Imhotep's Guide to Black Events

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 8/28/2014, 12:23 p.m.
This marks my 50th anniversary as a licensed broadcaster in New York, going back to my days as a 14-year-old ...

Greetings! After a busy weekend, including the end of GBE “Celebrate Harlem Month 2014,” I am sending out my deepest appreciation to Lloyd Williams and Voza Rivers of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce upon receiving the 2014 History & Culture Award from Harlem Week, celebrating its 40th anniversary. This marks my 50th anniversary as a licensed broadcaster in New York, going back to my days as a 14-year-old apprentice under broadcaster-educator the late Hank Cameron of WUFO in Buffalo, N.Y., who discovered me.

The GHCC award falls on the same timeline of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, celebrated this past weekend. My congratulations to the other awardees, including the ever brilliant Bobbi Humphey.

I will be celebrating 50 years on the air in New York in 2016 and 50 years of the GBE in New York City in 2019, God willing.

We also give thanks for the GHCC donation to my son Khamit Byrd’s medical fund. As Duke Ellington would say to Harlem, ”We love you madly.”

THEATER

“Motown: The Musical,” with book by Berry Gordy Jr., is now playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., between Eighth Avenue and Broadway. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com or motownthemusical.com.

“Kinky Boots,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Billy Porter, is at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. For more information, call 866-276-4887 or visit broadway.com/shows/kinky-boots.

“Aladdin,” featuring Tony Award winner James Monroe Igleheart as the uniquely modern Genie, is playing now at the New Amsterdam Theatre, located at 214 W. 42nd St. Visitbroadway.com.

“The Lion King” has smashed records, evolving into the highest grossing Broadway show of all time. It features a visually stunning yet realistic and thrilling landscape, with actors dressed as wild animals and encompassing their characters in spectacular, goosebump-giving performances that keep audiences coming back time and again. The show takes place at the Miniskoff Theatre, 1515 Broadway. Call 212-869-0550 or visit miniskofftheatre.com.

MUSIC

“Smooth Cruises” sails into a new night with Boney James Thursday, Aug. 28. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. The “Hornblower Infinity” departs from Pier 40, located at Houston Street and West Side Highway. Visit marqueeconcerts.com.

Funkmaster Larry Graham, legendary bassist of Sly and the Family Stone, is back at B.B. King Blues Club Thursday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. Call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkings blues.com.

The Blue Note presents the brilliant Dee Dee Bridgewater Friday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Aug. 31. Coming soon: master drummer Billy Cobham and the Spectrum 40, Sept. 2-7. The Blue Note is located at 131 W. Third St. Call 212-475-8592 or visit bluenotejazz.com.

The West Indian American Day 0Carnival Association invites you to celebrate the culture and heritage of the Caribbean at the West Indian Labor Day Parade. Come ready to party and experience all the parade has to offer, including “Caribbean Woodstock,” “BrassFest,” ”Steel Band Panorama” and much more! Bring the kids and enjoy the “School Youth Fest” and participate in the “Junior Carnival.”

Dahved Levy of WB LS-FM will be on the “Road March” with the Sesame Flyers Monday, Sept. 1, rolling down Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. Enjoy the spectacular costumes and the heart throbbing music, Caribbean food and much more. Saturday, Aug. 28-Monday through Monday, Sept 1. For more information, visit wiadcacarnival.org.

Jazzmobile’s 50th anniversary free summer concert series “SummerFest” wraps up Friday, Aug. 29 at Marcus Garvey Park on the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater stage with an all-percussion tribute to Max Roach, with the Eli Fountain Percussion Discussion led by Warren Smith and special performances by some of the most talented percussionists playing today, including Bobby Sanabria, Eli Fountain and Jay Hoggard. “SummerFest” is dedicated to Dr. Billy Taylor. For more schedule information and details, visit jazzmobile.org.

Don’t forget the ever-popular “Amateur Night” with the “Show Off’s,” “Top Dog” and “Super Top Dog” at the world famous Apollo Theater, “where stars are born and legends are made.” For a full calendar, visit:apollotheater.org.

FILM

“Through a Lens Darkly,” the first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African-Americans, from slavery to the present. Two weeks only. Now through Sept. 9 at Film Forum, 209 West Houston St.

The latest film treatment of the story of “The Godfather of Soul,” “Get on Up,” featuring the music of James Brown, is now playing at select theaters. Check your local listings.

EXHIBITIONS

The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture presents “In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience.” The Schomberg Center is located at 515 Malcolm X Blvd. Visit inmotinaaexp.org for more information.

COMMUNITY

The Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry of the House of the Lord Churches announces a “Where Do We Go From Here?” open mic Thursday, Aug. 28, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at House of the Lord Church, 415 Atlantic Ave., in Brooklyn, N.Y. After the marches, rallies, meetings with high public officials and urban unrest, where do we go from here? Bring your ideas. For more information, call 718-596-1991 or email 415@holc.org.

The National Action Network’s New York City chapter’s Political Action Committee hosts a police brutality forum at the House of Justice, 106 W. 145th St., in the village of Harlem, Saturday, Aug. 30 at 12:30 p.m. The featured film is “The Central Park Five,” followed by a panel discussion on “What to Do When Stopped by the Police?” Take the 3 train to 145th Street.

The NAN Political Action Committees will have a voter’s registration table at the Dance Theater of Harlem, the Harlem Lot, West 133rd Street and Malcolm X Boulevard, Sunday, Aug. 31. For more information, contact Dawn L. Jones, chair of NANPAC, at activist145@ aol.com.

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 www.wbai.org. To contact us for bookings or to reach us about your event, email igbexp@gmail.com, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.