By Bill Vaughan
Beyoncé’s critically acclaimed seventh studio album “Renaissance” has topped charts around the world and has accomplished an array of streaming records. The new album debuted at No. 1 in the U.S. on the Billboard Top 200 as the year’s biggest debut by a woman. It is her seventh No. 1 debut on the album chart, the only woman to have all her albums debut at No. 1.
The album also entered at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, South Africa and Brazil. In addition, “Renaissance” became the most-streamed album on Spotify in a single day by a female artist in 2022.
“Break My Soul,” the album’s first single which arrived at midnight on the summer solstice with a sample of Big Freedia, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been called the song of the summer and an anthem for this generation.
The racy dance album, with standout tracks “Alien Superstar,” “Cuff It,” “Church Girl,” “Plastic Off The Sofa,” “Thique,” and “Move” (with Grace Jones and Tems) is easily poised to be in high rotation on air, in clubs and at fashion shows.
And Queen B isn’t through. On the heels of last weekend’s smash remix of “Break My Soul,” transformed with a fusion of Madonna’s “Vogue” and a shout-out of today’s powerhouse women vocalists, comes the hint of another audio gift.
Ron Isley of The Isley Brothers took to Instagram to announce that he and Beyoncé have been working on a version of the group’s 1975 classic “Make Me Say It Again Girl.” It arrives Aug. 12.
IN MEMORIUM: Roger E. Mosley, the veteran actor/director beloved by millions as chopper pilot “T.C.” Calvin on the original “Magnum, P.I.” television series died last week at the age of 83 due to complications from an automobile accident.
Back in 2006, Tasty Clips interviewed the L.A. native, who appeared in a host of television series before film roles in “The Mack,” Gordon Parks’ biopic “Leadbelly,” “The River Niger,” “The Greatest” (as boxer Sonny Liston) and “Semi-Tough.”
When asked why the long-proposed movie version of “Magnum P.I.” never came to fruition, he had a surprising answer.
“Tom [Selleck] waited too late to make up his mind,” revealed Mosley. “When it should’ve been done it wasn’t, and so now it will be done by someone else. We wish them luck, although I have noticed that every time they don’t have the original people in, it isn’t quite as successful.”
As for who could play his character, he offered “Maybe somebody like Anthony Anderson, if he lost some weight to get in the helicopter.”
CLIPPETTES: The 33rd annual Long Beach Jazz Festival at Rainbow Lagoon Park is being held Aug. 12-14 with a lineup including Robert Glasper, Ledisi, Sergio Mendes, Gerald Albright, AWB, Damien Escobar, Kandace Springs, Avery Sunshine, Justin-Lee Schultz and others …
Comedy is king Aug. 13 with Russell Peters at the Microsoft Theater and Margaret Cho & Friends at Largo. On the music tip, Daddy Yankee returns to The Forum and Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown moves to the Santa Barbara Bowl …
Fresh off getting a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Kenan Thompson (“SNL”) has been tapped to host the “74th Emmy Awards” airing on NBC Sept. 12 from the Microsoft Theater …
Jazz Is Dead with Gary Bartz & Theo Croker happens Aug. 14 at the Lodge Room; as Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats with Durand Jones & the Indications, and Celisse fills the bill of the Hollywood Bowl …
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Motet featuring Shira Ellis, Josh Schwartz and Chris Brouwer are at the YouTube Theater Aug. 17; as My Morning Jacket performs at Hollywood Forever Cemetery with special guest Joy Oladukun …
The Artform Studio hosts an Aug. 18 book signing with Nabil Ayers (who caused a stir with “My Life In The Sunshine: Searching For My Father and Discovering My Family” about his estranged dad Roy Ayers) and Afro-Punk creator James Spooner (whose latest book is “The High Desert) …
Meanwhile, the Hollywood Bowl hosts “American Stories” with conductor Joseph Young leading Carlos Simon’s “Portrait of a Queen,” which uses the orchestra and dramatic spoken word to trace Black history in America. Also on the program, bass-baritone Davóne Tines performs boldly re-imagined American classics with the evening closing with Aaron Copland’s quintessentially American score for “Billy the Kid.”
TASTY QUIP: “Don’t let Hulu fool you. I don’t support their story about my life. It’s not 1822. It’s 2022. They stole my life story and didn’t pay me. To Hulu executives, I’m just a n****r they can sell on the auction block. Hulu is the streaming version of the slave master.” – MIKE TYSON on the service’s upcoming series “Mike” starring Trevante Rhodes as the fighter.
TC ON TV: Aug. 12 – “Dayshift” (Netflix): Jamie Foxx, Meagan Good and Snoop Dogg star as modern-day vampire bounty hunters. “Cosmic Love” (Prime Video): In this one-of-a-kind social experiment, four individuals attempt to find their perfect spouse via astrological matchmaking at a retreat run by a mystical guide (voiced by Cree Summer). “Five Days at Memorial” (AppleTV+): From executive producer John Ridley comes this eight-episode series based on actual events surrounding the impact of Hurricane Katrina on a local hospital with Adepero Oduye (“When They See Us”) and Cornelius Smith Jr. (“Scandal”). “Post Malone: Runaway” (Freevee): A documentation of the performer’s 2019 tour. “Secret Headquarters” (Para+): A superhero comedy movie led by Owen Wilson, Michael Pena and Jesse Williams. “A League of Their Own” (Prime Video): The women’s baseball movie is reinterpreted via a hour-long series with Abbi Jacobson, Chanté Adams (“Notorious”), Gbemisola Ikumelo and Alex Désert (“Better Things”). “This Fool” (Hulu): Inspired by the life and stand-up of star and co-creator Chris Estrada, this irreverent, cinematic half-hour comedy is set in working-class South Central. Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”) is a regular. “Good Morning America” (ABC): Megan Thee Stallion “Today” (NBC): Jack Harlow
Aug. 13 – “About Her Business” (BET Her): Melba Wilson, Elisheba & Chantel Powell
Aug. 14 – “The Journey Ahead” (HMC): Holly Robinson Peete stars as a famous Hollywood actress who drives from L.A. to New York with a young wilderness expert (Kaylee Bryant). “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” (Starz): The return of the ’90s set third series in the franchise telling the origin story of the boy (MeKai Curtis) and his entry into the criminal world through his mother (Tony Award winner Patina Miller). “Tales of the Walking Dead” (AMC): A new anthology series kicking off with this episode starring Terry Crews and Olivia Munn. “Autopsy: The Last Hours Of …” (Reelz): Chadwick Boseman “United Shades of America” (CNN): The Indigenous and the #landback movement.
Aug. 15 – “Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers” (Hulu): Team owner Jeanie Buss is an executive producer along with writer Michael Mann (“Heat”) and director Antoine Fuqua. “First Take” (ESPN): Stephen A. Smith returns after over a month away recuperating from shoulder surgery. “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (NGC): “Florence Pugh in the Volcanic Rainforests of Costa Rica” “World of Flavor with Big Moe Cason” (NGC): “Bahamas Barbecue”
Aug. 17 – “Look Both Ways” (Netflix): The latest film by African Academy award winning director Wanuri Kahiu (“Rafiki”).
Aug. 18 – “Selena + Chef” (HBO Max): Chefs Adrienne Cheatham (“Sunday Best“), Gordon Ramsay, Kristen Kish, Ludo Lefebvre, DeVonn Francis and Rachael Ray enter the kitchen of the singer/actress (“Only Murders In The Building”). “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” (Disney+): Marvel’s hero/lawyer debuts in this new comedy series starring Tatiana Maslany, with guest-stars Benedict Wong, Jameela Jamil, Tim Roth, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. “60 Days In” (A&E): Back with a new twist. Now former convicts go undercover to expose jail conditions.
END QUOTE: “I have never liked the word retirement. It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me. I’ve been thinking of this as a transition, but I want to be sensitive about how I use that word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people. Maybe the best word to describe what I’m up to is evolution. – SERENA WILLIAMS announcing her departure from tennis next year.
As featured in the Los Angeles Wave and Independent, Tasty Clips is one of the leading entertainment columns in the nation, serving nearly one million weekly readers. Bill Vaughan may be reached at email@example.com, via Twitter @tastyclips, or Instagram @tasty_clips.