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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Prince protest song set to serve

Iconic music artist and multi-talented entertainer, Prince, has released a newly mastered orchestral version of his protest song, “Baltimore.”  The original demo version of the song was made available on Soundcloud in early May and performed live for the first time at a special Mother’s Day concert in Maryland, billed as a RALLY 4 PEACE.

It was Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL’s massive hug around a city that was crying out to be heard.  In a spirit of healing, the event was a catalyst for pause and reflection following the outpouring of violence that has gripped Baltimore and areas throughout the U.S.

This week, the performer’s publicist announced that proceeds from the concert at Royal Farms Arena will be donated to the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) to help area kids. Proceeds also will go to the YouthWorks Program, through the Baltimore City Foundation, and OneBaltimore.

On a more personal level, Prince covered the rent of his former New Power Generation singer Rosie Gaines, best known for her work on “Diamonds and Pearls” for a year.  The Oakland-based vocalist has been suffering from diabetes, among other illnesses, resulting in major infection of both her legs and requiring her hospitalization in December.

A fundraiser sponsored by industry friends helped raise about $13,000 to cover apartment furnishings and expenses.  Gaines is said to be in great spirits, but has to prepare for the next phase.

As for fans looking for more music, a few bars of a Prince track titled “Stare” was unveiled online, promising “NEW FUNK This Summer.”

TASTY QUIP: “I do not deserve to make as much money as Beyoncé. She’s the greatest entertainer of her generation. And she gets up 4 o’clock every morning to stay in shape.  I’m not doing that.  I get up at 6:30 and read Plato and DuBois and Toni Morrison, you know.” – DR. CORNEL WEST celebrating his 62nd birthday this week.

CLIPPETTES:  Keke Palmer is furthering her connect with Fox TV, segueing from the upcoming “Scream Queens” to the network’s musical broadcast of “Grease: Live” in January…

If the remake of “Big Trouble in Little China” tanks with “San Andreas” star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson now starring, can we say it will be his fault?…

Iggy Azalea’s summer tour may be dead in the water, but L.A. Laker Nick “Swaggy P” Young is giving her something else to plan as he presented a $500K engagement ring to the rapper during his 30th birthday party…

Adam Rodriquez (“CSI: Miami,” “Magic Mike”) is joining the cast of Fox’s “Empire”…

Wonder what the Muhammad Ali camp thinks of the FX animated pilot titled “Cassius & Clay.”  JB Smoove and Susan Sarandon are adding their voices to the apocalyptic based project…

Penny Johnson Jerald is out after four seasons on ABC’s “Castle” as Capt. Victoria Gates…

Lagos-based scion Seun Kuti & Egypt 80’s new “Higher Conciousness Remixes” EP, with work from Grammy award-winning album producer Robert Glasper, is out digitally on June 9…

Award-winning writer/director Haile Gerima (“Sankofa,” “Teza,” “Bush Mama”) is turning to crowdfunding this month to support his next film.  Visit: Yetutlij.com for details…

GIVING DAP: Saun & Starr first crossed paths at an open mic in 1980s Harlem.  TASTY CLIPS caught up with them in their old stomping grounds during a two-night stand at Ginny’s Supper Club.  The soul duo, longtime background singers for Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, performed songs from their debut album, “Look Closer.”

Standouts in the set included their hit single, “Hot Shot,” and a scorching encore cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Rock Steady.”  If you’re looking for some good soul music, give this one a listen or check them live at The Daptone After-Party, Wed., June 10th at La Cita (336 S. Hill St.).

TASTY QUIP: “My wish would be for Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams to play my parents. I have no idea [who it will be]. I [also] want Oprah, too — I want the world! I want everyone on the show — Bill, Hillary — come on! Everybody!” – “Empire” star TARAJI P. HENSON to US Weekly.

TC ON TV: June 6 – “The Summoning” (TV1): Paula Jai Parker stars in this supernatural movie…

June 8 – “Murder in the First” (TNT): The Taye Diggs procedural returns for a 2nd season…

June 9 – “Sisterhood of Hip Hop” (OXY): The ladies are all back…

June 10 – “Player Gets Played” (OXY): New series in the vein of “Cheaters”…

June 11 – “iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party” (CW): Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj and Shaggy.

TASTY QUIP: “Saying yes for an entire year turned out to be one of the most amazing decisions I have ever made. It was also a little insane, a lot terrifying and sometimes wildly embarrassing.  So, this is not a story I ever planned to share with anyone. However, once Simon & Schuster asked me, I had no choice — what else could I say but yes?” – SHONDA RHIMES on her autobiographical first book, “The Year of Yes,” hitting the shelves this November.

SOUNDS TRICKY: A federal lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Ornette Coleman against Jordan McLean of the band Antibalas and Amir Ziv.

The complaint alleges that the pair recorded Coleman, then 79, at his home in 2009 and later released those recordings without Coleman’s consent or knowledge as the album “New Vocabulary” on System Dialing Records.

Coleman was introduced to the band and their trumpeter McLean through their association with the Broadway musical “Fela,” which Coleman attended. Last year’s Celebrate Ornette tribute concert that featured Sonny Rollins, Savion Glover, Flea and many other artists including a performance by Coleman himself, is being readied for a fall deluxe box set release. This official and authorized release will be his first since 2006’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Sound Grammar.”

TASTY QUIP: “Lot of different stuff in here. Miles Davis has no resemblance whatsoever to Jerry Lee Lewis. But the commonality is each form has its own constituency. Being an old guy you know, sometimes you guys get too loud, I have to go to the bathroom.” – BILL WITHERS upon his induction into the class of 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“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.