By Bill Vaughan
Reggaeton superstar J Balvin, considered one of the most crucial figures in today’s music, is counting on his more than 17 million followers and more to join him on TikTok for a special live concert on the platform airing at 3 p.m. Sept. 12.
Marked by the visual inventiveness and high production value characteristic of his performances, the upcoming hour-long set will include classics and tracks from the highly anticipated album “Jose” arriving Sept. 10 via Universal Music Latino.
The follow-up to his multi-platinum “Colores” (more than 4.5 billion streams), finds the Colombian-born global pop sensation experimenting with genre, collaborating with fellow stars like Skrillex and Khalid.
The album is home to recent singles like “Un Dia,” which has more than 400 million streams to date, “Qué Más Pues?,” a collaboration with Argentinian singer Maria Becerra that trended on TikTok to the tune of 1.1 million video creations, and the new single “Que Locura.”
Recently, he’s been duetting fans who’ve used his new song “In Da Getto” in their videos, helping drive the single to more than 620,000 video creations on the app.
“I love TikTok and seeing all of the amazing things that my fans are doing with my music as a soundtrack,” Balvin said. “It feels spontaneous and interactive in a way I haven’t felt with fans in a long time. I get inspired when I open up TikTok to see what they’re doing, and it encourages me to find new ways to present my music and keep things fresh!”
CAUSE WORTHY: “Many Hearts, One Dream: A ‘Hole’ Celebration of Camp Magic, feting the Paul Newman founded The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, is streaming for free on Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. Blair Underwood, Bubba Watson, Vanessa Williams, Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Bradley Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal, Christopher Jackson, Nikki M. James, Lea Salonga, Phillipa Soo and Corbin Bleu are among the gala participants at www.holeinthewallgang.org/manyhearts.
RADIO HONORS: The inaugural Salute THEM Awards My HBCU Joy edition brings to a close National HBCU Week on Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. streaming via AARP Black Community Facebook page and www.SaluteTHEMAwards.com, with an encore at 7 p.m. on BNC.
Café Mocha’s Loni Love, Yo-Yo and Angelique Perrin host with tribute performances from Kierra Sheard-Kelly, Kevin Ross, Howard University Gospel Choir and the Southern University “Human Jukebox” Marching Band.
The honorees are actress/comedienne Kym Whitley, RCA Inspiration President Phil Thornton, Black College Expo founder Dr. Theresa Price, Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Dr. Valerie Daniels-Carter, hip hop artist/actor/activist David Banner, Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the United Negro College Fund.
The 2021 Radio Hall of Fame will induct a number of legendary voices this year including Don Cornelius, Frankie Crocker, Petey Greene, Jocko Henderson, Chuck Leonard, Melvin Lindsay, Ron Lundy, “Murray The K” Kaufman, “Paco“ Navarro, Eddie O’Jay, Rufus Thomas, Martha Jean “The Queen“ Steinberg, Allison Steele, Nat D. Williams, Dan Patrick, Kim Komando and others. The in-person induction ceremony takes place Oct. 28 at Chicago’s Wintrust Grand Banking Hall.
TASTY QUIP: “I want all of y’all to stop talking about hair to me, please. I swear to you, these are the things I can do: I can run a company, I can build a house, I can go on stage. I do all of this stuff. I know what I do. I don’t know how to do hair. I don’t know nothing about it.” – TYLER PERRY on Twitter to those critical of the hairstyles of the actresses on his shows
CLIPPETTES: For the first time anywhere, “Black Panther in Concert” with the L.A. Phil performing Ludwig Göransson’s Oscar-winning score live to picture will be staged at the Hollywood Bowl for three nights beginning Sept. 10 with special guest Baaba Maal …
Morris Day & The Time and Cameo with special guests The S.O.S. Band, The Bar-Kays, The Original Lakeside, Club Nouveau and Yarborough & Peoples play The Greek on Sept. 11; as DJ Quik headlines The Observatory OC; and Maluma brings his tour to Ontario’s Toyota Arena …
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center hosts Beachlife Festival 2021 with Ziggy & Stephen Marley (Performing Songs of Bob Marley), Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Gary Clark Jr., Thievery Corporation and more Sept. 12 from noon to 10 p.m. …
Guitarist duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela with David Keenan hit Anaheim’s House of Blues on Sept. 15; as Theophilus London brings his ‘Bebey, It’s Never Too Late Tour to 1720 LA; and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram with The Peterson Brothers light the stage of the El Rey Theatre …
The rescheduled John Legend concert is happening Sept. 16 at the Santa Barbara Bowl; as old-school rhythm-and-blues-powered rock’n’soul group Vintage Trouble hits The Ford. Their opening act is Lady Blackbird aka L.A.-based singer Marley Munroe who was dubbed “The Grace Jones of Jazz” by BBC’s Gilles Peterson. She will perform selections from her debut album “Black Acid Soul.”
TASTY QUIP: “People are going to think what they think. People have called me a racist for ‘Do the Right Thing.’ People said in ‘Mo’ Better Blues’ I was antisemitic. ‘She’s Gotta Have It,’ that was misogynist. People are going to just think what they think. And you know what? I’m still here, going on four decades of filmmaking.” – SPIKE LEE (whose forced re-edited final episode of his excellent “NYC Epicenters 9/11>2021 ½” premieres Sept. 11 on HBO) to the NY Times
TC ON TV: Sept. 10 – “The Voyeurs” (Amazon): Justice Smith (“The Getdown,” “Jurassic World”) and Sydney Sweeney play a couple whose spying gets them caught up in a dangerous cat and mouse situation. “Pretty Hard Cases” (IMDBTV): Adrienne C. Moore (“Orange Is The New Black”) stars in this 10-episode irreverent buddy-cop series following two radically different female detectives in their early 40s. “The View” (ABC): Star Jones is the first of returning co-hosts sitting in celebration of the show’s 25th season. “Friday Night Vibes” (TBS): Cari Champion and Chelsea Handler join Tiffany Haddish and Deon Cole for the double feature of “Suicide Squad” and “The Equalizer.”
Sept. 12 – “2021 MTV Video Music Awards” (MTV): Doja Cat hosts with performances by Lil Nas X, Chlöe (of Chloe x Halle), Olivia Rodrigo, Camila Cabello, Polo G, Justin Bieber and more. “Redemption In Cherry Springs” (HMC): Famed fixer turned executive producer Judy Smith (“Scandal”) has teamed with Hallmark for this movie mystery starring Rochelle Aytes (“S.W.A.T.”), Keith Robinson (“Saints & Sinners”) and Frankie Faison (“Grey’s Anatomy”). “Uncensored” (TV1): Tommy Davidson
Sept. 13 – “Y: The Last Man” (FX on Hulu): A drama series based on DC Comics’ acclaimed series of the same name by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, set in a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic event decimates every mammal with a Y chromosome but for one cisgender man and his pet monkey. All episodes of the season will be directed by women with the production consisting of a significant number of female department heads. “Celebrity IOU Joyride” (Disc+): Danny Trejo
Sept. 14 – “Level Playing Field” (HBO): A sports documentary series featuring a range of stories that illuminate how public policies have contributed to inequities in the sports landscape and society at large. With insights from sports and policy changemakers including the WNBA’s Elizabeth Williams, U.S. senators Cory Booker and Raphael Warnock, Rep. Joaquin Castro, and sports journalist Jemele Hill among others.
Sept. 16 – “The Harper House” (Para+): The voices of Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”), Gary Anthony Williams (“The Neighborhood“), Jason Lee (“Alvin and The Chipmunks”) and Tatiana Maslany (the upcoming “Marvel’s She-Hulk”) are featured in this animated series about a family of oddballs moving into their inherited Victorian fixer-upper.
IN MEMORIUM: “I remember you speaking of mortality, like you did in your post last year about Kobe. In it, you wonder how you’ll be remembered and what your legacy will be. Maya Angelou once said, your legacy lives on in every life you touch. You, brother, touched many. Through your personal interactions big and small, through your community activism, through your struggles, through your triumphs, through your glorious work. You moved many. You moved me. What you doubted in life, be certain of now, dear brother. Be certain. You were a flash of love — now gone. But never forgotten.” – On actor MICHAEL KENNETH WILLIAMS (“The Wire,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Hap and Leonard,” “Lovecraft Country”) who died at the age of 54 from 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, via Twitter @tastyclips, or Instagram @tasty_clips.