In case you needed a reason to visit your local music store, April 16 is Record Store Day, and a number of goodies are on tap to whet your interest. Among the rarities are 27 limited edition vinyl releases available at participating independent record stores.
Be on the lookout for “The Roulette Sides” – John Coltrane; “Mo Money Mo Problems” – The Notorious B.I.G.; “Live in Philadelphia” – Allen Toussaint; “Ghetto Walkin’” – Miles Davis; “I Go Shout Plenty” – Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Afrika ’70; “Get Down At The Apollo With The J.B.’s” – The James Brown Revue; “Tha Carter (& II)” – Lil Wayne; “Elevators (Me & You)” – OutKast; and “Andra Day Live,” offering a previously unreleased live performance of songs from the Grammy nominee’s 2015 album “Cheers to the Fall.”
For a list of all the discs and events at each store, visit: www.recordstoreday.com.
RETURN OF THE KING: Jamaican reggae and ska legend Toots and the Maytals will return to the stage for a run of shows in June on the West Coast and in New York City. The tour will celebrate the culmination of three years of extensive physical rehabilitation for Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, after the tragic incident in May 2013 in Richmond, Virginia, when a glass liquor bottle was thrown from the audience and struck him in the forehead during a performance, severely injuring the singer.
“It has been a difficult three years,” Hibbert said. “But I am very happy to be able to now get back together with my musical family and prepare to share my music once again with my incredible fans.” The 2004 Grammy winner’s tour hits L.A.’s Fonda Theatre June 17.
FOR A CAUSE: Patrice Rushen, Chico DeBarge, master violinist Karen Briggs, Sir Stringfellow & The Mo Betta Experience Band and comic Shang Forbes will perform at the Spring Fling Extravaganza Awards Show, a benefit concert event presented by the Knights of the West Social Club at 7 p.m. April 16 at the Prince Hall Memorial Auditorium. Call (323) 481-0228 or (213) 479-0267 for more info.
TASTY QUIP: “Angela Bassett got nominated for ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It.’ What has she done bigger than that since then? Cuba Gooding Jr. Oscar winner, what has he done since then? Lou Gossett Jr., what? Jennifer Hudson, what? […] Terrence Howard, what was the next movie that it launched him in to? For the love of God, please do not nominate me for an Oscar!” – MICHAEL JAI WHITE to Bossip
CLIPPETTES: Sanaa Lathan’s racially charged Fox series “Shots Fired” has added a trio of acting pros: Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss and Stephen Moyer (“True Blood”) before filming this week …
Nine-time Grammy Award-nominated master jazz pianist Kenny Barron brings his long-standing trio to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on April 16 at 8:30 p.m. …
Tessa Thompson (“Creed,” “Dear White People”) has landed her first superhero movie, the upcoming “Thor: Ragnorak” …
“Keb’ Mo’ Live – That Hot Pink Blues Album,” recorded while the three-time Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist was on tour in 2015, has been released as a double-disc set with 16 songs …
The big bad role for “Fast and Furious 8” goes to Charlize Theron …
“Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives” is screening at the Regent Theatre on April 17 with a Q&A with Bobbito afterward. Also that evening, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony are at the Novo DTLA …
KRS-One has released “The Phife Tribute,” dedicated to the late member of A Tribe Called Quest with donations going directly to Phife Dawg’s family …
Indira Milini Khan, formerly of Pretty in Pink and daughter of Chaka, is performing April 17 at the legendary Maverick’s Flat at 8 p.m.
TASTY QUIP: “For me, it’s like if I can somehow expand consciousness by saying ‘Hey you can think like this. You can think removed from the parameters of how you’re supposed to think.’ Like if humor can do that and in some sense try and expand consciousness on any level.” – JERROD CARMICHAEL on “The Breakfast Club”
TC ON TV: April 15 – “Ghost Brothers” (DA): This new series follows two African-American fashion designers and a barber — all raised in religious households — who tour a series of allegedly haunted houses in America to find the truth behind the local tales.
April 16 – “Confirmation” (HBO): Details the explosive 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings with Kerry Washington (as Anita Hill), Wendell Pierce (as Thomas), Greg Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Kimberly Elise and Jennifer Hudson star. Directed by Rick Famuyiwa (“Dope”).
April 17 – “Icon Awards” (TV Land): Debbie Allen, John Stamos, Norman Lear, “Key and Peele,” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson” are celebrated in this special hosted by George Lopez. “Mike Tyson Mysteries” (Adult Swim): The late night laughs return.
April 18 – “Independent Lens” (PBS): “Democrats,” 2015 Tribeca Film Fest winning documentary on Zimbabwe’s quest to create a constitution.
April 20 – “Empire” (Fox): With a guest spot on this show and a role in the hit film “Deadpool,” it’s safe to say Leslie Uggams is on a roll!
April 21 – “Sweet Micky for President” (Showtime): Follows Pras Michel (of The Fugees fame) as he returns to his homeland of Haiti post-earthquake, finds a corrupt government in paralysis, and begins to campaign for the island’s most popular and most outlandish pop star. With Ben Stiller, Sean Penn and Wyclef Jean.
TASTY QUIP: “[Public Enemy’s] Chuck D once said rap and hip hop was the black CNN. N.W.A represent that to the fullest. Bringing inner-city life to the forefront and making the world pay attention to our realities. … The fact that a famous group can look just like one of us, dress like one of us and talk like one of us proved to every single kid in the ghetto that you can be successful and still have importance while doing it. That was N.W.A. That was their true message.” – KENDRICK LAMAR inducting N.W.A. into the 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 in television, in music and at the movies. To reach Bill Vaughan, send email to email@example.com. He can also be reached on Twitter @tastyclips.