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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Janet Jackson’s star still soaring

This is quite the weekend for comebacks!  With no big hit single or television appearance, Janet Jackson’s new album “Unbreakable” made its debut at No. 1. Miss Jackson is also selling out arenas with her tour that arrives at The Forum on Oct 16 and at the Santa Barbara Bowl on Oct. 21 and 22.

With such popularity, it should be no surprise that she is nominated for induction into the 2016 Rock N Roll Hall of Fame along with N.W.A., Chic, Chaka Khan and The J.B.s.  Your vote counts at rockhall.com/voting/2016-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-nominees-vote/ until Dec. 9.

Tracy Morgan, now recovered from injuries suffered in a car crash last year, is returning to television on Oct. 17 as the host of the show that catapulted his career: NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

While our media colleagues are reporting that Morgan’s first post-accident film is the Ice Cube/Charlie Day comedy “Fist Fight,” Tasty Clips has the exclusive that he’s already completed a hush-hush role in “The Night Before,” a holiday movie to be released Nov. 25, starring Seth Rogan, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie.

TRANSFORMED: Since making audiences laugh through his stand-up specials and role in the “Magic Mike” movies, Gabriel Iglesias has lost more than 130 pounds.  His journey to health is documented Thursday evenings on the raucous FUSE series “Fluffy Breaks Even.”

Each week the comic, along with his tour mates Martin Moreno, Rick Gutierrez, G Reilly and Alfred Robles, show the dietary hazards of being on the road and what it takes to burn that stuff off.

“I still want to have a good time,” said Iglesias, who admits that bread is his crack.  “The difference is now I want to be accountable to what I’m doing.”

One of the casualties of his new physique has been his wardrobe – some of which was donated to him by his pal, radio host Big Boy.  “[He] was close to 600 pounds, had a procedure done, lost a bunch of weight and gave his old big guy clothes to me,” he revealed.  “Now I’m the one donating.“

The Compton and Long Beach native talked about being young when the riots broke out in the ‘90s and one of his early gigs.  “I did a party, years ago for Suge Knight’s family during a time when he was locked up,” Iglesias recounted.  “[They] made it very clear.  You do not make fun of the Knight family.  And I’m like, ‘Okay, got it.  Noted.’ ” Everyone else now is fair game.

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Daughters of Soul, consisting of the progeny of Nina Simone (Lisa), Donny Hathaway (Lalah), Chaka Khan (Indira), Bill Withers (Kori), Syl Johnson (Syleena), Sly Stone & Cynthia Robinson of The Family Stone (Sylvette ‘Phunne’), are pre-selling their documentary recording of the soundtrack and tour experiences through PledgeMusic.com. Singer/songwriter Sandra St. Victor, formerly of The Family Stand, is overseeing the project.

TASTY QUIP: “Guys need attention. They need that nourishment, that little stroke of the ego that gets them by every now and then. I’ll give it to my family, I’ll give it to my work — but I will not give it to a man right now.” – RIHANNA to the NY Times

CLIPPETTES:  “Straight Outta Compton” director F. Gary Gray will helm the next film in the “Fast and Furious” franchise…

And if that new character Heath on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” looks familiar, it’s none other than Corey Hawkins, who played Dr. Dre in the aforementioned movie…

John Ridley, the Oscar winning screenwriter of “12 Years a Slave” and Emmy-winning creator of ABC’s “American Crime,” will write and direct a feature film on the L.A. Riots…

We told you earlier “Extant” was on its last legs with CBS.  Well, the network officially cancelled the sci-fi show but wants to remain in the Halle Berry business by greenlighting a dramatic medical series for her to produce and star in called “Legalease”…

DJ Premier announced to Hip-Hop 4 Life the skinny on his next album “Last Session at 320” to consist of contributions from Nas, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Christina Aguilera, Ed Sheeran and hopefully Eminem…

Latin jazz pianists Eddie Palmieri and Chucho Valdés perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Oct. 20.

POPCORN AND PIROUETTES: For one night only in movie theaters on Thursday, Oct. 22nd, four outstanding works by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be shown as part of “Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance,” hosted by “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” stars Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan.

Featuring LA native and veteran cast member Matthew Rushing, the troupe will be presenting its signature work, “Revelations,” and “Chroma” by Wayne McGregor, “Grace” by Ronald K. Brown and “Takademe” by the company’s artistic director, Robert Battle. For more info visit FathomEvents.com.

TC ON TV: Oct. 16 – “Live From Lincoln Center” (PBS): “Kern & Hammerstein’s Show Boat” features Vanessa Williams and Norm Lewis…

Oct. 17 – “According To Alex” (CENTRIC): Whoopi Goldberg is the executive producer of this new series starring her daughter Alex Martin Dean.  “Amy Schumer: Live From The Apollo” (HBO): Directed by Chris Rock…

Oct. 18 – “Belief” (OWN): The landmark seven-night event exploring cultural faith begins. “Roots” (TV1): This time in HD through Oct. 24.  “Project Greenlight” (HBO): Why is tonight’s episode titled “Hot Ghetto Mess?”…

Oct. 19 – “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC): Kicks off a week from the Brooklyn Academy of Music with guests Jay Z, Howard Stern, Bill Murray and ballerina Misty Copeland…

Oct. 20 – “Being Mary Jane” (BET): Returns with this two-hour episode.

TASTY QUIP:  “We all maybe don’t get old alone, but we do get old privately, within ourselves. We have to deal with the fact that time is closing and closing and closing in on you. I won’t say I look forward to dying, but I’m not at this moment afraid of it. There was a beginning once, and that was pretty darn exciting. And now I’ll have another, not similar but definitive, experience.” – JAMES EARL JONES to New York Magazine while prepping for “The Gin Game,” with Cicely Tyson opening on Broadway Oct. 24.

“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.