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Golden Globe award-winning actor Idris Elba (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “Luther”) will narrate a special two-day theatrical event of the most ambitious 3D nature film produced to date – “Enchanted Kingdom,” coming to theaters Aug. 10 and 11.

Created with groundbreaking technology, the film take moviegoers on a journey to seven distinct realms in the wildest continent on Earth, Africa, to discover that nature and its inhabitants are more surprising and extraordinary than you could ever imagine.

“An experience so alive that you’ll feel you’re really there, in the heart of the wild,” the film’s promoters say. “Let yourself be swept back into nature and leave your urban life behind. You will never look at nature, or your own world, the same way again.”

Elba called Enchanted Kingdom, “a beautiful film that takes you around our world through the finest lens. I was compelled to lend my voice to guide you along the journey.”

Tickets can be purchased beginning July 3 online by visiting FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.

FAMILY AFFAIR: Jussie Smollett (“Empire“) has signed on to guest star in WGN America’s upcoming slavery set thriller, “Underground,” as a wild-eyed runaway who doesn’t trust anyone – not even those stationed along the way who would try to help him.

This role marks the first time in 20 years that Smollett will appear on screen with his younger sister Jurnee Smollett-Bell (“Friday Night Lights,” “The Great Debaters”). Smollett-Bell stars in the series with Aldis Hodge (“Straight Outta Compton”), Christopher Meloni (“Law & Order: SVU”), Adina Porter (“True Blood”), and Mykelti Williamson (“Justified”). It debuts next year.

STAGE STARS: Robert Hooks, Maurice Hines, Bill Cobbs and Hattie Winston are among the celebs to be honored at the 14th Biennial National Black Theatre Festival (Aug. 3 – 8 in Winston-Salem, NC).

Slated to participate are: Ted Lange, Debbi Morgan, Darnell Williams, Melba Moore, Jackee Harry, Andre De Shields, Dorien Wilson, Tommy Ford, Ebony Jo-Ann, Clifton Powell, Naturi Naughton, Norm Lewis, Richard Brooks, Margaret Avery, Rain Pryor, Nnenna Freelon, Tamara Tunie, Obba Babatunde and “American Idol” sensation Qaasim Middleton.  Check NBTF.org for more.

TASTY QUIP: “Man everything is fixed, it’s a damn shame. Everybody who performed gets an award. Am I the only one noticing this?” – 50 CENT on Instagram commenting on the BET Awards.

CLIPPETTES: Smokey Robinson will headline the July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular with the L.A. Philharmonic for three nights (July 2-4) at the Hollywood Bowl…

Grace Jones’ autobiography titled “I’ll Never Write My Memoirs,” will be released Sept. 29 through Gallery Books…

That stalled Eddie Murphy sequel to the 80’s comedy “Twins” that Tasty Clips wrote about last week may have life, after all. Arnold Schwarzenegger told The Howard Stern Show that he, Danny DeVito and Murphy met for lunch at his house “and we were laughing and laughing the whole meal through because it was such a funny idea. And of course, who wouldn’t like it?”…

Tyrese Gibson (“Fast and Furious”) has been hinting that he may have nabbed the John Stewart/Green Lantern role for Warner Bros’ DC films…

Cari Champion has left the moderator seat on ESPN’s “First Take” to become host of the network’s “Sportscenter.”  She also started a podcast for ESPN Audio called “Be Honest”…

“Big Game,” Samuel L. Jackson’s latest film in which he plays president of the United States, opened to good reviews in theaters and On Demand simultaneously…

Jordin Sparks has been collaborating with Toni Braxton’s “musical husband” Babyface on tracks for her upcoming album…

It’s confirmed that Chadwick Boseman (“Get On Up”) will make his debut as Marvel’s Black Panther in “Captain America: Civil Wars” due next May…

D’Angelo is adding acclaimed singer/songwriter Joi Gilliam (formerly of Lucy Pearl) to his band The Vanguard as they tour overseas…

Congrats to ballerina Misty Copeland for making history by being promoted to Principal Dancer at the American Ballet Theater. You were already that to us…

TC ON TV: JULY 4 – “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” (NBC): Tamron Hall and Willie Geist host Flo Rida, Gloria Estefan, Ed Sheeran, Kelly Clarkson and others. “A Capitol Fourth” (PBS): Nicole Scherzinger (formerly of The Pussycat Dolls) and KC & The Sunshine Band are among the performers…

JULY 6 – “Live with Kelly & Michael” (ABC): Taye Diggs…

JULY 7 – “Today” (NBC): Shaggy in concert…

JULY 8 – “Meredith Vieira” (SYN): Ashanti and NeNe Leakes (who recently told People that after seven seasons, she’s through with Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta”)… “Unsung” (TV1): Xscape… “The Spoils Before Dying” (IFC): Michael Kenneth Williams (“Boardwalk Empire,” “The Wire”) and Maya Rudolph star with Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell in this new story for the series’ second season…  “Key & Peele” (COMEDY): 4TH season premiere…  “Why? With Hannibal Buress” (COMEDY): Series premiere.

TASTY QUIP: “I don’t know if it was an accident: he does have a reputation!” – CHRIS ROCK on being punched in the stomach during a scene with Terrence Howard his first day on the “Empire” set.

REAL TALK: Pulitzer Prize-winning black journalist, publisher and SiriusXM Urban View host Karen Hunter will host “White in America,” an all-white panel enlisted to engage in an open conversation on the current state of race relations in the U.S. today.

“I felt compelled to put together a panel to finally have a meaningful conversation about race with people who can actually move the needle on the topic – white men and women in media,” said Hunter, co-author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including “Ladies First,” “On the Down Low,” and “Wendy’s Got the Heat.”

“Race is the one topic we are afraid to tackle in this country. With this panel, I am hoping to offer SiriusXM listeners nationwide the conversation that is not available anywhere else.”

Panelists will include Tim Wise, Joan Walsh, Andrew Wilkow, John Fugelsang, Dean Obeidallah, Boris Epshteyn and former Congressman Jack Kingston. The program will air on July 7, 8, 11 & 12.

TASTY QUIP: “Here’s the thing: the United States is always going to need a boogieman. The Native Americans, black people, immigrants, the Nazis, Russia and the Cold War, and now it’s Islam. You can tell by James Bond movies who the villain is!” – SPIKE LEE to The Daily Beast

“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.