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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Charlamagne to host MTV2 series

Outspoken media personality Lenard McKelvey, better known as Charlamagne Tha God, pledges that his new MTV2 series, “Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne,” will feature a new POV from social media voices rarely seen on TV and expose a consciousness often heard in the streets, barbershops, beauty salons, or from folks just kicking it.

“It’s a lot of politically incorrect views, potentially dangerous rhetoric [that] I like to call intellectual ignorance,” said Charlamagne, the shock-jock co-host of one of America’s top syndicated radio morning shows, “The Breakfast Club.”

Charlamagne, who Rolling Stone magazine called hip-hop’s Howard Stern, provided samples of the edgy brand of critical commentary during a recent freewheeling interview:

On the Confederate flag flap: “Being from South Carolina, I never thought that that flag represented anything but prejudice and racism and hate, and then as I got older and started actually communicating with some of these “rednecks,” I realized that sometimes that flag is just a passion symbol for them.

“It means nothing to them other than just something that they grew up with [from] their fathers and grandfathers.  It means nothing to them the same way the N-word really doesn’t mean anything to us and some of these young kids.”

On the KKK: “They’re letting the KKK march on the State House I think July 18.  You know what they should make them do?  Take off their hoodies.  Because what would happen if a bunch of black people went up there in ski masks, you think they’d let that go down?  Exactly.”

On race issues: “Black people, we always say we collectively need to do better.  If we hear about 40 shootings in Chicago, we don’t just say, ‘Oh, they need to do better in Chicago.’ We say, ‘We need to do better.’  That’s what white people have to start doing.  White people have to start saying, ‘We have to collectively do better when it comes to racism in America.’

“Even if you’re not racist, you have to stand up and denounce it and say, ‘We have to do better.’ So I’m giving my white friends a chance to do that on my show.”

The show premieres at 11 p.m. July 10 on MTV2.

FEEL THE FIRE: Miguel got a little extra press by going in on rival crooner Frank Ocean during a recent interview with The Sunday Times.

“I wouldn’t say we were friends,” said the singer, whose album “Wildheart” was just released. “To be completely honest – and no disrespect to anyone – I genuinely believe that I make better music, all the way around.”

Upon contemplation of his words, the heartthrob later wrote on Twitter: “Yes, I am competitive; we ALL have to have a level of competitiveness to put ourselves on the line day in and day out. But I also believe there’s room for all artists. I guess there’s no need to compare apples to oranges, there’s something out there for everyone.”

Pandora will present Miguel in an intimate performance at the state-of-the-art Sonos Studio (145 N. La Brea Ave.) at 8 p.m. July 13.  You must be over 21 to attend.

CLIPPETTES: “Lonely Girl: The Secret Life of Dorothy Dandridge,” a one-woman show starring Wanda Ray Willis and written and produced by Leroy Richardson, will be held at 3 p.m. July 12 at Vintage Hollywood, 4000 W. Washington…

Add Kelly Rowland (as mom of young Lucious Lyon) and Marisa Tomei to the ever-growing list of guest stars for the upcoming season of Fox’s “Empire”…

Anthony Mackie will play Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Steven Spielberg produced HBO biopic “All The Way,” starring Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) as Lyndon B. Johnson…

Will Downing sings his classics and songs from his new recording, “Chocolate Drops” on July 10 at Club Nokia…

One of TV’s classic game shows, “To Tell the Truth” is being updated for ABC with Anthony Anderson as host and NeNe Leakes and Betty White, who starred in its original run in the ‘60s, as panelists…

Ruben Studdard, Jeffrey Osborne and Freddie Jackson will perform at a free concert on Saturday, July 11 in Marina Del Rey’s Burton Chace Park at 7 p.m…

Evan Ross (son of Diana, hubby of Ashlee Simpson) is the recipient of a recast lead role in ABC’s fall detective drama “Wicked City”…

Profiteer Alert: Last week, savvy collectors made a run for “Dukes of Hazzard” box sets.  This week, it’s “The Cosby Show”…

The National Music Council is set to honor Charley Pride and Kris Kristofferson, among others at the 32 Annual American Eagle Awards in Nashville on July 11…

Uh Oh!  Ratings for the 2nd season premiere of CBS’ Halle Berry series “Extant” fell to Earth…

Meanwhile, word of mouth catapulted viewers for the second episode of USA’s excellent “Mr. Robot”…

The George Gee Swing Orchestra (with Barbara Morrison and hoofer Chester Whitmore) returns to the Cicada Club to honor Van Alexander (composer of the Ella Fitzgerald hit song “A Tisket A Tasket”) in celebration of his 100th birthday on July 12…

Showbiz 411 reports only one member of The Jackson Five gets money from Michael Jackson’s estate: Jackie Jackson, who has been receiving $6,033 monthly since 2011 as a liaison…

This year’s Essence Festival (annually held 4th of July weekend in New Orleans) drew a half a million, down 50,000 from last year’s 20th anniversary edition, according to AP …

Lina pays tribute to Billie Holiday and sings from her own songbook July 14 at the Catalina Jazz Club.

TASTY QUIP: “I love you, Oprah. She’s like everybody’s rich aunt. She’s really close to you, but she’ll never give you any of her money.” – RAVEN-SYMONE to US Weekly

WATCH THIS: truTV’s first ever sketch comedy series “Friends of the People” returns on Tuesday, July 16 at 10:30 p.m. with a new collection of topical, political and pop culture-flavored sketches, including “The Dark McKnight” featuring R&B star Brian McKnight, and a tribute to one of television’s greatest shows in their version of “Black Mad Men.”

Conceived by the comic minds of Kevin Barnett, Jennifer Bartels, Jermaine Fowler, Lil Rel Howery, The Lucas Bros. and Josh Rabinowitz, this season also will feature guest appearances from David Alan Grier, Ellen Cleghorne, Ed Lover, Doug E. Doug, and others, along with man-on-the-street segments taped in NYC.

TC ON TV: JULY 10 – “Chris Tucker Live” (NETFLIX)…

JULY 12 – “The Real Housewives of Atlanta: 100th Episode Watch What Happens Live Special” (BRAVO)…

JULY 13 – “Expresso” (AFRICA CHANNEL): Premiere of the network’s first live weekday morning show…

JULY 15 – “Unsung” (TV1): Kid ‘n Play” are spotlighted in this season finale…

JULY 16 – “Lip Sync Battle” (SPIKE): Deion Sanders vs. Justin Bieber.

TASTY QUIP II: “All I’m saying as a black man, if you ask me for forgiveness, be prepared to give me something or keep your forgiveness in your pocket and take it to your church.” – Rapper KILLER MIKE of Run The Jewels to Tavis Smiley.

“Tasty Clips” is an entertainment column published in The Wave 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.