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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Alicia Keys, Pharrell among Global Citizen Fest headliners

Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams, Queen + Adam Lambert, H.E.R., OneRepublic and Carole King have been named as headliners for the 2019 Global Citizen Festival returning to New York’s Central Park with its trademark blend of star power and advocacy on Sept. 28.

Special guest performances by French Montana and Jon Batiste & Stay Human will take place throughout the evening, and Deborra-lee Furness and Hugh Jackman will return to host the event with an assist from Taraji P. Henson, Forest Whitaker, Rami Malek, Joy Reid, Bill Nye, Matt Bomer, Rachel Brosnahan and Elvis Duran.

The festival is happening at the end of the United Nations General Assembly Week in New York City and is designed to call on world leaders to make real, impactful commitments toward achieving the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

“So much progress has been made by Global Citizen toward ending extreme poverty since I last performed at the 2013 festival,” Keys added. “It was one of the most empowering experiences, and I cannot wait to give and feel all the amazing energy in Central Park again.”

“I can’t wait to return to the Global Citizen Festival stage this year,” Williams said. “From New York to South Africa, and everywhere in between, this movement is so inspiring. Everyone who attends the festival is fighting for our future and to make the world a better place, and that is something that I am incredibly proud to be a part of.”

Take action through the Global Citizens app to earn a chance to win free tickets to the event, which also will be simulcast on MSNBC, YouTube, Twitter and more than 150 radio stations in the iHeart Radio network. You can learn more at globalcitizenfestival.org.

TICKET WATCH: Grammy award-winning artist Chance The Rapper announced that he will perform across the country with “The Big Day” Tour promoting his debut album of the same name.

The release, which has guest turns from John Legend, Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane and more, was just dropped and marks a first for the Chicago native.

Major dates include The Forum on Sept. 16; the Life is Beautiful Festival and the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sept 20 and 21; and the tour’s closer at Miami Beach Pop on Nov. 10.

Pre-sale tickets are available in advance of its public sale at 10 a.m., Aug. 2 via Ticketmaster.com. 

THE SPOTLIGHT: Tiffany Haddish (in a change-of-pace role), Melissa McCarthy (rumored to be the baddie in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid), Elisabeth Moss (who just got another season of “The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Common are expected to walk the red carpet of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Aug. 5 for the Hollywood premiere of Warner Bros’ “The Kitchen.”

Guillermo de Toro, who Tasty Clips first met after the presentation of his first film, “Chronos,” at the 1993 Toronto Film Festival, is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Aug. 6 at 11:30 a.m. Behind an array of sci-fi fantasy classics such as “Hellboy,” “Blade II,” “Pan’s Labyrinth” and the Oscar-winning 2017 Best Picture “The Shape of Things,” this honor is much deserved.

CLIPPETTES: George Clinton’s farewell tour with Parliament/Funkadelic continues Aug. 2 at The Greek Theatre with openers Fishbone (who is said to be killing it on this tour), Dumpstaphunk and Miss Velvet & The Blue Wolf.  Also that night, Talib Kweli is at the Regent Theater and The Gipsy Kings and Las Cafeteras at the Hollywood Bowl for the start of a two-night stand

The legendary Pete Escovedo with Peter Michael Escovedo, Lynne Fiddmont, Derf Reklaw, Karen A. Clark and others kick off the Sutro Avenue Summer Soiree on Aug. 3; as the ninth annual FlyPoet Summer Classic nests at the Ford Theatre Hollywood with special guests Faith Evans and Johnny Gill …  

Also that evening, Jill Scott and Tank are at the Microsoft Theater; comic Lil Duval performs an all-ages show at The Novo; “The Late Show” bandleader Jon Batiste visits Marina del Rey’s Burton Chace Park; and the Ventura County Fairgrounds presents the Ohio Players, the Emotions and Evelyn “Champagne” King …  

Viola Davis and Julius Tennon are producing a TV adaption of 2018’s superhero movie “Fast Color,” which starred Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lorraine Toussaint and Saniyya Sidney …

One of these days I’ll get Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth Carter (“Black Panther”) on the phone. In the meantime, she, along with legendary supermodel/author Beverly Johnson and Cross Colours founders Carl Jones and TJ Walker, will be honored at high noon Aug. 4 at the Breaking Barriers Awards Gala & Fashion Show.  Obba Babatunde’ hosts at the L.A. Convention Center

Later that evening, Lionel Richie brings his Hello! Hits Tour to the Hollywood Bowl; saxophonist Boney James and Double Vision Revisited, featuring Bob James, David Sanborn and Marcus Miller, co-headline at the Greek; and the B-52s with OMD and Berlin rock the Microsoft

Head over to the Roxy on Aug. 5 for a performance by Willow Smith …  

After 30 years, the multi-platinum group Switch has released a sexy, smooth single called “I Love You More.” It has that classic sound and the tight harmonies are intact  

Blues is king on Aug. 7 as Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan and Charlie Musselwhite meet at the Hollywood Bowl; while Robert Randolph sits for a chat and performance at the Grammy Museum

The Original Wailers bring good vibes to The Rose/Pasadena on Aug. 8; with Devin The Dude at Los Globos.

TASTY QUIP: “Being friends with other talented celebrities doesn’t make you talented. It makes you friends with other talented celebrities. He should rip a page from Anderson Cooper and learn how to do his job.” – TITUSS BURGESS about “Watch What Happens” host Andy Cohen, after a rude question about his “Dolemite Is My Name” co-star Eddie Murphy.

TC ON TV: Aug. 2 – “Live with Kelly & Ryan” (ABC): Guest co-host Tamron Hall, Rosie Perez “Dear White People” (Netflix): Guest stars for the third season include Blair Underwood, Laverne Cox and Flavor Flav.  “Otherhood” (Netflix): Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette and Felicity Huffman star in this lighthearted take on life after motherhood. “A Black Lady Sketch Show” (HBO): Series creator Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Quinta Brunson make up the core cast of this unprecedented show executive produced by Issa Rae (who begins shooting season four of “Insecure” in September). 

Aug. 3 – “gen:LOCK” (Adult Swim): Michael B. Jordan produces and adds his voice to this animated futuristic streaming series getting its first network premiere.  

Aug. 4 – “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out” (VH1): Players include Nene Leakes and Diggy Simmons.  “Serengeti” (Discovery): Lupita Nyong’o narrates this six-part series giving unrivaled access to one of the most pristine and unspoiled corners of Africa. “Preacher” (AMC): Dominic Cooper and “Loving” Oscar nominee Ruth Negga, who plays his crazy exgirlfriend, are back for a final season launching with back-to-back episodes. “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted” (NGC): Not impressed with chef’s show to date but since he’s visiting “The Mountains of Morocco,” it may be worth a viewing.

Aug. 5 – “First Watch” (Facebook): Kerry Washington’s relevant high school drama returns. “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood” (VH1): Nineties rap sensation YoYo joins the cast this season. “Traveling the Stars: Action Bronson & Friends Watch Ancient Aliens” (Viceland): Season Two has musicians Cypress Hill, Dru Hill and Miguel; actors David Alan Grier and TV’s “Urkel” Jaleel White sharing the couch (and the kush) with the host and his boys Big Body Bes and The Alchemist. “Desus & Mero” (Showtime): In addition to tonight’s summer finale, The Bodega Boys are at the Theatre at Ace Hotel this evening with a second show added Aug. 7.

Aug. 6 – “American Experience” (PBS): “Woodstock: Three Days That Defined A Generation” celebrates the 50th anniversary of the generation defining concert. “A Boy. A Girl. A Dream.” (Starz): Omari Hardwick, Meagan Good and Jay Ellis star in writer/director Qasim Basir’s moody love story set on the night of the 2016 Presidential election. “60 Days In: Narcoland” (A&E): The reality series leaves the jails as six participants go undercover in crucial areas along I-65 — one of the biggest drug trafficking corridors in the country, encompassing six counties in Kentucky and Indiana. “T-Pain’s School of Business” (FUSE): In the season premiere, he eats the world’s first robot-made hamburger; meets up with a millennial who beat Elon Musk to market with a zero carbon emissions semi-truck; and more. 

TASTY QUIP: “If you want to give God a good laugh, tell him of your future plans.” – NAMIBIA (One of 365 proverbs from the new Amistad book “Life Is God’s Best Gift” – Wisdom From The Ancestors On Finding Peace And Joy In Today’s World by Sam Chege)

As featured in the Los Angeles Wave and Independent, Tasty Clips is one of the leading entertainment columns in the nation, serving nearly one million weekly readers. To reach Bill Vaughan, send email to tastyclips@yahoo.com or via Twitter @tastyclips.