BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: L.A. to host ‘African Oscars’


More than 2,000 guests including dignitaries, diplomats and celebs galore are expected to walk the red carpet at the fifth annual Nollywood and African Film Critics Awards (NAFCA) on Sept. 12 at the prestigious Orpheum Theatre, 842 Broadway.

Commonly known as The African Oscars, diasporic achievements in the film industry are recognized and saluted. Among the nominees are:

Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo and Ava DuVernay (for “Selma”), Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (for “Annie”), Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis (for “Get On Up”), Mickey Rourke (“Black November”), Lynn Whitfield and Vivica A. Fox (for “30 Days in Atlanta”), and Garcelle Beauvais and Raven Symone (for “A Girl Like Grace”).

Lifetime achievement, Image and Humanitarian awards are slated to be given to Halle Berry, Marla Gibbs, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Sonja Norwood and other industry leaders.

Reality show maven Omarosa Manigault will serve as host at the ceremony, joined by presenters Blair Underwood, LisaRaye McCoy, Richard T Jones, Nicci Gilbert, TV judge Greg Mathis, Antonique Smith, Keith Robinson and many more. For ticket information, visit www.africannafca.com.

MORE HONORS: The National Action Network (NAN) and Rev. Al Sharpton are partnering with TV One to present the first-ever television broadcast of The 2015 Triumph Awards.

Hosted by Tichina Arnold in Atlanta, the Sept. 12 ceremony will recognize longtime civil rights activist Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, singer/songwriter John Legend, recording artist and philanthropist Tyrese Gibson, Emmy-winning comedienne/actress Wanda Sykes and corporate executive Rosalind Hudnell, chief diversity officer for California tech giant, Intel.

Performances from Gibson, Jazmine Sullivan, Estelle, Ledisi, Tasha Cobbs and musical director Robert Glasper are in store. Celebrity presenters include Nicole Beharie, Soledad O’Brien, Syleena Johnson, Afemo Omilami, and Richard Lawson.

TV One will broadcast the show in October.

TASTY QUIP: “It used to be a difference, before Kanye West, rappers wasn’t wifin’ all these hoes. Rappers would be secure with their woman. You look at Ice Cube. He’s always been with his wife. You look at Will Smith. He’s always been with her. Hip Hop was different.” – UNCLE LUKE to WatchLoud

CLIPPETTES: Sam Smith wrote and recorded “Writing’s on the Wall,” the theme for the next James Bond film “Spectre.”  He is the first solo male artist to do so since Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die”…

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Gary Clark Jr.’s second album, “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim,” is set for release Sept. 11…

Aretha Franklin was successful in stopping the Telluride Film Festival screening of “Amazing Grace,” the Sidney Pollack directed recording of her famed 1972 concert. The Chicago and Toronto Film Festivals now have holes to fill…

Lenny Kravitz and Andra Day are at the Greek Theatre on Sept. 11.  Ms. Lauryn Hill will grace the same stage on Sept. 14…

If Prince drops a new album solely on streaming service Tidal, does it make a sound?…

With the news that Cate Blanchett is going to play Lucille Ball in an Aaron Sorkin-led biopic, Wilmer Valderrama wants on as Desi Arnaz…

According to Google Trends, the top song of the summer of 2015 was Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen.”  Google Play says it was Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” (featuring Charlie Puth), while YouTube cites Silentó’s “Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae)”…

The hits keep coming at the L.A. County Fair in Pomona with Kool & The Gang, The Ohio Players and Rose Royce there Sept. 11 and Bell Biv DeVoe, Tony! Toni! Toné! and Ginuwine on Sept.  17…

Sources are saying adding Rihanna to “The Voice” panel with Gwen Stefani may ignite the same fireworks that went off on “American Idol” between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey…

Fathom Events presents Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s next bout vs. two-time welterweight champ Andre Berto in select U.S. cinemas Sept. 12. A win for Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) would tie longstanding record of heavyweight world champion Rocky Marciano, whose 49-0 mark is widely considered the most sacred record in all of boxing.

Popular Alabama Shakes lead singer Brittany Howard has released a solo project under the title of “Thunderbitch.”

UNDER REPAIR: ABC’s “The View” may have stopped from sinking with the return of Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd (as a contributor), the addition of fashionista Stacy London and the hire of former Oprah producer Candi Carter.  Now someone has to have the nerve to place another newbie, news anchor Paula Faris as moderator instead of Whoopi Goldberg, who seems to have difficulties reading the teleprompter.

TC ON TV: SEPT. 11 – “Z Nation” (SyFy): The zombie series that has given new life to Kellita Smith (“The Bernie Mac Show”) returns for a 2nd season… “The Tonight Show” (NBC): Terrence Howard, Pharrell Williams and Donald Trump…

SEPT. 13 – “Miss America” (ABC): The pageant’s first black winner Vanessa Williams – who was forced to resign her crown in 1984 after nude photos of her surfaced in Penthouse magazine – returns after 30 years triumphantly to the pageant as head judge… “House of DVF” (E!): This reality competition starring acclaimed designer Diane Von Furstenberg is back… “Watch What Happens Live! (BRAVO): Mindy Kaling and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray…

SEPT. 14 – “News One Now” (TV1): Roland Martin’s issues-based news show moves to 4 a.m. for insomniacs, early risers and DVR setters… “FABLife” (SYN): This lifestyle show premieres with Tyra Banks and Chrissy Tiegen on the panel… “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC): Chaka Khan, Tamar Braxton and jockey Victor Espinoza are among this season’s contestants…

SEPT. 15 – “Zoo” (CBS): It’s finale time for the network’s breakout hit… “The Bastard Executioner” (FX): The much anticipated new project from Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy”) is here with the opener directed by Paris Barclay (“Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood“)… “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” (NBC): Nicole Scherzinger (“The X Factor,” formerly of The Pussycat Dolls) is part of this variety show… “Punk’d” (BET): Russell Simmons and Zendaya… “The Late Show” (CBS): Run The Jewels and TV On The Radio

SEPT. 16 – “Unsung” (TV1): YoYo.

TASTY QUIP: “REAL TALK!!! I don’t see one artist in the game that put Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee or Grandmaster Caz on their new song or let them perform on the VMA’s (Including Me) but people wanna have a problem with Macklemore for paying homage to them?

“We don’t acknowledge our own & get mad when another color does. Now if one of them passes, then we wanna post s*** about them, say RIP & get t-shirts with their picture. FOH!!!!!!! Learn about your history and preserve it now. If not, SHUT THE F*** UP!!! To me this is about real pioneers getting recognition in today’s society.” – BIG DADDY KANE defending Macklemore against charges of “White Appropriation” in Hip-Hop on Instagram

“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. 

 

 

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