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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Grammy Museum salutes Jermaine Dupri’s music career

By Bill Vaughan

Entertainment Writer

Award-winning producer, Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, recording artist and TV star Jermaine Dupri has been writing and producing platinum records for more than 25 years. The Grammy Museum is recognizing his success with a new exhibit exploring his legacy and the rise and influence of Atlanta’s hip-hop and R&B scene.

“Jermaine Dupri & So So Def: 25 Years of Elevating Culture” will open Sept. 20, when he discusses his distinguished career at the Clive Davis Theater as part of the museum’s An Evening With program. The exhibit will run through March 2019.

To highlight the label’s iconic role in elevating the sound of Atlanta to a world class level, never-before-seen artifacts, interactive experiences and rare video footage featuring artists such as Bow Wow, Mariah Carey, Da Brat, Dem Franchize Boyz, Anthony Hamilton, Jagged Edge, Kris Kross, Usher, Xscape and many more will be on display.

“My first visit to The Grammy Museum was around the time it opened and they created the ‘Make a Record with Jermaine Dupri’ experience,” Dupri said. “It’s such an honor to return for this meaningful tribute to So So Def, Jermaine Dupri and the city of Atlanta.”

Exhibit highlights include: The original MPC 3000 recording deck that Dupri used on some of his earliest productions; original artwork from Skip Smith, the artist who developed the record label’s logo, “Afroman;” and exclusive, never-before-seen images and prize possessions.

BIG BALLER: Tasty Clips caught up with the hilarious comic actress Luenell for a performance in advance of her just released CD, “I Only Drink At Work.” Between the laughs at the Comedy House in South Carolina, we found that she’s been making some huge career moves.

In addition to her current appearance on WE TV’s “Braxton Family Values,” she can be seen beginning Oct. 4 in “A Star Is Born,” the critically acclaimed remake of the classic film starring its director Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.

There’s also a Netflix stand-up special on the way.

“I have mad love for Mo’Nique,” admitted Luenell of the network’s boycotter-in-chief, “but look what happened to [Russell Simmons’] Rush Card. I’m just saying.”

CLIPPETTES: The Manhattans, featuring Gerald Alston, Brothers Johnson, Rose Royce, Lakeside and Jimmie “JJ” Walker are among the performers Sept. 14 at the L.A. Fairplex in Pomona

Kerry Washington is returning to the Broadway stage she left to start “Scandal” this fall in Christopher Demos-Brown’s drama “American Son” to co-star Jeremy Jordan (“Supergirl”)

The Women Making History Awards Brunch, honoring Gabrielle Union, Kathy Bates, Kristen Bell and Patrisse Cullors is set for Sept. 15 at the Beverly Hilton

Bob Baldwin Presents Abbey Road the Beatles,” the 25th disc in the 30-year career of the celebrated keyboardist/composer, is now available. CeCe Peniston, flautist Ragan Whiteside, sax man Euge Groove and DC legend Lori Williams guest star on the tribute release

The Great American Smokeout Festival hits Ontario’s Citizens Bank Arena on Sept. 15 with Snoop Dogg, Wu Tang Clan, Cypress Hill, Warren G, Bone Thugs N Harmony and more. Also The Temptations are in concert at the Saban Theatre; and there’s a Voodoo Threauxdown at the Greek headlining Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Galactic, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band …

Nile Rodgers & Chic were revealed as the special guests for Cher’s Here We Go Again Tour launching in January. The band will be supporting their first album in 25 years, “It’s About Time”

Talib Kweli, Flea, Dhani Harrison, Patti Smith, Eric Burdon and Tony Hawk are but a few of the participants in Pathway to Paris, a nonprofit fundraiser dedicated to raising consciousness surrounding the urgency of climate action on Sept. 16 at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel

Beloved master bassist Eluriel (Tinkr) Barfield, a mainstay in the bands of superstars Luther Vandross, Lou Rawls and Ashford and Simpson, is charting with his second solo CD project, “Blended.” As the leader of Tinkr’s Classy Greasy Jazzy Funky Ole Azz Booga Band, his versatility is up front with fresh arrangements of classics and striking originals augmented with guest turns by Nat Adderley Jr., Doc Powell and Alfa Anderson …

R+R=NOW, featuring Robert Glasper, Christian Scott, Derrick Hodge, Justin Tyson, Taylor McFerrin and Terrace Martin, arrives Sept. 17 at the Fonda Theatre

Miguel and Nonchalant Savant top the bill of the Greek Theatre Sept. 19.

TC ON TV: Sept. 14 – “Forever” (Netflix): Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen reunite from their “Saturday Night Live” days to play a married couple in this poignant comic series. “Sunday’s Best: Celebrating 40 Years of CBS Sunday Morning” (CBS): John Legend (who became the first black man with EGOT status – with his “Jesus Christ Superstar” Emmy to go along with his Grammy, Oscar and Tony) appears with his supermodel wife Chrissy Tiegen, Robert Redford, Ralph Lauren and more. “American Masters” (PBS): “Basquiat

Sept. 16 – “Warriors of Liberty City” (Starz): Hip Hop pioneer Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell’s Miami youth football program is shadowed in this new reality series. “Talking Dead” (AMC): Tonight’s “Fear The Walking Dead” director Lou Diamond Phillips; Tony-Award winning actress Tonya Pinkens, who has rocked the show since joining the cast as a crazed stranger; and uber-fan Sinbad.

Sept. 17 – “70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards” (NBC): Tracee Ellis-Ross (“Black-ish”) and Issa Rae (“Insecure”) both have a chance to become the first black actress to win a lead comedy award since Isabel Sanford for “The Jeffersons” in 1991.

Sept. 18 – “D.L. Hughley: Contrarian” (Netfllix): The comic/radio host riffs on politics, “Black Panther,” his upbringing and more in a rapid-fire stand-up show at Philadelphia’s Merriam Theater.

Sept. 20 – “Snowfall” (FX): Franklin faces the consequences of his actions and Lucia must sacrifice to save Gustavo’s life in this season finale directed by show co-creator and producer John Singleton.

TASTY QUIP: “Anybody who’s been married and divorced as many times as him has got great stories. You just sit there. Burt Reynolds on women — it should be a ride at Disney.” – CHRIS ROCK to EW on the iconic star [RIP]


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.