Community Calendar May 9 - May 15

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 5/9/2019, 6:49 p.m.
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“Amazing Grace.” The “Queen Of Soul” Aretha Franklin in all of her glory, captured in this historic film documentary is now in theatres for the world to witness. The historic live recording was filmed at The New Bethel Church in Watts, Los Angeles, in 1972. Check theaters.


Monique’s Mother’s Day Comedy Special Live at the World Famous Apollo Theatre. Sat May 11 at 8 p.m.—only NYC area appearance. The multi media stand up queen, Oscar winning actress hosts and evening with Tone X and Friends. For ticket information, visit


The Schomburg Center launch of ”Black Is Beautiful” by Kwame S. Brathwaite: Tuesday, May 14, 6:30 p.m. The launch event will feature a conversation with Archive Director Kwame S. Brathwaite, author and historian Tanisha C. Ford, former Grandassa Model Eunice Townsend, and moderated by curator, writer and social activist Kimberly R. Drew. 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, in Harlem. For information, call 917-275-6975.


All Roads lead to: A fundraising tribute to revolutionary freedom fighter and currently ailing Don Rojas with Sir Hilary Beckles as guest speaker, Saturday, May 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. Open to the public at House of the Lord Church, at 415 Atlantic Avenue and Bond St. The benefit tribute will be welcomed by the Reverends Herbert and Karen Daughtry, and include such notables as Dr. Ron Daniels, Charles and Inez Barron, Dr. Brenda Greene, Dr. Todd Burroughs, and Viola Plummer who will deliver testimonials, with a number of notable Pan-Africanists and activists from the Caribbean. For further information, call 718-596-1991.

A One-Day Special!  Black Classic Press will donate to the Don Rojas Medical Fund Campaign, proceeds from the sale of any books in its online catalog on Friday, May 10, 2019, between the hours of 10 a.m. –10 p.m. You must use code 51019. For more information, visit www.

“The EAST 50th Anniversary Cultural Extravaganza” will be held Saturday, May 18, from 2-7 p.m. at the Historic Masonic Temple, 317 Clermont Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, will feature a dynamic roster of jazz greats. The EAST ALL STARS will round out the ensemble. The day’s festivities will offer face painting by Saeeda Banks, a 28 year veteran participant of the International African Arts Festival, children’s entertainment, an EAST Authors’ Book Mart, vendors, a memorabilia display and a slide show. Advance tickets for adults are available at the IAAF Office (718) 638-6700 or Little Sun People Day Care 718-789-7330, both in Restoration Plaza.  Youth tickets and children’s tickets will be available at the door. Dinners, desserts and drinks on sale by community vendors. For more information, call 718-638-6700.

Listen to Imhotep Gary Byrd’s “Express Yourself,” Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and simulcast over WLIB 1190AM. The full show can also be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2 and at, and NextRadio. IGB’s “Beat Experience” is heard Fridays 7 p.m. to 0 p.m. Archived online at For bookings or to reach us about your GBEvent or for comments, email co-editor Nyerere,, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or call 212-592-3279.