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Imhotep Gary Byrd

Imhotep Gary Byrd

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events: August 21-27, 2014

Greetings! We took a moment to celebrate Marcus Mosiah Garvey’s birthday and the 100th anniversary of Universal Negro Improvement Association, as noted in our Radio GBE. Several of our radio guests helped us remember, including Garvey performance artiste Ron Bobb Semple; Tony Best, senior editor of The New York Carib News; and Lloyd Williams of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce.

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The Month of July bring Loads of Entertainment to NYC

Ihmotep's Guide to Black Events

Greetings! Our July 2014 GBE Black Media Month opens up with news and congratulations to the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Chavis, a longtime civil rights activist and member of the historic and only recently exonerated “Wilmington 10,” who has been named interim president-CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. We are also sending out congrats to Dr. Leonard Jeffries, who has been named International executive director of Malcolm X’s still functional Organization of Afro-American Unity. The official announcement was made on my “GBE Mind Flight” broadcast over 1190 WLIB and WLIB.com Sunday night by OAAU Vice President professor James Smalls. On a sadder note, our condolences go out to Angelo Ellerby of the veteran media relations firm Double EXXposure, who lost his mother, mentor and manager, the late Eva Leak Ellerby, as well as the family of Jersey City, N.J.-born Walter Dean Myers, a famed children’s author and youth advocate who also recently passed.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: June 26 - July 2, 2014

Join the Radio GBE tristate community for “Thank You For Your Kindness,” a life celebration for late Radio GBE producer and activist J.D. Livingston

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: June 19 - June 25, 2014

Greetings. The line of new ancestors continues to grow with the passing of legendary Academy Award-nominated stage and film actress, performance poet, civil right, human rights and Pan-African activist Ruby Dee, wife of the late Ossie Davis. Dee died at the age of 91.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: June12- 18, 2014

Black Music Month 2014 is starting out with a bang

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: May 29- June 4, 2014

As we wind down GBE African Liberation Month with farewells to the fallen,we open up Black Music Month with the official New York City naming of “Miles Davis Way” and a block party celebration that featured legendary people, including Herbie Hancock, Davis’ former wife and acting icon Cicely Tyson and many more luminaries. He will always be “Miles ahead.”

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: May 21-28, 2014

As we celebrate the climax of African Liberation Month and the birthday anniversary of Malcolm X, we note the passing of Sam Greenlee, author of the classic book “The Spook Who Sat By the Door.”

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: May 15-21, 2014

Our birthday greetings to my brother, co-writing partner and Grammy Award-winning legend, the Wonderman, Steveland Morris, aka Stevie Wonder, who turned 64 on May 13. Stevie, you are an inspiration to us all. Happy birthday to you.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: May 8-14, 2014

Greetings to all of our sistas, mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers, alive and in spirit. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: May 1 - 7, 2014

As we enter African Liberation Month 2014 Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre and the Classical Theatre of Harlem are co-presenting “Dutchman” by LeRoi Jones

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: April 24 - 30, 2014

Word is out about “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” directed by Kenny Leon

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: April 17 - 23, 2014

have been away for a couple of weeks recovering, and as always, a lot has been going on. We begin with happy birthday shout-outs to legendary soul-gospel giant Al Green, who turned 68, and South African World Beat Music Ambassador Hugh Masekela, who celebrated his 75th Earth Day at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center with Paul Simon.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black events: March 27 - April 2, 2014

As we leave Women’s History Month and make way for our GBE “Spirit Lift Month.”

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imhotep's Guide To Black Events March 20 - 16, 2014

We sadly open our GBE events guide with the announcement that J.D Livingston, my longtime radio producer, comrade, friend, cousin and brother-in-struggle has passed

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events March 5-12, 2014

Our GBE Women’s History Month is lit up with Oscar wins for “12 Years a Slave” in the categories of Best Picture for director Steve McQueen and Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o.

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

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.”

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imhotep's Guide To Black Events Feb 13 - 19, 2014

Greetings! We sadly announce the passing of William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke, brilliant lead singer of the classic, iconic reggae group Third World. Clarke passed at the age of 65 from cancer in Orlando, Fla. He will truly be missed. Third World is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

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Community Calender

Greetings! The New Year 2014 has begun, and we are in “GBE Emancipation Month” 2014.

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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events

Greetings! With the new year beginning, we wish a “Happy New You” to everyone as we all pursue our dreams and manifest our inner visions for 2014.

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Community Calendar Sept 5-11, 2013

Greetings! It’s September, “GBE African Re-Education Month.” Look for noted Harvard scholar Dr. Henry Louis Gates on the six-part, six-hour PBS-TV series “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” coming in October.

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Community Calendar August 29-Sept 4

Greetings! As we end “Celebrate Harlem Month,” our communities stay active

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Community Calendar August 22nd

Greetings! Many thanks to the brothers and sisters who joined us this past weekend and tuned in to “Support in the Key of Life,” a “Webb-a-Thon” online medical fundraiser at www.kenwebb.com, for my son, Khamit Byrd. The event was sponsored by Ken “Spider” Webb, the BulLion Foundation and friends and was held at the Harlem State Office Building.

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Imhotp's guide to Black events

Greetings! GBE celebrates Harlem Month 2013 and reminds you: WBLS and WLIB have announced that Harlem Week will celebrate the much anticipated Stevie Wonder tribute, “Songs in the Key of Life” (rescheduled from July 28 due to rain) and the celebration of “Motown: The Musical” on Harlem Day, Sunday, Aug. 18 from 1-7 p.m., on the main stage on West 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. For more information on upcoming Harlem Week 2013 events, visit www.harlemweek.com. We also sadly report the passing of the jazz-funk master, keyboardist/songwriter/producer George Duke, who passed away at age 67. His death comes with the release of his new album, “Dreamweaver,” dedicated to his wife, Connie, who passed from cancer just a year ago.

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Imhotep's Guide to Black Events

Greetings! It was a “Great Day In Harlem” this past weekend, which kicked off Harlem Week 2013 with the GHCC, WBLS and WLIB, saluting 50 years of Stevie Wonder with “Songs in the Key of Life” at Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Park in Harlem. The gathered throng could not be stopped, even by pouring rain. One of the highlights was when a call I made to Wonder was placed over the PA system so the truly appreciative musician could address the crowd. The rest of the evening was eventually canceled when the rain caused the stage to become too dangerous because of the electrical wiring. However, Lloyd Williams and brother Voza Rivers have announced that the tribute to Wonder will be rescheduled for Harlem Day, Aug. 18. For more information on upcoming Harlem Week 2013 events, go to www.harlemweek.com.

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Community Calendar

Greetings! As the weather heats up, so do the politics across the nation in the wake of the not guilty verdict in the Zimmerman trial. During a concert on Sunday in Quebec City, Canada, my longtime friend, brother and creative partner the legendary Stevie Wonder announced he would not perform in Florida until the controversial Stand Your Ground laws are repealed throughout the country.

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Community Calendar July 18th

Greetings! As the weather heats up, so do the politics across the nation in the wake of the not guilty verdict in the Zimmerman trial. During a concert on Sunday in Quebec City, Canada, my longtime friend, brother and creative partner the legendary Stevie Wonder announced he would not perform in Florida until the controversial Stand Your Ground laws are repealed throughout the country.