By Bill Vaughan
After a two-year pandemic hiatus, R&B soul legend, Bobby Brown and his wife, Alicia Etheredge-Brown, co-founders of The Bobbi Kristina Serenity House are spearheading the third annual Celebration of Serenity Gala and Golf Tournament, in support of the fight against domestic violence.
The event, taking place Oct. 16-17 at Northridge’s Porter Valley Country Club, will honor champions who lead by example and set a standard of excellence with their professional accomplishments and their personal humanitarian efforts.
Two-time Emmy-winning journalist, author and executive producer Tamron Hall will be honored with the Courage of Voice award for her humanitarian work in creating the Tamron Renate Fund to support Safe Horizon victims and raising awareness for women, children and families who have loved ones experiencing the emotional and physical abuse brought on by domestic abuse.
Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, composer and cancer survivor Angela Winbush will receive the Thrivers Award, which honors those who persevere, achieve their goals, and even surpass them, despite life-altering circumstances, as they continue to inspire and encourage others along their journey.
The star-studded event will be hosted by actress and NAACP Image Award winner Tisha Campbell, with entertainment provided by world renowned “Pass The Mic” DJ Cassidy and some very special guest artists.
“Pre-pandemic statistics show that nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner,” Brown said. “That’s more than 10 million women and men a year. These numbers have heightened more behind closed doors in the midst of the pandemic. Our foundation is committed to doing our part through the [Bobbi Kristina Serenity House} to give a voice to the voiceless.”
Founded in 2015, the Bobbi Kristina Serenity House has worked diligently to fulfill its goal of providing 24-hour crisis intervention, emergency transitional shelter, access to resources/referral services, advocacy for social change, and expert support services for survivors of domestic violence. The foundation’s primary goal is to assist in eliminating the epidemic of domestic violence against women, children, men, and families.
The Bobbi Kristina Serenity House has partnered with Brookview House in Boston, and SHARE House in Atlanta, to provide support to victims in both cities. Both foundations will oversee domestic violence calls that come through the Bobbi Kristina Serenity House hotline in their states.
For more information and tickets, visit www.bobbikristinaserenityhouse.org.
SPEAK ON IT: Nationally syndicated on-air personality Doug Banks, Bobby O’Jay of Memphis’ WDIA, Pervis Spann of Chicago’s WVON, legendary voice of the Los Angeles Lakers Chick Hearn, and singer James Brown (who was owner of Knoxville’s WJBE) are among the 10 new Legends inductees in the Radio Hall of Fame.
Recognizing those in the industry who have passed away, they have been immediately placed, but will be acknowledged formally during the ceremony to be held Nov. 1 at Chicago’s Radisson Blu Acqua Hotel. For more info, visit www.radiohalloffame.com.
CLIPPETTES: Professors Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Cornel West will come together at Loyola Marymount University on Oct. 7 as part of the “Global Conversation” series to discuss the prevalence of culture wars in the U.S. and worldwide. RSVP for free tickets at www.academics.lmu.edu/gateswest/ …
Also that evening, Penn & Teller create magic at the Kavli Theatre; Tito Puente Jr. & his Latin Jazz Orchestra are at The Venice West; and Celebrating David Bowie with Gary Oldman, Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, Angelo Moore of Fishbone and others is held at the Saban Theatre (with an additional show the following night at City National Grove of Anaheim …
Based upon a true story, “Bromates,” a new buddy comedy executive produced by Snoop Dogg starring Lil Rel Howery and Josh Brener is now in theaters. Marla Gibbs, Taryn Manning and Rob Riggle are also featured. Speaking of Snoop, it was announced that he will reunite with Dr. Dre for a new album to be called “Missionary …
Ziggy Marley leads a Family Sesh at the Grammy Museum the morning of Oct. 8. Later this day, Jeffrey Osborne sings at Hyatt Regency Newport Beach; Justin Timberlake performs for the Children’s Hospital L.A. Gala hosted by Chris Pine at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar; Jacob Banks’ North American Tour lands at The Wiltern; Matisyahu is at The Observatory; and Eddie Griffin brings laughter to the Wilshire Ebell Theatre …
Mary J. Blige’s Good Morning Gorgeous Tour with Ella Mae and Queen Naija hits The Forum on Oct. 9 …
The soulful blues of Rag’N’Bone Man is on display Oct. 10 at the Fonda Theatre …
Hip hop is in the house Oct. 11 with Joyner Lucas at The Wiltern; and Action Bronson at The Novo …
Oct. 12 finds Morcheeba at the Fonda Theatre; Lil Durk at the Hollywood Palladium; and comic actress Luenell at the Regent Theater …
The Soraya presents Malpaso Dance Company with Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble on Oct. 13; while singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko is at The Greek; DaniLeigh is at The Novo; Brazilian superstar Milton Nascimento is at the Mayan Theater; and Kenny Loggins is at The Saban.
TASTY QUIP: “That was not a fat suit, that was me.” – WHOOPI GOLDBERG on “The View” regarding a film reviewer claiming a believed prosthetic was a distraction to her performance in the biopic “Till” opening in select theaters Oct. 14 and nationwide Oct. 28.
TC ON TV: Oct. 7 – “Beast” (Peacock): The Will Packer produced feature film pitting Idris Elba vs. a lion makes its streaming debut. “Hellraiser” (Hulu): A new take on Clive Barker‘s 1987 horror classic with the iconic Pinhead now convincingly played by a woman (Jamie Clayton). “Werewolf By Night” (Disney+): Marvel’s latest comic adaptation is inspired by the horror films of the 1930s and 1940s. “The Redeem Team” (Netflix): This documentary talks to LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and uses footage of Kobe Bryant to look at the US men’s basketball team called upon to seek redemption after their shocking performance at the 2004 Olympics. “The View” (ABC): Danielle Brooks “iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 1” (CW): The legendary concert event, filmed over two nights at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, features performances by Black Eyed Peas, Diplo, Halsey, Lionel Richie, LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip, Megan Thee Stallion, Pitbull, Sam Smith and more. Part two airs the following evening. “The Tonight Show” (NBC): Killer Mike
Oct. 8 – “The Waiting Room” (BET Her): In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the fourth season features two new short films (“Oh Baby Baby” directed by Tichina Arnold and “The Pink Fight” directed by LisaRaye McCoy) about Black women battling breast cancer and following them on their journey from diagnosis and coping to healing. “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Willow [Smith] is the musical guest with Brendan Gleeson (among this year’s Oscars frontrunners for his performance in “The Banshees of Inisherin”) hosting.
Oct. 9 – “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy” (CNN): The second season fall premiere visits Calabria. “Unsung” (TV1): “Reggae Revolutions” “Let The Right One In” (SHO): Led by Oscar nominee Demián Bichir (“A Better Life”), the 10-episode series adaptation of the Swedish vampire novel and film also stars Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (“Power”), Madison Taylor Baez (“Selena: The Series”) and Kevin Carroll (“Snowfall”). “Uncensored” (TV1): Tyson Beckford
Oct. 10 – “All American: Homecoming” (CW): Legendary filmmaker Michael Schultz (“Car Wash,” “Cooley High”) directs the second season premiere of this young adult sports drama set against the backdrop of the historically Black colleges and universities experience. Geffri Maya, Peyton Alex Smith and Cory Hardrict co-star.
Oct. 11 – “Making Black America: Through the Grapevine” (PBS): “The Work of the Imagination” “Tyler Perry’s The Oval” (BET): The season four of prime-time soap opera set in the White House. “Becoming Frederick Douglass” (PBS): Stanley Nelson’s latest documentary as featured in last week’s Tasty Clips airs.
Oct. 12 – “House of Payne” (BET): The Payne family’s ninth season resumes with new challenges. Returnees include Allen Payne, Cassi Davis Patton, Demetria McKinney, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Lance Gross, and LaVan Davis as Curtis Payne. “Dark Side of Comedy” (Vice): Freddie Prinze “Tyler Perry’s Sistas” (BET): A fifth season of the group of ladies living, dating and working in Atlanta while trying to find their Mr. Right.
Oct. 13 – “Partners in Rhyme” (AllBlk): MC Lyte, Rolanda Watts, Ron G, Wesley Jonathan and Clie Wyatt Taylor are back for a second season of the Bentley Kyle Evans created sitcom about two generations of rappers. “Atlanta” (FX): Ay, Ya’ll remember how we used to hit the club and do the Pool Palace and Crank Dat and nobody got shot? Yeah, me neither.
END QUOTE: “Creativity is an energy. It’s a precious energy, and it’s something to be protected. A lot of people take for granted that they’re a creative person, but I know from experience, feeling it in myself, it is a magic; it is an energy. And it can’t be taken for granted.” – AVA DuVERNAY
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.