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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Kristoff St. John gets his ‘Young and Restless’ sendoff

CBS’ long-running daytime drama “The Young and The Restless” will pay tribute to late cast member Kristoff St. John’s character Neil Winters with a four-day storyline reflecting on his unexpected passing to begin April 23.

Returning for episodes to air through April 26 are Shemar Moore, the “S.W.A.T.” star who portrayed Neil’s brother Malcolm Winters from 1994 through 2005; and St. John’s longtime friend and “Roots: The Next Generation” castmate Stan Shaw, who will play the officiating Reverend.

Following the TV funeral that day, “The Talk” will devote a show to the actor, whose death at 52 on Feb. 3 was ruled an accident from hypertrophic heart disease, with former co-stars Victoria Rowell, Christel Khalil and Bryton James.

In addition, a special “”Young and The Restless” episode will air on April 29 with remembrances and clips of St. John’s 28 years with the series.

JUST REWARDS: Mahershala Ali, Chance The Rapper, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Selena Gomez, Winnie Harlow, Natalie Portman, Hailee Steinfeld, will.i.am, Neil Patrick Harris, Karamo Brown, Pentatonix and Meghan Trainor are just a few of the speakers and performers confirmed to appear at WE Day California, taking place at the “Fabulous” Forum April 25. 

The show, which is free of charge to students and educators across the U.S. who earn their way via activism on one local and one global issue of their choice, will be filmed for a national one-hour television special to air on ABC, Aug. 9.  For details, visit: www.we.org.

TICKET WATCH: By popular demand, legendary Parliament-Funkadelic leader George Clinton is extending his One Nation Under A Groove retirement tour for another month with 13 new shows added. 

Cities gifted with the extra dates include Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Houston where it ends on Aug. 25. An Aug. 2 evening at the Greek Theater was previously announced with Fishbone, Dumpstaphunk, and Miss Velvet & The Pink Wolf.  For info and tickets, visit www.onenationunderagroovetour.com.

Mary J. Blige and Nas are teaming for a co-headlining 22-stop North American tour with tickets going on sale April 19 through LiveNation.com. No L.A. dates have been announced yet, but it does hit The Joint in Las Vegas on Aug. 16 and 17, without Nas at this time, though.

CLIPPETTES:  Lena Waithe and Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”) are joining the cast of HBO’s “Westworld” when it returns for a third season next year. Waithe continues to make waves with BET ordering a new series “Twenties” from the exec producer of the network’s hit reboot of “Boomerang”

The free Earth Day Music Festival with Eric Benet, Kenny Latimore, ConFunkShun, Shanice, Club Nouveau and more begins at 10 a.m. on the South Lawn at Inglewood’s City Hall April 20 … 

Also that evening, the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center presents half-Japanese composer, jazz pianist and live electronic artist Mark de Clive-Lowe’s Heritage II: Transmissions From The Past To The Future Album Release Concert on April 20 at the Aratani Theatre

Priyanka Chopra and Mindy Kaling are teaming for an upcoming Indian wedding comedy movie, which the latter is writing and possibly directing

A parade of heroic actors will walk the red carpet for the Hollywood premiere of Marvel’s “The Avengers: Endgame” April 22 at the El Capitan Theatre. Arrivals are expected to run from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

James “Jimmy Jam” Harris & Terry Lewis released their new single “Til I Found You” featuring the first act they ever signed – Sounds of Blackness. It’s from their upcoming summer compilation album “Jam & Lewis: VOLUME ONE” …    

Oscar winner Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”) is now casting for his Amazon series adaptation of Colton Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Underground Railroad” with three main roles going to South African native Thuso Mbedu (“Shuga”), Aaron Pierre (“Krypton”) and Chase W. Dillon (“First Wives Club”)

The world and entertainment industry lost one of its finest publicists, Mary Moore, earlier this month. She was a beautiful soul and longtime friend of this column who arranged some of our finest interviews with the likes of actor Marcus Scribner (“black-ish”), comic actress Luenell and beloved R&B vocalist Lenny Williams. Our condolence to her family and may she rest in heavenly peace! 

TASTY QUIP: “A boss mindset can mean a few things. It doesn’t have to mean that you’re the leader. It’s a comfort. It’s a feeling that you have when you feel strong and you feel powerful. It’s the black girl magic that we all have.” – MARSAI MARTIN (Executive producer and star of “Little”) on Luvvie Ajayi’s “Rants & Randomness” podcast. 

TC ON TV: April 19 – “Someone Great” (Netflix): Gina Rodriquez (“Jane The Virgin”) and DeWanda Wise (“She’s Gotta Have It”) team up for this girls trip comedy. “Ramy” (Hulu): Ramy Youssef portrays a first generation Egyptian-American who is on a spiritual journey in his politically divided New Jersey neighborhood. “The New Negroes With Baron Vaughn And Open Mike Eagle” (Comedy/BET): Socially aware stand-up and music performances are presented in this series inspired from the term popularized during the Harlem Renaissance.

April 20 – “Grass Is Greener” (Netflix): Hip-Hop legend Fab 5 Freddy directs and narrates this documentary on America’s complicated relationship with weed featuring Snoop Dogg, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and more in time for 4/20. “I Am Somebody’s Child” (Lifetime): Author and motivational speaker Regina Louise‘s personal experiences are adapted for this film telling the journey of a young African-American girl who is denied a home due to a racially motived ruling. “How High 2” (MTV): The 2001 stoner classic gets a sequel with Mike Epps reprising his role as ‘Baby Powder’ alongside an all-star cast including Lil Yachty, D.C. Young Fly and DeRay Davis, with special appearances from Blac Youngsta, NeNe Leakes, Cynthia Bailey, Lil Baby and Justine Skye.

April 21 – “Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration” (CBS): Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and Smokey Robinson with musical tributes from Boyz II Men, Chloe X Halle, Ciara, Lamont Dozier, Fantasia, Brian & Eddie Holland, Thelma Houston, John Legend, Ne-Yo, Martha Reeves, Diana Ross, Valerie Simpson and Stevie Wonder. “34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards” (BET): Aretha Franklin is honored by Kelly Price, Erica Campbell and Regina Belle in this program hosted by Kirk Franklin and taped live at Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena. The show will continue to air around the country in broadcast syndication from April 27 through May 26 (check local listings). “Unsung” (TV1): It’s the season finale with Tasha Cobb Leonard

April 22 – “Busy Tonight” (E!): Lizzo

April 23 – “Being Mary Jane” (BET): The four-season long storyline concludes in this two-hour series finale film with Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut, Richard Roundtree, Margaret Avery and more. “Boss: The Black Experience In Business” (PBS): Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson presents this documentary about the untold story of African-American entrepreneurship. “black-ish” (ABC): Guest starring Raven-Symone and Laila Ali as herself.  “1969” (ABC): New six-part docu-series weaves together rarely told stories like FBI shootouts with black activists and the Stonewall Uprising with an original score by multiplatinum producer and songwriter Salaam Remi. “Games People Play” (BET): Lauren London and Jackie Long star in this sexy, stylized drama about the L.A. high life based on a popular book by former Essence editor Angela Burt-Murray

April 24 – “Ellen” (Syn): LSD, the collaborative project of Sia, Diplo, and Labrinth, will appear together for the first time ever when they perform “No New Friends.” “Empire” (Fox): Chaka Khan performs in this episode.  “Star” (Fox): This crossover episode has the girls attempting to woo Empire executive Giselle (as portrayed by Nicole Ari Parker) for a record label deal. 

April 25 – “Gotham” (Fox): The series-ender flash-forwards 10 years into the future, with Master Bruce Wayne first donning the cape and cowl that makes criminals cower in “The Beginning… ”

TASTY QUIP: “Quinoa. What is that? That’s Indian for Cream of Wheat!” – TREY BARKER (Tracy Morgan) on TBS’ “The Last O.G.”

As featured in the Los Angeles Wave and Independent, Tasty Clips is one of the leading entertainment newspaper columns on the West Coast, serving nearly one million weekly readers. To reach Bill Vaughan, send email to tastyclips@yahoo.com or via Twitter @tastyclips.