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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Denzel, Rihanna, Belafonte lead fall festival lineups

Antoine Fuqua’s remake of the western classic “The Magnificent Seven,” reuniting him with his “Training Day” stars Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, will have its world premiere as the opening night film of the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, which runs Sept. 9-18.

Nate Parker’s much anticipated Nat Turner biopic “Birth of a Nation;” Mira Nair’s African chess story “Queen of Katwe” starring David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o; “Belle” helmer Amma Asante’s “A United Kingdom;” Jonathan Demme’s Justin Timberlake concert film “JT + The Tennessee Kids;” Rob Reiner’s “LBJ;” and Nick Cannon’s “King of the Dancehall,” filmed in Jamaica with Whoopi Goldberg, Busta Rhymes, Beenie Man, Ky’Mani Marley and Ninja Man; will also be unveiled. Visit TIFF.net for more information.

In other major festival news:

Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Usher, Selena Gomez, Major Lazer, Metallica, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Hugh Jackman, Priyanka Chopra, Salma Hayek Pinault, Neil Patrick Harris and Yusef (the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens) are participants in the fifth annual Global Citizen Festival Sept. 24 at NYC’s Central Park. A range of civil actions and volunteerism rewards you with entry to this event via Globalcitizen.org.

Tickets are now on sale for Harry Belafonte’s inaugural “Many Rivers To Cross” Social Justice Music and Arts Festival (Oct. 1–2) outside of Atlanta in Chattahoochee Hills. Jesse Williams, John Legend, Common, Estelle, Dave Matthews, author-activist Michelle Alexander, Dr. Cornel West, Carlos Santana, Danny Glover, Chris Rock and Public Enemy are confirmed as of this writing. Sankofa.org has the details.

Oscars President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, actress Margaret Avery (“The Color Purple,” “Being Mary Jane”) and filmmaker Julie Dash (“Daughters of the Dust”) are among the honorees announced for the 2016 Women Superstars Luncheon during the BronzeLens Film Festival (Aug. 25-28) in Atlanta. Visit Bronzelens.com for more info.

HOW ABOUT NOW?: Actress Meagan Good (“Think Like a Man”) and actress-writer Tamara Bass (“Baby Boy”) have launched an Indiegogo campaign to help finance “If Not Now, When,” a coming-of-age female bonding movie that will star both women. Sway Calloway (VH1, “MTV News”) has signed on as executive producer.

“As young women, we remember watching films that molded and shaped our perspectives on womanhood and friendship,” said Good, whose web series “All That Matters” debuted on World Star Hip Hop to over 25 million views. “I wanted to be a part of making films that inspire others the way that I was inspired … to make movies that take people on a journey, and tell a story that ultimately makes us love ourselves a little bit more.”

The Indiegogo campaign goal is $750,000. Donors will receive a variety of perks ranging from autographed scripts to producer credits. For more info, visit krazyactressproductions.com or the Indiegogo campaign page.

CLIPPETTES: Ice Cube, Travis Scott, Desiigner, Felix Da Housecat, Madeon, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals headline the Hard Summer Music Festival on July 30-31 at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway …

Taye Diggs will be joining Fox’s “Empire” as a New York politician and potential cookie lover. Birdman and that guy French Montana also have roles for season three …

The legendary Dick Gregory has a message for the people July 30-31 at The J Spot Comedy Club …

Kiersey Clemons (“Dope,” “Extant”) beat out Rita Ora (“50 Shades of Grey”) for the role of Iris West, love interest of DC’s “The Flash” in theaters next year …

The free 21st annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival will be held July 30 and 31 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. between King Boulevard and Vernon Avenue …

“The Perfect Match,” an engaging romantic comedy starring Terrence J, Cassie Ventura, Donald Faison, Lauren London and Paula Patton has arrived on DVD and Digital HD and On Demand platforms …

New Edition with special guest star Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds fill the bill at the Microsoft Theater on July 31 …

Get ready for “Love Jones – the Musical” next season at theaters nationwide to be announced. The stage adaptation of the 1990s cult classic film will star Musiq Soulchild, Chrisette Michele, Marsha Ambrosius, MC Lyte, Dave Hollister and Raheem DeVaughn …

Gladys Knight and Tower of Power are bringing soul to the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 3; while Michael Franti & Spearhead perform at Costa Mesa’s Pacific Amphitheatre …

TASTY QUIP: “Just because it is diverse doesn’t mean it is good. If you have a lot of black people in a movie, doing your black movie, and the movie isn’t any good then what are we doing? You don’t help anybody. Obviously what I am rebelling against more isn’t diversity, it is diversity being a hot topic. It never helped anybody. You don’t want to put people in a position where they’re able to just write it off and check a box.” – JERROD CARMICHAEL to Deadline

TC ON TV: July 29 – “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy): Sen. Cory Booker; July 31 – “Celebrity Conversations” (Ovation): Samuel L. Jackson “Sharknado: the 4th Awakens” (SYFY): “In Living Color” alum T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh and Tommy Davidson reunite for the first time since their Fox series for this edition of the franchise. “Food Network Star” (Food): Atlanta cooks Tregaye Fraser and Jernard Wells vie for the prize in this 12th season finale.

Aug. 2 – “In The Cut” (Bounce): Toccara Jones (“America’s Next Top Model”) and Jazsmin Lewis (“Barbershop” film series) guest star.

TASTY QUIP: “Choose love over hate. Right over wrong. Kind over meanness, which brings me to another point. Yes, all life does matter… But the reason that I say Black Lives Matter is because we are the original people of this world. So in essence, everybody in here, really, you got some black in you. You’ve all got some soul in you, so stop denying your culture. And for those of you who don’t agree with me, I love you but I don’t give a ….!” – STEVIE WONDER at London’s British Summer Time Festival.

“Tasty Clips” is an entertainment column published in The Wave to update readers on the activities and accomplishments of black celebrities and artists in television, in music and at the movies. To reach Bill Vaughan, send email to tastyclips@yahoo.com. He can also be reached on Twitter @tastyclips.