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David stirs in ‘Boiling Pot;’ divas sing in AIDS benefit

With a legacy of credits like “Crash” and “Platoon,” Keith David is no stranger to projects with a strong message.  His latest movie, “Boiling Pot,” from brothers Ibrahim and Omar Ashmawey, currently On Demand prior to its DVD release, is a look at racism run rampant on a college campus and its aftermath.

A multi-generational ensemble, which also includes Louis Gossett Jr., John Heard, M. Emmett Walsh, Davetta Sherwood and Danielle Fishel, guides us through this true story based on a near-decade old case that began with a noose hanging on school grounds.

David believes that such biases continue because of a refusal to deal with them in a realistic way and that it is fueled by economics.

“It’s when people’s psyche and hearts begin to evolve then something will really happen,” he told Tasty Clips in his signature baritone that makes him an in-demand narrator. “We’re all one race — the human race. Why can’t we just be different and celebrate that? The real evil comes from one-upmanship. [Feeling the need to] have to be better at somebody else’s expense.

“There’s such a thing as a societal inheritance that happens upon us,” he continued. “We are not responsible for the thoughts that enter our mind. We are responsible for how we hold on to them. We all get racist thoughts. How you act and dwell on those thoughts. That’s what makes the difference.”

Of late, David has taken on the role of a greedy preacher on the Adult Swim comedy “Black Jesus” and the leader of a mega-church in the currently shooting OWN dramatic series “Greenleaf,” with a cast led by Lynn Whitfield, Lamman Rucker and Oprah Winfrey in a recurring role.

“It is not an expose of the church,” he said. “In fact, it’s very respectful, which is why I like it. Church is a wonderful thing, but we have to remember that at the bottommost line, the preacher is just a man. Just like there are better men than others, we’ll find out exactly what the bishop is about. I believe him to be of good heart, but we all get wooed by certain things.”

CAUSEWORTHY: Sheryl Lee Ralph’s 25th annual DIVAS Simply Singing!, the longest consecutive running musical AIDS benefit in the country, will convene at the Montalban Theatre on Oct. 24.  The ladies confirmed include Jordin Sparks, Loretta Devine, Jenifer Lewis, Mary Wilson, Freda Payne, Angela Winbush, Shanice, CeCe Peniston, Alyson Williams, Meli’sa Morgan, Erica Campbell and YoYo. Visit: divatickets.com for more.

CLIPPETTES: Tyler Perry is bringing his play “Madea On The Run” to the Dolby Theater from Oct. 23 – 25…

“More Soul Food,” a sequel to the 1997 hit film is in development with plans to reunite the movie’s original cast including Vanessa Williams, Nia Long and Mekhi Phifer…

Slash, featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, hit the Hollywood Palladium on Oct. 23…

Tavis Smiley has signed with Warner Bros. Television Group to develop and produce TV adaptations of his memoir “My Journey with Maya [Angelou]” and the soon to be released “Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days” …

An Evening with Tina Campbell with Teddy Campbell, hosted by Goo Goo will be presented Oct. 23 in Lynwood at Greater Emmanuel Temple Church…

Thelma Houston performs in a rare engagement Oct. 23 and 24 at the Catalina Bar & Grill…

Variety reports that Columbus Short, Evan Ross, Vivica A. Fox, Nelsan Ellis, Keith Robinson and Erica Peeples are currently in L.A. shooting the love story “True to the Game.” Short is also producing with Leah Daniels-Butler (sister of Lee Daniels). Keisha Cole’s guru Manny Halley is exec producing…

War, Aloe Blacc and Graciela Beltran are among the headliners for the free Sixth Street Bridge Farewell Festival on Oct. 24 from 2 to 10 p.m. Also “The Repertoire” featuring Chrisette Michele, Daley and Mara Hruby is presented at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach…

TC ON TV: Oct. 23 – “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC): Howard Stern & Public Enemy.

Oct. 24 – “Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles” (KVCR): Debut show from the creator of the famed website.  “Legends: At The Apollo” (OWN): Gladys Knight

Oct. 25 – “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Amber Rose & Iyanla Vanzant.

Oct. 27 – “Live with Kelly & Michael” (ABC): Mike Tyson & Adam Levine.

Oct. 28 – “Unsung” (TV1): Chanté Moore & Lakeside are featured in new back-to-back episodes.

PRESS PLAY: Ten-time Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval displays his gifts on his new CD, “Live at Yoshi’s.” The prolific Cuban-born, Los Angeles-based trumpet player’s recording on ALFI Records is described as partially a greatest hits collection, a history of jazz lesson and a tribute to his heroes, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie.

Sananda Maitreya (the Grammy winner formerly known as Terrence Trent D’Arby) has released a new double album called “The Rise of the Zugebrian Time Lords.” It features an array of pop songs, or what Sananda calls “post millennium rock.” His music, videos, poetry and writings are available at sananda.org.

Pat Boone, the singer who catapulted to stardom by covering “race” records for a white audience during the 1950s, has recorded his first ever R&B album. Say what you will, but “R&B Duet Hits” has contributions from Smokey Robinson, Earth Wind & Fire, The Four Tops, Ray Parker Jr., Gerald Albright and KC & The Sunshine Band plus members of Kool & the Gang, and Sister Sledge and even hip hop legend Kool Moe Dee!

TASTY QUIP – “Even though I’ve had some success in the movies, I’ve never turned into a white man in Hollywood. I don’t have any sour grapes, but there’s a difference. If you’re black and you’re in this business, it’s different than if you’re a white guy in this business. And it’s not just me. How many movies has Denzel done with Steven Spielberg? How many movies has Will Smith done with Steven Spielberg or Martin Scorsese? How many movies has Tom Hanks done with Steven Spielberg? How many movies has Leonardo DiCaprio done with Martin Scorsese?” – EDDIE MURPHY to the Washington Post

“Tasty Clips” is an entertainment column published in The Wave to update readers on the activities and accomplishments of black celebrities and artists on television, in music and at the movies. To reach Bill Vaughan, send email to tastyclips@yahoo.com.