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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Diana Ross celebrates 75th with ‘Her Life, Love and Legacy’

Diana Ross and Fathom Events will celebrate the star’s 75th Diamond Diana Birthday Celebration with a special gift to fans around the world. The special two-night screening of “Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy” featuring “Diana Ross Live in Central Park” comes to movie theaters worldwide, premiering on her birthday, March 26.

The exclusive theatrical release will feature a remastered version of Ross’ iconic Central Park concert, documented in July 1983. With nearly 1.2 million people in attendance over two days, it is considered one of the most important landmark events in music and entertainment history.

The cinema event will also include special, never-before-seen footage and messages from the Ross family, including sons Ross Naess and Evan Ross, daughters Rhonda Ross Kendrick and Chudney Ross, with Tracee Ellis Ross giving a loving and passionate introduction to the film in celebration of the superstar’s legacy.

“I envisioned a dream and that’s what I created over those two days in Central Park. I picked a goal, and then imagined all the details,” Ross said. “I believe imagination is magical, that we can think of something and bring it into being.”

Tickets for U.S. screenings can be purchased at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices.

CONGRATS: Sixteen-year-old Los Angeles native Tyeler Reign has been crowned the season five winner of Lifetime’s hit series “The Rap Game.” Six talented young rappers battled it out over the course of 10 weeks under the critical eyes of mentor and executive producer Jermaine Dupri and his crew.

But in the end, it was Reign who claimed the top spot, impressing the mogul with her talent and stage presence. As the winner, she will receive a recording contract with Dupri’s label, So So Def Recordings.

TICKET WATCH: Nelly, TLC and Flo Rida are uniting for a 21-city summer tour of the U.S. launching on July 23 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The show will conclude on Aug. 31 at Irvine’s FivePoint Amphitheatre. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning March 15 at 10 a.m. at LiveNation.com.

CLIPPETTES: The Red Hot Chili Peppers is historically live-streaming the first concert from the Giza Pyramids March 15 at 11 a.m. via www.redhotchilipeppers.com

Later, L.A. native and rising modern soul singer, songwriter and guitarist Cairo Gold performs at the Pleasure Chest to celebrate the release of her new single “Pleasure”

Richard Williams, the inner-city father who molded daughters Venus and Serena Williams into tennis champions, will be played by Will Smith in a big screen film to be called “King Richard” — causing the Twitterverse to go bonkers over Smith being too melanin deficient for the role

Freddy Cole will be at the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica March 16. Also that evening, W. Kamau Bell & Jari Kondabolu present their comic stylings at the Soraya in Northridge; and Ledisi headlines the Flypoet Winter Classic at the Saban Theatre …

John Legend premiered YouTube’s first-ever “call to action” docu-series, “Can’t Just Preach,” with the spotlight on Sybrina Fulton (founder of the Trayvon Martin Foundation) … 

Justin Timberlake, who leaked that he is working with longtime collaborator Timbaland on a new album, is in concert at the Staples Center March 17

A recently discovered recording of Ella Fitzgerald recorded live in L.A. Jan. 21, 1956 is now seeing the light of day.  “Ella At The Shrine,” thought to be the Verve label’s first such disc, is now available on vinyl and is available for digital downloading and streaming … 

Ethan Hawke (“Training Day”) will executive produce and star as abolitionist John Brown in a Showtime limited series about pre-Civl War America based on James McBride’s 2013 National Book Award-winning novel “Good Lord Bird”

Rapper Too Short hits the stage of The Rose in Pasadena March 21

Sting in “The Last Ship,” John Leguizamo in “Latin History for Morons,” and the Tony-winning revival of “Once on This Island” are parts of the seven show 2019-20 Season beginning Sept. 5 at the Ahmanson.

TC ON TV: March 15 – “Turn Up Charlie” (Netflix): Idris Elba is the executive producer of this comedy series with him starring as a struggling bachelor DJ who becomes a nanny to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter. This marks another big week for Elba as his directorial debut, “Yardie,” centering around the intertwined worlds of the Jamaican narcotics syndicates and the music industry in the 80s, is now playing in select theaters.  “Love, Death & Robots” (Netflix): The network’s first ever animated adult anthology series arrives from producers Tim Miller (“Deadpool”) and David Fincher (“House of Cards”). “Great Performances” (PBS): “Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration” documents last November’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion concerts featuring Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, Seal, James Taylor, Los Lobos and more. “I Am Richard Pryor” (Paramount): The 90-minute special explores the life and career of the iconic comedian through clips and exclusive interviews with comedians, filmmakers, family, and friends including Michael Epps, Tiffany Haddish, Ishmael Reed, Michael Schultz, Greg Tate and Jimmie Walker. “The Tonight Show” (NBC): Ice-T, Russell Wilson, Ozuna

March 16 – “One Night For One Drop: Imagined By Cirque Du Soleil” (CBS): The benefit, televised for the first time, is hosted by Kevin Frazier and Tara Lapinski. “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN): Le’Andria Johnson gets help with her addiction to alcohol in the first episode of the two-parter titled “The Bad Girl of Gospel.”

March 17 – “Unsung” (TV1): The Jets 

March 18 – “9-1-1” (Fox): The series returns with Athena (Angela Bassett) introducing love interest Bobby (Michael Krause) to her parents. “Black Lightning” (CW): The season concludes with the family teaming to fight against Tobias. “The Fix” (ABC): Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Robin Givens are featured in this new legal drama series. “The DL Hughley Show” (TV1): The comedian/actor brings a new nighttime talk show to the network.  It will air four nights a week, Monday through Thursday.   

March 19 – “black-ish” (ABC): Quvenzhané Wallis guest stars in this episode directed by Millicent Shelton.  “The Village” (NBC): Lorraine Toussaint and Frankie Faison portray the heart and soul of a Brooklyn building with diverse tenants.  “Late Night” (NBC): Jordan Peele, Action Bronson  

March 20 – “Live with Kelly & Ryan” (ABC): Jennifer Lopez, Morris Chestnut  “Late Late Show” (CBS): Cam Newton, Daddy Yankee

March 21 – “Growing Up Hip Hop” (WE): The cast gives confessionals in this one-hour special. 

TASTY QUIP: “Michael [Jackson] was/is my hero. He’s not my God. Michael was/is larger than life, but he was not life itself. Michael represented creative excellence, but he was not excellent. Take the parts that inspire and let them inspire, take the parts that disgust and make sure that we apply the pressure and grace to make sure our heroes never put us in this position again. Championing Michael’s good doesn’t mean you also are championing Michael’s bad. Listening to his songs doesn’t mean you are supporting pedophilia or rape. But let’s call him to task, listen to the alleged victims, hear all sides and learn the lessons that need to be learned.” – LUPE FIASCO via Instagram

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.