Imhotep's Guide To Black Events

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 12/19/2013, 12:30 p.m.
Imhotep's Guide To Black Events

Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jill Scott takes the stage at Radio City Music Hall on New Year’s Eve at 9 p.m. with special guests Luke James and DJ Premier. Legendary icon “Soul Sister” Aretha Franklin appears at Radio City Music Hall on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, and Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. Visit


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.

“A Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba Live! Holiday Show” comes to the Beacon Theatre (2124 Broadway at West 74th Street) Friday, Dec. 20 through Sunday, Dec. 22.


“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.

“Black Nativity” is a film about forgiveness, hope and family that features Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson and Jacob Latimore. It also features Nasir “Nas” Jones, Tyrese Gibson, Mary J. Blige and Vondie Curis-Hall. Check your local listings.

“12 Years a Slave,” featuring Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, was recently nominated for Best Motion Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor awards for the Golden Globes. Check your local listings.


There will be a “Town Hall Meeting on Public Safety” at the Brooklyn Christian Center (1061 Atlantic Ave., between Franklin and Classon avenues, Brooklyn) on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.  Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and his appointee for police commissioner, Bill Bratton, will answer questions posed by the Black press. For more information, call the Freedom Party office at 917-947-8994 or 917-947-8995.

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.

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 7 to 9 p.m., and on WLIB-AM with “The GBE Mind Flight,” Sunday evenings from 9 p.m. to midnight. The full show can be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2. IGB is also heard on WBAI-FM 99.5 with Radio GBE: The “Global Black Experience” and “Global Beat Experience,” Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. We are archived online with both shows at To contact us for bookings or to reach us about your event, email, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.