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Usher to rock Staples; Men on fashion a big faux pas

Grammy award-winning superstar Usher announced that his first headlining tour in three years will kick off this fall throughout North America, including in the City of Angels.

And you’d better get your tickets while you can.

Packed with an impressive repertoire of smash hits spanning his 20-year career, the critically-acclaimed showman will give his fans a fresh take on those songs as well as new music from his anticipated forthcoming eighth studio album including the hit single, “She Came To Give It To You.”

The UR Experience arrives at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Nov. 8 with special guests August Alsina and DJ Cassidy. Tickets go on sale Monday.  Checkwww.usherworld.com or www.livenation.com.

GIRLFRIEND POWER: Soul coach Tanisha Thomas and fashion maven Tiffiny Dixon of Lifetime’s “Girlfriend Intervention” are not fazed by the criticism of the show concept of black women giving white girls makeovers.

“This is feel good TV,” said Thomas, who starred on “The Bad Girls Club” 8 years ago. “It’s about woman empowerment of all colors and sizes. Black women carry themselves with a great deal of pride and self-confidence. We’re comfortable in our skin and we really want to pass it on to others.”

According to the pair, the most common fashion mistake women make is to think that if they wear huge oversize hoodies, no one will see them.  They also talked about the popular trend of women heeding men’s advice on fashion more than women’s advice.

Big mistake, they say.

“You cannot talk to me about strapless or not unless you’ve worn the bra,” said Dixon. Added Thomas: “Don’t get me started on ‘Think Like a Man,’ Think like a woman and you’ll be OK.”

Now, paying big bucks for fashionable yet uncomfortable shoes? That’s a pump of a different color. Dixon understands shelling out for quality pumps, while Thomas can’t understand investing lots of cash in shoes.

“If something happened, how would I run?” she asked. Replied Dixon: “You kick them off and go for it.”

THE HONOR ROLE: Harry Belafonte will be presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy’s sixth annual Governors Awards on Nov. 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center. The award, an Oscar statuette, is given to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry…

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) will honor Universal Pictures Chairwoman Donna Langley,Los Angeles Film Festival Director Stephanie Allain, and Black List.com co-founder Franklin Leonard at its annual award show Feb. 4 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood. The organization will also fete LA Times entertainment reporter Susan King and producer Debra Martin Chase. Visit: www.aafca.com.

CLIPPETTES: “In The Heat of the Night” is returning to TV in an updated series to be written and produced by Tate Taylor (“The Help,” “Get On Up”)…

Mary J. Blige’s next album titled “The London Sessions” will feature duets with the likes of Emily Sande and Sam Smith…

Alfonso Ribiero (Carlton on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”), Olympian Lolo Jones, and Cheech’s partner Tommy Chong are among the hoofers on this season of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars”…

Did Nick Cannon lose the Richard Pryor part to Mike Epps because of his marital problems with Mariah Carey, who is besties with the director Lee Daniels?…

Time Warner and TBS canceled CeeLo Green’s reality show “The Good Life,” in the wake of his controversial tweets claiming that an unconscious drugged woman cannot be raped if she doesn’t remember…

REST IN PEACE: Bill Greaves (86). Once got an unforgettable ride home with the pioneering filmmaker and Amina and Amiri Baraka. He was a classy guy. The message was received from that conversation and here we are!

TACKLING CANCER: TASTY CLIPS had L.A. Clipper Matt Barnes on the line briefly to talk about an event close to his heart: The second annual Athletes vs. Cancer Celebrity Flag Football Game.  Barnes started the charity four years ago in honor of his late mother and to help others fighting the disease.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at Granada Hills Charter School (10535 Zelzah Ave.). Come early to check the arrivals to include Snoop Dogg, Gloria Govan-Barnes, Nick “Swaggy P” Young, Mike Epps, Ray J, Rodney Peete, Nate Robinson, DJ Quik, Marcellus Wiley, Antoine Walker, Omar Gooding, Jackie Long, Red Grant, Corey Maggette and others TBA.  Go to  www.athletesversuscancer.org.

TC ON TV: “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN): Sept. 6 – The Season Premiere finds her fixing a father with 34 children by 17 different women…

“The ABCs of Schoolhouse Rock” (ABC): Sept. 7 – Chandra Wilson (“Grey’s Anatomy”) hosts this new look at the beloved series.  Used to love the talents of Grady Tate on that show.

“Within Our Gates” (TCM): Sept. 7 – Director Oscar Micheaux’s 1920 classic has been restored and gets this rare airing.  It is considered by some historians to be a response to D.W. Griffith’s racist epic “Birth of a Nation,” which depicted black people as lewd, lazy and criminal.

“If Loving You Is Wrong” (OWN): Sept. 9 – Tyler Perry’s new nighttime soap opera debuts.  It’s lacking the star power of the current one but if it’s as good, we’re all in.

“Fashion Rocks” (CBS): Sept. 9 – Jennifer Hudson, Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, Rita Ora, and Afrojack perform.

“Couples Therapy” (VH1): 9/10 – Treach of Naughty By Nature and his spouse are in the house.

LIFE SAVERS: The Don Cornelius Foundation (DCF) is kicking off Suicide Prevention Week themed “I AM THE FACE,” with an afternoon of music and fellowship on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. at restaurateur Brad Johnson and chef Govind Armstrong’s popular Post & Beam (3767 Santa Rosalia Drive).

The DCF is a nonprofit organization formed by the family of the creator of “Soul Train,” who ended his life by suicide on Feb. 1, 2012. Pat Prescott from 94.7 Visit: www.thedoncorneliusfoundation.org.

TASTY QUIP: “I called Jay Pharaoh right after the MTV Awards. I said, ‘I appreciate your show, but let me tell you about my story. Let me tell you about what I went through to get to that position.  So we ain’t gonna have no black comedians going up stage spoofing the people that’s working hard to open doors not only for black people, but [for] any creators, anybody that wants to add a contribution to the world.” – KANYE WEST reacting to the SNL comic’s impression of him to a crowd at Philadelphia’s Made in America festival, as reported by the Patriot-News.

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