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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: ReelAbilities Film Fest features Blind Boys of Alabama

By Bill Vaughan

Entertainment Writer

The inaugural ReelAbilities Film Festival: Los Angeles, dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities, is taking place at Laemmle’s NoHo 7.

Opening night, Oct. 11, features a blue carpet and gala for Chloé Zhao’s quiet masterpiece “The Rider.”

A special screening of “How Sweet The Sound: The Blind Boys of Alabama” is set for Oct. 12 at the Pico Union Project complete with an arts fair, food trucks and live music.

The festival returns to the Laemmle on Oct. 13 for a wildly original dark comedy from Hungary, “Kills On Wheels,” about two young men in a Budapest rehab center who become involved with a wheelchair-bound hitman.

It will close on Oct. 14 with the L.A. premiere of a heart-warming romantic comedy “Sanctuary” preceded by the animated short “Macropolis.” Visit www.reelabilities.org/losangeles for tickets and information.

LONG LIVE THE 80s: Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany and Debbie Gibson will be special guests for New Kids On The Block’s The Mix Tape Tour stopping at Anaheim’s Honda Center next May 24 and the Hollywood Bowl next May 26. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Oct. 12 at Ticketmaster.com.

CAUSE WORTHY: In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cheray O’Neal’s one-woman play, “Journey This,” is partnering with American Cancer Society and Lyrical Hair to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research, and patient services nationwide while providing a stellar theatrical experience at the Lounge Theatres.

The show opens Oct. 12 with actress Erica Gimpel (“Fame”) as host. During its five-week run, each performance will feature additional celebrity hosts including Angela Lewis (“Snowfall”), Karen Malina White (“Malcolm & Eddie”), Trisha Mann Grant (“Cold Case”), Jeryl Prescott (“The Walking Dead”) Michole White (“The Quad”), Donielle Artese (“Mother’s Day”), PaSean Ashley Wilson (“Gotham”) and Joyce Guy (“Money Ball”), among others.

CLIPPETTES: In the last edition, we announced that Foxy Brown would be headlining the Amber Rose SlutWalk. Well apparently the rapper pulled out due to what she called the “unprofessionalism” of the organizers in their refusal to provide basic accommodations and a technical budget. The event still went on and Brown took to social media to tell L.A. fans she will be seeing them soon

The Platinum Comedy Tour with Mike Epps, Rickey Smiley, Tony Rock, Earthquake, Bruce Bruce and special guest host Sommore commences Oct. 12 at the Microsoft Theater

Janelle Monae will be joining her girlfriend Tessa Thompson as voices for Disney’s upcoming remake of “The Lady and the Tramp”

Drake and his hand-picked dream team, Migos hit the Staples Center on Oct. 12, 13, 16 & 17

RuPaul Charles, Drew Barrymore, James Corden and Faith Hill are the A-List judges for a new talent competition series called “The World’s Best.” It will hit the airwaves next year

David & Tamela Mann’s Us Against The World Tour lands at the Orpheum Theater on Oct. 13; while Sinbad brings the laughs to The Rose in Pasadena

Plans are underway for a new tour to be called Hammer’s House Party with MC Hammer, En Vogue, Sir Mix-a-Lot, and Kid ’n Play performing the biggest hits of a generation. We’ll be sure to keep you up on the dates when booked

Sting & Shaggy’s The 44/876 Tour arrives Oct. 15 at the Wiltern; on an evening when you can also join “A Conversation with Lenny Kravitz” as the Grammy Museum welcomes the four-time winner to L.A. Live.

TC ON TV: Oct. 12 – “Raven’s Home” (Disney): This special musical episode features eight original songs performed by the cast. “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO): Omarosa Manigault guests.

Oct. 13 – “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN): Singer Monifah gets an assist in balancing fame and family in the season finale. “Karma” (SYFY): Mandela Van Peebles stars in this thriller. “Black Love” (OWN): “In Sickness and In Health” features Grant and Tamia Hill and two-time Olympians Jamie Nieto and Shevon Stoddart. “Love & Hate Crime” (ID): “A Murder in Mississippi” looks at the murder of James “Craig” Anderson, who was targeted simply because of the color of his skin by a group of white teens.

Oct. 14 – “Charmed” (CW): This witch series gets a diversified reboot. “Unsung: Hollywood” (TV1): Ray J “The Alec Baldwin Show” (ABC): Taraji P. Henson, Robert DeNiro. “Uncensored” (TV1): K Michelle.  

Oct. 15 – “Secrets” (Smithsonian): “Egypt’s Lost Princess.” “Cultureshock” (A&E): W. Kamau Bell steps behind the camera to direct this film of how “Chris Rock’s Bring The Pain” impacted the nation.

Oct. 16 – “2018 Hip Hop Awards” (BET): T.I., Cardi B, Yo Gotti, Lil Pump, Gucci Mane and A$AP Rocky are among the performers for this edition hosted by DeRay Davis and honoring Lil Wayne. “American Experience” (PBS): “The Eugenics Crusade” documents the story of the largely unknown campaign to breed a “better” American race. “black-ish” (ABC): Jack and Diane begin to question whether they should still be sharing a room on the season premiere. “Hustle in Brooklyn” (BET): This new coming-of-age docuseries set in Brooklyn follows a cast of young and sexy millennials with a balance of economic backgrounds, focusing on transitional moments of their lives. “T-Pain‘s School of Business” (FUSE): The beloved hip-hop artist, comedic personality and business mogul explores some of the most innovative and unique startups created by millennial entrepreneurs.

Oct. 17 – “Empire” (FOX): R&B/Pop star Mario guest stars as a new find. “Man’s Greatest Food” (Cooking): Chef Roger Mooking’s culinary odyssey gets a second season kicking off with a focus on “Beef.” “Star” (FOX): Terrence J and “Real Housewives of Atlanta” stars Kim Zolziack with hubby Kroy Biermann make appearances. “J-Lo: Let’s Get Real” (Ovation): From the streets of the Bronx to the red carpets of Hollywood, this is the story of Jennifer Lopez.

TASTY QUIP: “The most memorable thing [Jay Z] said to me was, ‘Don’t worry about conforming to what’s on the radio. You just create art the way you see it. It’s our job to catch up to who you are. Don’t try to conform to who you think we are. Do you and we’ll do our best to learn who it is you are.’” – Subway singer turned recording artist VICTORY to “Good Morning America”


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