BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Ruth Carter to discuss her costumes at Academy Museum

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By Bill Vaughan

Entertainment Writer

Two-time Academy Award–winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter (“Black Panther,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”) is coming to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on July 29 to discuss her illustrious career. 

The program will visually explore her early work, iconic characters and new book “The Art of Ruth E. Carter: Costuming Black History and the Afrofuture, from Do the Right Thing to Black Panther.”

Over three decades in film, television, and theater, Carter has earned 70 film credits and collaborated with prolific directors, including Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler. 

Her costumes, based on real and imaginative characters, provide an arc to the narratives of African Americans in films as varied as “Malcolm X,” “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” “Amistad,” “The Butler,” “Selma,” “Marshall,” “Dolemite Is My Name” and “Coming 2 America.” 

The impact of her career in filmmaking has been recognized with the Costume Designers Guild’s Career Achievement Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She is also a member of the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Some of Carter’s outstanding work, which catapulted her into history as the first Black woman to win multiple Academy Awards in any category and the first costume designer to win for the first film and its sequel, is featured in the museum’s Inventing Worlds and Characters: Encounters gallery in the Stories of Cinema exhibition. 

For more information on the event and opportunities to obtain a personally signed copy of the book, call 323-930-3000, or visit: 

TASTY QUIP: “I probably will not end up marrying someone famous. Famous people really aren’t that, like, anything. They’re not that intriguing.” – DRAKE on “The Really Good Podcast”

CLIPPETTES: The stars are lining up to take part in Quincy Jones’ 90th Birthday Tribute: A Musical Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl. The lineup for the two-night soiree on July 28 & 29 includes H.E.R., Jennifer Hudson, Samara Joy, BJ The Chicago Kid, Patti Austin, Angélique Kidjo, Ibrahim Maalouf, Siedah Garrett, Alfredo Rodriguez, Sheléa and more  

In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Tiffany Haddish of “The Haunted Mansion” spoke about her breakup with pandemic boyfriend Common. “It wasn’t mutual,” she said. “It was more him saying, ‘I think this relationship has run its course.’ And I was like, ‘OK. Like you gonna be a 50-year-old single man. OK?’”

Boyz II Men, Ne-Yo and Robin Thicke unite July 29 for a concert at Toyota Arena; while the LA Salsa Fest is held at Crypto.Com Arena with Willie Colón, El Gran Combo, Victor Manuelle, Jerry Rivera and others  

Also that night, Native & African-American vocalist, songwriter, composer and educator Martha Redbone Roots Project is presented at Grand Performances; and the Robert Cray Band bring the blues to Lobero Theatre  

SAG-AFTRA Foundation president Courtney B. Vance announced that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has made a seven-figure donation in support of its striking workers. “This is him saying, ‘In such a time as this, I’m here and I’m not going anywhere, whatever you need me to do.’ And that sends a huge message to other folks to do the same thing,” Vance told Variety  

Vanessa Bell Calloway and Howard Hewitt host the 21st annual Christmas in July White Party (and tribute to the legacy of “The Godfather of LA Nightlife” Roland Wirt) at the Hyatt Regency LAX on July 30; as vocalists Grady Harrell and Marva King sing at Catalina Bar & Grill  

Music from Travis Scott’s upcoming album “Utopia” is previewed in a new movie. “Circus Maximus,” described as “a mind-bending visual odyssey across the globe,” is playing at AMC theaters nationwide this weekend  

Killer Mike is performing a solo show at Theatre at Ace Hotel on July 31  

Dave Chappelle headlines at Toyota Arena on Aug. 2; as Alicia Keys brings her tour to The Forum; and Tears For Fears play the Hollywood Bowl

Meanwhile, guitarists Joe Bonamassa and Eric Gales rock the Vina Robles Amphitheatre and the Coach House respectively  

Here comes The Swifties! Taylor Swift plays SoFi Stadium on Aug. 3; as the Lodge Room presents Vieux Farka Touré

In solidarity with striking WGA & SAG-AFTRA workers, Snoop Dogg has canceled a pair of October shows at the Hollywood Bowl that were to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his landmark album “Doggystyle.” 

TASTY QUIP: “If you want to come to my show and you want to sit there and eat a bowl of potato salad with a baseball hat down to your nose, that’s what you choose to do. You gotta let the fans do what they want to do. What about the thousands of people who aren’t doing that? What, you got rules? No yellow shirts!” – LL COOL J to “Mercedes in the Morning” on country singer Miranda Lambert stopping her show and admonishing selfie-taking fans.

TC ON TV: July 28 – “This Fool” (Hulu): Chris Estrada is back as the lowkey Julio in the second season of this irreverent, cinematic half-hour comedy set in working-class South Central Los Angeles. 

July 29 – “Deliciously Twisted Classics” (A&E): Features a panel of celebrity chefs and culinary influencers including Gina Neely, Aarti Sequeira, Leah Cohen, Rocco DiSpirito and more as they sample the most delicious and extravagant spins on familiar dishes. 

July 30 – “Joe Pickett” (Paramount+): Whoa! Last week’s penultimate episode brought the goods so this should be a fine season finale. “$100,000 Pyramid” (ABC): Larry Wilmore vs. Tisha Campbell; Yvette Nicole Brown vs. Mark Duplass “Dark Winds” (AMC/Sundance): Prolific actor Zahn McClarnon returns as a 1970s Navajo police officer in the 1970s Southwest for this suspenser executive produced by George R.R. Martin (“Game of Thrones”). “See It Loud: The History of Black Television” (CNN): “Keeping It Real” goes inside how reality television, talk shows and competition series are among the leading forms of television showcasing Black culture and talent.

Aug. 1 – “Mixtape” (Paramount+): In celebration of hip hop’s 50th anniversary, this documentary explores the history of mixtape culture with Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe, 2 Chainz, Big Boi, Kid Capri, KRS-One, DJ Bobbito, Fat Joe, Funkmaster Flex, The Game, Grandmaster Caz, Jeezy, Kool DJ Red Alert, Mike Tyson, Shaq and more. An official soundtrack, “The Def Tape,” will be released later this month via Def Jam Recordings.

Aug. 2 – “Hijack” (Apple TV+): A season ender for the series best coined as “Idris Elba on a plane!” “Reservation Dogs” (Hulu): The breakout indigenous coming-of-age comedy series begins its third and final season. After finally reaching Cali, the teens must figure out their way back home. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3” (Disney+): The Marvel blockbuster comes to home screens. “Poisoned: The Dirty Truth About Your Food” (Netflix): Exposes how decades of apathy and malfeasance have left the American food supply and its consumers vulnerable to deadly pathogens like e. Coli and salmonella. “Big Brother” (CBS): A new group of houseguests convene for the summer show’s 25th season. 

Aug. 3 – “Lollapalooza” (Hulu): Jazmine Sullivan, Lil Baby and Mettalica are the featured performers livestreamed from the Chicago festival. “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” (Peacock): The hit videogame adaptation featuring the voices of Chris Pratt, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Cree Summer, Khary Payton, Seth Rogan and others has its streaming premiere. 

END QUOTE: “People would rather believe that Jamie [Foxx] is now a Clone or AI, than the man was just seriously sick and damn near died. … ‘Cause he doesn’t look EXACTLY the same??? YOU look different after a bad cold!“ – ICE-T 

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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