ray J and LeToya Luckett. “The 30th Annual Trumpet Awards” (Bounce): Courtney B. Vance and comedy director Stan Lathan are among the honorees in this ceremony with Wendell Pierce, Sanaa Lathan, JB Smoove, Tamron Hall, PJ Morton, Dru Hill and more. “Juneteenth: A Global Celebration For Freedom” (CNN): Questlove and Adam Blackstone are musical directors for this concert hosted by Don Lemon with Khalid, Yolanda Adams, Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Billy Porter, Jhené Aiko, Killer Mike, Lucky Daye, Mary Mary, Michelle Williams, Mickey Guyton, Robert Glasper, The Roots and Bell Biv DeVoe. “Black Pack: Excellence” (CW): Taye Diggs, Ne-Yo and Eric Bellinger are back with Tank and Jordin Sparks to commemorate Juneteenth while paying tribute to icons like Sammy Davis Jr. “Brandon Leake: A Family Affair” (CW): A reality special featuring eight original spoken word poems written and performed by the Stockton native who won the 2020 edition of “America’s Got Talent.” “Mathis Family Matters” (E!): Judge Greg Mathis, Sr., his wife Linda and their four grown children expose their Hollywood lifestyle to the world. “Flatbush Misdemeanors” (SHO): Dan Perlman and Kevin Iso play fictionalized versions of themselves in this hilarious sitcom with Hassan Johnson and Kareem Green shining.
June 21 – “Hip Hop My House” (Para+): Rapper Cam’ron brings his iconic style to this high-octane hip-hop makeover series with the help of interior designer Zeez Louize. “Yo! MTV Raps” (Para+): Shenseea “Being BeBe” (Fuse): Captures the incredible rise of BeBe Zahara Benet, the first ever winner of “RuPaul‘s Drag Race.” “Celebrity Game Face” (E!): Cedric The Entertainer busts host and executive producer Kevin Hart in the second season opener.
June 23 – “Bid For Love” (BET+): Dawn Halfkenny, Blue Kimble and Tami Roman are leads in this steamy drama. “Menudo: Forever” (HBO Max): A four-part documentary chronicling the rise and fall of the most iconic Latin American boy band in history. “Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip” (Peacock): The second season kicks off with Phaedra Parks and Eva Marcille in tow. “Terror Lake Drive: Single Black Female” (AllBlk): A seven-episode suspenser with Pascale Armand, Yolonda Ross, Charles Malik Whitfield, Denise Boutte, Kendrick Cross, Reginae Carter and Cynthia Bailey.
END QUOTE: “If you got it, flaunt it. And if you don’t got it? Flaunt it.” – MINDY KALING
As featured in the Los Angeles Wave and Independent, Tasty Clips is one of the leading entertainment columns in the nation, serving nearly one million weekly readers. Bill Vaughan may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, via Twitter @tastyclips, or Instagram @tasty_clips.