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“Friday,” the classic comedy revolving around a day in the life of a couple of South Central slackers, is being celebrated next week with a special theatrical showing of “Friday 20th Anniversary: Director’s Cut” at 7:30 p.m. April 20 at select theaters.

In addition to this super-sized version, the event will spotlight “Friday Straight Up,” a 24-minute featurette that includes behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com, or at participating theater box offices.

Earlier this week, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) unveiled a vinyl reissue of the double-platinum selling soundtrack from the film featuring a special 3D “smoking gun” lenticular album cover and the songs by hip-hop pioneers Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Cypress Hill, 2 Live Crew, Scarface, and Mack 10, as well as funk and R&B legends Rick James, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, The Isley Brothers, Rose Royce and Roger Troutman.

Today, a new generation is evoking a catch phrase from the film: “Bye, Felicia!”  Angela Means, the actress who brought that neighborhood nuisance to life, first heard that it had gone viral in the same conversation that she found out her son, Brad Kaaya, was accepted to play QB at the University of Miami.

“A good friend said it to me at the end of the call,” she revealed.  “I was like, ‘You old a– ancient Negro.’  He was like ‘Ancient?  Angie, Bye Felicia is trending. Just go into Twitter and put that in the search.’  I was like ‘What the?  Wow!’”

Now she’s recognized around the world and has started a Bye Felicia Facebook page.  As for the character, Means claims she wasn’t a crackhead, but instead a pretty girl who was just a little ratchet.

“She just wanted to borrow the craziest stuff from people,” she explained. “I think right now Felicia is probably wealthy because she never spent her own money.  She knew the basis of business way before anyone else.  She probably owns half the ‘hood by now.”

“FRIDAY” TODAY: Ice Cube has two sequels on the way: “Ride Along 2” and “Barbershop 3″…

Chris Tucker was cast in “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” an Ang Lee film with Vin Diesel and Steve Martin.  His stand-up routine, taped at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, will premiere exclusively on Netflix July 10….

Nia Long will star with Mike Epps in the TV version of “Uncle Buck” and “The Best Man Wedding”…

Director F. Gary Gray has the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” opening Aug. 14…

Tommy “Tiny” Lister (Deebo) is co-starring in “Johnny Dynamo” enjoying a second season on YouTube.

DISC-OVERY:  April 18 is Record Store Day with special limited releases (vinyl) slated from A$AP Rocky, Jeff Beck, Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli), David Bowie, Cassandra Wilson/Billie Holiday, James Cotton, D’Angelo, Miles Davis, J Dilla, Marvin Gaye, Grandmaster Flash, Jimi Hendrix,  Jurassic 5, Kid Cudi, Bob Marley, Charlie Parker, Jaco Pastorius, Otis Redding, Rick Ross, Sly and the Family Stone, Sugarhill Gang, Dionne Warwick, Junior Wells, Wu-Tang Clan, Larry Young, Junior Brown, Buena Vista Social Club, George Clinton, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, MC Lyte, Thelonious Monk, Run The Jewels, and Sun Ra, among others.

For participating locations, visit: recordstoreday.com.

THE ROMANTIC: Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Kenny Lattimore released his new album, “Anatomy of a Love Song,” this week.  The first single, “Love Me Back” is currently #16 at Urban AC radio and growing. Lattimore also is confirmed for an intimate performance and discussion of his new music for The Drop, a special event at The Grammy Museum (800 W. Olympic Blvd.) at 8 p.m. April 20.

CLIPPETTES:  Spike Lee is slated to direct a Chicago-based drama called “Chiraq” for Amazon Studios with Samuel L. Jackson, Common, Jeremy Piven and Kanye West being eyed as cast members…

Performances from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will air at 9 p.m. April 17-19 on AXS TV…

Tavis Smiley, Octavia Spencer, Aarti Sequeira, Nelson George, Issa Rae, Eric Jerome Dickey, Malcolm Gladwell, and Cynthia Bond are but a few of the authors making presentations at the free L.A. Times Festival of Books at USC this weekend…

Fox TV is looking for a husband and wife talk show with Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker getting the first trial in July, to be followed by Ice-T and Coco…

Phylicia Rashad is sitting in the director’s chair for the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum production “Immediate Family,” presented at the venue April 22 thru June 7. Cynda Williams (“Mo Better Blues”) is featured in the comedy…

Stanley Nelson has started a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to support a theatrical release of his latest documentary, “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” which was featured at the Pan African Film Festival earlier this year…

R&B/Funk band Orgone is in North Hollywood at The Federal Bar on April 22 in celebration of their Shanachie debut album, to be released six days later…

TASTY QUIP: “I was born a crime.  As a family we couldn’t live normally together.  In the streets, my father had to walk on the other side of the road.  My mom could walk with me but if the police showed up, then she had to let go of my hand, drop me and act like I wasn’t hers.  It was horrible.  I felt like a bag of weed.” – Future “Daily Show” host TREVOR NOAH on growing up in a mixed family in South Africa.

TC ON TV: April 17 – “Bama State Style” (LIFETIME): The famed Mighty Marching Hornets, known for their mashups with Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke at the MTV VMAs, are the focus…

April 18 – “2015 TV Land Awards” (TVLAND/NICK): The busy Terry Crews, who is giving up “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” hosts…

April 20 – “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” (VH1): 90 min. 4th season premiere… “StarTalk” (NGC): Premier astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson leads this “mixture of comedy, science and pop culture, fully blended.”

April 22 – “R&B Divas LA Reunion (TV1): Wendy Williams returns to host this two-part special… “The Prancing Elites Project” (OXYGEN): Docu-series about a J-Setting dance crew.

TASTY QUIP: “In Shondaland, our shows look like how the world looks. Everyone can see themselves when they turn on the TV on Thursday nights on ABC. To me, that was not some difficult brave special decision I made. It was a human one, because I am a human.

“It wasn’t something we had to bravely fight for, because ABC is also full of humans. This is not the Jim Crow south. We’re not ignorant, so why wouldn’t we [cast that way]? I still can’t believe I get asked about it all the time, as if being normal, TV looking like the normal world, is an innovation.” – SHONDA RHIMES upon entering the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

“Tasty Clips” is an entertainment column published in The Wave to update readers on the activities and accomplishments of black celebrities and artists on television, in music and at the movies. To reach Bill Vaughan, send email to tastyclips@yahoo.com.