Imhotep's guide to black events Oct. 31 - Nov. 7

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 10/31/2013, 5:38 p.m.


“The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” a six-part documentary series by Henry Louis Gates Jr., is airing Tuesdays, now through Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. It details the African-American saga from the origins of slavery on the African continent and the arrival of the first Black conquistador, Juan Garrido, in Florida in 1513, through five centuries of historic events right up to today—with President Barack Obama serving his second term in the White House. Check your local PBS TV stations, WNET and WLIW.


Look for an exclusive mid-November New York City pre-screening of “Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom,” an epic film based on former South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name. Starring actor Idris Elba as Mandela, this inspirational film chronicles Mandela’s humble early life in rural South Africa to his becoming the country’s first democratically elected president. For more information, visit

“12 Years a Slave” tells the story of Solomon Northrup, a free Black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. Check your local theaters for listings.

The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) has announced the final call for submissions. Late submissions will be accepted until Nov. 16. Official selection announcements will be made beginning Dec. 16. The 22nd annual PAFF will be held on Feb. 6-17, 2014, in Los Angeles. For festival information, submission procedures, fees and registration, call 310-337-4737 or visit 


The Pre-Black Solidarity Day celebration will take place on Sunday, Nov. 3. Speakers will include Michael Hooper, Assemblywoman Inez Barron, Bob Law and Salim Adofo. There will be cultural presentations, martial arts and performances by Capoeira Angola, Harlem Poet Laureate Geoge Edward Tait, the Afrikan Community Drummers, children of the International Sankofa Academy, Empress Idama and Brother Wakili on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Fort Greene Senior Citizens Center, 966 Fulton St., Brooklyn. The Afrikan Vendors Market opens at 2 p.m. Admission is free. For information, contact Michael Hooper at 718-773-0246.

Black Solidarity Day in Harlem will take place on Monday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. at the State Office Building at 163 W. 125th St. (just east of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Seventh Avenue). Special guests will include Amadi Ajamu,

John Watusi Branch, Jah Man, attorney Roger Wareham, George Edward Tait and yours truly, Imhotep Gary Byrd, the radio griot. For more information, call 718-398-1766.

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