“I got the vampire in my blood,” actor Larenz Tate says jokingly about his still youthful look. “Me and Pharrell Williams. We’re not telling the secret.”
What he will talk about, though, is “White Water,” a fact-based 1960s southern civil rights tale, with Sharon Leal, Amir and Amari O’Neil, directed by Rusty Cundieff (premiering Feb. 7 on TV One).
“I feel there are different stories to be told of our history,” Tate says about the project. “Even though our grandparents and great-grandparents as African-Americans felt the oppression and negativity that surrounded them, I know mine weren’t walking around with their heads hanging down.
“You telling me our people weren’t having a good time? Where did all that good music come from?” he added. “Where’d all the great family values come from? It came regardless of the oppression. So what are those cool stories?”
Tate said he understands actor Anthony Mackie’s point about some people being tired of race films, but adds: ‘We can’t walk away from the history. I think it’s about telling fresh stories.”
“In “White Water,” black folks ain’t getting beat with billy clubs. Black folks ain’t getting stomped. They ain’t hanging from trees. We’re telling a different story from a boy’s perspective.”
Tate’s slate consists of a recurring role on Showtime’s “House of Lies,” producing and starring in a film called “Beta Test,” directing (Antonique Smith’s video for the Grammy nominated “Hold Up, Wait a Minute”), and helping south L.A. youths through the BLOOM initiative (www.calfund.org/bloom).
As for any potential “Love Jones” sequels, Tate said, “You have to catch lighting in a bottle to get that fulfilled. If the story isn’t a hundred percent there, we don’t want to tarnish it. But if we could find a way to do a super special story, I’d be there in a heartbeat.”
“I do know the Obamas love the film,” Tate recalled. “I think it was one of their dates. If we’d had it in the can, we could’ve had a big premiere screening at the White House.
“We playing games! Let me call Nia Long!”
SPOKEN WORDS: Tuff Gong International will digitally release “So Much Things to Say,” a rare 35-minute interview with Bob Marley from 1973, by legendary Jamaican DJ and journalist Neville Willoughby.
The interview was recorded in Jamaica upon Marley’s return from the Burnin’ album tour in the U.S. and the UK. The recording, combined with background tracks, has been digitally remastered and re-edited by Marley’s wife, Rita, and their daughter, Cedella Marley, in time for what would’ve been Bob’s 70th birthday.
CLIPPETTES: Jaden Smith & Maya Rudolph are cast in the HBO comedy pilot “Brothers in Atlanta,” created by, and starring Diallo Riddle & Bashir Salahuddin…
Oprah Winfrey will co-star in a dramatic series for her network based on the novel “Queen Sugar” by Natalie Baszile, to be written, produced and directed by Ava DuVarnay…
The Pan African Film Festival (paff.org) is in gear this week…
Rick Ross and B-Real headline the 4th Annual High Times SoCal Medical Cannibus Cup Concert, Sat., Feb. 7 at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino. Doors at 8…
The great Rita Moreno is going to be a “Glam-Ma” on CW’s “Jane the Virgin” …
Mehcad Brooks (“True Blood,” “Desperate Housewives”) is your new Jimmy Olsen, a romantic interest to CBS’ “Supergirl”…
Amaury Nolasco (“Prison Break”) is joining Eva Longoria’s “Telenovela,” described as a soap within a soap comedy, at NBC.
TASTY QUIP: “I know people may say ‘this guy’s a fascist’ and all this stuff, but man, you can take positivity from watching [Benito Mussolini]. No wonder why Hitler was attracted to him. This guy’s a hypnotic figure. There’s so much pride behind what he’s saying. I’m not even Italian and I feel the pride he’s projecting.
“He had that street swag; he was doing this stuff with his hands and moving his head before it was even hip-hop.” – MIKE TYSON to Rolling Stone on the inspiration of his one take ad-lib on Madonna’s “Rebel Heart” album. His trippy cartoon show has its season finale Feb. 8 on Adult Swim.
TC ON TV: Fri, Feb. 6 – “NAACP Image Awards” (TVONE): Anthony Anderson hosts Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington & Chadwick Boseman to name a few. Eric Holder, Spike Lee & Clive Davis to be honored… “Preachers of L.A. (OXYGEN): Deitrick (Haddon) Goes Home in this special… “SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED” (PBS): “The Taming of the Shrew with Morgan Freeman,” “Othello with David Harewood”…
Feb. 7 – “Red Band Society” (FOX): 2 hour series finale… “Megachurch Murder” (LIFETIME): Inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet and set in a modern African American church, this film stars Tamala Jones, Malcolm Jamal-Warner, Michael Beach, Corbin Bleu & Dawnn Lewis…
Feb 8 – “The Simpsons” (FOX): Pharrell. “57th Annual Grammy Awards” (CBS): Common, John Legend, Sam Smith, that Rihanna/Kanye/McCartney group and whispers of Prince!… “Talk to Al Jazeera” (AJAMERICA): Akon… “Watch What Happens Live” (BRAVO): Steve Harvey & Hoda Kotb…
Feb 9 – “Late Late Show” (CBS): Wayne Brady hosts Robert Glasper (who is playing The Mint on the 7th).
CALIFORNIA LOVE: The GRAMMY Museum® (800 W. Olympic Blvd.) has opened its latest exhibit — All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur, in cooperation with the Estate of Tupac Shakur. Some of the artifacts featured in the exhibit (through April 22) include: Tupac’s handwritten notes, lyrics and poems; the Versace suit he wore at the 1996 38th Annual GRAMMY Awards; Original tape box and studio notes from his first post-prison release recording; Interviews, performance footage and more.
TASTY QUIP: ”Generally speaking, we, as black people, have been celebrated more for when we are subservient, when we are not being leaders or kings or at the center of our narrative, driving it forward.
“To me, Denzel Washington should have won for Malcolm X. We’ve just got to come to the point whereby there isn’t a notion of who black people are that feeds into what we are celebrated as.
“Not just in the Academy, but in life as well. We have been slaves, we have been servants, but we’ve also been kings and have changed the world.” – DAVID OYELOWO at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.