Prince plans two new albums; Holcomb disses Mooney


August 28, 2014

ROCK ROYALTY — Prince announced that he will be releasing new music on Sept. 30. “Art Official Age,” his first album since 2010, will be unveiled along with “Plectrumelectrum,” by his new group 3rdEyeGirl on Warner Bros. Records. Both albums, which are sold separately, are now available for pre-order via digital retailers and from http://www.artofficialage.com. Early buyers will be able to unlock “instant grat” tracks from each record. The album releases will also be marked by a series of very special events taking place globally, to be confirmed shortly.

SAY WHAT?!: At the time when TASTY CLIPS finally got “Black Jesus” homeboy Corey Holcomb on the phone he was reluctant to talk about the show. The hit Adult Swim live action comedy series hadn’t premiered and he said a lot of people in charge of the show asked them to be low key. “I get that,” said the former “Last Comic Standing” finalist who thinks the fix was in, “but I will tell you this — I’m proud of the project.”

The Chicago native whose credits include “Think Like A Man, Too” and Will Packer’s upcoming “Wedding Ringer” is outspoken about everything, which befits his bold brand of humor on display as he tours and as shown on his current DVD, “Your Way Ain’t Working.” He cautioned about the casting for that Richard Pryor biopic that Lee Daniels is doing. “You need somebody who’s committed,” he said, “because if you use a comic who really does drugs, he really could die, man.”

But nothing got the comedian’s ire more than what he thought was a disgraceful act by Paul Mooney on Arsenio Hall’s show. Said Holcomb: “I think it was a malicious act and a lack of respect for Arsenio. I get shock value comedy. If anybody gets it, it’s me. I feel like he meant that.”

“I’ll go on record about Paul Mooney,” he continued. “He goes on stage and talks about everybody and everything but he never talks about his lifestyle that he spends with other guys. And that’s really disappointing, because you act like you the realest and whoop dee doo, but what are you doing? What are you scared of?  I don’t think he’s a good guy. I don’t mind talking to him about it.”

L.A. BOUND AND BEYOND: “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burress and hubby Todd Tucker are taking their stage play “A Mother’s Love” on a nationwide tour which hits L.A. Nov. 14-16 at the Dolby Theatre. Executive Producer Burress is partnering with Travis Steele’s Theatrical Works Live to present the show with a star-studded cast including herself, Shirley Murdock, Q Parker & D. Woods (Danity Kane), Chandra Currelley-Young (“Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse”), LaToya London (“American Idol”), and Meelah Williams (“R&B Divas”).  Stay up atKandiOnline.com.

TASTY QUIP: “So it’s hard not to make it a hard ‘R’ if you see a guy get punched and teeth wind up in someone’s knuckles, you know what I mean? I don’t think you can get away with a PG. (laughter) Some other things I can tell you, you’ll never look at corkscrews again. I’ll tell you that. It’s hardcore. There’s some stuff that even I go, ‘wow, ok.’” — Director ANTOINE FUQUA to Collider on his film, “The Equalizer,” starring Denzel Washington opening Sept. 26.

CLIPPETTES: A new album “Full Force: With Love From Our Friends,” was released last week with the legendary group joined by Big Daddy Kane, Faith Evans, Raphael Saddiq, Najee, Sheila E, Tevin Campbell, Regina Belle and Flavor Flav, to name but a few! It is dedicated to band member Paul Anthony’s challenges and triumphs with Mantle Cell Lymphoma, now in remission thanks to a bone marrow transplant from his brother, Lou.

“Outliers” author Malcolm Gladwell is writing a medical thriller pilot called “The Cure” for FOX.

Stephen A. Smith’s uncensored SiriusXM satellite radio show premieres Tuesday on the Mad Dog Sports Radio.

Yvette Nicole Brown (“Community”) has joined ABC’s reboot of “The Odd Couple,” while her former co-star Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, will be heard on the animated Disney XD series “Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors” as Marvel’s Afro-Latino take on the title character.

According to data tracking services, “Orange Is the New Black” is now the second most bootlegged series behind “Game of Thrones.”

Idris Elba told TV Line that there will eventually be more “Luther” episodes but they’d like to transition to the big screen.

TASTY CLIPS committed a faux pas last week regarding Eisa Davis’ play “Bulrusher” at the Skylight Theatre.  The show runs through Sept. 28.

MUSIC MILESTONE: Saxophonist Kim Waters’ 20th album, the aptly titled “Silver Soul,” commemorates his 25th year as a recording artist. The multitalented musician from the Baltimore area wrote or co-wrote 10 songs and produced the entire set, including a tribute to his mentor, DC go-go pioneer Chuck Brown. There are also stirring covers of John Legend’s poignant hit, “All Of Me,” and a sensual re-imagination of “Fireflies,” featuring the original artist, Disney starlet and Hollywood Records vocalist Zendaya (fresh off of exiting as star of Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic).

TASTY CONCERTS:  The second annual Rhythm & Joy Festival featuring Eric Benet, Dani Shay & Ali Stroker from “Glee,” and founder Ricki Byars Beckwith is Saturday at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills. Visitwww.rajfestival.com/ for more about this conscious celebration.

Charlie Wilson tops the L.A. County Fair in Pomona on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Visit: lacountyfair.com.

Anthony Hamilton, Lalah Hathaway, En Vogue, Public Enemy and Maya Rudolph’s Princess headline The Black Music Soundtrack at the Hollywood Bowl (323-850-2000) on Wednesday. Marcus Miller and Reggie Hudlin, in conjunction with AMPAS, present this tribute to scores hosted by Craig Robinson.

TASTY QUIP FINALE: “Black rage is founded on blatant denial. Squeezed economics, subsistence survival.   Deafening silence and social control. Black rage is founded on wounds in the soul.” — From LAURYN HILL’s “Black Rage” rededicated to Ferguson, Mo.

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