Entertainment Movies Music Tasty Clips Television

BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: ‘Otherworldly’ starlet treks to ‘Island;’ Prince conveniently black?

With so many otherworldly credits such as “True Blood,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Under The Dome” in her canon, Aisha Hinds has not found many roles close to home. That is until the TV One original movie “Runaway Island,” premiering July 25 at 8 p.m., came along.

The film, written by Christopher Brandt, the 2014 American Black Film Festival screenplay competition winner, and directed by Academy Award nominee Dianne Houston (“Take the Lead”), drew Hinds in immediately. “I felt like I was on the page,” she says of first reading the script. “This woman has a heart like mine.”

The Brooklyn native plays Lara Cook-Nordholm, who with her family and close friend runs a getaway richly steeped in African-American culture that affords visitors the opportunity to deal with whatever is going on in their life. Lorraine Toussaint (“Orange Is the New Black”), Thomas Q. Jones (“Being Mary Jane”) and Erica Tazel (“Justified”) round out the cast in the transformative drama.

During our interview, Hinds announced that up next is a pivotal role in the Stephen Spielberg-produced HBO film version of the Tony Award-winning play “All The Way,” starring Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) as Lyndon B. Johnson and Anthony Mackie as Martin Luther King Jr.

After a most moving audition, she won the part of the iconic civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, famed for her unforgettable speech at the 1964 Democratic National Convention.

“That very same testimony is relevant even today, unfortunately,” laments Hinds. “It crushes my heart, my soul, my spirit to even say those words. It’s a testament to us as a people and it saddens me that we have to even tell the story again and again and again. As Fannie Lou says, ‘Is this America, the land of the free and the home of the brave?’ Is this?”

GOOD SPORT: Grammy Award-winning, two-time Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter Siedah Garrett has been tapped to co-write and perform the EDM-tinged theme song to the 2015 Special Olympics entitled, “Reach Up L.A.” Her live performance of the song will be the capstone of the opening ceremony taking place before a globally televised audience from the historic L.A. Coliseum July 25. Garrett is best known for co-writing the Michael Jackson classic “Man In The Mirror” and dueting with Jackson on their number-one single, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.”

TASTY QUIP: “I always say Prince is only black when it’s convenient to be black. I’m black all the time, I love it.” – Singer ALEXANDER O’NEAL to The Mirror on the suggestion that he was fired from the star’s Purple Rain era back-up band because he was “too black.”

CLIPPETTES: On the heels of Cicely Tyson getting an Emmy nomination for her guest turn on ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder,” comes word that she will be presented with the Kennedy Center Honors along with Rita Moreno, the Eagles, Carole King, George Lucas and conductor Seiji Ozawa. The ceremony airs Dec. 29 on CBS…

“All/Day/I Feel Like That,” the Kanye West video shot by “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen will have its U.S. premiere at the L.A. County Museum of Art beginning July 25…

Spike Lee’s just wrapped “Chi-Raq” has been acquired by Amazon Studios to become its first original movie offering. An all-star cast of Wesley Snipes, Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Nick Cannon, Harry Lennix, and Steve Harris will certainly generate buzz for this tale reportedly of women withholding sex in order to drop Chicago’s murder rate…

Keyboardist Bob Baldwin has delivered one of the summer’s most satisfying recordings with a tribute album to his childhood idol Stevie Wonder. In “MelloWonder/Songs in the Key of Stevie” you’ll find fresh covers as well as inspired new compositions featuring Marion Meadows, Toni Redd, U-Nam, Ragan Whiteside, Stanley Thompson and more…

“Lila & Eve,” the long awaited revenge drama starring Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez, comes to DVD on Aug. 25…

TASTY CLIPS is heartened to hear that the scion of the late Jam Master Jay of RUN-DMC fame is now accepting DJ gigs as JMJ SON…

Kendrick Lamar had the most nominations, six, for the just announced MTV Video Music Awards which will air on Aug. 30…

Gary Bartz, Larry Willis, Buster Williams and Al Foster — four of today’s most important and influential jazz artists — have joined forces as a collaborative group for the first time in their storied careers to become Heads of State. The result is a new album “Search for Peace” on Smoke Sessions Records…

Ceelo Green previewed his first all-new solo album in nearly five years (“Heart Blanche” out Nov. 13) by releasing a visionary new video for its first single. Experience it for yourself at www.ceelogreen.com/robinwilliams.

TASTY QUIP: “What you just gonna pile all the black people into the one good black show? No. I love what they’re doing over there but I don’t think so. I’ve never watched it personally, but I’ve heard good things and wish them the best.” – METHOD MAN when asked if there was any chance of him coming on “Empire” by “Watch What Happens: Live” host Andy Cohen.

(FIN)ANCIAL WATERS: Daymond John (“Shark Tank”) will take the stage of The Conga Room on July 28 to get five pitches from entrepreneurs vying for $20,000. In addition, three lucky attendees will be randomly selected to pitch their business on the spot. Daymond and the crew of judges will provide their expert advice and will award the best pitch $500. People can RSVP at MLTaptheFuture.com.

TC ON TV: JULY 24 – “GMA” (ABC): Nicki Minaj in concert. “WOMAN: Jill Scott Live” (CENTRIC): Jill shares life’s lessons as well as the inspiration behind her new album’s lyrical content and overall theme in this one hour concert documentary special.

JULY 26 – “Watch What Happens Live” (BRAVO): Dionne Warwick

JULY 29 – “The Game” (BET): The long-running series ends with this 90-minute finale.

JULY 30 – “Live with Kelly & Michael” (ABC): Leona Lewis

PEEP THIS: You have until July 31 to visit “Blues to Hip-Hop,” a photo exhibit presented by the Morrison Hotel Gallery. Portraits of greats and innovators including Duke Ellington, Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, James Brown, Diana Ross, Jimi Hendrix and Jay-Z are on display in the Grand Lobby of the W Hollywood Hotel — daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entrance on Argyle Avenue. Refreshments are available from The Living Room and Station bars in the lobby.

TASTY QUIP FINALE: “The biggest enemy of an artist is apathy … A kid gets killed by the police and I buy a T-shirt and before I can wear that one, there’s another kid [killed] and I’m running out of closet space.” – DAVE CHAPPELLE to AP.

“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.