Imhotep Gary Byrd | 1/9/2014, 12:43 p.m.
“Long Walk to Freedom,” a Nelson Mandela biopic featuring Idris Elba, is in theaters now.
Check listings for “12 Years a Slave,” recently named the winner of Best Film, Best Leading Actor and Best Supporting Actor by the New York Film Critics Online and Boston Online Critics, with a possible Oscar coming. The film features Chiwetel Ejiofor as freeman Solomon Northrup.
In celebration of the 2014 Super Bowl and to pay tribute to Black History Month, the world-famous Apollo Theater will host two events 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 gospel superstars Bishop Hezekiah Walker and pastor Marvin Sapp and 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 also 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 following evening, Friday, Jan. 31, will be themed “Friday Night in Harlem.” It will pay tribute to jazz legends such as Edward “Duke” Ellington and Charles Mingus with featured performances by the Mingus Quintet, the Manhattan School of Music Swing Jazz Orchestra, 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. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.