Octavia Spencer to be honored by gay advocacy group

LOS ANGELES — Octavia Spencer will be honored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network with its Inspiration Award at a gala later this year.

The group known as GLSEN announced Tuesday that the star of “Hidden Figures and “The Help” will receive the honor at the group’s Respect Awards, presented in October in Beverly Hills, California.

GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard said in a statement that Spencer “has devoted her career to diverse storytelling, promoting social good and is a steadfast ally for the LGBTQ community.”

GLSEN was founded in 1990 to address LGBT issues in K-12 education, and has presented the Respect Awards since 2004.

The group’s past honorees have included Kerry Washington and Ellen Pompeo.

Cicely Tyson joins Ava DuVernay romance series on OWN

LOS ANGELES — Cicely Tyson will join the cast as a series regular in Ava DuVernay’s new romance anthology series on OWN, “Cherish the Day.”

The network said Tuesday that the 94-year-old legend will play Miss Luma Lee Langston, a star of stage and screen in decades past. She joins previously announced leads Xosha Roquemore and Alano Miller.

The series, which premieres in 2020, will chronicle the lives of one couple per season, with each episode spanning a single day. It’s DuVernay’s second series on OWN since the creation of “Queen Sugar.”

Roquemore plays Gently James, Luma’s live-in assistant who is encouraged by Miss Luma Lee to strike up a romance with Evan Fisher, played by Miller. DuVernay is the creator and executive producer.

CMA voters to consider ‘Old Town Road’

Though Lil Nas X has broken chart records and become a streaming juggernaut with his breakout country rap hit “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus, the song faces an uphill challenge to get a nomination for a CMA award.

Ballots have gone out for nominations for the Country Music Association Awards, but some voters are struggling to decide how to recognize the musical phenomenon of the year, which has become the longest running No. 1 song in the history of Billboard’s Hot 100.

Billboard decided “Old Town Road” wasn’t a country song and pulled it off country charts early on, but the song made enough of an impact anyway that it became eligible for a number of CMA categories this year, including single of the year and song of the year. CMA voters, which include musicians, producers, songwriters, touring professionals, country radio employees and others, vote in three ballots with the final nominations typically being announced in late August or early September. The award show will air Nov. 13.

Dave Chappelle’s fifth Netflix special on its way

Dave Chappelle is about to unleash his fifth set on Netflix when Sticks & Stones drops Aug. 26. It announced Chappelle’s latest special with a Morgan Freeman-narrated trailer.

Netflix has released many stand-up specials over the years with the likes of Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Sandler, (possibly) Eddie Murphy and dozens of other comics showcasing their talents on the platform. But competition seems to be intensifying among streaming services for comedians.

Kevin Hart to star in ‘Meet the Parents’-esque comedy

In another twist on the superhero genre, Philly native Kevin Hart will star in Night Wolf, which is like Meet the Parents if Greg Focker found out his soon-to-be father-in-law was a secret superhero and not a retired CIA operative.

From Detective Pikachu screenwriters Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit, the concept centers on a man “meeting his future father-in-law for the first time only to discover he is secretly the superhero known as the Night Wolf,” an official logline reads.

Hart will also produce the film through his HartBeat Productions banner for STXfilms Motion Picture Group.

Jaleel White’s ‘Urkel’ is making a comeback

Jaleel White will be resurfacing his iconic character Steve Urkel from “Family Matters” voicing the sitcom fan favorite as he joins Mystery Inc. on a new episode of the Boomerang animated series Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?

In the episode, the “Family Matters” science phenom asks Scooby-Doo and his cohorts to help him find an errant Urkel-Bot. The Mystery Inc. gang finds out the Urkel-controlled robot may be under the control of the Technomancer.

The episode is filled with his signature corny jokes like “I’m reading a book on anti-gravity, I can’t put it down.”

—Compiled from Tribune News Services

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