Imhotep's Guide to Black entertainment Dec. 12-18, 2013

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 12/12/2013, 3:04 p.m.
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Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jill Scott will take the stage at Radio City Music Hall on New Year’s Eve at 9 p.m. with special guests Luke James and DJ Premier. Visit for more information.


The Apollo’s holiday season includes “Ellington at Christmas,” celebrating the legacy of Apollo legend Duke Ellington and featuring Savion Glover, actor Keith David as the narrator and jazz vocalist Lizz Wright. There will also be “Amateur Night” finals, with $10,000 winners. Join the theater for its seventh annual Kwanzaa celebration, “Regeneration Night,” hosted by yours truly on Dec. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Visit

“Mother Africa” (featuring Circus Der Sinne from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) is playing now through Jan. 5, 2014, at the New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St. Visit for more information.

The Big Apple Circus welcomes you to its all-new show, “Luminosity!” now through Jan. 12 at Lincoln Center! Visit for more information.


“Long Walk to Freedom” features Idris Elba in the new Nelson Mandela biopic. The film opens Christmas Day but is now appearing at select theaters in New York City.

The New York African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is now running through Sunday, Dec. 15. For more information, contact Diarah N’Daw-Spech at 212-864-6020 or email Visit for more information.


Dr. Joy Degruy, author of “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome,” is in New York City on tour. On Thursday, Dec.12, Degruy will speak at the African Burial Ground, 290 Broadway, first floor, in Lower Manhattan at 11 a.m. This event is free. On Saturday, Dec. 14, Degruy presents a full, dynamic lecture on “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome,” as well as solutions as listed in her forthcoming book, at House of the Lord Pentecostal Church, 415 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, from 2-5 p.m. Cost of admission information and tickets are available at Also on Saturday, Dec. 14, there will be a reading and book signing with Degruy at Sister’s Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center, 1942 Amsterdam Ave., from 6-8 p.m. This event is free. For more information, contact Rockia via email at or call 347-940-2951. Follow on Twitter @AyasGarden for event updates.

The National Association of Kawaida Organizations and the International African Arts Festival present the 47th anniversary celebration of Kwanzaa. Dr. Maulana Karenga, the creator of Kwanzaa, will deliver his yearly founder’s statement, titled “Celebrating and Living Kwanzaa: Sowing and Harvesting Seeds of Good.” There will be artistic performances by KowTeff African Dance and Drum Troupe and the Donald Smith Trio. On Friday, Dec. 27, the celebration of the second principle of the Nguzo Saba, Kujichagulia (self-determination), takes place from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Stephen Decatur Middle School, 272 Macdonough St., between Lewis Street and Marcus Garvey Boulevard. For pre-registration and information about admission, call 718-789-3264. For vending registration and information, call 718-479-4186.

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