Imhotep's guide to black events 11/29/12-12/5/12
Imhotep Gary Byrd | 11/29/2012, 4:55 p.m.
Greetings! On we go into December, celebrating GBE "Black Family Month," setting the stage for Kwanzaa 2012. In the spirit of the Nguzo Saba, the Seven Principles, let us view the challenge of Sandy as an opportunity to put those principles into practice in a truly powerful way.
Apply for FEMA assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling the toll-free registration number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. You may also register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
To find the DRC nearest you, text "DRC" and your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA), and a text message will be sent back with the address. Also, check out the disaster recovery center locator at www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by mobile phone at m.fema.gov.
Activist-author Kevin Powell and April Silver of Akila Worksongs have done vital work on organizing critical information and services. Text "sandy411" to 33233 for updates, relief and resources, or visit www.kevinpowell.net/blog/2012/11/new-york-post-hurricane-sandy-inforesources.
Cornerstone Baptist Church is in need of cleaning products! Donations are accepted Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The church is located at 562-74 Madison St. in Brooklyn. Visit www.WLIB.com for more information.
The world famous Apollo Theater presents a full calendar this month for the holiday season, including Ballet Hispanico, the Double Dutch Holiday Classic, the Sinbad Comedy Special, comedian Chris Tucker, the Coca Cola Winter Wonderland, Sweet Honey in the Rock and our annual Kwanzaa Celebration. For more schedule information, go to www.apollotheater.org.
"The Resurrection of Alice," written and performed by Perri Gaffney, directed by Jackie Alexander. Arranged marriages are practiced among many cultures around the world, but surprisingly, through the mid-20th century, young girls in the United States found themselves in arranged marriages to men who were usually pillars in the community and financially comfortable, yet old enough to be grandfathers. Now through Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Billie Holiday Theatre at Restoration Plaza, Bed-Stuy. Call 718-636-0918 or 718-636-0919 for tickets or visit www.billieholiday.org for more info.
Lonette McKee, the acclaimed, Tony-nominated film and stage actress and star of "Sparkle," and four-time Grammy-nominated music legend Michael Henderson come together for a one-night-only performance on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., at Aaron Davis Hall, City College of New York, Convent Avenue and West 135th Street on the City College campus. For more information and ticket sales, visit www.adhatccny.org or www.lonettemckee.com or call the Aaron Davis Hall box office at 212-650-6900.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence with an electrifying concert event that brings together three of reggae's hottest acts: Third World, one of the longest-reigning reggae units of all time; Grammy-nominated British superstar Maxi Priest, whose sexy, soulful vocal style blends a hardcore reggae vibe with mainstream jazz, pop and R&B influences; and new generation dancehall artist Ky-Mani Marley, who follows in the footsteps of his legendary father, Bob Marley, with an urban sound that's deeply rooted in both reggae and hip hop culture. Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. NJ PAC, One Center St., Newark, N.J. Visit www.njpac.org for more info.