By Bill Vaughan
Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been setting records with their On The Run II Tour, earning to date already more than $150 million.
Now, the husband and wife power duo are paying it forward with the announcement that over $1 million will be awarded to 11 worthy students in the U.S. stops including the remaining West Coast cities of Los Angeles (at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl, Sept. 22-23), San Diego (Sept. 27), Santa Clara (Sept. 29) and Seattle (Oct. 4).
Winning young academics will be chosen by a local Boys and Girls Club of America for The Bey Good Initiative and The Shawn Carter Foundation.
Tasty Clips previewed the tour at the University of South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium recently and found it praiseworthy on a number of fronts.
When was the last time you attended a concert that started on time? This one actually began five minutes early with Gen X pop sensations Chloe X Halle on one side of the massive stage/screens followed by crowd rousing DJ Khaled on the other.
After a brief delay and a gargantuan video introduction, the regal couple appeared to the strains of Jay’s “Holy Grail,” one of 40 songs from their hit-filled combined catalog spanning the two-hour plus performance.
Among the highlights: Beyoncé! She’s a bona fide wonder of the world with her ample gyrations, stylish costume changes and voice. We know she can rock the house, yet an entire stadium was enthralled as she sat at the elongated front of the runway to emotionally sing the 2003 ballad “Resentment.”
Jay-Z! You could feel the love and joy in his performance. The crowd happily rapped along with songs like “Big Pimpin’” and “99 Problems.” We can’t have it all but it would’ve been good to hear “Tom Ford.”
That band! Resplendent in red and presented in an elevated Hollywood Squares-type set center stage; they were well up to the task of complementing and not competing with The Carters.
That stage! Sure the pyrotechnics were massive and the long dual runways with elevated additions gave everyone a closer look, but equally impressive was the hi-def screens and videos that at times turned a stadium of over 40,000 loud fans into a hushed oversized art house cinema.
Apparently there are still some tickets available at select locations due to a staggered strategy aimed at thwarting resellers. Check for the remaining shows of 2018’s biggest tour at http://ontherun2tickets2018.com/.
DISC-OVERY: DJ Trauma met with media at Atlanta’s innovative Bytes Restaurant to introduce some new music off his upcoming six track EP, “#WhereInTheWorldIsDJTrauma,” to be released this fall through Priority Records on all streaming platforms.
The single, “Extra Attention,” produced by Dutch hitmakers Project Money and featuring Bajan newcomer Oli, is an up-tempo standout.
DJ Trauma can be seen on tour with Dave Chappelle (including a Sept. 18 date at the Hollywood Bowl with Lauryn Hill).
For more information, follow him on Instagram @DJTrauma or log onto www.djtrauma.com .
CLIPPETTES: George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic’s farewell tour continues on Aug. 31 at the Novo; while Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., the original lead vocalists of The 5th Dimension, sing their hits and more in “Up Up and Away” at the Catalina Jazz Club through Sept. 2 …
“Black-ish” creator Kenya Burris is developing a “Bewitched” reboot with a black Samantha in an interracial marriage …
The West Adams Street Party returns Sept. 2 with KRS-One, Masta Ace and more at Delicious Pizza …
Following a three-year hiatus, the ALMA Awards (American Latino Media Arts) is being revived this fall due to a multi-year agreement with UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and new exclusive multi-platform media home Fuse Media …
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 perform their music and that of Afrobeat father Fela Kuti at the L.A. State Historic Park on Sept. 4 …
“Jinn,” Nijla Mu’min’s feature debut, which added big wins at Atlanta’s BronzeLens Film Festival to its many accolades, was acquired by Orion Classics for theatrical release on Nov. 15 and digitally the following day.
TC ON TV: Aug. 31 – “Aretha Franklin – Celebration of Life” (Various Outlets): Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar, Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday, Faith Hill, Marvin Sapp, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and others will lend their voices to the program from Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple with remarks by Smokey Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Clive Davis and former President Bill Clinton. “Safeword” (MTV): DJ Khaled vs. Diddy.
Sept. 1 – “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN): Charrisse Jackson-Jordan (“The Real Housewives of Potomac”) and Veronika Obeng (“Second Wives Club”) struggle to heal from their divorces, leading to breakdowns, truths and tears.
Sept. 2 – “Dinner For Two” (TV1): Tristan ‘Mack’ Wilds (“The Wire” “90210”) stars in this complicated love story about life and sacrifice.
Sept. 4 – “The Bobby Brown Story” (BET): From the team behind “The New Edition Story” — the No. 1 cable biopic of all time — comes another epic mini-series event on “The King of R&B.” Woody McClain reprises his role from the former with Lance Gross, Laz Alonso, Lil Rel Howery, Mekhi Phifer, T.K. Carter and Gabrielle Dennis as Whitney Houston. “Black Experience on Film” (TCM): The network has partnered with the African American Film Critics Association for a month-long programming initiative kicking off with the group’s President Gil Robertson and cultural critic Ronda Racha Penrice “Exploring Black Identity” via films from Oscar Micheaux‘s “Within Our Gates” (1920) to Julie Dash’s “Daughters Of The Dust” (1991). “Mayans M.C.” (FX): The next chapter in Kurt Sutter‘s award-winning “Sons of Anarchy” saga premieres with JD Pardo, Edward James Olmos and Tony Plana. “The Purge” (USA): A television version of the hit franchise arrives in an episode directed by Anthony Hemingway and simulcast on SYFY.
Sept. 5 – “Back to School Just for Laughs” (CW): Dave Chappelle, Eric Andre and many more shot in front of a live audience at Montreal’s premier comedy festival.
Sept. 6 – “Jordin Sparks: A Baby Story” (Lifetime): The singer/actress shows life after secretly eloping with her now husband Dana following their six-month whirlwind romance. This one-hour pilot special documents the newlyweds building and balancing with a baby on the way.
TASTY QUIP: “I don’t really have a lot of corporate sponsors. I guess that’s the gift and the curse from my former transgressions. Everything I got I own. My companies I have ownership of.” – TIP “T.I.” HARRIS on “BET Genius Talks”
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