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.
Greetings! The summer of 2014 is going out with a musical bang. Whether you are from the Big Apple, the tristate area or in from out of town, this month’s events remind us why the great Duke Ellington once remarked, “After New York, there are no cities.”
Greetings! The New York City Walk to Salute the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Bill celebrates historic Harlem Saturday, Aug. 23, and is also a part of the 40th anniversary of Harlem Week 2014.
Greetings! The tristate community joins with WBAI in mourning the passing of criminal justice and ex-offender advocate Eddie Ellis, host and executive producer of “On the Count,“ which was heard over WBAI. Ellis protected the rights of the incarcerated and served many former inmates and their families with a dedication that will be forever remembered.
Greetings! As we close out GBE Black Media Month 2014, we direct your attention to a project close to me and listeners of “The Global Black Experience,” the Spech family’s African Diaspora Film Festival is back, bringing their 2014 “Back to the Roots” festival this year.
Greetings! With our GBE “Black Media Month” as the backdrop, we note preparations for the upcoming United States-African Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., in August.
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.
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
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.
Greetings! Services for national treasure Dr. Maya Angelou, the multitalented poet, civil rights activist, educator and humanitarian who died last Wednesday at 86 years old, will be held on the campus of Wake Forest University, which will livestream the funeral on its website on Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m. Angelou served there as Reynolds Professor of American Studies since 1982.
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.”
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.
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
Word is out about “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” directed by Kenny Leon
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.
As we leave Women’s History Month and make way for our GBE “Spirit Lift Month.”
J.D. Livingston, the producer for Imhotep Gary Byrd’s radio shows, joined the ancestors last Friday at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx
Greetings! Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre (NFT) will celebrate its 44th anniversary with a special gala honoring legendary producer Voza Rivers on Sunday, March 16 at the Tribeca Center for the Performing Arts, located at 199 Chambers St. The special event begins with a 3 p.m. reception and will be followed by the awards program, co-hosted by Danny Glover, Debbi Morgan, Tamara Tunie and Robert Townsend.
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.
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.”
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.
Greetings! We salute Black History Month 2014!
As we move into our GBE Black History/African Heritage Month with the extra cold winter season, the 2014 Grammy Awards turned up the heat this past weekend in a star-studded broadcast that featured Jay Z, Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams and many more
Our GBE “Emancipations Month” spotlight shines on “Friday Night in Harlem,”
Our GBE Emancipation Month bids a final farewell to beloved and brilliant poet laureate of the Black Arts Movement, the late poet, playwright and activist Imamu Amiri Baraka
Greetings! The New Year 2014 has begun, and we are in “GBE Emancipation Month” 2014.
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.
Imhotep's Guide To Black Events
Imhotep's Guide To Black Events
We join the many around the world who are mourning and celebrating the life and contributions of the late first Black president of South Africa
Greetings! We kicked off December, our “Radio GBE Family Month 2013,” with World Aids Day and two pioneering community-health empowerment activists, C. Virginia Fields, president and CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, and the organization’s founder, Debra Fraser-Howze, now senior vice president of governmental and external affairs at Orasure Technologies. The message from both: Get tested. For more information, call 212-694-6290 or go to nblca.org.
Greetings! As we head into the holiday season, we wish you and your families safe travels and urge you to take time to take a bite out of the Big Apple. Make plans now. You know where we are, so plan ahead.
Our November 2013 GBE Black Business Month is also complemented by Diabetes Awareness Month
November, GBE’s Black Business Month
This GBE Black Arts Month weekend, Circle of Sisters, the largest expo for women of color in New York City, is back on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20 at the Jacob Javits Center
October is GBE’s Black Arts Month 2013, and we open with saluting the producers of “Mama, I Want to Sing” as they open Vy Higginsen’s Black American Musical Series in Harlem
Greetings! We open up October in the spirit of GBE Black Arts Month 2013. The Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, featuring headliners Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys, attracted some 60,000 people. Wonder used the event to address the issue of gun control, saying, “We must do something about the gun laws in this country,” noting the murder of John Lennon, who was gunned down close by in 1980, and performing the Beatles legend’s anthem for world peace “Imagine.”
My longtime friend, brother and creative collaborator Stevie Wonder spoke at the U.N. in New York City regarding disabilities and development on Monday, urging that lobbyists in the U.S. ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
GBE’s African Re-Eduction Month highlights Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown, who dropped “edutainment” from the stage of Chicago’s Hard Rock Cafe. Kicking off the national touring company production of “Motown,” Gordy, still spry at 83 years old, surprised many when he told the crowd, “I started here, before there was Motown
Our GBE African Re-education Month/National Preparedness Month 2013 is sounding the call for the second annual Global Citizen Festival, an event intended to raise awareness of global poverty and education, returning to Central Park on Sept. 28, with Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer and Kings of Leon performing. People will be eligible to obtain free tickets by getting involved in various social causes through www.globalcitizen.org.
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.
Greetings! As we end “Celebrate Harlem Month,” our communities stay active
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.
The 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which took place at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., is coming!
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.
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.
Imhotep shares a guide to black events happening.
Greetings! With the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman verdict still a hot topic of outrage in the national conversation, renowned comedian, civil rights activist and author Dick Gregory brings his brilliant insight and analysis to New York on Saturday, July 27.
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.
Greetings! It was a historic “Black is beautiful” night at the Tony Awards with the stunning, 88-year-young TV, film and theater icon Cicely Tyson winning her first Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for “The Trip to Bountiful.” Courtney Vance received Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for “Lucky Guy,” featuring Hollywood icon Tom Hanks. The delightful Patina Miller nabbed her Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for “Pippin,” which also won Best Musical Revival.