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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: King’s iconic speech receives its first digital release

“The Great March On Washington,” one of the most significant recordings made during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, is now available as a digital release for the first time by Motown Records/Universal Music Enterprises.

This historic release was recorded on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 23, 1963, during the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom, also known as “The Great March on Washington.” Rush-released by Motown Records as a complete album in October 1963, the recording culminates with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech.

In addition, the recording features civil rights activist and labor union rights leader A. Philip Randolph, one of the leaders and organizers of the Great March.

Following his seven-minute-plus speech that opens the album, Randolph’s erudite speaking voice continues throughout as the de facto “emcee” introducing the day’s other orators, including Walter Reuther, the president of the United Auto Workers; Roy Wilkins, the executive secretary of the NAACP who was named its executive director the following year; and Whitney M. Young Jr., the executive director of the National Urban League and one of the organizers of the march.

“I’m beyond thrilled that we can honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by reissuing this important audio document,” says Motown Records President and Capitol Records Executive Vice President Ethiopia Habtemariam. “We at Motown want to thank the MLK estate for giving us the opportunity to build on the relationship that King and our founder, Berry Gordy, forged over 50 years ago. It was incredibly important to them that the speeches from the Great March on Washington reach the widest possible audience — and that is our objective also.”

ON STAGE: Much has been written about the men lost in the civil rights and Black Lives Matter movements. Unexplored, however, are the stories of the women whose lives are affected by these tragedies. Now their tales will be told in “Veils – The Musical,” March 13 and 14 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.   

From Viola Luizzo to Sabrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon Martin), six talented women portray multiple characters in a story crafted by Arena Stage Playwright’s Arena Playwriting Fellow Steven A. Butler Jr. and co-writer/director Courtney Baker-Oliver.

For ticket information on the presentation by the Black Hollywood Education and Research Center, visit www.bherc.org or call (323) 957-4656

REFLECTIONS: The Grammy Museum will honor brothers, Eddie and Brian Holland, from the iconic Motown songwriting and production team, Holland-Dozier-Holland, for an in-depth conversation on their groundbreaking career.

Following the program on March 19, the duo, responsible for writing many hits including “Baby Love,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Where Did Our Love Go,” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” and “I Hear a Symphony,” will sell and sign copies of their latest memoir, “Come and Get These Memories: The Story of Holland-Dozier-Holland.”

CLIPPETTES: Sinbad hopes to give folks something to laugh at March 13 at The Saban: as Aaron Neville croons at The Canyon at The Rose in Pasadena  

Star Wars franchise star John Boyega has united with Netflix to produce non-English language films from West and East Africa

The Walt Disney Concert Hall presents Power to the People! – The Movie Music of Spike Lee & Terence Blanchard on March 14 with Blanchard’s E-Collective; vocalists Anthony Hamilton, Ben Harper and Valerie June; and the LA Phil. The festival continues the following evening with Cécile McLorin Salvant – Ogresse, a work combining jazz and bluegrass in a fairytale called her most ambitious project to date

TV’s Wendy Williams announced she will no longer shoot shows with her “co-hosts” in the building. She joins “Dr. Phil,” Wheel of Fortune,” and “Jeopardy” as shows now without an audience due to the coronavirus

March 15 brings gospel singer Jonathan McReynolds to The Troubadour; rapper Young M.A to The Belasco and Jazz In Pink to Harvelle’s Long Beach

If his Instagram post is to be believed, Omar Epps (“House”) is teaming with fellow 90s heartthrobs Larenz Tate (“Power”) and Mekhi Phifer (“E.R.”) on a new project

Ladysmith Black Mambazo makes good on a previously canceled date at UCLA’s Royce Hall on March 19; as trumpeter Arturo Sandoval blows at Irvine Barclay Theatre

MC Hammer is about to mount a tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of the album that catapulted him, as well as hip-hop at the time, into the mainstream stratosphere “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em.”

TC ON TV: March 13 – “The Tonight Show” (NBC): Ice Cube, Brittany Howard

March 14 – “More Funny Women Of A Certain Age” (Showtime): Luenell and Fran Drescher are featured with some of their comedic peers.   

March 15 – “God Friended Me” (CBS): Frankie Faison guests in this episode sending Miles (Brandon Michael Hall) to help a “Harlem Cinema House.” “Westworld” (HBO): 75-minute third season premiere. “Black Monday” (Showtime): The Wall Street period series executive produced by and starring Don Cheadle, is back for a second season with Regina Hall and new cast member Dulé Hill. “Unsung” (TV1): Skyy gets the treatment tonight and if you missed last weekend’s eye-opening profile of singer Christopher Williams tune in earlier. 

March 16 – “9-1-1” (Fox): Athena (Angela Bassett) and the family come to terms with the health decision of Michael (Rockmond Dunbar) in the spring premiere. “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” (VH1): The ninth season is said to be its “most explosive!” “The Plot Against America” (HBO): From the creators of “The Wire” comes this six-part limited series based on Philip Roth’s acclaimed novel imagining if popular aviator and anti-Semite Charles Lindbergh had been elected U.S. president. “Dispatches From Elsewhere” (AMC): Andre “3000” Benjamin’s odd ball character Fredwynn is featured with a back story in this episode of the quirky mystery.

March 17 – “Creators For Change” (YouTube): The opening episode of this new series visits Michelle Obama and The Obama Foundation to discuss the state of girls’ education around the world. Obama’s trip to Vietnam with Julia Roberts and others to speak with challenged adolescent girls is also shown. “Empire” (Fox): Series star Taraji P. Henson makes her directorial debut tonight in this installment which includes a guest appearance by singing group En Vogue. “Mixed-ish” (ABC): Rainbow clashes with her parents over her love for rap music. “black-ish” (ABC): Mayor Eric Garcetti guests as himself in this episode seeing Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) elected to the prestigious California Board of Medicine. 

March 18 – “Little Fires Everywhere” (Hulu): The highly anticipated limited series from Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon, based on Celeste Ng‘s 2017 bestseller, is here. Anika Noni Rose, Jesse Williams, Joshua Jackson and Obba Babatundé round out the cast. “Motherland: Fort Salem” (Freeform): Demetria McKinney (“Saints and Sinners”) has a key role in this new series set in an alternate, present-day America where witches ended their persecution 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the burgeoning U.S. government to fight for their country.

March 19 – “Kevin Hart: What The Fit” (YouTube): The comic actor and his celebrity friends work out in challenging yet humorous situations. “Tyler Perry’s Ruthless” (BET+): A new one-hour drama telling the story of a young woman who becomes entangled in a scandalous cult of powerful sex-crazed fanatics, who she must now play along with until she can find a way to free herself and her young daughter. “Station 19” (ABC): Boris Kodjoe’s Captain Robert Sullivan revisits his traumatic past in order to save a life in this episode with guest star Garrett Morris. “Top Chef” (Bravo): The 17th season begins with a supersized episode introducing “All Stars LA,” bringing back 10 finalists and 5 front runners to compete for the coveted title and a record award of $250,000. The Griffith Observatory, The Getty Center, and the L.A. Coliseum are among the sites used, and for the first time in show history there will be an epic finale in Italy.

TASTY QUIP: “We’re looking at the dawn of a new age. When our grandparents used to say, ‘Turn off that devil’s music, nobody’s going to listen to that, it’s going to be dead in 10 years,’ we’re now in that age from rock ‘n’ roll to hip-hop. We’re in the fast-paced generation where the younger generation is spending and being heard, and we’re the old fogies. We’re the ones who sit on the couch and complain about what these youngsters are doing, and the youngsters are out there changing the world.” – ANTHONY MACKIE (Netflix’ “Altered Carbon”) to Rolling Stone

As featured in the Los Angeles Wave and Independent, Tasty Clips is one of the leading entertainment columns in the nation, serving nearly one million weekly readers. Bill Vaughan may be reached at tastyclips@yahoo.com, via Twitter @tastyclips, or Instagram @tasty_clips.