When the PHL COVID-19 Fund announced that they were hosting a variety show fundraiser for all thing related to getting charitable monies out to those in need for the coronavirus pandemic, nobody spoke the language of variety such as Philly’s Ahmir Thompson: Questlove – The Roots’ co-founder, author, raconteur, producer, drummer and musical director for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Tonight, May 21, he joins the local crew of PHL LOVE for the sake of COVID-19 related charities with other top tier names tied to the area. Clocking in at one hour, starting 7 p.m. on 6ABC, CBS3, NBC10, 96.5 TDY, 98.1 WOGL, B101.1, KYW Newsradio, Radio.com and Inquirer.com, PHL LOVE is presented by local philanthropists, the Middleton family (they own the Philadelphia Phillies), with ESM Productions (an offshoot of ROC Nation) with Live Nation Philadelphia and Live Nation Urban, and will feature Daryl Hall, Patti LaBelle. Jerry Blavat, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Amos Lee, DJ Diamond Kuts & Friends, Jeffrey Gaines, and more.
This just caps another busy week for Questlove who set the debut of “Questlove’s Potluck” for the Food Network, for May 28 at 10 pm ET. Here, Questlove plays curator/host to friends creates food and drinks in their individual kitchens; pals such as Bun B., Hannibal Buress, Zooey Deschanel, Jonathan Scott, Ashley Graham, Tiffany Haddish, Patti LaBelle, Eva Longoria, George Lopez, Kenan Thompson, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Gabrielle Union, Olivia Wilde, Roy Wood Jr., and more.
Before that, Roots co-founders Quest and Black Thought and their production company, Two One Five Entertainment, signed and forwarded a 3-year, first-look deal with Universal Television (they are already part of Universal-NBC’s family a la being the house band for NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon).
Thompson and Trotter are to work with Universal Television and Universal Television Alternative Studio to develop scripted and non-scripted programming and specials for the studio – this is The Roots 10th year with NBC. This comes after the launch of “Hip Hop Songs that Shook America”, the docuseries Two One Five produced for AMC launched last year. Other projects on the Two One Five Entertainment docket, already, include Ahmir’s directorial debut, “Black Woodstock,” about the Harlem Cultural & Arts Festival in 1969 (they just need to fill in a few interviews and the flick will be ready), and Tariq writing the music and starring in “Black No More,” on Broadway (in partnership with author John Ridley), as well as their powerful, playful celebration, “Soul Train the Musical.”
What did you do this week?