By Bill Vaughan
Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel of legendary hip-hop group the Fugees have reunited to announce their first world tour in 25 years and first shows in 15 years to celebrate the anniversary of 1996’s “The Score,” considered one of the greatest albums of all time with singles including “Killing Me Softly,” “Ready or Not” and “Fu-Gee-La.”
Presented by Diaspora Calling and produced by Live Nation, tickets for the 12-city international tour, which arrives at The Forum Nov. 12, will go on sale to the public beginning Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. at www.LiveNation.com.
Additional stops include Chicago, Oakland, Atlanta, Miami, a homecoming show for the New Jersey crew in Newark, D.C., Paris and London; before finishing the tour in Nigeria and Ghana.
The Fugees charitable fund will partner with Global Citizen to work on philanthropic initiatives around the tour.
In a statement, Ms. Hill said, “The Fugees have a complex but impactful history. I wasn’t even aware the 25th anniversary had arrived until someone brought it to my attention. I decided to honor this significant project, its anniversary, and the fans who appreciated the music by creating a peaceful platform where we could unite, perform the music we loved, and set an example of reconciliation for the world.”
Adds Jean, “As I celebrate 25 years with the Fugees, my first memory was that we vowed, from the gate, we would not just do music we would be a movement. We would be a voice for the un-heard, and in these challenging times, I am grateful once again, that God has brought us together.”
RED CARPET WALK: The Chi-Lites, an R&B/Soul vocal group from Chicago who ruled the charts in the 1970s with hits “Have You Seen Her,” “Oh Girl,” “Are You My Woman” and more, will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Sept. 30. It takes place at 11:30 a.m. at 7057 Hollywood Blvd., near Sycamore Avenue.
CLIPPETTES: Rosario Dawson, Lil Dicky, Favianna Rodriquez and a host of policy leaders, scientists and activists participate virtually in an annual gathering of the entertainment community to address the climate crisis. The three-day event kicks off Sept. 24 at www.hollywoodclimatesummit.com …
Later that evening, 10-time Grammy winning guitarist vocalist George Benson plays at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach; H.E.R. performs at the Santa Barbara Bowl; acclaimed jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant is joined by pianist Sullivan Fortner at The Ford; Lil Baby with special guest Lil Durk bring The Back Outside Tour to Staples Center; Felix Da Housecat spins at Sound Nightclub; and Pitbull’s I Feel Good Tour arrives at Irvine’s FivePoint Amphitheatre …
The Temptations and The Four Tops hit the stage of Viva Cantina Sept. 25; as Wizkid’s Made In Lagos Tour lands at The Wiltern; and Blood, Sweat & Tears jams at The Saban …
Keyboard master Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese are at the Hollywood Bowl Sept. 26; as Willow Smith is in concert at the Fonda Theatre …
The Black Version features the best African American improv artists Sept. 27 at the Groundlings Theater …
Spend “An Evening With Gabrielle Union” Sept. 28 at the Aratani Theatre. Says the actress/author/activist about the event, “Remember when we hit it off so well that we decided We’re Going to Need More Wine? Well, this time you and I are going to turn to our friend the bartender and ask, You Got Anything Stronger? I promise to continue to make you laugh, but with this round, the stakes get higher as the conversation goes deeper.”
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Cory Henry will perform his newest album “Best of Me” in its entirety at Gold Diggers Sept. 30; as hip hop is represented at The Novo by Earl Sweatshirt and The Alchemist.
TC ON TV: Sept. 24 – “Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3” (Amazon): A fashion show featuring the latest collection from music and fashion icon Rihanna. With performances from Nas, Jazmine Sullivan and Normani; and runway models to include Erykah Badu, Precious Lee, Jeremy Pope and Madonna’s 24-year-old daughter Lourdes Leon. “The View” (ABC): In an exclusive, Vice President Kamala Harris visits the ladies with no question off limits. “Ellen” (Syn): Arsenio Hall fills in as guest host. “Friday Night Vibes” (TBS): Bob Saget and King Bach sit in for a double feature of “Creed 2” and “Big Game.” “The Shop: Uninterrupted” (HBO): Joining Maverick Carter and Paul Rivera this time are Naomi Osaka, Wanda Sykes, Kevin Love and Jadakiss. “The Show” (SHO): A documentary going behind the scenes of The Weeknd’s Super Bowl LV halftime performance. “Back On the Record” (HBO): Bob Costas and Bomani Jones’ guests are Carmelo Anthony, Rashida Ali and filmmaker Ken Burns representing PBS’ “Muhammad Ali” docu-series and executive directors of the NBA and NFL Players Associations, Michelle Roberts and Demaurice Smith.
Sept. 26 – “Delicious Miss Brown” (Food): Kardea Brown prepares Carolina barbecue chicken wings and turkey burger sliders with Vidalia onion jam. “Global Citizen Live” (FX/ABC): Stevie Wonder, Alessia Cara, Angélique Kidjo, Black Eyed Peas, Burna Boy, Chloe x Halle, Elton John, Femi Kuti, Jennifer Lopez, Jon Batiste, Lizzo, Meek Mill, Ozuna, Ricky Martin, Nile Rodgers & Chic and many more in concert for the good of mankind. “74th Tony Awards” (Para+): Audra McDonald hosts this annual celebration of the best of the Broadway stage. “BMF” (Starz): Producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson brings the story of Detroit’s Black Mafia Family to television with the cast of Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr., the son of one of the group’s leaders, Russell Hornsby (“The Hate U Give”), Steve Harris (“The Practice”), Wood Harris (“The Wire”), La La Anthony (“The Chi”), Serayah (“Empire”) and Snoop Dogg. “Broadway’s Back” (CBS): A post awards concert hosted by Leslie Odom Jr. with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Idina Menzel, André De Shields, Chita Rivera, BD Wong and a performance by the cast of “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.” “Talking Dead” (AMC): Yvette Nicole Brown and Lauren Ridloff “Uncensored” (TV1): Swizz Beats
Sept. 27 – “Celebrity IOU Joyride” (Disc+): Mary J. Blige “Bob Hearts Abishola” (CBS): They may jump the broom in this episode set in Nigeria. “Lost Treasures of Egypt” (NGC): “Cleopatra, Egypt’s Last Pharoah”
Sept. 28 – “Ada Twist, Scientist” (Netflix): Amanda Christine, Susan Kelechi Watson and Taye Diggs are the featured voices of this animated series about a pint-sized genius and her two best friends. “Speak Sis” (OWN): Oprah Winfrey and a diverse panel including Kym Whitley and Adrienne Bankert discuss how self-care, healing, and a little laughter is changing the conversation around mental health. “La Brea” (NBC): A massive sinkhole opens in the middle of L.A. exposing a whole new medieval world. “Our Kind of People” (Fox): Embattled Pastor John Gray guest-stars as himself.
Sept. 30 – “Queenpins” (Para+): Inspired by a true story, this comedy movie is about a couple of friends (Kristen Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste) who launch a multi-million-dollar counterfeit coupon scheme. Vince Vaughn and singer Bebe Rexha co-star. “Noted: Alicia Keys The Untold Stories” (YouTube): A four-part documentary series combining the documentary and performance worlds in a way fans never have seen before. “Law & Order: Organized Crime” (NBC): Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”) joins the series in a recurring role. “Big Sky” (ABC): The mystery drama starring Kylie Bunbury and Katheryn Winnick as a detective team returns.
IN MEMORIUM: The world knew SARAH DASH (who died this week at the age of 76) as a gifted soprano, founding member of superstar group LaBelle, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones’ go-to singer and an activist working for the betterment of her hometown Trenton, New Jersey. I knew her as one of this column’s first and longtime celebrity supporters.
Among other things, she would write how blessed she felt to be at her kitchen table reading and absorbing my info. Sarah somehow knew just when an encouraging word was needed. Here is one of the last passages this angel sent. May it provide the comfort intended …
Small Straws In A Soft Wind by Marsha Burns: Circumstances and changes in your life have left you feeling a little unstable and unsure of where you are. However, if you will examine your current position, you will see that you are actually much better off than you think. What you had to do was inevitable and vital to spiritual advancement, says the Lord. Continue your upward climb and be thankful. Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
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.