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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Oprah to receive first Empowerment in Entertainment Award

The amazing Oprah Winfrey will be honored at the inaugural Empowerment in Entertainment Gala on April 30 at Milk Studios. The media mogul and actress will be awarded the first ever Empowerment in Entertainment Award by multiple Grammy-winning musician Alicia Keys for her decades-long work as a champion and fierce advocate for inclusion in the industry.

In addition, the event, sponsored by the Hollywood Reporter, will spotlight 50 “agents of change” at the ceremony and in the pages of the Reporter.

Actress and singer Selena Gomez will introduce the formal launch of the Young Executives Fellowship program, an initiative aiming to form a pipeline for teens from underserved communities in South and East L.A. to become future leaders in the film, TV and music business. 

Academy Award nominee Kumail Nanjiani will give opening remarks with CNN’s Don Lemon delivering the keynote address.

Recognizing individuals who have created opportunities for people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community and other emerging voices in the industry, the gala is presented by WME with platinum sponsor Amazon Studios. The event is also sponsored by eOne, IMAX, OWN and Starz.

THE ROYAL TREATMENT: “The Beautiful Ones,” described as an exquisite memoir Prince began writing before his tragic death, is on the way from Spiegel & Grau. It will feature never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets.

The story of how Prince Rogers Nelson evolved into the greatest pop star of his era will be told in four parts: his childhood world through his own lyrical prose; his early years as a musician through his scrapbook; candid images of his stardom; and his original handwritten treatment for “Purple Rain.” It arrives Oct. 29. 

TICKET WATCH: Live Nation Urban announced the launch of Femme it Forward, a multi-format series of all female curated lineups spotlighting the entertainment industry’s most creative and accomplished female visionaries, both on the stage and behind the scenes.

Tickets are now on sale at AXS.com for the event coming to the Microsoft Theater July 19 with performances by Brandy, Monica, Ashanti, Keri Hilson, Amerie and Lil Mo. All Femme It Forward shows will donate a portion of proceeds from ticket sales to philanthropic organizations that support the advancement of women.

TASTY QUIP: “I took a wrong turn and wound up at the hospital. Ha ha. I’m always one that can laugh at themselves. I’m still a little out of sorts, but with the help and care that my family provides me I should be back to my 78 years young self sooner than later and back on the road.” – Beloved vibraphonist ROY AYERS upon having to cancel a recent Portland date due to a medical emergency.

CLIPPETTES: Beyoncé’s epic “Lemonade,” which for the last three years was only streamed via hubby Jay-Z’s Tidal service, is now available via major outlets like Spotify and Pandora

Award-winning actress and Grammy-nominated singer Amber Riley (“Glee” “Tyler Perry’s Nobody’s Fool”) will perform music from her upcoming album and more at the Sayers Club April 26

Wesley Snipes is taking on his first villainous role since 1993’s “Demolition Man” in the upcoming casino heist thriller “Payline.” Before that he will be seen in Eddie Murphy‘s Netflix Rudy Ray Moore biopic “Dolemite Is My Name” and the RZA-directed “Cut Throat City” with Terrence Howard and T.I. …

D.L. Hughley hosts the Dymally International Jazz & Arts Festival April 27 at Cal State Dominguez Hills’ Dignity Health Sports Park with Gerald Albright, Kem, Nestor Torres, Maxi Priest and Lira among the artists taking the main stage

Also that evening, the Spring Quartet (Jack DeJohnette, Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano and Leonardo Genovese) play the Ford Theatres; Christian McBride Big Band swings at the Irvine Barclay Theatre; and TLC perform their hits at the Pechanga Resort Casino & Spa in Temecula

Cedric the Entertainer has been cast as civil-rights leader Ralph Abernathy in “Son of the South,” a film to be executive produced by Spike Lee and directed by his longtime editor Barry Alexander Brown …

The 15th annual Freestyle Festival takes place April 28 at the Microsoft Theater with Jody Watley, Vanilla Ice, Taylor Dayne, Cece Peniston, Lisa Lisa, Sugar Hill Gang, Grand Master Melle Mel, Scorpio, Color Me Badd and Rob Base co-headlining

Barbara Morrison, Betty Bryant and the Donald Dean Jazz All Stars will be featured at the 36th annual scholarship fundraising “Tribute to Dolo Jazz Concert” April 28 at the Museum of African American Art.  Call (562) 762-6441 for details. 

TC ON TV: April 26 – “The View” (ABC): Pitbull, Vivica A. Fox “The Talk” (CBS): Shemar Moore and Victoria Rowell remember Kristoff St. John with the current cast of “The Young and the Restless.” “ReMastered” (Netflix): “Devil at The Crossroads” looks at the legend of bluesman Robert Johnson with insights from Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’ and Bonnie Raitt. “International Jazz Day from St. Petersburg” (PBS): Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis, Terri Lyne Carrington, Fatoumata Diawara, Robert Glasper, Dianne Reeves, Lee Ritenour and the Manhattan Transfer shine in this concert recorded in Russia’s cultural capital during last year’s festivities.

April 27 – “2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony” (HBO): Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Def Leppard, the Cure and the Zombies are welcomed.

April 28 – “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo): “Porsha’s Having a Baby, Part 1” “The Red Line” (CBS): Ava DuVernay and Kevin Hooks are behind this eight-episode limited series following three Chicago families healing after a tragedy. Emayatzy Corinealdi, Noah Wyle and Glynn Turman are featured. “Game of Thrones” (HBO): The most awaited battle is said to begin tonight in a super-sized 90-minute installment. “United Shades of America” (CNN): Season four of the Emmy Award-winning series begins with host W. Kamau Bell heading to Dallas to learn about the business of megachurches.

April 29 – “The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story” (ABC): This two-hour documentary covers the iconic band and their new regular front man prior to their already sold-out July/August 2019 U.S. Rhapsody tour.

April 30 – “Ladies Night” (BET): Go behind the scenes as Salt-N-Pepa, DJ Spinderella and SWV prepare to join forces for a new tour in this reality series. 

May 1 – “Knock Down the House” (Netflix): Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and three other candidates are chronicled during their challenge against big-money politicians in the 2018 race for Congress. “Empire” (Fox): Becky, Hakeem and Andre devise a plan to save the label by putting on a show with special guests Sevyn Streeter and Ty Dolla $ign.  “2019 Billboard Music Awards” (NBC): ICON Award recipient Mariah Carey will perform as will Madonna, Sam Smith and Ciara live from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.

May 2 – “The Chuey Martinez Show” (El Rey): The popular L.A. radio personality gets his first TV talk show.

TASTY QUIP: “In another era — 10 years ago, 20 years ago — there were people who were into crystal healing. People who were into speaking to dead spirits. There are people who are into all manner of things. And in a free country, I don’t have a problem. Go do what you want. But if you care about objective reality, then we’ve gotta make different choices.” – Astrophysicist NEIL DeGRASSE TYSON to The Charlotte Observer

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.