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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Hometown plans second annual tribute to Prince

The second annual Celebration 2018 honoring the unique life and legacy of the prodigiously talented cultural icon Prince Rogers Nelson will take place April 19-22 at Paisley Park, Prince’s historic home and recording sanctuary outside Minneapolis.

The event will welcome fans from around the world into an inspired environment of live music, panel discussions and special presentations highlighting Prince’s tremendous talent, influence and importance as a composer, musician, producer, live performer and filmmaker.

Musical guests set to perform include internationally acclaimed artist and long-time Prince collaborator and friend Sheila E; fDeluxe, formerly known as The Family, which features past bandmates and friends Susannah Melvoin, Eric Leeds, Jellybean Johnson, St. Paul Peterson and special guest Jerome Benton (of The Time fame); and a new super-group of Paisley Park and New Power Generation musical alumni, who will make their collective debut.

New this year is an exclusive off-site concert event titled PRINCE: Live on the Big Screen, to be held April 21 at Minneapolis’ Target Center. The event will feature newly remastered and never-before-released audio and video of Prince accompanied live on the arena stage by an all-star ensemble of musicians who performed alongside him throughout his storied career.

In addition, Paisley Park will host a number of special guest speakers who will take part in exclusive panel discussions. The list includes close creative collaborators and friends spanning five decades in Prince’s life including his ex-wife Mayte Garcia, singer Shelby J, drummer Kirk Johnson and more.

For info and tickets to the four-day Celebration 2018, visit: www.officialpaisleypark.com. Individual tickets to PRINCE: Live on the Big Screen are also available now via TargetCenter.com or by calling (888) 929-7849.

TASTY QUIP: “I don’t see no good in [that filthy man in the White House]. And the children, his boys, are snakes, you can tell. It’s like Satan is in the White House. The first thing you wanna do is stop immigrants from coming to the United States? He’s against women. He treats ladies like nothing. He’s worse than any president I’ve ever seen. I mean, we did John F. Kennedy’s inauguration – that’s how long I been here!” – MAVIS STAPLES to Rolling Stone

CLIPPETTES: Cornel West will deliver a public address called “Prophetic Fire” at 7 p.m. March 9 at Sheraton Gateway LAX

Later that evening, the Walt Disney Concert Hall hosts John Beasley’s “MONK + MONK’estra,” a cinematic experience with special guest Dee Dee Bridgewater; along with a presentation of the late pianist Geri Allen’s “Erroll Garner Project: Concert by the Sea” with Gerald Clayton, Victor Lewis, Christian Sands and Russell Malone …

Meanwhile, A Conversation with Bootsy Collins: Worldwide Funk, will be held at Inglewood’s Miracle Theater, hosted by Scot Brown with DJ Lance Rock …

Tiffany Haddish, who by the time her career ends will have worked with everyone, has signed to co-star with Tika Sumpter and Omari Hardwick in Tyler Perry’s “The List.” It opens in theaters on Nov. 2

The 25th annual Sistas Are Doing It For Themselves Film Festival has an enormous day of events planned for March 10 including a conversation with former Oscars president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. Visit www.bherc.org for details

Greg Adams (formerly of Tower of Power), Larry Dunn (formerly of Earth, Wind & Fire) and keyboardist Gail Jhonson are among the stars honoring Bill Withers at the 18th annual Starlight Serenade Benefit Concert on March 10 at the Harmony Gold Theater

Luenell‘s Celebrity Black Carpet Birthday Bash 2018 will be held March 11 at the Globe Theater beginning at 7 p.m. The Rouse House Entertainment production promises an evening of “Black Excellence” with performers to include Kid n Play, Bow Legged Lou, Troop, Michel’le, The Mary Jane Girls, Miki Howard, Norwood Young and Sinbad with Brazilian and burlesque dancers

Also that night, blues guitar legend Buddy Guy is set for The Novo

All Studio Movie Grill locations are collecting gently used formal dresses to give out to young ladies going to prom through March 28. For more information, visit www.studiomoviegrill.com.

TASTY QUIP: “The reason why we’re on Earth today –You, Me, Him, Her – all these different walks of life – It’s all a test. It’s almost like God’s experiment. When are we going to understand that we are put on Earth to love? That’s all it’s about. Everybody wants to figure out how complicated life is and break it down. I really think that it’s going to keep going on. The world’s going to keep on going on. Frustration will keep going on. Anger will keep going on. Until we finally go back down to the simplest word – Love. And when God sees that, then we have the answer. But until then it’s going to be warfare.” – KENDRICK LAMAR on Twitter

TC ON TV – March 9 – “The Talk” (CBS): Ava DuVernay and Storm Reid,(from “A Wrinkle in Time,” opening this weekend), the cast of Broadway’s “Aladdin” and Joh’Vonnie Jackson, the youngest daughter of Joe Jackson, patriarch of the famed musical Jackson family. “Concert For George” (PBS): In honor of George Harrison’s 75th Birthday, a remastered version of the 2002 film featuring Eric Clapton, Dhani Harrison, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Monty Python, Billy Preston, Ravi & Anoushka Shankar, Ringo Starr and more airs.

March 10 – “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN): “Addicted To Fame” features Mickey “Memphitz” Wright. “Queen Rock The World” (PBS): The British band plays their greatest hits in a never-before-seen film of their 1977 tour. “It Happened Here” (Reelz): Visits the New York City stand-up clubs where Richard Pryor honed his comedy. “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Sterling K. Brown, James Bay

March 11 – “American Idol” (ABC): Lionel Richie and Katy Perry are among the new judges for this 16th season revival. “O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?” (Fox): Soledad O’Brien presides over this “shocking two-hour special” unveiling a 2006 interview that was shelved due to his imprisonment. “The 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards” (TBS/TNT/TRU): DJ Khaled and Hailey Baldwin introduce performances by Ed Sheeran, Cardi B, Maroon 5, Camila Cabello and a video premiere from Taylor Swift. “Timeless” (NBC): More time travel intrigue opens season two with a visit to Marie Curie. “Unsung” (TV1): Blue Magic “Uncensored” (TV1): Nia Long

March 13 – “The Haves and the Have Nots” (OWN): Bet you didn’t see that coming with Benny as the fifth season comes to an end. “The Zimmern List” (Travel): Los Angeles. “Back in the Game” (CNBC): Executive Producer Michael Strahan and host Alex Rodriguez pair financially troubled ex-athletes with money-savvy mentors who can help them get back on their feet. “For The People” (ABC): Regé-Jean Page, who wowed audiences in the recent “Roots” remake as Chicken George, is a featured actor along with Vondie Curtis-Hall and Anna Deavere Smith in this new Shondaland series set in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

TASTY QUIP: “The Marines have a saying. ‘Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.’ In the center of bringing any dream into fruition is self-discipline. Every day, we are choosing sh*t that’s not in our own best interest. So if the world is attacking you, and the world wants to fight you, and the world’s tryna hold you down. So you gonna kick yourself in the balls? You gonna stop yourself from getting what you dream. Self-discipline is the center of all material success.” – WILL SMITH on Instagram

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