Imhotep's Guide To Black Events

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 1/2/2014, 2:41 p.m.
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The world-famous Apollo Theater will host two events to celebrate the 2014 Super Bowl in Harlem and pay tribute to Black History Month on Thursday, Jan. 30. The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, WBLS-FM and WLIB-AM will present a tribute to gospel music themed “Let the Music Say Amen.”

The concert, which will honor the music of Mahalia Jackson and Whitney Houston, will feature performances by gospel superstars Bishop Hezekiah Walker and pastor Marvin Sapp and will showcase the extraordinary Mass Gospel Choir from First Corinthian Baptist Church. The evening will include Black History Month award presentations to National Football League players and other selected sports, public, business and entertainment personalities who attended historically Black colleges and universities.

A special inaugural presentation of the Whitney Houston Living Legend Award will be announced. The evening’s not-for-profit beneficiaries are the New York state NAACP youth programs and the New York Road Runners’ Mighty Milers children’s health program.

The next evening, Friday, Jan. 31, will be themed “Friday Night in Harlem.” It will pay tribute to jazz legends Edward “Duke” Ellington and Charles Mingus with featured performances by the Mingus Quintet and the Manhattan School of Music Swing Jazz Orchestra, with special performances by Cecil Bridgewater and Arturo O’Farrill.

The second portion of the evening will feature an all-star band led by extraordinary contemporary jazz musicians Alex Bugnon, Victor Bailey, Lenny White and award-winning vocalist Regina Belle. The evening will also include Black History Month award presentations. A special inaugural presentation of the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Living Legend Award will be announced. The evening’s not-for-profit beneficiaries are the Manhattan School of Music Youth Summer Camp and the National Historic Black College Fair & Expo.

Tickets for these special events celebrating Black History Month are on sale now at Ticketmaster and the Apollo Theater box office. For tickets, call 800-745-3000 or 212-531-5355.

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