Stars come out to celebrate The Black Movie Soundtrack II as Prince and Whitney are paid tribute at Hollywood Bowl concert
The stars came out in droves to celebrate once again The Black Movie Soundtrack II hosted by comedian and actor Craig Robinson on Wednesday August 31st at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles.
In attendance were Actors Anthony Anderson, Chadwick Boseman who will play Marvel’s Black Panther, Chad Coleman from ‘The Walking Dead’ and Actresses Skye P. Marshall, Vanessa Bell Calloway and Bresha Webb.
By popular demand, Grammy winner Marcus Miller and acclaimed producer/director Reginald Hudlin reprise the Bowl’s 2014 Black Movie Soundtrack event with new clips and some funky favorites.
The LA Philharmonic orchestra played 70’s medleys accompanied by the respective films on the screens performed by musicians Charlie Wilson, Babyface and Lalah Hathaway who serenaded to the classics of Shaft, Superfly and Little Ghetto Boy.
Gladys Knight brought the house down as she performed three songs from the film ‘Claudine’. The audience sang along to a vibrant Gladys as she sang ‘Make Yours a Happy Home’, ‘The Makings of You’ and ‘On and On’.
Highlight of the evening was a touching tribute to the passing of Earth Wind and Fires Maurice White who passed away earlier this year on February the 4th.
The remaining members of the band lit up the night as they performed their chart toppers, ‘Got to Get You into My Life’ , ‘That’s The Way of the World’ and the infectious ‘September’.
The tributes didn’t end there with another passing of the legendary singer Prince, who also passed away this year on April 21st. Charlie Wilson and Lalah Hathaway performed ‘Take me with you’ , Chance Howard performed ‘When Doves Cry’, Alice Smith sang ‘If I was your girlfriend’ and Charlie Wilson performed ‘Baby I’m a Star’.
Lalah Hathaway ended the tribute with a powerful rendition of ‘Purple Rain’ to a audience who lit up the stadium with their cell phone lights singing along as the stage hummed to the hue of the colour purple.
The night ended with the Oscar award winning song ‘Glory, performed by Common and guest sung with Alice Smith to the film by the same name ‘Glory’.