BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Fishburne to present Burton with lifetime Emmy honor

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By Bill Vaughan

Entertainment Writer

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced that Tony, NAACP Image and four-time Emmy Award-winning actor, producer, director and writer Laurence Fishburne will present LeVar Burton with Lifetime Achievement honors at the first Children’s & Family Emmy Awards ceremony Dec. 11 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre.

Among collaborations between the longtime friends, Burton served as executive producer for the 2016 remake of “Roots,” which starred Fishburne. Fishburne also appeared on Burton’s podcast, “LeVar Burton Reads,” in 2019.

The Children’s & Family Emmy ceremony, which will be hosted by Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”), will be streamed live on NATAS’ dedicated viewing platform powered by Vimeo, available on the web at Watch.TheEmmys.TV and via

TICKET WATCH: Who Is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds, Vol. 1 23rd Anniversary Tour is kicking off Feb. 28 with dates in Augusta, Atlanta, Savannah, Columbia, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Newark and Brooklyn before concluding in Los Angeles June 22 at the Hollywood Bowl. Tickets are now on sale through

RED CARPET WALK: Walt Disney’s/20th Century Fox’s “Avatar: The Way of Water” is having its long-awaited Hollywood premiere, Dec. 12 at the El Capitan Theatre and the Dolby Theatre. Stars Zoe Saldana, Michelle Yeoh, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Winslet and more are expected to arrive around 5 p.m.

CAUSE WORTHY: Homecoming: A Benefit for Center Theatre Group is set for Dec. 13 launching with dinner and drinks with Otis Williams of the Temptations and the group’s longtime manager Shelly Berger; a performance by Anika Noni Rose leading into the opening night of “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations.” Call (619) 540-9159 for ticket information.

COMING SOON: With a theme of “Reimagining PAFF,” the Pan African Film Festival has announced its 31st event will take place during Black History Month, Feb. 9–19. The screenings will take place at the Cinemark Baldwin Hills and XC Theatre, with the Black fine arts festival returning to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

CLIPPETTES: The legendary Mavis Staples is paired with vocalist, pianist and songwriter Kandace Springs at Segerstrom Concert Hall on Dec. 9; while DJs Louie Vega, Mark Farina and more spin at the Globe Theatre

“Black Panther” and “Wakanda Forever” writer/director Ryan Coogler is a keynote speaker for CAAMCon Black Comics Festival, Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Later that evening, Smokey Robinson croons at YouTube Theater and Megan Thee Stallion kicks off the two-day LA3C festival with Maluna, Snoop Dogg and others scheduled

Chita Rivera entertains in a Dec. 11 matinee at Segerstrom Concert Hall. At night, Lil TJay is at The Novo

Comic/actress Ali Wong and a special guest begin a three-night stand at Largo beginning Dec. 12

Michelle Obama – The Light We Carry Tour moderated by Oprah Winfrey is happening Dec. 13 at YouTube Theater. Also that evening, Billie Eilish returns to the Kia Forum with additional shows Dec. 15-16

Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle unite for a show at Palm Springs’ Acrisure Arena on Dec. 14: as the Grammy Museum hosts a special screening of “Love, Lizzo,” followed by a post-screening conversation with the three-time Grammy Award and Emmy award winning superstar

Harry Connick, Jr. performs at the Pantages Theater on Dec. 15; as The Major.Hope Experience Live! at the Peppermint Club offers a meet and greet with the singer/actor. Also musician and producer Leikeli47 is at the Belasco Theater, and Baby Tate is at the Roxy.

TC ON TV: Dec. 9 – “Hawa” (Prime Video): A fascinatingly affecting tale of a young African-Parisian girl’s painstaking efforts to meet her idol, Michelle Obama, under the belief that the former first lady would adopt her. “Emancipation” (Apple TV+): Gut check time. Are you watching this Antoine Fuqua-directed period drama starring Will Smith? “It’s A Wonderful Binge” (Hulu): Going to recommend this based on its laugh-out-loud trailer. “Something From Tiffany’s” (Prime Video): With Kendrick Sampson (“Insecure”), Zoey Deutch and Jonica T. Gibbs (“Twenties”). “Little America” (Apple TV+): Second season of the anthology series based upon true stories with Phylica Rashad. “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” (Netflix): Also screening Dec. 15 at the Hammer Museum with the director attending. “Ticket To Paradise” (Peacock): Streaming premiere of the George Clooney/Julia Roberts romantic comedy. “The View” (ABC): H.E.R. “Battle of the Bling” (HGTV): Singer, dancer and social media influencer Todrick Hall and popular HGTV designer Kim Myles (“High Design”) will find the flashiest, most over-the-top, outrageous home in this new series. “If These Walls Could Talk” (HBO): An airing of the 1996 original Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated film examining abortion through three stories set in 1952, 1974 and 1996. Directed by Cher and Nancy Savoca, the film stars Demi Moore, Sissy Spacek, Cher, Xander Berkeley, Anne Heche, CCH Pounder, Shirley Knight and Jada Pinkett Smith who was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for her performance.

Dec. 10 – “Random Acts of Flyness” (HBO): A second season of creator Terence Nance’s avant garde Afro-driven vision. “Kirk Franklin’s The Night Before Christmas” (Lifetime): With Franklin, Naturi Naughton, Luke James and Lorea Turner. “A Christmas Fumble” (OWN): Eva Marcille is featured in the first of two holiday movies this week.

Dec. 11 – “A Christmas Prayer” (TV1): Starring Chad L. Coleman (“The Wire,” “The Walking Dead”) as a pastor. “National Christmas Tree Lighting: Celebrating 100 Years” (CBS): With LL Cool J, Yolanda Adams, Ariana DeBose, Gloria Estefan, Joss Stone, Shania Twain and more.

Dec. 12 – “Baking It” (Peacock): “Maya Rudolph & Amy Poehler’s Celebrity Holiday Special”

Dec. 13 – “Kindred” (FX on Hulu): The limited series based on Octavia E. Butler‘s profoundly influential novel premieres with all eight episodes. “Sampled” (Paramount+): Featuring artists Arlo Parks, Bas, GoldLink, Marc Rebillet and Tinashe, the series presents a visceral exploration of international cities from the viewpoint of traveling musicians on world tours, exploring Berlin, Monterrey, Amsterdam, London, Medellin and Tokyo.

Dec. 14 – “Grails” (Hulu): The six-part series profiles entrepreneurs Earl Cooper and Olajuwon Ajanaku, former Morehouse College golf champions who created the lifestyle brand Eastside Golf to promote diversity on the golf course. “National Treasure: Edge of History” (Disney+): An expansion of the movie franchise directed, and executive produced by Mira Nair with Catherine Zeta-Jones. “A New Diva’s Christmas Carol” (VH1): Idris Elba is an executive producer of this Rusty Cundieff-directed film with the all-star collective of Ashanti, Eva Marcille, Mel B, Robin Givens and Vivica A. Fox.

Dec. 15 – “Blackjack Christmas” (BET+): Filmed by Victoria Rowell in Jamaica with a cast including Island favorites Oliver Samuels and Fae Ellington, as well as Dawnn Lewis (“A Different World”). “Sesame Street” (HBO Max): Samuel L. Jackson “The Game” (Paramount+): A second season of the reboot. “Call Me Miss Cleo” (HBO Max): The once popular TV psychic pitchwoman is profiled in this documentary. “Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration” (ABC): A two-hour reimagining taped in front of a live audience with H.E.R., Josh Groban, David Alan Grier, Martin Short, Shania Twain and Rita Moreno. “The Best of All The Smoke with Matt Barnes & Stephen Jackson” (SHO): Jadakiss

END QUOTE: “You just can’t live in that negative way … make way for the positive day.” – BOB MARLEY

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, via Twitter @tastyclips, or Instagram @tasty_clips.


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