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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Beyoncé is nominated for seven Image Awards

Beyoncé, Viola Davis, Regina King, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Chance the Rapper have been nominated for Entertainer of the Year for the 48th NAACP Image Awards. Queen B has seven nominations followed by her sister Solange Knowles’ five. Additionally, Kendrick Lamar received four nominations, while Donald Glover and Nate Parker both received nominations for three awards.

“Atlanta,” “Insecure” and “Black-ish” will slug it out for the television comedy award. Kofi Siriboe (“Queen Sugar”), Mike Colter (“Marvel’s Luke Cage”), Omari Hardwick (“Power”), Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) and Terrence Howard (“Empire”) are vying for best dramatic series actor.

As for the outstanding documentary film nominees: “13th,” “I Am Not Your Negro,” “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” “Miss Sharon Jones!” and “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice.” See them all!

The NAACP Image Awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

Winners will be announced during the two-hour star-studded event hosted by Anthony Anderson, which will broadcast live on TV One Feb. 11. A 90-minute pre-show will air live from the red carpet at 7:30 p.m.

HISTORY: Multi-platinum-selling artists, multiple Grammy Award-winners and music icons, Lionel Richie and very special guest Mariah Carey announced they will tour together for the first time ever on the All The Hits Tour.  The 35-show date tour will start on March 15 in Baltimore and hits the Hollywood Bowl on May 5 and 6 with a May 10 date at Anaheim’s Honda Center. Tickets go on sale Dec. 17 at www.livenation.com.

FOR THE CAUSE: We Rock with Standing Rock — a concert headlined by TV on the Radio with Fiona Apple, Patricia Arquette, Valerie June, Nahko and more — will benefit the community, who recently celebrated a victory from the Dakota Access Pipeline project, but will need continued support. It takes place Dec. 18 at the Fonda Theatre.

ALL ABOARD: Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley has announced the return of the fourth annual Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise, set for Nov. 13-18, 2017, making stops in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios Jamaica. He’ll be joined by Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Sizzla, Jah Cure, Luciano, The Big Ship Crew (ft. Freddie McGregor, Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor and Chino McGregor), Bounty Killer, Tarrus Riley, Cocoa Tea, Inner Circle, Tanto Metro & Devonte and many more to be announced. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.WelcomeToJamrockReggaeCruise.com.

TASTY QUIP: “[‘Manchester by the Sea’ is] not an inclusive film, you know what I mean? And I’m sure that ‘Moonlight’ will be thought of the same way. They’ll say, ‘Well, that’s a black movie. Where are the white people?’ We’ll say the same thing about ‘Manchester by the Sea.'” – SAMUEL L. JACKSON at the Dubai International Film Festival

CLIPPETTES: “The Magnificent 7” director Antoine Fuqua, NBA superstar Lebron James and the Ali family are teaming to produce a documentary mini-series on Muhammad Ali for HBO …

“The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” starring Debbie Allen, Tisha Campbell and Tishina Arnold returns on Dec. 16-17 to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Tower of Power, with “Memphis Soul Man” Marcus Scott now singing lead, is at the Saban Theater on Dec. 17, while Big Daddy Kane is holding court at Los Globos

The Walt Disney Concert Hall hosts two holiday shows: Sweet Honey in the Rock on Dec. 21 and Swinging Christmas with the Arturo Sandoval Big Band …

And what’s a Holiday Xmas Jam without Tyga Live at OHM Nightclub on Dec. 22

The National Basketball Association has tapped 10-time Grammy® Award-winning recording artist John Legend to headline the 66th NBA All-Star Game halftime show on Sunday, Feb. 19 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

TASTY QUIP: “There are all these ‘Oscar bait’ movies. I was looking at the trailer for this Will Smith movie the other day and I’m like, really? It’s another one of those, ‘Oh my God, life is so wonderful, take time to sniff the roses.'” – More SAMUEL L. JACKSON from Dubai on “Collateral Beauty.”

TC ON TV: Dec. 16 – “Barry” (Netflix): Vikram Gandhi’s young Barrack Obama biopic starring newcomer Devon Terrell debuts. “The 85th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade” (CW): Montel Williams, Erik Estrada and Dean Cain call the shots. “Hottest MCs in the Game” (MTV2): Hosted by Charlamagne tha God, this year’s panelists include Nick Cannon, Joe Budden, music journalists and radio personalities narrowing 40 contenders to 10. Up for the honor this year are former No. 1 picks like Kanye West and Lil Wayne, as well as newcomers like Lil Yachty, Young M.A, and Lil Uzi Vert. “Tavis Smiley” (PBS): Charlie Pride

Dec. 17 – “Patti LaBelle’s Place” (Cooking): Ta’Rhonda Jones, Kaitlin Doubleday and Lance Gross; followed by Carla Hall and J.R. Smith.

Dec. 18 – “Donnie After Dark” (TV1): Naturi Naughton, Musiq SoulChild

Dec. 19 – “First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House” (CBS): An Oprah Winfrey Special.  “The Keys of Christmas” (YouTube Red): Mariah Carey, Ciara, DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony and Internet music sensation Rudy Mancuso. “Marie Claire Young Women’s Honors” (CW): Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”) hosts and produces this special honoring among others, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles.

Dec. 20 – “Gabriel lglesias: I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry” (Netflix): Fluffy! “Terry Crews Saves Christmas” (CW): It’s the comic actor/DJ to the rescue over four consecutive nights. “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet To Come” (NBC): With tributes from Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Elton John, Leslie Odom Jr., Kevin Spacey and Bruce Willis. “Game Changers with Robin Roberts” (ABC): Lin-Manual Miranda, Flint water crisis whistleblower Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and supermodel Ashley Graham.

Dec. 21 – “Surprise! Instant Xmas Carol” (TBS/TNT): Celebrity carolers Rashida Jones, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Ludacris, Conan O’Brien, Jane Lynch, Kenny G, A$AP Ferg, Alfonso Ribeiro, T-Pain, “The Sopranos” stars Tony Sirico, Vincent Curatola and Joseph Gannascoli, and many surprise appearances.

TASTY QUIP: “I truly believed that the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” – VIOLA DAVIS accepting the first #SeeHer honor at the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards.

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