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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Stevie Wonder to entertain at tribute to Tom Bradley

By Bill Vaughan

Entertainment Writer

Stevie Wonder will join an esteemed group of guests in celebrating the life and legacy of one of the greatest mayors in the history of Los Angeles, Tom Bradley, at the Mayor Tom Bradley 100th Anniversary Celebration “Remembering the Vision” presented by the Collaborative Expansions, to be held at 6:30 p.m. July 15 at the Taglyan Complex, 1201 N. Vine St., Hollywood.

Grammy-Winning music legend Dionne Warwick will give a special performance at the event, along with a host of celebrity speakers and performers including Jayne Kennedy, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, with more to be announced.

Co-hosts for the evening will be Kathleen Bradley, the first African-American model on “The Price is Right;” and actress and event organizer Mone’ Swann, the first African American to be signed to a record deal by the legendary Dick Clark.

A portion of the proceeds will support a hands-on technology program for those wanting training and employment in the world of technology, as well as the Tom and Ethel Bradley Foundation to further Mayor Bradley’s vision of inclusion and civility.

Tickets can be purchased at: www.bradley100event.us/tickets.

CROSSOVER: Bobbito Garcia, the basketball/music/sneakerhead/lifestyle ambassador turned filmmaker, will be joined by fellow DJ Rich Medina for a question-and-answer session after the L.A. premiere of his eye-opening autobiographical documentary “Rock Rubber 45s” at the Regent Theater at 5 p.m. July 7

With contributions from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rosie Perez, Questlove, Patti LaBelle, Chris Paul, Chuck D, Maxwell and many more, the film explores García’s youth dealing with mistreatment, educational quandaries, identity and loss as well as his ascension to self-determination as an adult freelance creative.

Some of the results of his drive include the acclaimed book “Where’d You Get Those? NYC’s Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987.” Currently, “Kool Bob Love” produces his basketball tournament Full Court 21 in four continents, and co-hosts NPR’s “What’s Good With Stretch And Bobbito” podcast.

Tasty Clips has to give Garcia’s fashion sense high marks for sporting an extremely rare T-shirt bearing obscure photographer Glen Frieson’s iconic “Urban Expressions” during a 1993 interview.

After its theater run, the film will be available on demand July 24 (Worldwide) and on all major video-on-demand platforms including: iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo, Vudu and Google Play

STEP UP: DanceOn, the leading digital programmer for dance entertainment, announced it is teaming up with LSD, featuring Sia, Diplo and Labrinth, to find the best choreography to their new hit “Audio.” Top-tier dancers, choreographers and fans are urged to submit videos for consideration in the global, social-first #PlayThatAudio challenge. One winner will receive a $3,000 prize.

For details, visit: www.danceon.com/audiotermsandconditions.

Local filmmakers and storytellers around the country are sought to highlight the community they live in through the power of video. Finalists will be selected to compete for a $1,000 prize at Studio Movie Grill’s One Story Movement Evening Series events held at up to 11 select locations. The winning selections will also be featured on their website. Go to www.studiomoviegrill.com/OneStory/Share for more.

TASTY QUIP: “I fought hard for [Mo’Nique] to get [“Precious”]. I wanted her to get that job and she was paid her money. She was paid the money for the budget that we had. I respect her as an actor because she gave me her soul. But I gave her my soul. And for that she was given the Golden Globe and the Academy Award. For her to continue to bad mouth myself and Tyler and Oprah is disrespectful and it’s wrong. She’s wrong, she’s out of pocket. It ain’t even worth the conversation, like she needs to shut up.” – LEE DANIELS to Raq Rants

CLIPPETTES: Jennifer Hudson settles in for a two-night stand with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra July 6 and 7

“Claws,” the manicurist crime dramedy starring Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes, Jimmy Jean-Louis and Harold Perrineau, has been renewed for a third season by TNT

Bootsy Collins‘ House Party is sure to bring the fun(k) to the Grand Performances stage on July 7 and its free. Also that evening, bassist/singer Michael Henderson is celebrating his 50-year anniversary and birthday at the Catalina Jazz Club; as “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah performs his stand-up act at the Orpheum Theatre

Actor-comedian and Boys & Girls Club alumnus JB Smoove will emcee the organization’s annual Youth of the Year Gala on July 12, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Entertainment will be provided by “The Voice” season 12 finalist Aliyah Moulden.

TASTY QUIP: “With my listener, I know they actually hear what I’m saying, and I’m speaking for a whole culture of people. So for the suburban kid who doesn’t know how we grew up, or the history of my people, hearing them lyrics, they get to understand. It’s almost like a history lesson that wasn’t taught to them in school.” – KENDRICK LAMAR to Rolling Stone

TC ON TV: July 6 – “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” (Netflix): Jerry Seinfeld’s passion project arrives to the network with new episodes featuring Dave Chappelle and Jerry Lewis filmed prior to his passing.

July 8 – “Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter” (Sundance): Michael B. Jordan, J.K. Simmons and Darren Criss sit on the drama actors roundtable. “The 2000s” (CNN): “The Platinum Age of Television” explores the creative renaissance of the decade as audiences enjoyed ground-breaking shows such as “The Sopranos,” “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “Lost,” “Survivor” and “American Idol.” “Unsung” (TV1): Will Downing

July 9 – “People Magazine Investigates: Cults” (ID): The first season closes with “The Nuwaubian Nation of Moors.” “ATL Homicide” (TV1): Veteran homicide detectives David Quinn and Vince Velazquez share stories of their grittiest cases for this compelling new true crime series.

July 10 – “The Challenge: Final Reckoning” (MTV): The newest installation drops players in South Africa to overcome previous betrayals and wrongdoings for a $1 million prize. “No Passport Required” (PBS): Chef and restauranteur Marcus Samuelsson showcases the people and flavors of immigrant communities in American cities for this new six-part series stopping first in Detroit. “Hit The Floor” (BET): Teyana Taylor joins Kimberly Elise and Dean Cain for the further adventures of a pro sports dance squad. “F*ck, That’s Delicious” (Viceland): Rapper-chef-raconteur Action Bronson returns for another season of eating with his crew (Meyhem Lauren, Big Body Bes and The Alchemist).

July 11 – “TKO: Total Knock Out” (CBS): Kevin Hart makes his television debut as a game show host with this action-packed game show he co-produces with Mark Burnett.

July 12 – “Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount): Karrueche Tran vs. Deon Cole    

TASTY QUIP: “People always say Joe Jackson this and Joe Jackson that using Michael Jackson’s dad as an example — but a bad example. I tell people all the time there’s no way in hell that Joe Jackson was a bad man because every person in that house became a superstar. If people want to call that bad, I haven’t seen anybody’s else’s family where every boy, damn near everybody in the house makes a record, makes money, goes out and becomes successful in the entertainment business.” – JERMAINE DUPRI to Tasty Clips on Joe Jackson [R.I.P.]

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.


(Editor’s note: Stevie Wonder’s representatives at Creative Artists Agency have reported that Wonder never committed to play at the Tom Bradley Tribute July 15 at the Taglyan Complex.)