Greetings! April is Black Resurrection Month in the GBE. As the celebration of Easter and the Resurrection of Christ will move many in the spirit, we also resurrect the spirit of prominent Messengers of the Word, including two who died on April 4 in different years: the Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (1971) and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1968). Both King and Powell are the inspirational mentors of the Rev. Al Sharpton today.
Don’t forget “Oprah’s Lifeclass,” coming to Radio City Music Hall with Tony Robbins on April 2 from 8-10 p.m.!
- Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre, in association with the Castillo Theatre, presents, for Women’s History Month, “Court-Martial at Fort Devens,” by Jeffrey Sweet. At the Castillo Theatre, 543 W. 42nd St. (between 10th and 11th avenues). Performances through April 1. For tickets and more information, call (212) 941-1234 or (212) 253 1176 or visit www.newfederaltheatre.org.
- Tennessee Williams’ classic “A Streetcar Named Desire,” featuring Blair Underwood, Nicole Ari Parker, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Wood Harris. Sixteen weeks only–previews begin April 3, opening night April 22. At the Broadhurst Theatre, 253 W. 45th St. For tickets and more information, call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com or www.streetcaronbroadway.com.
- Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots,” featuring powerful new music written by Perry, about a wealthy family with everything they need and most of what they want. April 5 at 8 p.m. at the Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway. For more information, call (212) 465-6500 or visit www.beacontheatre.com.
- “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.
- Whoopi Goldberg’s “Sister Act,” the stage musical based on the movie, features funky, soulful songs by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater and presents the dynamic debut of Patina Miller. At the Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway. For more information, visit www.sisteractbroadway.com.
- “Sistas the Musical,” a joyous musical celebration of African-American women from Bessie Smith to Mary J. Blige, at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W. 46th St. Performances: Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, call (212) 239 6200 or visit www.telecharge.com or www.sistasthemusical.com.
- “Secrets of Elder Sisters” by Betty Dopson of CEMOTAP, based on her popular book about the courage and indomitable spirit of seven powerful sisters, brings Women’s History Month to life. Opened Fri., March 23. At the Black Spectrum Theatre, 177th Street and Baisley Boulevard inside Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica, Queens. For tickets, directions and information, call (718) 723-1800.
- The 13th annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, “Jazz: A Music of the Spirit,” runs March 30-April 30. On Fri., March 30, at 9:30 p.m., it’s a salute to Gil Scott-Heron with Abiodun Oyewole, Bilal Sunni-Ali and others, presented by the National Black Writers Conference & Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium. At For My Sweet, 1103 Fulton St. at Classon Avenue. For tickets, call (800) 838-3006, ext. 1, or visit www.brownpapertickets.com.
- The Brooklyn Jazz Festival also presents on Mon., April 16, “The Last Poets, Originators of Revolutionary Poetry,” at For My Sweet. Two shows at 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. For more information, call (718) 857-1427 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- “Legends of Disco” live at Manhattan Center/Hammerstein Ballroom, featuring the Trammps featuring Earl Young, Chic with Nile Rodgers, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Tavares and more! Sat., March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St. For more information and tickets, call (212) 279-7740 or (800) 745-3000.
- The NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts hosts the premiere of “An African Nubian Suite” by Randy Weston with his African Rhythms Orchestra on Easter Sunday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at 566 LaGuardia Place, at Washington Square South. The concert features appearances by poet Jayne Cortez and historian Robin D. G. Kelley. For tickets, call (212) 352-3101 or (866) 811-4111. For more information, visit www.nyuskirball.org/calendar/weston.
- Cirque du Soleil presents “Michael Jackson: The Immortal.” Through dance, music and acrobatics, the show explores Jackson’s love of music, the beauty of nature and a dash of magic, inspired by Jackson’s immensely popular music. At Madison Square Garden, Tues., April 3 through Thurs., April 5 at 8 p.m. Also at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Sat., April 7 at 8 p.m. and Sun., April 8 at 4 p.m. For tickets and more information, call (888) 456-8499 or visit www.thegarden.com or www.nassaucoliseum.com.
- Join award-winning singer-author Rickie Byars-Beckwith for a series of uplifting and transformative events celebrating her latest book, “Let My Soul Surrender: Grace Notes of a Journey.” A discussion and book signing will be held Thurs., March 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ausar Auset Society Cultural Arts Center, 626 Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn. For more information, call (718) 469-3199. An event will also be held Sat., March 31 at 4 p.m. at Hue-Man Bookstore, 2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd., between 124th and 125th streets. For more information, call (212) 665-7400.
- “Life Visioning: A Weekend Workshop with Michael Beckwith” features Rickie Beckwith performing musical selections at Middle Collegiate Church, 112 Second Ave., near East 7th Street, Fri., March 30, 7-9 p.m.
- The Center for Black Literature at CUNY’s Medgar Evers College will host the 11th National Black Writers Conference (NBWC) Thurs., March 29 through Sun., April 1 on its campus at 1650 Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn. This year’s theme is “The Impact of Migration, Popular Culture, and the Natural Environment in the Literature of Black Writers.” The 2012 conference will honor literary and cultural icons. Visit www.nationalblackwritersconference.org for highlighted events and the full program schedule.
- Rep. Charles Rangel invites small business owners and entrepreneurs to hear Karen Mills, from the Small Business Administration, and David Hinson, director of the Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency, discuss various federal initiatives to help you grow your businesses on Tues., April 10 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Harlem State Office Building. He is also hosting an information session about finding and applying to government job opportunities, the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps on Thurs., April 12 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Aaron Davis Hall inside the City College of New York. For more details, visit rangel.house.gov.
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 email@example.com, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at GBELIFE.