BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ to open SXSW Film Festival

Jordan Peele’s “Us,” the much anticipated follow-up to his Oscar-winning, writing and directorial debut “Get Out,” will have its world premiere as the opening night film at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas  March 8. 

The thriller, starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss from “The Handmaid’s Tale,” was previewed via a trailer dropped on Christmas Day to high viewership.

After the festival debut, the movie hits theaters March 15. 

Peele will next segue to CBS All Access as the host of the streaming service’s reboot of “The Twilight Zone.”

FOR THE CAUSE: Black Power icon Angela Davis and conscious rapper/actor Common will share insights from their personal experiences in activism as part of UCLA’s Black Alumni Association Social Justice Summit at the Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center Jan. 12.

CNN commentator Angela Rye, hoops legend/author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, hip-hop architect KRS One and more will participate in the all-day session that is free and open to the public. 

Due to high attendance, seating at the event will may be on a stand-by basis. There is no reserved seating so please arrive on time and RSVP for the event in advance at EventBrite.com. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

FOR LAUGHS: A who’s who of comics will join the dais at The Novo Jan. 11 to celebrate funnyman Guy Torry’s 50th birthday with a roast. Among the revelers expected are Kevin Hart, Cedric ‘The Entertainer’, Nick Cannon, Kym Whitley, Tommy Davidson, Earthquake, Tony Rock, brother Joe Torry and more. Host Jemele Hill will try to keep order. Good luck with that. 

FOR ADULTS ONLY: Janelle Monáe has unveiled the compelling video for “Screwed” (featuring Zoë Kravitz) – a powerful anthem known for its memorable lyrics and sexual and political double-entendres. It’s from her acclaimed emotion picture, “Dirty Computer” and stars Tessa Thompson and Jayson Aaron. “Screwed” is now streaming at Monåe’s official YouTube channel.

CLIPPETTES: “The Late Show” bandleader Jon Batiste solos at UC Santa Barbara’s Campbell Hall; and Evelyn “Champagne” King sings her hits at Morongo Casino, Resort and Spa in Cabazon Jan. 11

Filming has begun in Miami for “Bad Boys For Lif3,” marking Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s third return to their hit franchise movies

R&B crooner Jeffrey Osborne performs at Pepperdine’s Smothers Theatre Jan. 12; while Don B. Welch’s hit comedy gospel play “Heavenbound,” starring Loretta Devine, returns to the Wilshire Ebell Theatre

How in the world did the Directors Guild not nominate Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther?” Bradley Cooper (“A Star is Born”), Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”), Spike Lee (“Blackkklansman”), Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”) and Adam McKay (“Vice”) got theirs though  

Writer’s Bloc Presents: Sen. Kamala Harris at the Wilshire Ebell Theater Jan. 13. Later, at the Hollywood Palladium, Red Hot Chili Peppers will team up with Beck and St. Vincent for a benefit concert dubbed the “Malibu Love Sesh,” supporting wildfires related rebuilding efforts  

Just when we were wondering what D’Angelo was up to, a new song by the reclusive artist appeared on the soundtrack of Rockstar’s new hit video game “Red Dead Redemption 2.” “Unshaken” marks his first release since 2014’s “Black Messiah”

Herbie Hancock highlights new works by forward-thinking composers in the Edge of Jazz at Walt Disney Concert Hall Jan. 15. The pieces will be performed by the LA Phil New Music Group, with appearances from Billy Childs and Hitomi Oba. Also that evening, you can catch A Conversation with Nile Rodgers and Merck Mercuriadis at the Grammy Museum.

TASTY QUIP: “Again??? But this time it was, ‘Driving Mr. Daisy’ that beat Spike [Lee] out of getting the Globe. Maybe next month will be different. Or guess what?” – “Black Panther” costume designer RUTH E. CARTER’s tweet on the “BlackKklansman” filmmaker’s Golden Globe loss to “Green Book,” déjà vu to Lee’s “Malcolm X” Oscars loss.”

TC ON TV: Jan. 11 – “Surviving R Kelly” (Lifetime): An encore marathon of all six hours, which reached 18.8 million viewers already, in case you missed it. “James Davis: Live From The Town” (Comedy): The “Hood Adjacent” star nabs his first hour-long stand-up special. “The Late Show” (CBS): Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson

Jan. 12 – “Home Made Simple with Laila Ali” (OWN): Spotlighting L.A.’s Little Miss African American Pageant.

Jan. 13 – “The 24th Critics’ Choice Awards” (CW): Taye Diggs, star of the network’s series “All American,” hosts.  “Three’s Complicated” (TV1): Shanola Hampton (“Shameless”) produces and stars in this love story with Tyler Lepley (“The Haves and The Have Nots”). “Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest” DXD): T’challa discovers secrets about his grandfather, T’Chanda in this episode with guest voices Mark Hamill (“Star Wars” films) and Hayley Atwell reprising her Agent Peggy Carter character. “True Detective” (HBO): Mahershala Ali, who won a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for “Green Book,” tops the third season of the pulp fiction anthology series. 

Jan. 14 – “The Passage” (Fox): The sci-fi drama, based on the best-selling trilogy, premieres with Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Henry Ian Cusick and discovery Saniyya Sidney. “Donna Summer: Disco Queen” (Reelz): A new special on the voice that ushered in a dance genre.

Jan. 15 – “Live With Kelly & Ryan” (ABC): Samuel L. Jackson, “Finding Your Roots” (PBS): Michael K. Williams.

Jan. 17 – “Star Trek: Discovery” (CBSAA): Sonequa Martin-Green returns as Commander Michael Burnham to be joined this second season by the U.S.S. Enterprise’s pre-Kirk Captain Pike, to be portrayed by Anson Mount (“Hell On Wheels”) and the debut of Ethan Peck as Burnham’s famed brother Spock — now bearded! 

TASTY QUIP: “Time has come for Me to tell all our Funkateers that I will not be playing bass in Concerts anymore.  I have decided to become a Coach for up & coming Musicians. I know u r Disappointed Just think for a moment how I feel. Doc said too much pressure on my Inner-Ear & right hand. Yeah, I had to make up my Mind so I did. 2019 Sheriff Ping Ping Ping will continue to Funk from the Studio but Not Live playing Bass on Stage.” –BOOTSY COLLINS on Facebook

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.