Acclaimed actress/comedienne Whoopi Goldberg directs and appears in this HBO Documentary Films feature about Jackie "Moms" Mabley, an African-American stand-up comic and show-biz pioneer who emerged from the Chitlin' Circuit of African-American Vaudeville to become a mainstream star. Mabley pushed the boundaries of comedy by tackling topics such as gender, sex and racism. Once billed as "The Funniest Woman in the World", Mabley performed up until her death in 1975. The film includes vintage clips and recordings of Mabley, as well as recent interviews with some of the world's top comedians, including Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Robert Klein, Bill Cosby and Goldberg — each of whom is a huge Mabley fan. A true passion project for first-time director Goldberg, the documentary shows Mabley's historical significance and profound influence as a performer vastly ahead of her time.
Sonny Turner, who is the former lead singer of The Platters, will be featured in a documentary focusing on his life, career and legacy. The documentary is slated for release in 2014. The Platters had a string of top ten hits in the 1950s, and they have been shrouded in controversy for years, due to various legal battles related to the use of the "Platters" name. This topic, among others, will be discussed in the documentary.
Though he only had one major role in a feature movie — 1978's The Wiz — Michael Jackson worked with top film directors on videos and short films.
Spike Lee, Lenny Kravitz, Clive Davis and others talk about Jackson's music and its influence on their lives and the world.
The American Idol season six runner-up, chats up former finalists and beatboxes for the crowd on the red carpet at the season 8 finale.