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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Prince Celebration 2019 set for late April at Paisley Park

The unique life and legacy of the musical icon born Prince Rogers Nelson again will be the focus of CELEBRATION 2019, an annual gathering to be held April 25-28 at Prince’s historic home and recording sanctuary outside Minneapolis, famously known as Paisley Park.   

The event will welcome fans from around the world into an inspired environment of live music; panel discussions with the likes of notable collaborators such as Ingrid Chavez, Kat Dyson, Shelby J and Stokely of Mint Condition; and special presentations highlighting Prince’s tremendous talent, influence and importance as a composer, musician, producer, live performer and filmmaker.

Musical guests set to perform include internationally acclaimed musician, guitarist and original member of The Time, Jesse Johnson; Prince’s iconic group The Revolution, featuring Bobby Z, Brown Mark, Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin and Matt Fink; and Funk Soldiers, a 15-piece super-group of New Power Generation and Paisley Park musical alumni.

As an extension of Celebration 2019, Paisley Park will again be presenting an exclusive off-site concert event titled “PRINCE: In Concert on the Big Screen,” to be held at The Armory in Minneapolis.

The concert will feature newly remastered and never-before-released audio and video of Prince accompanied live on The Armory stage by an all-star ensemble of musicians who performed alongside the icon throughout his storied career.

Visit www.officialpaisleypark.com/pages/celebration-2019 for details.

FESTIVAL NEWS: Snoop Dogg, Method Man & Redman, Ghostface Killah, Cappadona, The New Power Generation and many more join forces for the inaugural Salute The Troops Festival being held March 22-24 at Riverside’s Field Air Museum. 

The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival celebrates its 26th anniversary March 22–24 with a gala and awards ceremony, panels and performances with Kym Whitley, Margaret Avery, Jenifer Lewis, Fay Hauser-Price, Denise Dowse, Starletta DuPois and Roger Guenveur Smith among the participants.  For more info, visit: www.lawtf.org

Nollywood in Hollywood returns with a second year of exhibiting Nigeria’s best films to the USC School of Cinematic Arts March 23-24. Check the lineup at www.nollywoodinhollywood.com/

March 24 is a big day at PaleyFest held at the Dolby Theatre, starting at 2 p.m. with Sonequa Martin-Green and her “Star Trek: Discovery” castmates including Wilson Cruz, Anson Mount, Tig Notaro, Rebecca Romijn and Michelle Yeoh preceding Jordan Peele (along with Sanaa Lathan) offering a special preview of his CBS All Access reboot of “The Twilight Zone.” Later that evening, it’s the cast of NBC’s “This Is Us” in conversation. 

PROPS: Center Theatre Group has named Dejean Deterville, Mylah Eaton and Daniel Velez as the top performers of the August Wilson Monologue Competition Regional Finals held at the Mark Taper Forum March 11.

Deterville of South Carolina Virtual Charter School, who placed first earning a $500 scholarship and Eaton of CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts took second place with a $400 scholarship; will also receive a paid trip to New York City to perform on the stage of the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway where they will compete in a semifinal round with 22 other students from cities around the country.

The program is designed to inspire and educate Los Angeles youth using monologues from August Wilson’s “American Century Cycle,” a 10-play cycle that details the complexity of the African-American experience in the 20th century.

CLIPPETTES: Issa Rae (“Insecure”) and Lakeith Stanfield (“Sorry To Bother You”) are teaming up for a romantic drama called “The Photograph,” written and directed by Stella Meghie (“Everything, Everything”)

The first workshop reading of Beverly Johnson — “Naked!,” the famed model’s one-woman show, will be presented at Regency West March 22.  A date that also finds Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Regent Theater; jazz/funk trumpeter Tom Browne (with special guests Jeff Ryan and Yakira) at the Regency West; and Alicia Olatuja at Santa Monica’s Moss Theater fresh off of her standing-room-only overseas tour. The rising vocal powerhouse is performing in support of her acclaimed Resilience Music Alliance debut, “Intuition: Songs From The Minds Of Women”

Ernie Hudson, will return to continue playing Lily Tomlin’s paramour during season six of Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie”

Ramsey Lewis is staving off of his announced retirement to join an aggregate of esteemed pianists honoring Oscar Peterson March 23 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in “Oscar, With Love.” Later, Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Memphis Soulphony make music at the Wallis Annenburg Center for Performing Arts; Roberto Fonseca and Fatoumata Diawara make up a fascinating double bill of Diasporic expression at the Theatre at Ace Hotel; and Cypress Hill hits the Wiltern

Cardi B will be able to draw upon her stripper past for inspiration in her movie debut role in the upcoming film “Hustlers,” co-starring Jennifer Lopez, KeKe Palmer and Julia Styles …

Jazz ‘n Paz presents three-time Grammy nominee Barbara Morrison and her Trio on March 24 at Pasadena’s Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church

“Fast & Furious” franchise star Tyrese Gibson is teaming with super reality producer Mark Burnett to bring a racecar competition series “Celebrity Grand Prix” to home screens this fall, which he will host and produce.  The busy Gibson also will soon begin starring in his passion biopic project, “The Teddy Pendergrass Story” … 

Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson will talk Cosmic Collisions at Long Beach’s Terrace Theater March 25. The show comes on the heels of the announcement that he will be returning to the airwaves next month with Fox’s “Cosmos” and his NGC gabfest “Star Talk” after a hiatus forced by sexual harassment allegations … 

A couple of recent Tasty Clips headliners are making news March 26.  Ruben Santiago-Hudson, currently starring in his autobiographical one-man play “Lackawanna Blues” at the Mark Taper Forum, will sit for questions and answers from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at USC’s Massman Theatre …

Meanwhile, Diana Ross is performing live at the Hollywood Palladium for her “Diamond Diana Family & Friends 75th Birthday Celebration.” Expect stars galore and a whole lotta love!

TC ON TV: March 22 – “Ellen” (Syn): Offset and Travis Scott do daytime television. “The Atlanta Child Murders” (ID): Executive Producer Will Packer is behind this new three-part examination of the case that rocked the nation. “Having lived in Atlanta for over 20 years, the story of this senseless tragedy is personally important to me, and the echoes of what happened 40 years ago still resonate in the city,” Packer says. “I am proud to give a voice to the victims’ families, many of whom still seek closure to this day, and analyze how this story is more relevant than ever in today’s environment.”

March 24 – “Autopsy: The Last Hours Of …. (Reelz): Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes  “Mariah Carey: The Diva, The Drama (Reelz)  “Unsung” (TV1): Shirley Murdock  “Into The Badlands” (AMC): The martial arts drama, with the best TV fights, begins its third and final season with a premiere tonight.

March 25 – “Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta (VH1): Begins its eighth season with back-to-back episodes. “One Nation Under Stress (HBO): Follows Sanjay Gupta as he tries to uncover the root causes of why American life expectancy is falling and is now shorter than all other major developed countries.

March 26 – “black-ish” (ABC): Lil Rel Howery went on TV1’s “Uncensored” to explain why this episode’s embattled guest star Katt Williams gets so many chances: “It’s because we look at him like a cartoon character.  He’s not like a real person to us.” “The Late Late Show” (CBS): Kobe Bryant

March 27 – “Crossroads” (CMT): Boyz II Men and Brett Young jam together.

March 28 – “Waka & Tammy Tie the Knot” (WE): Rapper Waka Flocka and his wife Tammy Rivera renew their vows after an emotional roller-coaster ride on “Marriage Boot Camp.”

TASTY QUIP: “I’m a human being that feels a certain way. And some of this s–t does affect me, because if we don’t have health care … and my relatives get sick, they’re going to call my rich ass. I want them to have health care. I want them to be able to take care of themselves. This is how I feel. And I count to 100 some days before I hit ‘send,’ because I know how that s–t is.” – SAMUEL L. JACKSON to Esquire

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.