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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Ice Cube heats up stage, screen

It’s looking like success squared equals Ice Cube. After he wraps up “Barbershop 3” in Atlanta, the LA-based actor/producer/rapper will reunite with his N.W.A. mates MC Ren and DJ Yella for the first time in over 20 years on June 27 at the BET Experience at L.A. Live.

Cube, born O’Shea Jackson, told Rolling Stone: “It’s just gonna be one of those ‘I wish I were there in L.A. nights'”  “And we’re gonna rock that s—, no problem.”

Snoop Dogg also is scheduled to perform that evening, adding fuel to a rumored appearance by his mentor Dr. Dre, the one surviving member not on the bill (Eazy-E died 20 years ago).  The group is set to be immortalized on screen in the biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” due out Aug. 14.

Also up for Cube is the sequel, “Ride Along 2” with Kevin Hart, and the just announced “Fist Fight” with Charlie Day (“Horrible Bosses”), described as “a comedy in the tone of ’80s cult hit “Three O’Clock High” but a grown-up version.”

Now let’s see if there’s time for one last “Friday.”

FESTIVAL ROUND-UP: The 37th annual Playboy Jazz Festival returns to the Hollywood Bowl for two nights filled with stars. Scheduled to rock the the house on June 13 are: Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, Eddie Palmieri Afro-Caribbean Jazz Band with Ronnie Cuber and Donald Harrison, Aloe Blacc, Tower of Power, Jason Moran’s Fats Waller Dance Party and a celebration of the Gerald Wilson Orchestra under the direction of Anthony Wilson.

The next evening features Ledisi, Terence Blanchard E-Collective, Ozomatli, Snarky Puppy, The Dizzy Gillespie Big Band under the direction of John Lee, King Sunny Ade and his African Beats, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Blue Note 75th Anniversary Presents: Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, Lionel Loueke, Marcus Strickland and Ambrose Akinmusire. Comedian George Lopez serves as Master of Ceremonies. Visit HollywoodBowl.com for more info….

“A Girl like Grace,” produced by and starring Meagan Good along with Garcelle Beauvais, Raven-Symone and Romeo Miller, is part of the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival (thru June 18). Also recommended are “Can You Dig This” and “Incorruptible;” and the events Two For One: An Evening with Guest Director Rodrigo García and Gina Prince-Bythewood and #BlackLifeBlackProtest, with curated shorts and a panel led by author/educator Tananarive Due. LAFilmFest.com has the details…

Sal Masekela (son of famed African trumpeter Hugh Masekela) will host online coverage of the Bonnarroo Music & Arts Festival on Red Bull.TV.  Alabama Shakes will air on Friday, June 12.  Saturday will feature sets from Gary Clark, Jr. & SZA.  Sunday closes with D’Angelo and The Vanguard…

Civil rights activist Bayard Rustin spends a day in a Southern town’s diner right before a march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in “Counter,” a short that can be viewed June 15 – July 17 as part of the PBS Online Film Festival (PBS.org).

Hope you enjoyed Jay Z’s L.A. edition of his Made in America festival last year.  The mogul has nixed a return to Cali in favor of a rumored NYC date to headline Mary J. Blige.  Meanwhile, the Philadelphia stop is confirmed for Sept. 5and 6…

CLIPPETTES: “Bad Boys III” is being fast-tracked for Will Smith and Martin Lawrence with Joe Carnahan (“The Blacklist,” “Smokin’ Aces”) at the reigns…

Jaden Smith nabbed a role in Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix 70s hip-hop drama “The Get Down”…

Apparently social media backlash proved “Good Morning America” was wrong when it touted “You’re going to love” Beyonce’s “major announcement”: She’s a vegan…

Talk about your intimate settings!  Rahsaan Patterson is performing June 13 at the Huntington Beach Library Theatre (which seats only 300) for two shows.  All seats are reserved, dinner is available and parking is free…

Jon Batiste, whose album with his group Stay Human hit number one on the jazz charts last year, has been named bandleader for CBS’s “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” premiering Sept. 8…

Patrice Rushen (“Forget Me Nots,” “Haven’t You Heard”) is at the Catalina Jazz Club on June 17…

Steve Harvey stars in the second episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s two-time Emmy-nominated series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” viewable at Crackle.com.  Up next: Bill Maher and new host of “The Daily Show” Trevor Noah.

TASTY QUIP: “I’ve been writing since I was a child and have always had so many stories to tell that are too long, shady and impolite to share in interviews.” – GABOUREY SIDIBE (“Precious,” “Empire”), whose memoir will be released in 2017.

TC ON TV: JUNE 12 – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix): Season 3 is here!  “Dare to Wear” (TLC): Style expert Tai Beauchamp hosts this new makeover series…

JUNE 13 – “Being” (Centric): Erica Campbell…

JUNE 14 – “Forbidden History” (AHC): The Secrets of the Illuminati…

JUNE 15 – “Startalk” (NGC)” Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews NASA legend Charles Bolden…

JUNE 16 – “Proof” (TNT): Jennifer Beals’ drama premieres…

JUNE 17 – “Unsung” (TV1): DJ Quik…

JUNE 18 – “Guys Choice Awards” (SPIKE): Hosted by Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard.

RISE UP: Celebrating more than 40 years in music, one of the most pivotal reggae bands of all time, Third World, will release “YimMasGan” on June 16. The Damian Marley produced song, which also will be accompanied by a new music video directed by Jamaica’s own Ras Kassa, is a fresh take on the 1974 original track by The Abyssinians.

Yim mas gan means let him be praised in the ancient Ethiopian Amharic language.  This is the second song written by The Abyssinians that Third World recorded. The first was “Satta Massagana,” released in 1975 on Chris Blackwell’s Island Records.

TASTY QUIP: “Marco insisted on becoming Mr. Saldana. I tried to talk him out of it. I told him, ‘If you use my name, you’re going to be emasculated by your community of artists, by your Latin community of men and by the world. His response: Who cares?’ ” – ZOE SALDANA on her hubby taking on her more famous last name.

“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.