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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events 10/27-11/2/11

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 11/7/2011, 10:25 a.m.

Greetings! Our thanks to everyone who turned out last week for the homecoming celebration of our beloved Vanessa "Sista Coop" Cooper last week at the Harlem State Office Building Special thanks to Lloyd Williams of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, State Sen. Bill Perkins and the AmNews.

Oct. 25 was also the official 14th anniversary of the Million Woman March commemoration, celebration and declaration, "From March to Movement." More to come on Radio GBE this weekend.

THEATER

  • New Haarlem Arts Theatre and Faith Steps Productions present a provocative play reading to touch the core of a serious American issue. "Scrambled Eggs," by Reginald L. Wilson, directed by Eugene Nesmith, will be presented for free Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. in observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in City College's Compton-Goethals Hall, Studio Theatre Room 318, at Amsterdam Avenue and 140th Street. For more information, call (212) 924-0496, email js@jsnyc.com or visit www.jsnyc.com.
  • Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Angela Bassett and Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson star in the Broadway debut of "The Mountaintop," Katori Hall's Olivier Award-winning drama, directed by Tony Award nominee Kenny Leon ("Fences," "A Raisin in the Sun"). Featuring original music by Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominee Branford Marsalis. At the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St. For tickets, visit Telecharge.com.
  • Esther Armah's "Saviour?" A provocative, dramatic new love story about white privilege, Black women, sex and betrayal in a limited engagement through Sun., Oct. 30 at the Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Ave. at 123rd Street between St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. For tickets, call (212) 352-3101 or visit www.takewingandsoar.org.
  • "Black Angels Over Tuskegee," the story of the pioneering first African-American fighter pilots, now playing at the Actors Temple Theatre, 339 W. 47th St. between Eighth and Ninth avenues. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.
  • "Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation," by Vy Higginsen, with original music by Wesley Naylor. Now playing at the Dempsey Theater, 127 W. 127th St. between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Malcolm X boulevards. For more information and tickets, call (212) 868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com or mamafoundation.org.
  • "Baby It's You" follows the creation and rise of the independent record company that gave us the popular girl group the Shirelles, the Isley Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Chuck Jackson and more. At the Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St. For more information, visit www.babyitsyouonbroadway.com.

MUSIC

  • "Watch the Throne Tour." JAY-Z and Kanye West come to Madison Square Garden Mon., Nov. 7 and Tues., Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Go to WBLS.com and click to win free tickets.
  • Amel Larrieux, the haunting singer-songwriter, is holding a Breast Cancer Awareness Month CD release party at SOB's, 204 Varick St. at Hudson Street. Thurs., Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.sobs.com.

COMMUNITY

  • We All Really Matter (WARM), raising awareness in the community about issues of domestic violence, presents a Domestic Violence Awareness Month forum in solidarity with the House of Justice, Sat., Oct. 29 at 12 p.m. at 106 W. 145th St. For more information, contact Brenda Rickets, co-chairwoman, at (917) 566-4272 or visit www.weallreallymatter.org.
  • Drs. Molefi Asante and Ama Mazama are professors of Africana studies at Temple University and co-editors of "The Encylopedia of Black Studies" and "Egypt vs. Greece and the American Academy." They will introduce the mission and purpose of the new Pan-African organization Afrocentricity International, which calls on the African Union to act with urgency to protect the lives of Black citizens and residents of Libya, on Sun., Oct. 30, 3-5 p.m. at the Afrikan Poetry Theatre, 176-03 Jamaica Ave. in Jamaica, Queens. A small donation is requested for admission. For more information, call (718) 789-3264 or (718) 523-3312 or email nakoinfogroup@yahoo.com.
  • In an effort to promote dialogue and commemorate the United Nations' declaration of 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent, the afrolatin@ forum will hold a three-day transnational conference on Black Latinos in the United States Nov. 3-5. The conference is presented in cooperation with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Center for the Humanities of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, El Museo del Barrio and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. The conference is open to the public but registration is required at www.afrolatinoforum.org.
  • The legacy of the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision and lingering challenges to equity and diversity in public schools will be the subject of a daylong symposium featuring stories from students who were among the first to break racial barriers. The symposium will be held Oct. 27 starting at 10 a.m. in the Student Center Theater, of the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center of Hofstra University, North Campus. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The event is sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center, the Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the New Opportunities at Hofstra (NOAH) Program and Claflin University in South Carolina, which participates in a faculty-student exchange program with Hofstra. For more information, call (516) 463-5669, email Athelene.A.Collins@hofstra.edu or visit www.hofstra.edu/culture.

Hear Imhotep Gary Byrd on 107.5 WBLS-FM daily with "Imhotep's On-Air Guide to Black Events" and "Express Yourself," Sunday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m., and on WLIB-AM with "The GBE Mind Flight," Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to midnight (simulcast on WLIB-AM/WBLS-FM from 7-8 p.m.). The full show can be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2. IGB is also heard on WBAI-FM 99.5 with the GBE 2.0 "Global Black Experience" and "Global Beat Experience," Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. We are archived online with both shows at www.wbai.org. To reach us about your event, email gbemail2@yahoo.com, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at GBELIFE.