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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events Feb 27 - March 5

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 2/27/2014, 9:43 p.m.
Stephanie Mills

Greetings! As we move into “Our History Month,” otherwise known as GBE’s “Women’s History Month” 2014, Stacey Muhammad, creator, writer and director of the dramatic series “For Colored Boys: Redemption,” has announced that award-winning actor and director Charles S. Dutton (“Rudy,” “Alien 3,” “Roc”) will join the second season cast of “For Colored Boys.”

Dutton said that Muhammad’s series is a marvel of cinematic craft and superb storytelling. It reminds you of the high-quality HBO shows “The Corner” and “The Wire.” Muhammad also announced that actor Adesola Osakalumi from the Broadway hit musical “Fela!” will join the cast for season two as well.

To learn more, visit www.staceymuhammad.com. Watch the series at www.youtube.com/staceymfilms. On Twitter, follow @StaceyMuhammad and #ForColoredBoys.

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.

Woodie King Jr’s National Black Touring Circuit, in conjunction with the Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group, presents the 2014 Black History Month Play Festival. The festival will host “Yesterdays: An Evening with Billie Holiday,” starring Vanessa Rubin, written by Reenie Upchurch and directed by Woodie King Jr. from Friday, Feb. 28 to Sunday, March 2 at the National Black Theater, 2031 Fifth Ave. Performances are Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 2 at 4 p.m.

Music

B.B. King Blues Club welcomes Stephanie Mills for an unforgettable performance on Wednesday, March 6, presented by WBLS-FM. The club is located in the heart of Times Square—on 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues.

Tickets are available at the B.B. King Blues Club box office or at Ticketmaster.com. For more details, visit wbls.com.  

Donald Harrison, Ron Carter and the Billy Cobham Trio come to the Blue Note Jazz Club Tuesday, March 4 to Sunday, March 9. For information or tickets, call 212-475-8592 or visit bluenotejazz.com.

The world-famous Apollo Theater (253 W. 125th St., Harlem) presents another season of “Amateur Night at the Apollo.” Also look for a special panel for Women’s History Month that will spotlight women in production on March 17. For tickets and more information, call 212-531-5300 or visit apollotheater.org.

Here’s a preview of an upcoming event: It’s the biggest gospel event of the year! McDonald’s Gospelfest 2014 will feature “Women Who Worship” and host the top women in gospel music. It’s a Mother’s Day experience you won’t want to miss, starring Yolanda Adams, CeCe Winans, the Clark Sisters, Shirley Caesar, Tramaine Hawkins, Dorothy Norwood, Dottie Peoples, Melba Moore, Cissy Houston, Vickie Winans, Kim Burrell, Tasha Cobbs and Erica Campbell.

Tickets are available at the Prudential Center box office in Newark, N.J., or through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000. For further information, call the McDonald’s Gospelfest hotline at 973-643-6262 or visit Ticketmaster.com and wlib.com

Family

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus present celebrated and exciting Black ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson. The circus will arrive at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and beyond. For dates and tickets, visit ringlingbrosticketnetwork.com.

Exhibitions

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture announces its first exhibition of 2014, “Motown: The Truth is a Hit.” Featuring items highlighting Motown’s Berry Gordy and the institution’s beloved musical acts, the multimedia showcase is on display now until July 26 at the Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd. at 135th Street.