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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Gil Scott-Heron now on Blu-Ray

“Black Wax,” the masterful 1982 portrait of the great poet-singer-songwriter and rap music forefather Gil Scott-Heron, is now available for the first time on DVD and Blu-Ray. Filmed entirely on location in Washington, D.C. by acclaimed director Robert Mugge, Scott-Heron is documented with his 10-piece Midnight Band performing such potent political numbers as “Winter in America,” “Johannesburg,” and “B-Movie.”

Between songs, there are equally powerful poems (“Paint it Black,” “Black History,” “Billy Green is Dead,” The H2O-Gate Blues,” and “Whitey on the Moon”).

Next month, the conversion of the classic music films by Mugge continues with the release of “Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise,” a definitive look at the jazz visionary and his Arkestra. Years ahead of his time, Sun Ra coupled images of outer space with those of ancient Egypt, acoustic instruments with electronic ones, and modern American musical genres (jazz, soul, gospel, blues, swing) with the sounds of Africa and the Caribbean. His colorful costumes and backdrops are said to have been major influences on other innovative ensembles such as George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic.

NINA UPDATE: The last word on that Nina Simone biopic starring a seemingly miscast Zoe Saldana came from many rejecting the notion on social media. Now with the project, which also features David Oyelowo and Mike Epps, wrapped and apparently shelved, Saldana is speaking out. In an interview with Latina Magazine, the actress wanted fans to know she went head in and did her research.

“I needed to walk her path,” she said. “As a woman, it wasn’t difficult to empathize with another woman. But I needed to be very isolated. I moved out of my house for three months. I wasn’t really talking to anybody that I knew. I just needed to be all things Nina.”

Saldana continued: “It was so intense, and everything happened really fast. The people behind the project weren’t my cup of tea. The director was fine, but there was a lot of mismanagement, which is why we’re still here three years later. And I’m still trying to fight with everybody to get the movie finished. Nina deserves better.”

FRIENDLY FIRE: Mel Brooks’ classic film “Blazing Saddles,” is being reincarnated as an animated action comedy set in the animal kingdom called “Blazing Samurai.” Voices on board include Brooks, Samuel L. Jackson, Djimon Hounsou, Mel B, Michelle Yeoh, George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias and Michael Cera.

CLIPPETTES: Naomie Harris’ Miss Moneypenny in the somewhat disappointing new Bond film “Spectre” gets more action in that 30-second Sony commercial than she does in the whole movie …

Raheem DeVaughn and Leela James with V. Bozeman are presenting the Love n’ Soul Experience on Nov. 13 at Club Nokia …

Gospel superstar Kirk Franklin’s 11th album, “Losing My Religion,” was released this week and has already spawned a number-one single called “Wanna Be Happy?”…

Madonna announced that actor/producer Idris Elba would be her opening act (as a DJ) during her “Rebel Heart” overseas tour, which began this week in Berlin, Germany …

Also for European audiences only, Prince will embark on a solo tour titled “The Prince Spotlight: Piano & A Microphone” to begin on Nov. 21 in Austria …

Kendrick Lamar, Brandy, and James Fauntleroy have collaborated with Ty Dolla $ign for a song called “L.A.” on his new album, “Free TC” …

Tony Award-winner Bill T. Jones will be the choreographer of the Broadway Bollywood musical adaptation of the film “Monsoon Wedding.” Director Mira Nair will also helm the material in this iteration …

L.A. Film Festival Award winner “Out of My Hand,” by director/writer Takeshi Fukunaga, begins a theatrical run at the Downtown Independent on Nov. 13.  The immigrant tale that goes from the rubber plantations of Liberia to a taxicab in Brooklyn, is the 10th release from Ava DuVernay’s film distribution company, ARRAT …

Congrats to Ashley Nell Tipton for becoming the winner of Lifetime’s “Project Runway.” The Latina San Diego native became the first ever plus-sized designer in the show’s 14 seasons to take home the grand prize of $100,000 …

National Black Programming Consortium is presenting “Evoking the Mulatto,” a four-week web series on what it means to be mixed race in the 21st century through Nov. 19 at youtube.com/user/NBPC and its website, blackpublicmedia.org.

WHAT COULD’VE BEEN: Big Boi told ESPN’s Dan LeBatard that OutKast had to reject an offer to play the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show because André 3000 refused to do shorter versions of “The Way You Move” and “Hey Ya!” That was the year that Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake had that wardrobe malfunction.

TC ON TV: Nov. 13 – “The View” (ABC): Thelma Houston, Cheryl Lynn and Martha Wash. “David Tutera’s CELEBrations” (WE): The team throws a Sweet 16 party for the daughter of Cynthia Bailey (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”). “The Tonight Show” (NBC): A Tribe Called Quest.

Nov. 14 – “Legends: At The Apollo” (OWN): Earth, Wind & Fire

Nov. 15 – “Behind The Story With The Paley Center” (SUNDANCE): Jimmy Kimmel gets the cast of “Scandal” (Kerry Washington, Joshua Malina, Guillermo Diaz and Tony Goldwyn) to open up. “Super Soul Sunday” (OWN): Shonda Rhimes “Rev Run’s Thanksgiving Supper” (COOKING): The Simmons clan share their holiday recipes.  “Oprah’s Master Class” (OWN): Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Nov. 16 – “The Latin Explosion: A New America” (HBO): Documentary created by Tommy Mottola features profiles of many of the Latino music stars from pioneers Xavier Cugat, Machito, Tito Puente and Desi Arnaz to Carlos Santana, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Pitbull.

Nov. 17 – “Being Mary Jane” (BET): Brit actor James Lee Taylor makes his American TV debut as MJ’s sampling of “the swirl”…

Nov. 18 – “Unsung” (TV1): Nate Dogg is the focus of the season finale.

Nov. 19 – “Man vs Child: Chef Showdown” (FYI): Last chance this season to see breakout 8 year old Chef Estie Kung!  “Lip Sync Battle: Holiday Special” (SPIKE): Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie and surprise guest stars like Run-DMC appear.

TASTY QUIP: “I’ve never been the glamorous girl in any of the characters that I’ve played. It’s refreshing to know that I could do something like this.” – JENNIFER HUDSON to Playbill.com’s Karu Daniels on making her Broadway debut as Shug Avery in “The Color Purple.”

“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.