The year is only a week old, yet it seems to be prime time for releasing news of some of the state’s hottest festivals this spring.
Southern California’s famed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (April 15-17 and 22-24) announced the lineup for this year’s edition headlined by the reunion of Guns N’ Roses. Also slated for the Indio event are Ice Cube, Mavis Staples, A$AP Rocky, Gary Clark Jr., Sia, Run the Jewels, Calvin Harris, Kamasi Washington, Joey Bada$$ and Def Jam’s 19-year-old Toronto discovery Alessia Cara.
Up north, BottleRock Napa Valley 2016 (May 27-29) unveiled details for its fourth annual wine, food and craft brew festival, which includes award-winning headliners Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Florence + the Machine. Other artists hosted by the city of Napa include Lenny Kravitz, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Ziggy Marley, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Buddy Guy, Andy Grammer, The Pharcyde and Ozomatli. Don’t sleep. Passes for both fests are now on sale.
NEW YEAR’S YOU: Since battling with stars on VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club,” Dr. Ian Smith has made a name for himself with a series of books topping the New York Times Best-Sellers List. Last March, the former co-host of “The Doctors” delivered his first-ever collection of recipes, “The Shred Diet Cookbook,” proving you can lose weight while eating Heavenly Cheeseburgers and Seared Mustard Pork Chops.
Now, Dr. Ian has released a two-week detox program that will help anyone “hit the reset button” to lose weight detailed in “The Shred Power Cleanse.” The book is loaded with instructions for smoothies, salads, soups and snacks using the principle of “let thy food be thy medicine.” There is also space for keeping a journal and a bonus Weekend Power Cleanse. Remember: Bad habits are often not easy to break, but they are far from unbreakable.
NEW YEAR’S COMEBACK: Mere feet from the South Carolina Statehouse spot where the Confederate flag was at long last removed last year, Lauryn Hill performed a stunning set of inspirational songs of protest (and her hits) before a record crowd at the free Famously Hot New Year celebration in Columbia.
No matter that she hit the stage a half hour after scheduled (with her DJ Rampage filling the time), or that she almost performed through the countdown throwing it about 20 seconds off. A diva is going to do what she wants to do.
After the fireworks, Hill returned to delight all with her Fugees classics and remained an hour after the set to greet all her fans and take photos, something those of us in the media were informed numerous times would not happen. How organizers continue to make this a destination will be interesting to watch.
TASTY QUIP: “I hear people criticize [Quentin Tarantino for using the N-word in “The Hateful Eight.”], and I always go, ‘You’re not paying attention to what’s going [on]. You’re just listening to the words.’ If you are going to characterize or criticize his dialogue, then we need to go back to the dialogue in “Straight Outta Compton” and “Chi-Raq” and where ever else we need to go. If you’re not going to censor that, you can’t censor this.” – SAMUEL L. JACKSON to HipHollywood.
CLIPPETTES: Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock is stepping away from the keys for a while to take a part in French director Luc Besson‘s sci-fi film “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” due July 2017. Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Cara Delevingne and John Goodman are also cast …
Sanaa Lathan is going to star as an investigator in a Fox racial drama called “Shots Fired,” to be written and produced by Gina Prince-Bythewood and hubby Reggie Rock Bythewood (“Beyond the Lights”) …
Percussionist Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band are jamming at Catalina Bar & Grill Jan. 8-9 …
Sarah Vaughan, Shirley Temple and “Star Trek” will adorn U.S. Postal Service “Forever” stamps in 2016 …
For “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage,” Vin Diesel will reportedly have action stars Tony Jaa and Jet Li joining him and Samuel L. Jackson …
Renowned keyboardist Bernie Worrell (Parliament-Funkadelic, Talking Heads) announced on Facebook New Year’s Day that he is battling stage 4 cancer and raising funds at Indiegogo.com for the completion of a new project named “Retrospectives” …
TC ON TV: Jan. 8 – “In Performance at the White House” (PBS): “A Celebration of American Creativity” will salute home-grown art forms like blues, jazz and for the first time hip-hop with guests Usher, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Audra McDonald, Esperanza Spalding, Buddy Guy, Keb’ Mo’, Smokey Robinson, Trombone Shorty and James Taylor.
Jan. 9 – “Skinned” (TV1): LisaRaye McCoy makes her directorial debut with this film dealing with skin bleaching. “Austin City Limits” (PBS): Kendrick Lamar. “J. Cole Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming” (HBO): Part concert film, part backstage pass, the special features guest appearances by Jay Z and Drake.
Jan. 10 – “The 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards (NBC): Ricky Gervais is back to host and Denzel Washington will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his esteemed career.
Jan. 12 – “The Mad TV 20th Anniversary Reunion” (CW): Fan favorites Anjelah Johnson, Keegan-Michael Key, Phil LaMarr, Artie Lange, Bobby Lee, Will Sasso, Aries Spears and Debra Wilson are among the returnees.
Jan. 13 – “Rev Runs Around The World” (Travel): London and Reykjavik.
Jan. 14 – “Lip Sync Battle” (Spike): Kevin Hart vs. Olivia Munn.
HOT DOCS: “Jaco,” A full-length documentary film chronicling the life, music and ongoing influence of the mythic electric bass pioneer Jaco Pastorius of Weather Report fame, is now available on DVD/BluRay. Produced by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, the film incorporates interviews with musical visionaries including Sting, Joni Mitchell, Flea, Bootsy Collins, Wayne Shorter, Carlos Santana and many others. It is heartbreaking to watch Jaco’s descent into destruction yet a marvel to see his genius at the forefront.
TASTY QUIP: “Much like New Year’s Eve, it’ll be a night that ends with a lot of drunk, disappointed people swearing they’ll do better next year.” – CHRIS ROCK on The Oscars, which he’ll be hosting on Feb. 28.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.