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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: ‘Roots’ marks 40 years

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, “Roots,” the groundbreaking, acclaimed television miniseries that captivated the entire nation and won multiple awards, will be available to own in Digital HD for the very first time on May 16, ahead of the premiere broadcast of the remake of Alex Haley’s story to air Memorial Day on History, A&E and Lifetime networks.

“Roots: The Complete Original Series” will also be released on Blu-ray by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment for the first time June 7. The reissue will include a slew of bonuses including the new featurette, “Roots: The American Story Continues,” with Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, Blair Underwood, Debbie Allen, Tavis Smiley, Shonda Rhimes and the Rev. Al Sharpton revealing how the material impacted their lives and the thinking of the world.

Also new is “The Cast Looks Back,” with LeVar Burton, John Amos, Louis Gossett Jr., Ben Vereen, Cicely Tyson, Ed Asner, Sandy Duncan, Georg Stanford Brown and Lynne Moody sharing emotional stories about the filming of the mini-series, why it endures, and why for some it remains their greatest artistic experience.

EVER SOARING: Tickets are now on sale for “In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen — The 75th Anniversary” to be shown in select U.S. cinemas for the first time ever on March 29 at 7 p.m. This one-night event features emotional interviews, rare photographs, archival footage and computer-generated recreations.

Audiences will also experience an exclusive panel discussion captured at the National Air Force Museum with Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. George Hardy, former administrator of NASA Col. Fred Gregory, as well as the producer Bryan Williams and director Denton Adkinson. Visit: www.FathomEvents.com for participating theatres and tickets.

LAUGH AND LEARN: Comedienne Hope Flood’s Comics Rock! Convention will return for a fifth year, April 26-30 at J. Anthony Brown’s JSpot Comedy Club in Westchester. Legendary funny lady Marsha Warfield (“Night Court”), Luenell, Shang, Cocoa Brown, David Arnold and Paul Mooney’s sons, the Mooney Twins are just a sampling of the talent scheduled to present workshops and seminars. This year’s highlights also include an “Awards Dinner and Tribute to Michael Williams,” founder of the Comedy Act Theater; a celebrity basketball game and more. Visit: www.comicsrockconvention.com for further info.

TASTY QUIP: “Did you really use your STAGE to tear down and diminish one of the strongest most fearless black women [Jada Pinkett Smith] IN this town as the world watched??? Jokes are just jokes right???? Not when someone is trying to affect change…Not when someone is willing to put it ALL on the line to affect change for our daughters and sons of the future… Shame on you, Chris Rock.” – TYRESE on Instagram

CLIPPETTES: Another Nelson Mandela movie on the way, according to Deadline Hollywood, reporting exclusively that Sting’s wife Trudie Styler has optioned Zelda la Grange’s bestselling book “Good Morning, Mr. Mandela,” based on her two decades as his personal assistant …

Star Jones’ novel, “Satan’s Sisters,” based on a talk show not unlike “The View,” will be adapted as a VH1 series with Vanessa Williams in the role of the show’s Barbara Walters-like creator …

Aunjanue Ellis, Joaquim de Almeida, Bill Cobbs, Sharon Lawrence, Andre Royo and Ruth Negga star in “of Mind and Music,” opening March 4 at the Laemmle Theatre. The lyrical film looks at an Alzheimer’s disease sufferer amidst the jazz music scene of New Orleans …

Golden Brooks (“Girlfriends”) has been cast as the wife of Damon Wayans’ Det. Murtaugh character in the Fox pilot version of “Lethal Weapon” …

The “Good Times” reunion movie proposed by surviving original TV cast members has fallen far short of its $1 million Kickstarter goal …

Frenchie Davis (“American Idol,” “The Voice”) will perform at the second annual Truth Awards Gala and Dinner on March 5 at the Taglyan Cultural Complex. Omarosa Manigault (“The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice”) and Karamo Brown (“The Next 15;” “The OWN Show”; and MTV’s “The Real World: Philadelphia”) are hosts …

Famous pianist Marcus Roberts premiered his new song about Donald Trump, “Making America Great Again (All By Myself)” on his “Race For The White House” EP, which features jazz instrumentals inspired by the candidates: Trump, Clinton, Carson, and Sanders.

ELECTION TRAIL: While mum was the word among MSNBC crewmembers when Tasty Clips inquired about embattled (now former) host Melissa Harris Perry, Joy Reid effortlessly picked up the baton. Despite having her own show cancelled last year, she did MVP work during primary coverage often spending five-hour daily shifts on the air, while rousing crowds and hanging out long afterwards to get a lock on the scene.

TC ON TV: March 5 – “Being” (Centric): Mona Scott-Young  “SNL” (NBC): Jonah Hill, Future

March 6 6 – “31st annual Stellar Awards” (TV1): Sherri Shepherd and Rickey Smiley host the best in gospel music.  “Downton Abbey” (PBS): Tears may flow during this two-hour series finale. “Saints & Sinners” (Bounce): This dramatic series explores the complexities of a small Baptist church. Afemo Omilami, Christian Keyes, Clifton Powell, Gloria Reuben, Keith Robinson and Vanessa Bell Calloway lead the cast.  “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Kim Fields, Michael Rapaport

March 7 – “The Late Show” (CBS): Charles Barkley, Esperanza Spalding

March 8 – “Little Big Shots” (NBC): Steve Harvey hosts this series featuring talented kids.

March 9 – “Unsung Hollywood” (TV1): Joe Morton

TASTY QUIP: “I don’t wanna hear about Oscars being white. Oscar been white. We have need [for] black communities to support our ARTS as much as we do sports.” – CHUCK D on Twitter

“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 tastyclips@yahoo.com.