Culver City High wins Grammy award

CULVER CITY — The Grammy Museum has announced that Culver City High School has been selected a Grammy Signature Schools Enterprise Award recipient for 2017 for its quality music program.

“We are honored to receive this special recognition by the Grammy Foundation,” said Tony Spano, Culver City High School music teacher. “In order to provide the opportunities our students deserve, it takes a variety of support – from grants, fundraising and donations. It takes the school, district, Culver City Education Foundation and partnerships to help us sustain an active music program. With this grant, we can continue to be an innovative and challenging arts education program.”

The award will give $5,000 per year for three years to the Culver City High School music program to support the professional teaching artists who work with the music students in the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts. An additional $2,500 per year for three years will be available for field trips, festivals and other needs of the program.

Each of the schools selected for his honor was also given a full-tuition scholarship to Grammy Camp this summer, valued at $2,500. Spano and music faculty member David Brennan chose freshman Rowan Adams Waters to represent Culver City at the Grammy Camp.

“I am very grateful to Dr. Spano, Dr. Brennan and the Grammy Foundation for selecting me to go to Grammy Camp this year,” Waters said. “I am very excited and looking forward to everything that I will learn this summer. We’re very grateful to have the support of the Grammy Foundation to help continue what we’re doing in the music program.”

Other area high schools honored were Huntington Park High, Manual Arts High and Robert Fulton College Preparatory School, all in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Spike’s MJ doc to drop

After its Sundance Film Festival premiere later this month and a broadcast on Showtime Feb. 5, the new documentary “Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall” will be made available to fans in an exclusive CD/DVD and CD/Blu Ray package along with the revolutionary 1979 recording on Feb. 26.

Producer and director Spike Lee has assembled a wealth of footage, including material from Michael’s personal archive, interviews with contemporary talents and family members, and Michael’s own words and image to create this chronicle from the star’s early rise to fame through the release of this seminal album forged with legendary producer Quincy Jones.

Lee Daniels, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Misty Copeland, Kobe Bryant, Mark Ronson, John Legend, Questlove, Katherine Jackson, Joe Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Jackie Jackson, L.A. Reid and more offer their insights on the importance of the album recorded when Jackson was just 20 years old.

“Off the Wall” spawned the hits “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough,” “Rock With You,” “Workin’ Day and Night,” “She’s Out of My Life,”  “I Can’t Help It,” and the title track.  As of 2014, it has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, with those numbers expected to rise again.

STARGAZING: ABC’s “black-ish,” Starz’s “Power,” Fox’s “Empire” and “Scream Queens,” and FX’s “American Horror Story: Hotel” are the first honorees for the 33rd annual PaleyFest L. A. (March 11-20) at the Dolby Theatre.  Fans will have access to special screenings and exclusive conversations with the cast and creative minds behind these TV shows with more series to be announced next week. Tickets go on sale beginning Jan. 15 through

RESPECT: The Grammy Museum is celebrating the opening of its latest exhibit, “Respect! Otis Redding and the Revolution of Soul,” with a special evening program featuring guest appearances by members of the Redding Family, including his wife Zelma Redding, daughter Karla Redding-Andrews, and sons Dexter Redding and Otis Redding III.  It’s all happening on Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at The Grammy Museum at L.A. LIVE. Tickets can be purchased at for $25.

TASTY QUIP: “Am I a dog or a slave to be misled so as to be controlled in my artistic expression?” — Tony Award-winning actress TONYA PINKINS upon exiting a new off-Broadway production of Bertolt Brecht’s play “Mother Courage and Her Children” over creative differences.

CLIPPETTES: Lionsgate is doing a revamp with “Robin Hood: Origins” casting Jamie Foxx as Little John …

The R&B Rewind Fest plays the Microsoft Theatre on Jan. 16 with Bobby Brown, Guy, Ginuwine, Tony Toni Tone’, Next, Michel’le, 112 and Hi-Five …

Michael Strahan will host the return of the game show “$100,000 Pyramid” for ABC …

Crooner Brian McKnight is in concert on Jan. 17 at the Saban Theatre …

Danai Gurira (Michonne on “The Walking Dead”) will play Tupac’s mom Afeni Shakur in the upcoming biopic “All Eyez on Me” …

Rapper Lupe Fiasco invades the area for two shows: Jan. 17 at Anaheim’s House of Blues and Jan. 18 at the Fonda Theatre …

Fresh off her Kennedy Center Honors, Rita Moreno has been announced as co-star of the Latino remake of Norman Lear’s sitcom “One Day At A Time” for Netflix …

Russell Simmons will be signing copies of his new book, “The Happy Vegan: A Guide to Living a Long, Healthy, Successful Life” at Barnes and Noble/The Grove on Jan. 20 …

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will give legendary actor Sidney Poitier its highest accolade, the Fellowship, on Valentine’s Day.

TC ON TV: Jan. 17 – “Eyes on the Prize I & II” (World): The groundbreaking civil rights series returns. “The 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards (A&E, Lifetime): Abraham Attah (“Beasts of No Nation”), RJ Cyler (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) and Shameik Moore (“Dope”) are up for Best Young Actor. “Justice For MLK: The Hunt For James Earl Ray” (AHC): Follows investigators and their efforts in nabbing this killer. “Angie Tribeca” (TBS): Rashida Jones’ cop dramedy is premiering with an unprecedented commercial free marathon of the first season.  “The Real Housewives of Potomac” (Bravo): The cast includes Charrisse Jackson Jordan, wife of former Lakers assistant coach Eddie Jordan, who credits living apart as the secret to their marriage working. Also Gizell Bryant, survivor of a scandalous divorce from megachurch pastor/activist Jamal Bryant. “Mercy Street” (PBS): A diverse ensemble is featured in this Civil War based drama.

Jan. 18 – “The Merv Griffin Show” (GETTV): Rebroadcast of an episode from June 1967 with Martin Luther King Jr. and Harry Belafonte. “Masterchef Celebrity Showdown” (Fox): Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker; Rebecca and Terry Crews; and Kaitlin Doubleday and Ta’Rhonda Jones from “Empire” compete for charity. “AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange” (World): Returns for an eighth season hosted by Jussie Smollett.

TASTY QUIP: “Find a cause you love.  It’s ok to just pick one. You are going to need to spend a lot of time out in the real world trying to figure out how to stop being a lost loser so one cause is good. But find one. And devote some time every week to it. And while we are discussing this, let me say a thing. A hashtag is not helping. Hashtags are very pretty on Twitter. I love them. I will hashtag myself into next week. But a hashtag is not a movement. A hashtag does not make you Dr. King.” – SHONDA RHIMES from her book, “Year of Yes”

“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