Stars come out to celebrate The Black Movie Soundtrack II while Prince and Whitney receive tribute at the Hollywood Bowl concert
The stars came out en masse to once again celebrate The Black Movie Soundtrack II, presented by comedian and actor Craig Robinson on Wednesday, August 31 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.
A-Team: Reginald, Craig and Marcus hosted the evening
By popular demand, Grammy winner Marcus Miller and acclaimed producer / director Reginald Hudlin are repeating Bowl’s 2014 Black Movie Soundtrack event with new clips and some funky favorites.
The LA Philharmonic Orchestra played ’70s medleys accompanied by their respective on-screen movies, performed by musicians Charlie Wilson, Babyface and Lalah Hathaway serenading the classics from Shaft, Superfly and Little Ghetto Boy.
Gladys Knight brought the house down when she performed three songs from the movie ‘Claudine’. The audience sang along with a lively Gladys as she sang ‘Make Yours a Happy Home’, ‘The Makings of You’ and ‘On and On’.
Lady in Red: Gladys Knight wrote on her instagram that she had a great night
The highlight of the evening was a moving tribute to the death of Earth Wind and Fires Maurice White, who passed away on February 4 earlier this year.
The remaining members of the band lit up the evening as they performed their charts ‘Got to Get You into My Life’, ‘That’s The Way of the World’ and the catchy ‘September’.
Still going strong: The surviving members of Earth Wind and Fire lit up the night as they ran their charts
The tribute didn’t end there with the death of legendary singer Prince, who also passed away on April 21 this year. Charlie Wilson and Lalah Hathaway sang ‘Take me with you’, Chance Howard sang ‘When Doves Cry’, Alice Smith sang ‘If I was your girlfriend’ and Charlie Wilson sang ‘Baby I’m a Star’.
Remembered: Whitey Houston and Prince received a tribute that night
Lalah Hathaway ended the tribute with a powerful rendition of ‘Purple Rain’ in front of an audience that lit up the stadium with their cell phone lights singing along as the stage hummed to the shade of purple.
The evening ended with the Oscar-winning song ‘Glory’, performed by Common and guest-sang with Alice Smith in the movie of the same name ‘Glory’