“I don’t think about it,” Danny Glover says with a laugh, responding to the Oscars snub of many black films or performances, including his portrayal of a police captain in “Beyond the Lights.”
“I got global warming on my mind. I got what’s happening with workers on my mind. I don’t think about that stuff. I really don’t. My life is beyond those types of things,” he said. “At 68 years old, the things that I think about are being home with my wife or finding a way I can connect as much as I can with my grandson.”
Glover said he looks for films that challenge, not those that will win awards. Which explains why he’s starring in the independent, racially charged thriller “Supremacy,” which hits theaters this weekend in Los Angeles. In the movie, he plays the head of a household taken hostage by a white supremacist.
A truly transformative Lela Rochon, Derek Luke, Evan Ross, Mahershala Ali and Anson Mount (Mr. Bohannon on“Hell on Wheels”) round out the cast directed by Deon Taylor. Up next for Taylor is “Meet The Blacks” starring Mike Epps, Dave Chappelle and Charlie Murphy, due out in July.
LESS BULL, MORE TRUTH: Longtime activist Dick Gregory’s address during Martin Luther King Jr. ceremonies at Georgia State was a big hit, even though the comedian admitted he wasn’t part of the civil rights leader’s inner circle: “I was making too much money for that then,” he joked.
On the film “Selma?”: “I told Oprah, 10,000 years from now, this will still be a hit, because you gave us something more than Bull Connor. You should be ashamed if you haven’t seen it!”
His Greatest Hits: “Thurgood Marshall was nothing but a government agent… Kunta Kinte came out of that white boy’s book “The African”… Mixing Skittles with Arizona sweet tea produces a combination three times as potent as cocaine.”
The 82-year-old comic will receive his much deserved Hollywood Star at 11:30 Feb. 2 at the corner of Hollywood and Vine. The ceremony lasts about 30 minutes; no ticket is required.
EMPIRE RISING: Denzel Washington is being wooed by filmmaker Lee Daniels to do a guest star appearance on Fox’s “Empire” – and the feeling reportedly is mutual. “Denzel hasn’t done television in 30 years,” Daniels told The Philadelphia Enquirer. “But he saw the pilot and said, ‘I’ve got to be a part of this.’ ” Patti LaBelle’s coming too!
CRITICAL TIME: Orlando Jones, John Singleton, Mike Epps, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and RZA are among the presenters at the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA.com) annual award ceremony and dinner at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at Hollywood’s Taglyan Complex.
CLIPPETTES: “FourFiveSeconds” featuring Rihanna was the first song to hit the net from the upcoming Kanye West album co-produced by Paul McCartney. The acoustic joint will also appear on her album …
Public Enemy’s song, “Harder Than You Think,” was selected for NBC’s official Super Bowl XLIX Commercial, currently airing with a voiceover by fellow hip-hop legend Ice-T …
Sylvester Stewart AKA Sly Stone was awarded $5 million by a L.A. jury in his case against his ex-manager and his lawyer…
Rutina Wesley (Tara on “True Blood”) has joined the cast of NBC’s “Hannibal” …
Aloe Blacc is headlining Feb. 5 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre …
Leslie Jones (“SNL”) will join Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig & Kate Mckinnon as your new “Ghostbusters”…
Shaquille O’Neal is working on a sitcom pilot about his business dealings called “Shaq Inq”…
“Selma” director Ava DuVernay and its star David Oyelowo are teaming again on a love story set to the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina …
“We Are The World” celebrated a 30th anniversary with Smokey Robinson, Sheila E and others witnessing USA for Africa gifting a grant to the Grammy Museum’s Education program …
ABC wants more from Shonda Rhimes and has ordered a pilot of “The Catch,” called a romantic thriller.
TC ON TV: JAN 31 – “SNL” (NBC): D’Angelo will be joined by Jesse Johnson (original guitarist in The Time) during his sets.
Feb. 1 – “Chris Paul’s CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational” (ESPN): A Super Bowl Sunday tradition taped this year at AMF Bowl-O-Drome in Torrance… “The Tonight Show” (NBC): Kevin Hart, Will Farrell, Ariana Grande and The Roots LIVE!
Feb. 2 – “Unwrapped 2.0” (COOKING): Alfonso Ribeiro is the new host of this series reboot!
Feb. 3: “Being Mary Jane” (BET): Season premiere.
Feb. 4: “Laff Mobb’s We Got Next” (ASPIRE): 2nd Season premiere.
FEST BUZZ: “Dope” by Rick Famuyima (“The Wood,” “Brown Sugar”) was hype, according to those who saw it at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Zoe Kravitz, Kimberly Elise, Rick Fox, Roger Guenveur Smith, Chanel Iman, A$AP Rocky, and the voice of producer Forest Whitaker are featured in the hit described by a Playlist writer as a “coming of age tale for the post-hip-hop and social media generation, a black geek picture for the Urkels and Kanye Wests of the world, a crime/drug caper, a comedy, a gettin’-out-of-the-ghetto film and more.”
Also making noise were documentaries “What Happened, Miss Simone?” about the great Nina Simone; “Fresh Dressed,” looking at the history of hip hop fashion; Stanley Nelson’s “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution;” and the apocalyptic thriller, “Z for Zachariah,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine and Margot Robbie.
TASTY QUIP: “The good thing about the young is that they want to fix things. They don’t want to fall into the same ol’ bulls—.” – STEVIE WONDER to GQ.
“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.