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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: ‘Suicide Squad’ hits big screen

With this weekend’s opening of DC’s much anticipated “Suicide Squad,” many are wondering if it will reap box-office gold. In its favor is a diverse cast featuring Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie.

Yet, the nation’s critics are not biting with only 35 percent of them (at press time) finding it favorable on the leading online aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

Adding fuel to the fire is Showbiz 411’s report that Executive Producer Steve Mnuchin also happens to be Donald Trump’s chief fundraiser. That revelation may lead to a boycott in some circles.

For the record, Smith has made his distaste of the GOP’s presidential candidate clear in a recent interview with news.com/au.

“For a man to be able to publicly refer to a woman as a fat pig, that makes me teary. And for people to applaud, that is absolutely f—ing insanity to me,” said the actor.

“I think as much as we want to believe that love is the greatest human motivator, it’s not. Fear is. Fear is the most dangerous and powerful motivator because when a human being gets scared, fight or flight kicks in. And there is this really separatist non-inclusive xenophobic, racist wave that is sweeping the globe that is making us pull apart farther than putting us together.”

THE MOUTH THAT ROARS: NBA legend and “Inside the NBA” analyst Charles Barkley usually inflames with his politics, as eschewed across various talk show platforms. Now TNT is giving him his own limited-run series “The Race Card,” to launch in early 2017.

Each week, Barkley will take on the rapidly calcifying positions around today’s hot-button topics. He will seek out the sharpest and most varied viewpoints from today’s cultural leaders and tastemakers. He will then challenge and probe those ideas, even trying them out on himself.

“We as Americans never discuss the issue of race in this country and how it impacts everything in our lives until something bad happens,” Barkley said. “I see this project as a way to talk about race, class and cultural differences and challenge everyone’s status quo.”

IMPANEMA FUSION: As the eyes of the world focus on Rio de Janeiro beginning Aug. 5, keyboardist Bob Baldwin remains ahead of the curve with the release of “The Brazilian-American Soundtrack,” a handsomely produced 26-song double disc of authentic rhythms and grooves.

This marks the Grammy-nominated artist’s second foray into the territory he mined on his 2004 album, “Brazil Chill.”

“My dad turned me on to the music with Stan Getz when I was 6,” said Baldwin, who plays a number of instruments in the sessions that pay homage to trendsetters Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ivan Lins, Djavan, and Maurice White, the Earth, Wind & Fire founder who was greatly influenced by the sounds of the region.

As for the fear of the area with reports of corruption, mismanagement and disease, Baldwin thinks the media is beating up on Brazil.

“They’re talking about how bad the crime is. I don’t really buy that,” he said. “It’s overhype of one of the first black countries to host the Olympics. It’s taking a hit for whatever reason and that’s unfortunate because it’s a beautiful country.”

ART IMITATING LIFE: TV One founder Cathy Hughes is executive producing an original movie exploring the drama and secrets behind a powerful family entertainment dynasty for her network to be called “Media.” Penny Johnson Jerald (“Castle”), Brian White (“Scandal”), Gary Dourdan (“CSI”), Stephen Bishop (“Being Mary Jane”), Pooch Hall (“The Game”), Finesse Mitchell (“SNL”) and Denise Boutte (“Meet the Browns”) lead the cast for the film to premiere in early 2017.

CLIPPETTES: The official Prince tribute concert is set for Oct. 13 in his hometown Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium with acts to be announced and tickets to go on sale later this month …

Singers Marsha Ambrosius and Dwele will perform as part of the eighth annual Flypoet Summer on Aug. 6 at Ford Theatre …

Ice Cube is teaming with VH1 to produce a hip hop spin-off of “The Hollywood Squares” game show …

DJ sets by Pete Rock and Talib Kweli are featured at Krush Launch, Aug. 7 at The Standard …

Colson Whitehead’s novel “The Underground Railroad” has been selected as the newest Oprah Book Club pick …

The Sunday Best Jazz Series, produced and hosted by Dee Dee McNeil, continues at Maverick’s Flats on Aug. 7 with vocalist Spanky Wilson’s quartet and comedian JT Turner …

The Snoop Dogg produced comedy “Meet the Blacks” starring Mike Epps, Gary Owen, DeRay Davis, George Lopez, Charlie Murphy and Mike Tyson is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from Lionsgate …

BJ The Chicago Kid performs at the Roxy on Aug. 9 …

John Ridley’s “Guerrilla,” a 2017 Showtime and Sky Atlantic drama series about London black activism in the 1970s has begun filming with Idris Elba and Freida Pinto …

Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla will be immortalized in wax by Madame Tussauds Hollywood with a figure unveiling on Aug. 30 …

“All Eyez on Me,” the Tupac biopic, has delayed its opening from September to November …

The Denzel Washington-directed film adaptation of August Wilson’s “Fences” will open in L.A. and N.Y. on Dec. 16 and the rest of the country on Christmas Day. Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Russell Hornsby and Mykelti Williamson round out the cast.

TASTY QUIP: “I don’t want to see you texting your boyfriends or your girlfriends. I don’t want to see you catching any Pokémons up in this bitch.” – RIHANNA, just cast in the iconic Janet Leigh “Psycho” role for the final season of “Bates Motel,” to concertgoers in France.

TC ON TV: Aug 6 – “2 Lava 2 Lantula!” (SYFY): “Police Academy” alums Steve Guttenberg, Michael Winslow and Marion Ramsey return for another round with arachnids. “Being” (Centric): Lisa Nicole Carson

Aug 8 – “The Nightly Show” (Comedy): DJ Drama

Aug 9 – “Black Market” (Viceland): Michael K. Williams explores how some drug addicts from the UK are found to be selling meat and other assorted everyday items to the impoverished for money.

Aug. 10 – “Unsung Hollywood” (TV1): Meagan Good

TASTY QUIP: “What I do is not who I am.  If you ask somebody who was Prince, they’d say he was a musician.  No. That’s what he did. That’s not who he was. Most of us identify our identity by what we do. So we become human doings, not human beings.” – KIRK FRANKLIN at BET Genius Talk

“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. He can also be reached on Twitter @tastyclips.