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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Eddie set to rock reggae

Eddie Murphy’s affinity for reggae music continues. On June 30, the iconic actor, comedian and singer unveils his second song of the year “Wonna Deez Nites” featuring Jamaican dancehall icon Beenie Man on VPAL Music.

The song follows his 2015 reggae chart-topper “Oh Jah Jah,” which peaked at #1 on iTunes Reggae Single Chart and debuted in the Top 5 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Digital Song Chart.

This new collaboration is the first time in more than 20 years since Murphy has worked with another Jamaican artist musically. In 1993, he paired up with legendary Jamaican dancehall artist Shabba Ranks on his song “I Was A King.”

On the acting front, several films previously announced have stalled, including sequels “Beverly Hills Cop 4,” and “Triplets,” which would make him a brother to “Twins” actors Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger; and the Richard Pryor biopic, “Is It Something I Said?” where he would play father to lead Mike Epps.

Closer to hitting the screen is “Henry Joseph Church,” with Murphy as the title character, a cook who is bequeathed to a grieving wife and child. Should the film, directed by Bruce Beresford (“Driving Miss Daisy”), be a critical success, look for its star to be wooed again to host The Oscars.

Before all that, Murphy will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this fall at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for his “uncompromising perspective on social injustice and personal folly.”

TASTY QUIP: “[‘Empire’] called and asked me to play a rapper who gets arrested or goes to jail. Well actually, I’ll save my biopic for myself.” – T.I. on The Breakfast Club.

DIASPORA SPOTLIGHT: Last weekend in Beverly Hills, South Africa was announced as the host country for the 2015 Africa Movie Academy Awards (Sept. 26). Some of the brightest stars in the African entertainment world mingled with such Hollywood celebrities as Academy Award winner Louis Gossett, Jr., Ja’Net DuBois, Lynn Whitfield, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Chrisette Michele and Sheryl Lee Ralph.

Nigerian stars Omotola Jalade Ekeinde (“Ije”) and Patience Ozokwor (“Mama G”) attended, as did South Africa’s Terry Pheto (“Tsotsi”) and Ghanaian Lydia Forson (“Phone Swap”). For a full list of nominees and more, visit AMAA’s social networks on Facebook and Twitter.

CLIPPETTES: Variety reports Forest Whitaker is in talks to join “The Crow” reboot (in the Ernie Hudson part) and confirmed for the spin-off “Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One” to premiere December 2016…

Resident DJ Viktor Duplaix welcomes DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown AKA Erykah Badu to Kiss n Grind at Arena (6655 Santa Monica Blvd.) on June 26…

Queen Latifah will co-star with Jennifer Garner in “Miracles from Heaven,” a 2016 movie produced by DeVon Franklin and T.D. Jakes…

‘60s a cappella group The Persuasions will perform at UnitedHealthcare’s A Better You, a free wellness series for African American seniors on June 26 & 27 at Lula Washington Dance Theatre (3773 Crenshaw Blvd.)…

Claudia Jordan is supposedly out and Kim Fields may be in next season on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta”…

Two-time Grammy award-winner Timothy Bloom will perform at the AT&T LIVE BETx Showcase, June 27, at the LA Convention Center…

“Recorded in Hollywood,” the musical about label owner and music producer John Dolphin – who opened his self-named record shop in South L.A. a decade before Motown Records was born – has moved to the Hudson Theatre for five additional weeks…

DJ Quik will perform at the House of Blues – Sunset Strip on June 27…

Aisha Tyler, co-host of “The Talk,” is joining “Criminal Minds” in a recurring role…

Full Force will be celebrated with a special screening of their episode on TV One’s first-ever “Unsung Revisited” and an awards presentation honoring original group member and cancer survivor Paul Anthony on June 29 at The Newfornia Event Center (7000 S. Western Ave.).

TASTY QUIP: “This is a job that I have to do. I cannot get caught up in it. And if I sleep with these guys, why would they want to work with me again? I’m not letting no knucklehead dude come between my hard work and my money.” – TARAJI P. HENSON to Allure on not mixing business with pleasure.

TC ON TV: JUNE 26 – “What Happened, Miss Simone” (NETFLIX): This documentary promises rare footage and never before heard vocals.  “In Performance at the White House” (PBS): The Gospel Tradition. “Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang” (SHOWTIME)…

JUNE 27 – “Will to Love” (TV1): Marques Houston, Keisha Knight Pulliam and Draya Michele star…

JUNE 28 – “BET Awards” (BET): Janet Jackson, whose single “No Sleeep,” was just released, will be honored as the inaugural “Ultimate Icon”…

JUNE 29 – “Cedric’s Barber Battle” (CW): Newark…

JUNE 30 – “The Haves and the Have Nots” (OWN): Now we’ll know the aftermath of that fire… “Zoo” (CBS): Carl Lumbly and Nonso Anozie are featured in this new series based on the bestselling novel… “Conan” (TBS): Donald Glover & Miguel…

JULY 1 – “Extant” (CBS): Halle Berry’s sci-fi drama returns. “Celebrity Wife Swap” (ABC): Holly Robinson-Peete & Margaret Cho.

FESTIVAL ROUND-UP: Reggae On The Mountain is back for its sixth year July 25-26 at the Topanga Community Club with headliners Ky‐Mani Marley, Alborosie, John Brown’s Body and Easy Star All-Stars.  For discount pre-sale tickets, visit: reggaeonthemountain.org/

Nile Rodgers is launching the inaugural FOLD! Festival (Freak Out Let’s Dance) with performances by his group Chic, Pharrell Williams, Duran Duran, Janelle Monae, Chuck D, Beck, Keith Urban and others in New York on Aug. 4-5.

TASTY QUIP: “As a black man, I find it difficult to understand that our biggest export (our American culture) comes from us. The people in the streets… The way the world dresses, talks, what they listen to, what they watch… That all comes from us. How can we be the ones responsible for America’s biggest export and fear for our lives like we shouldn’t belong here? I don’t have all the answers nor do I believe anyone does, but we need to have conversations around how to improve as a nation.” – NAS on Instagram

“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.