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    More On: questlove Questlove says the Roots were first discovered playing a strip club Inside Questlove’s ‘odd moment’ accepting Oscar after Will Smith slap Questlove ‘saves the show’ after John Mayer’s drummer gets COVID-19 I am not legend: Will Smith in ‘worst shape of his life’ Call it “the phantom of the DJ.” Questlove was meant to deejay a Tony nomination party for “MJ the Musical” Wednesday, but when the “Tonight Show” bandleader couldn’t make it at the eleventh hour, Andrew Lloyd Webber stepped in to spin at the Michael Jackson celebration. Sources tell Page Six exclusively that Questlove was scheduled to play tunes for the Broadway show’s party at Tavern on the Green to celebrate its 10 nominations, but a spy says, “He had to pull out due to illness.” As a replacement, Questlove, 51, sent along his pal — and noted Jackson musicologist — DJ Spinna to man the decks at the party, where guests included MJ’s kids Prince Jackson and Paris Jackson as well as the late King of Pop’s brothers. “Andrew Lloyd Webber, who spins under...
    Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy. When Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson won his first Oscar last weekend, the Best Documentary Feature award for his directorial debut Summer of Soul, his moment in the spotlight was overshadowed by Will Smith’s über-viral slap across presenter Chris Rock’s face. So when the drummer and joint frontman for the Roots took the stage at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday in Las Vegas, he made sure to mention about how winning an award like this is a “special moment for someone” — and also joked that everyone needed to stay 500 feet away from him. “All right, I’m gonna present this award,” he began, “and I trust that you people will stay 500 feet away from me.” “Just playing,” he said with a smile as the crowd laughed. Questlove then brought up the infamous incident from the previous weekend. “They say, you know, it’s better to give than receive, and I’m not so sure about that because last Sunday, of course, you know, it felt pretty good to receive, you know, an award.” He...
    An Oscar-winning producer has slammed Will Smith and Chris Rock for robbing his film, and documentary category as a whole, of its moment to shine last Sunday night at the Academy Awards. 'I think what Will did was selfish,' Summer of Soul producer Joseph Patel wrote Wednesday in a since-deleted Twitter thread, claiming Smith slapping Rock 'robbed the category of its moment.' 'It robbed the other excellent and amazing films of their moment to be acknowledged in what was a STRONG year for docs,' Patel claimed. 'And it robbed Summer of Soul and our team of our moment. Of a loud, enthusiastic cheer for a celebrated film.' Patel also accused Rock of being an 'absolute f*****g d**k' for allegedly making a racially insensitive remark when he announced Summer of Soul had won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.  When Rock announced the award, he reportedly said the winner was 'Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and four white guys,' ignoring Patel's south Asian heritage.  'I'm angry,' he wrote. 'Angry at Will Smith. Angry at Chris Rock. Angry for me. Angry for Ahmir. Angry for...
    Late night talk show hosts pulled no punches when it came to reflecting on Will Smith hitting Chris Rock during Sunday night's live Oscars broadcast. On ABC Jimmy Kimmel devoted the bulk of his opening monologue to the incident and summed up the mood succinctly at the start of his show on Monday night. 'It's now a part of our lives forever. We will never stop talking about this. It was so shocking. The only thing I can really compare it to is when Mike Tyson bit Holyfield's ears,' he began.  'It was the Hollywood version of your drunk uncle starting a fight, ruining the wedding and then standing up and giving a long toast to the bride and groom,' Kimmel said to an audience ready to laugh about the slap.  Jimmy Kimmel devoted the bulk of his monologue to the Smith/Rock punch The three main late night talk show hosts addressed each the Oscars slap between Will Smith and Chris Rock during Sunday night's Oscars broadcast Kimmel commented how nobody did anything to stop Smith either during or after his...
    LOS ANGELES -- The Delaware Valley has several Oscar nominees to cheer for on Sunday but West Philadelphia alone has two stars.Will Smith and Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson grew up in the same neighborhood and both are hoping for their first Oscar.Smith has swept the awards circuit so far this year and is considered a frontrunner for Best Actor for his performance in "King Richard."Despite the high expectations, Smith is staying humble."You know, I'm not even thinking about it like that," he said. "I'm finding myself with my attention being on the hearts and the experience of the people around me more than on whether or not my name gets called," Smith added.He's one of two West Philadelphia natives favored to win Oscar gold this Sunday."I am just saying, am I the big story on Action News today? What a life man. I couldn't, I couldn't ask for anything better. And it gets better every day," said Questlove.'Summer of Soul' is his directorial debut.Playing historian, the founding member of The Roots dusted off 47 reels of unseen footage from the 1969...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Mick Jagger and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson are teaming up to produce a four-part documentary series on soul legend James Brown for the A&E Network. “James Brown: Say it Loud” is expected to premiere on the network next year. Brown, who died in 2006, would have been 90 in May 2023. The Rolling Stones frontman described Brown as “a brilliant performer who inspired me from the beginning.” Questlove, leader of the Roots, is riding high from “Summer of Soul (Or, When the Revolution Could Not be Televised),” his Oscar-nominated documentary on a series of Harlem concerts described as the Black Woodstock. “The life of James Brown is significant not only to understand his immense musical impact, which inspires us and other artists to this day, but also for the deep and lasting impression he has had on American culture,” he said. Peter Afterman, David Blackman and Victoria Pearman are also listed as executive producers, with Deborah Riley Draper as director. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or...
    More On: john mayer Questlove ‘saves the show’ after John Mayer’s drummer gets COVID-19 John Mayer stops LA show to help audience member John Mayer hilariously drags ‘RHOSLC’ star Lisa Barlow in Andy Cohen tribute Andy Cohen receives Hollywood Walk of Fame star, honored by John Mayer, more John Mayer had to reschedule four dates of his Sob Rock Tour after testing positive for COVID-19 Thursday. “Whelp. More members of the band tested positive for Covid today, and I was one of them,” the singer, 44, wrote on Instagram. “This means we have to reschedule the next four shows, which we’ve already rescheduled and posted above.” Mayer apologized for inconveniencing his fans but promised to make it up to them with a great show. “I’m so sorry to make you change your plans,” he wrote. “This is a bummer for everyone in the band and crew, to say nothing of the question hanging over everyone’s head – mine included – as to how I tested positive on PCR twice in two months. (The first was extremely mild, but this...
    LOS ANGELES -- Documentaries about Julia Child, "Black Woodstock," the pandemic and The Velvet Underground and acclaimed international films like Japan's "Drive My Car," Iran's "A Hero" and Norway's "The Worst Person in the World" just got a little closer to scoring Oscar nominations.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday Wednesday unveiled its shortlists for several categories, including documentary feature, international feature, original song, original score, visual effects and makeup and hairstyling. Nominations for all categories for the 94th Oscars will be announced on Feb. 8.Members of the documentary branch of the academy culled from 138 eligible films to pick 15 shortlist selections, including two pandemic-themed films ("In the Same Breath," "The First Wave"), Questlove's "Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)" about a near-forgotten 1969 music event, Julie Cohen and Betsy West's "Julia" and Todd Haynes' "The Velvet Underground." Other notable selections are "The Rescue," about the Thai soccer team and their rescue for a remote cave, "Procession," "Attica" and "Flee." "Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry" also made the cut.MORE:...
    Shares of Crocs, the maker of foam clogs worn by everyone from children to celebrity chefs, soared Tuesday after the shoemaker raised its 2021 sales forecast. The company said it expects revenue for the year to increase between 40% and 50%, up from it previous estimate of 20% to 25%. The company's stock price surged 13% on the news, closing at $97.82 Tuesday.  Demand for the shoes is "stronger than ever," CEO Andrew Reiss said. "In the first quarter we achieved record revenues and profitability, with growth in all regions and all channels. We have raised full-year guidance as we continue to see consumer demand for our product accelerate globally." Indeed, the music artist known as Questlove even wore a pair that had been spray-painted gold to this year's Academy Awards.  Questlove's Crocs, at the latest Academy Awards.  Chris Pizzello / Getty Images More broadly, the pandemic has driven unprecedented consumer interest in leisure wear and other comfortable fashion styles that are conducive to working from home — and aren't usually seen in offices. Experts don't expect the "comfortware"...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Questlove responded with incredulous disbelief when he was first told about the footage. A landmark 1969 Harlem concert series that he hadn’t heard of? With Stevie Wonder? With Nina Simone? With Sly and the Family Stone, B.B. King and the Staples Singers? “I was like, ‘Yeah, right.’ I know everything that musically happened during that time period and I’ve never heard of this in my life. Get out of here,'” Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson recalled in an Zoom interview. “Then they came back and showed me the footage and I was just jaw-dropped.” That was the beginning of what would become “Summer of Soul (…or When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised),” a concert film directed by Questlove capturing the “Black Woodstock” festival that occurred during the same summer as Woodstock — and just 100 miles away — but received far less attention. But “Summer of Soul,” Questlove’s directorial debut, finally unearths the landmark event. It debuted Thursday night at the Sundance Film Festival where it spawned immediate acclaim and countless at-home dance parties for virtual festivalgoers....
    Climate Point: Biden takes aim at fossil fuels, Canada takes aim at journalists Democrats Prepare to Move on Economic Aid, With or Without the G.O.P. Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Seniors Are Getting These Unsold 2020 SUVs For Dirt Cheap Ad Microsoft A slam dunk if you need a balance transfer Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/15 SLIDES © TheWrap This year's Sundance is shorter, virtual, national instead of local and has a new director for the first time in years. But what has not changed is that Sundance remains one of the best marketplaces for independent films. This year's lineup even has some hopeful Oscar contenders such as Robin Wright's "Land" and "Judas and the Black Messiah" from Warner Bros., and we've already seen a few titles such as "Together Together," "The World to Come" and "The...
    Singer Keedron Bryant kicked off the BET Awards with his stirring anthem “I Just Wanna Live” which was the perfect way to usher in a new rendition of the hip-hop classic “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy. Chuck D and Flavor Flav reunited alongside Jahi from Public Enemy Radio for the tune updated to recognize the current landscape, recognizing the protests and rallies stemming from the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Nina Pop and the countless people from the black community we have lost due to racism and police brutality. The new version includes the talents of The Roots’ Black Thought and Questlove as well as Nas, Rapsody and YG providing some lyrical heft to the song originally released in 1989 and featured in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.” Over 30 years later, the song continues to remain an anthem for racial injustice. Nas raps “They say a suicide when dead bodies are swinging/Cowards are hunting Black men that’s what I’m seeing.” He later adds, “I’m fighting the power right now/Thanks to you, Flav...
    BET announced another round of performs for this Sunday’s BET Awards 2020 which will be simulcast across BET HER and CBS at 8/7c. Among the newly announced performers are Black Thought, Jay Rock, Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra Sheard, Mister Jahi, Nas, Public Enemy, Rapsody, Questlove, and YG. As previously announced, this year’s awards will be hosted by Amanda Seales. Additionally, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, along with leading entertainers Billy Porter, Courtney B. Vance, Debbie Allen, Deon Cole, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, La La Anthony, Lena Waithe, Lizzo, Michael B. Jordan, Misty Copeland, Naomi Campbell, Omari Hardwick, Quavo, Quincy Jones, Rapsody, Regina Hall, Samuel L. Jackson, Saweetie, Sterling K. Brown, Viola Davis, Whoopi Goldberg and more will make appearances at the annual show, which expanded its footprint to go beyond the confines of a traditional stage show in response to safety precautions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, marking a first for the network. Previously announced BET Awards 2020 performers include Alicia Keys, Chloe X Halle, DaBaby, D Smoke, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Jonathan McReynolds, Kane Brown, Lil Wayne, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, SiR, Summer Walker, Usher, and Wayne Brady, with appearances by BET Amplified Artists, Masego and Lonr. are also...
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