Happy Sunday MMT Fam! Here’s another week’s list featuring TV, online and streaming suggestions that you and/or the family can enjoy from home. And don’t forget that options are also shared on Instagram and/or the MMT Facebook page throughout the week.
- It’s the third week of Black Music Month, also known as African-American Music Appreciation Month, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has curated a list of videos from its Soul inductees collection – featuring unforgettable performances and moments, including Wilson Pickett and Bruce Springsteen performing “In the Midnight Hour” at the 1999 Induction Ceremony, Sam Moore, Isaac Hayes and Steve Cropper coming together for “Something Is Wrong with My Baby” in 2002 and even Ernie Isley performing “Purple Haze” in 1992. You can enjoy the collection at its YouTube channel here, and you can watch additional videos and read posts featuring soul artists in the Rock Hall’s online vault here.
- The African American Museum in Philadelphia is having a Juneteeth 2020 Virtual Festival entitled “Celebrate the Diaspora” on Saturday, June 20 from 11 am – 3pm ET that is perfect for the entire family! This year is Pennsylvania’s first official statewide observance of Juneteenth, the African American holiday which originated in 1865 when the news of emancipation finally reached Galveston, Texas. This virtual event will celebrate by showcasing performances, fun activities, and public dialogues for all ages that highlight current and historic Diasporic connections across the globe. Register for the event online here.
- The African American Museum in Philadelphia is also hosting two timely, free, virtual events that focus on protesting, police violence and youth activism. The first is a special lecture highlighting the museum’s special exhibition, Through His Eyes: Youth Activism in Philadelphia’s Civil Rights Era, guest curated by AAMP graduate intern Rachel Nelson on Wednesday, June 17 5:30 – 6:30 pm ET. Next up is an online screening of filmmaker Christopher Everett’s poignant documentary “Wilmington on Fire” on Thursday, June 18 6 – 8 pm ET. A discussion with the filmmaker and audience Q&A will follow the screening. Registration is required for both (click here) and an online viewing link will be sent after registering.
- Our friends at the Philadelphia Film Society partnered with O Cinema, Magnolia Pictures and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to offer free access to three remarkable films that directly address issues that we are grappling with today. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, WHOSE STREETS?, and TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM all highlight systemic inequity, and serve as blueprints for effecting change and gateways to understanding, dialogue, and action. Unfortunately, MMT just found out about this program, so the only film available to readers will be next Sunday’s screening of the latter (Toni Morrison), which will be available to view Sunday, June 21 starting at 2 pm ET for free until midnight eastern standard time on Monday evening. Registration is required and closes next Sunday at 12 pm here. An email with a link and password will arrive in your inbox that Sunday at 1:30 pm. All three films are available to purchase at the Society’s virtual theater to stream online for $6.99 here. PFS will donate all of its portion of the proceeds from these films to these local organizations, but encourage you to donate to them separately as well: Black Lives Matter Philly Chapter, Philadelphia Bail Fund.
- World Cafe Live Philadelphia is hosting a Virtual Sex and the City Quizzo night on Thursday, June 18 7 – 10 pm ET. It’s inviting you to join in on a night of fun “out on the town” with virtual Sex and the City trivia hosted by Chris Fish – with fabulous attire, funny Zoom backgrounds, and martini glasses full of cosmopolitans highly encouraged! The event will feature three rounds of questions tackling anything and everything related to the show itself (SATC movies not included). Space is limited and tickets, click link to purchase, are on sale now for $10 with no fees.
- And lastly, our friends at the Wizard World Virtual Experience have released additional schedule info as follows: Monday, June 15, “Harry Potter,” Natalia Tena, Devon Murray, Afshan Azad, Sean Biggerstaff, Danielle Tabor · 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT
· Tuesday, June 16, “Game of Thrones,” Natalia Tena, Gemma Whelan, Ron Donachie, Vladimir Furdik, Ross Mullan · 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT
· Tuesday, June 16, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Brett Dalton, Jeff Ward, Max Osinski, Adrian Pasdar, B.J. Britt, Briana Venskus, Mallory Jansen, Dichen Lachman, Christopher James Baker · 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT
· Wednesday, June 17, “Doctor Who,” Neve McIntosh, Catrin Stewart, Ian McNeice, Tracy Ann Oberman, Samuel Oatley, David Morrissey, Dean Lennox Kelley, Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Ross Mullan · 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT
· Monday, June 22, “Legacies,” Peyton Alex Smith, Thomas Doherty, Ben Geurens, Demetrius Bridges, Ben Levin, Quincy Fouse · 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m.
· Sunday, June 28, “Runaways,” Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Angel Parker, Annie Wersching, James Marsters, Brigid Brannagh, Brittany Ishibashi, Clarissa Thibeaux · 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT. The live Q&A panels are FREE for fans to view (on Twitch, Facebook, YouTube) and submit questions in text chat. Separately fans may purchase live video chat sessions, recorded videos and autographs. During each session, the celebrities will participate in a free live moderated video Q&A, followed by one-on-one video chats, recorded videos and autographs that are available to purchase. Fans can interact with Wizard Entertainment, obtain info and purchase tickets at http://www.wizardworld.com/comiccon.
Until next thought, Thomasena