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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Labor Day music features LaBelle, Chaka

Labor Day weekend kicks off Sept. 4 with an incredible number of legendary artists holding forth at local venues. Since ladies are first, we’ll lead with Miss Patti LaBelle and Chaka Khan on an incredible bill together at the Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona.

On the other side of town, master guitarist and singer George Benson performs at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. Also that evening, hot chartbuster Miguel brings his Wildheart Tour to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery with special guest Dorothy.

On Sept. 5, it’s back to the Fairplex for R&B icon Charlie Wilson’s outstanding tour. In addition to his critically acclaimed solo CDs and numerous hits with the GAP Band, Charlie is enjoying success these days with a memoir, “I Am Charlie Wilson.”

Meanwhile, at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, is the fifth annual Flypoet Summer Classic with Lalah Hathaway, Tank, Malcolm Jamal-Warner, poets and artists.

Monday’s Labor Day Music Festival brings the weekend to an exciting finish with Roll and Roll Hall of Famers George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, percussion giant Sheila E., renowned reggae group The Wailers, and the James Andrews New Orleans All Star Band featuring Cyrill Neville and Rocking Dopsie.  Proceeds from the event at L.A. Coliseum’s Exposition Park benefits the Working Californians’ nonprofit focusing on social innovation and entrepreneurship, economic recovery and low-income housing.

TASTY QUIP: “I was in a discussion with a friend. He said, ‘Janelle, like you’re great. Don’t ever forget that perfection is often the enemy of your greatness.’ Then I started to dig more. One of my favorite players is Michael Jordan. And I said if [he] doesn’t make a free throw, is he still Michael Jordan?  Hell Yeah!” – JANELLE MONAE on BET’s “Genius Talks.”

CLIPPETTES: Guest stars on NBC’s “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” bare all against unsurmountable odds. So with the announcement of President Obama shooting with the naturalist in Alaska, one can only hope he doesn’t serve him rat and pee soup for sustenance like he did to actress Michele Rodriquez…

“Dope,” the little movie that could (and Tasty Clips’ Fave Film of the year, so far) is being re-released this weekend in theaters for those who missed it and perhaps awards season voters…

2020 presidential hopeful Kanye West will perform his acclaimed 2008 album “808s and Heartbreak” on Sept. 25 at the Hollywood Bowl, with tickets on sale Sept. 4…

The fictional Mayans Motorcycle Club is rumored to be the focus of a “Sons of Anarchy” spin-off…

Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience, was filmed by Jonathan Demme at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand last January for a documentary…

An honorary lifetime achievement Oscar will be given to Spike Lee at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science’s seventh annual Governors Awards in L.A. on Nov. 14…

Vin Diesel is going to star in another “xXx” film.  That’s another of his action film franchises, not a porno flick…

The actor most famous as “Candyman,” Tony Todd will voice the big bad Professor Zoom on the upcoming season of CW’s “The Flash”…

I suppose it’s all right now to label “Fox & Friends” host Elizabeth Hasselbeck a hater since she wants to give that group designation to Black Lives Matter…

“The Talk” co-host Aisha Tyler has landed a recurring role on CBS’ “Criminal Minds”…

R.I.P. Darryl “Chocolate Thunder” Dawkins. The NBA star was one of this writer’s first locker room interviews and was larger than life in size and spirit.

TC ON TV: Sept. 4 – “Rachael Ray” (SYN ): Her 1,500th show is celebrated by Michele Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Chef Jacques Pepin cooking the milestone meal. “American Masters” (PBS): “Althea” “Death by Gossip with Wendy Williams” (ID): Series Premiere. “Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church” (SHOWTIME): Never before aired footage from the 1970 Atlanta Pop Music Festival 10 weeks before his death is the highlight of this documentary.

Sept. 5 – “Kevin Hart Presents: Lil Rel Howery: Relevant” (COMEDY)

Sept. 7 – “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood” (VH1): Second season premiere featuring Omarion, who in time has released a new single/video – “I’m Up (Feat. Kid Ink and French Montana).”

Sept. 8 – “In Their Own Words” (PBS): Muhammad Ali. “Hollywood Game Night” (NBC): Niecy Nash, Mel B, Ming Na-Wen, Pete Wentz & Cedric the Entertainer vie for $25K.  “The Late Show” (CBS): Stephen Colbert/Jon Batiste era begins.

Sept. 9 – “Extant” (CBS): Watch the ywo-hour finale or be responsible for its cancellation.

Sept. 10 – “Verses & Flow” (TV1): Sevyn Streeter and B.O.B.

TASTY QUIP: “There might be music that sounds like me, but what good is that? You’re essentially in the feedback loop. It’s a bad time for music in general. There’s not a lot of pop music in the mainstream that makes you feel scared, that makes you wonder what’s happening.” – PRINCE to the NY Post

“Tasty Clips” is an entertainment column published in The Independent to update readers on the activities and accomplishments of black celebrities and artists on television, in music and at the movies. To reach Bill Vaughan, send email to tastyclips@yahoo.com. 

 

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