Greetings! In loving memory of a beautiful 10-year professional and life partnership, yours truly, IGB, the worldwide GBE family and the Amsterdam News mourn the loss of our own Vanessa E. Cooper-talented broadcaster, writer, executive assistant and GBEvents coordinator. On Oct. 12, Cooper made her transition after a heroic battle with pancreatic cancer.

“Sister Coop” will be forever remembered and loved by her friends, family and colleagues for her warmth, generosity and bountiful spirit. Her homecoming celebration will be held Friday, Oct. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the second floor art gallery of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, 163 W. 125th St. in Harlem. The closest trains are the 2 and 3 lines to 125th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard, but the A, B, C and D lines are only slightly farther away at 125th Street at St. Nicholas Avenue.


  • Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Angela Bassett and Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson star in the Broadway debut of “The Mountaintop,” Katori Hall’s Olivier Award-winning drama, directed by Tony Award nominee Kenny Leon (“Fences,” “A Raisin in the Sun”). Featuring original music by Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominee Branford Marsalis. At the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St. For tickets, visit
  • The Coalition of Theatres of Color welcomes John Watusi Branch, executive director of Afrikan Poetry Theatre, with a tribute to the theater’s upcoming 35th anniversary Grand African Ball to be held Sat., Nov. 5 at 259 Doughty Blvd. in Inwood. For more information, call Branch at (718) 523-3312 or (917) 868-7996, Fern Gillespie at (917) 334-9298 or email
  • Esther Armah’s “Saviour?” A provocative, dramatic new love story about white privilege, Black women, sex and betrayal in a limited engagement through Sun., Oct. 30 at the Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Ave. at 123rd Street between St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. For tickets, call (212) 352-3101 or visit
  • “Black Angels Over Tuskegee,” the story of the pioneering first African-American fighter pilots, now playing at the Actors Temple Theatre, 339 W. 47th St. between Eighth and Ninth avenues. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit
  • “Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation,” by Vy Higginsen, with original music by Wesley Naylor. Now playing at the Dempsey Theater, 127 W. 127th St. between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Malcolm X boulevards. For more information and tickets, call (212) 868-4444 or visit or
  • “Baby It’s You” follows the creation and rise of the independent record company that gave us the popular girl group the Shirelles, the Isley Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Chuck Jackson and more. At the Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St. For more information, visit


  • Mary Flowers Entertainment presents Ledisi’s “Pieces of Me” tour Sun., Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at the world famous Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St. The four-time Grammy-nominated artist will be performing music from her smash hit CD with special guest Timothy Bloom. For tickets, call the Apollo box office, (212) 531-5305.
  • “Absolute Funk: An Interstellar Trip to Honor George Clinton,” under the musical direction of Ray Chew Live, hosted by Dr. Bob Lee of WBLS. Tues., Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the world famous Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St. For tickets, visit
  • Tony and Emmy award-winning leading lady Leslie Uggams makes her NJPAC cabaret debut with “Uptown Downtown,” Sat., Oct. 22 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. “Uptown Downtown” is an autobiographical performance in which she interlaces stories from her life with her unique jazz-tinged take on American standards ranging from Rodgers & Hammerstein, Harold Arlen and the Gershwins to tunes by the Drifters and Carole King. Please note that purchase of a 9:30 ticket includes a complimentary drink. For more information, call (973) 642-8989 or 888-GONJPAC or visit


  • “The Bessies: The New York Dance and Performance Awards,” honoring outstanding work in dance performed during the 2010-2011 season, hosted by Bebe Neuwirth. Featuring award presentations by internationally renowned dance artists, including Charles Atlas, Carmen de Lavallade, Ralph Lemo and Tere O’Connor, and a performance by students from the Harlem School of the Arts’ acclaimed dance program. Mon., Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. at the world famous Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St. For tickets, visit


  • CEMOTAP presents Minister Paul Scott and Dr. James McIntosh speaking on “Commercial Rap Music: Hip-Hop Genesis or Genocide?” on Sat., Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. at CEMOTAP headquarters, 135-05 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park. Admission is free. For more information, call (718) 322-8454.
  • The Center for Culture (the Afrikan Poetry Theatre) presents “World of Writing Workshops,” featuring Louis Reyes Rivera. Get information on self-publishing your book, signing contracts with traditional publishers (big or small) and ebook, print-on-demand and audio publishers, Sat., Oct. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Nazarene Congregational United Church of Christ invites you to Men’s Day, Sun., Oct. 23 at 506 MacDonough St. in Brooklyn. The Rev. Conrad B. Tillard, senior pastor, will deliver the first service at 11 a.m. on “Christian Men: Faith, Deeds, Work, Justice.” Dick Gregory will be the keynote speaker and Rodney Kendrick will be the musical guest. The second service will start at 3 p.m. and will be “A Celebration of African-American History.”
  • “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes” Sun., Oct. 23 at South Street Seaport and Pier 17 in New York City. Take the first step, register today. For more information, call (888) DIABETES, Ext. 3412, or visit
  • “Interviews by a Black Independent.” Dr. Lenora Fulani, co-founder of the All Stars Project, interviews Pedro Noguera, Ph.D., professor of teaching and learning at New York University and a national leader in urban education. Join these two leading innovative educators in a discussion of the most cutting-edge approaches to growth and development. Fri., Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, 163 W. 125th St., second floor. RSVP to (212) 962-1699.

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 6 to 8 p.m., and on WLIB-AM with “The GBE Mind Flight,” Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to midnight (simulcast on WLIB-AM/WBLS-FM from 7-8 p.m.). The full show can be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2. IGB is also heard on WBAI-FM 99.5 with the GBE 2.0 “Global Black Experience” and “Global Beat Experience,” Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. We are archived online with both shows at To reach us about your event, email, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at GBELIFE.