Greetings! We give honor, respect and condolences to the family, friends, fans and memory of the late, legendary heavyweight boxing champion, “Smokin” Joe Frazier, who died at 67 after a battle with liver cancer.

Theater

  • 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 Telecharge.com.
  • Woody King Jr’s New Federal Theatre presents “Puberty Rites,” a coming-of-age drama bonding two girls to American history at the beginning of the 21st century. Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. At the Castillo Theatre, 543 W. 42nd St. For more information, call (212) 353-1178 or visit www.newfederal.org.
  • “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 www.telecharge.com.
  • “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 www.smarttix.com or mamafoundation.org.
  • The National Black Theatre, founded by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, is holding its fourth annual Teer Spirit Awards Sat., Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. at 2033 5th Ave. between 125th and 126th streets. The evening will feature a special musical tribute to Nick Ashford by Alfa and Tinker accompanied by the National Black Theatre’s House Band. The awards will honor Doug E. Fresh, Jackie Jeffries, Claudette Faison, Sabrina Sadler, Howard Dodson, Robin Bell Stevens, Gil Noble and George Faison. For more information, call (212) 722-3800 or visit www.nationalblacktheatre.org.
  • Changing Perceptions Theater presents “Homage 3: Illmatic,” written by Shaun Neblett aka MC SNEB and directed by Patricia McGregor. “Illmatic” is a tribute to the rapper Nas’ classic album of the same name and is a coming-to-being story of an artist who must evolve or disappear. On Thurs., Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. will be a post-show talkback. Opening night is Fri., Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m., and the play will run through Nov 19 at Urban Stages, 259 W. 30th St., between Seventh and Eighth avenues. For more information, call (212) 868-4444. Group sales are also available by calling (646) 410-0246 or visiting www.smarttix.com.

Music: Holiday Previews

  • Mary J. Blige-the “My Life” tour comes Nov. 23 to Terminal 5, located at 610 W. 56th St. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8.
  • This December, the Apollo Theater, 253 W.125th St. in Harlem, presents a series of holiday programs celebrating family, culture and community. Highlights include “The Apollo Stars of Tomorrow”; the ever-soulful Grammy award winner Anthony Hamilton; “Ballet Hispanico,” featuring live music by Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra; and “Kwanzaa Celebration Regeneration Night,” featuring renowned dance company Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre. For tickets, call the Apollo at (212) 531-5305 or Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, or visit www.ticketmaster.com. Family packs are also available; for more information, visit www.Apollo theatre.org.

Community

  • Occupy Brooklyn is teaming up with community groups from across Brooklyn for a weekend of rallies, teach-ins, direct actions and arts events Sat., Nov. 12 and Sun., Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall and the Korean War Veterans Plaza at Cadman Plaza West/East between Tillary and Johnson streets.
  • CEMOTAP (The Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People) will be hosting a forum entitled an “Update on ‘Like It Is’ and Gil Noble,” Sat., Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. at the CEMOTAP Center located at 135-05 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park, Queens. Dr. James McIntosh, CEMOTAP co-chair, will present an overview of what has taken place at WABC TV since the recent health-related retirement of Gil Noble and what must take place in the future. Also speaking will be activist Larry Hamm, of the People’s Organization for Progress; Broadcaster Bernard White, of Take Back WBAI; Viola Plummer, of the December 12th Movement; City Councilman Charles Barron; and Noble’s daughter, Lisa Noble, who will give an update on her father’s condition. For more information, contact Betty Dopson at (718) 322-8454 or James McIntosh at (347) 907-0629.
  • Nana Camille Yarbrough of Ancestor House will present a special lecture by Dr. Runoko Rashidi, historian, research specialist, writer, public lecturer and world traveler on Sun., Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. Participate in a question and answer period after the lecture; it’s a family affair, all ages are welcome. At the Langston Hughes auditorium of the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd. For more information, call (212) 252-3152 or email camilleyarbrough@gmail.com.
  • Congressman Charles Rangel will host the Rangel Career Fair Nov. 14 in the Great Hall of Shepard Hall of the City College of New York, West 138th Street and Convent Avenue, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No admittance after 3:15. The dair will provide networking opportunities for job seekers and connect them to employers who are ready to hire. At the fair will be representatives from over 60 organizations, including Microsoft, Walmart, MTA, CBS, New York Life Insurance, New York State Police, Hertz, Delta Airlines, Estee Lauder, JP Morgan Chase, AMC, Autozone and the Peace Corps. Business attire required, no backpacks or large bags are permitted. Please bring multiple copies of an updated resume. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/cbcRangel or call Rangel’s district office at (212) 663-3900.
  • The Ausar Auset Society presents “Kamitfest 2011,” a celebration of Kamitic (ancient African) culture, Sat., Nov. 19 from noon to 9 p.m., and Sun., Nov. 20 from noon to 7 p.m. at 626 Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn. Activities for the whole family include workshops, spiritual readings, entertainment and vegan -and admission is free! For more information, call (718) 469-3199,visit www.taui.biz or www.facebook.com/KamitFestNYC or email nvm@nilevalley.com.

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 www.wbai.org. To reach us about your event, email gbemail2@yahoo.com, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at GBELIFE.