Happy King Day and congratulations to our re-elected president, Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and the first family!
- “Tar Baby,” featuring Desiree Burch, tells the story of America’s infamous black-and-white love affair. Drawing on folktales, history and autobiography, Burch speaks to the growing majority of minority experiences in America. DR2 Theatre, 103 E. 15th St. Ends Jan. 19. Telecharge: 800-432-7250 or 212-239-6200.
- “Fried Chicken and Latkes” stars Rain Pryor, daughter of the late comedic genius Richard Pryor. This solo show features a “parade of friends, relatives and tormentors” plus impressions of her dad and reveals Rain’s surprisingly strong singing voice. At Actors Temple Theatre at Congregation Ezrath Israel, 339 W. 47th St., through Feb 25. For tickets, call 800-432-7250 or 212-239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.
- B.B. King’s Blues Club presents “A Gospel Brunch” with the Harlem Soul Choir, held every Sunday at noon. For more info, call 212-997-4144 or visit www.bbkingblues.com.
- Be inspired and celebrate the life of one of the 20th century’s most inspiring leaders, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Friday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. at NJPAC’s annual musical celebration. This year’s event puts the spotlight on contemporary gospel with two of the genre’s hottest stars, Marvin Sapp and Kim Burrell, whose unique sound combines traditional gospel with elements of jazz. Special guest speaker is Will Power, an award-winning pioneer in the genre of hip-hop theater, renowned for his work as an actor, rapper, playwright and educator. Presented in association with the Newark Unit of the NAACP. 7 p.m. at Prudential Hall. www.njpac.org
- “Best of the African Diaspora Film Festival,” through Jan. 20, Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 W. 120th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam. Take No. 1 train to 116th Street. Photo ID required to enter the building. For more info, visit www.nyadiff.org.
- ArtMattan Films and Film Forum are pleased to present the U.S. theatrical premiere of “The Pirogue,” a drama of 30 men (and one woman, a stowaway) who set out on an illegal seven-day voyage to Spain, making the perilous trip in a pirogue, a boat resembling a vastly oversized dinghy. Jan. 23-Feb. 5 at the Film Forum, West Houston Street, west of Sixth Avenue. For more info and showtimes, go to www.filmforum.org
- Historian Dr. Runoko Rashidi will present a new lecture and book on “The Black Presence in Asia” at CEMOTAP (Committee To Eliminate Media Offensive To African Peoples) Center at 135-05 Rockaway Blvd. in Queens, Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. Admission is free. For more info, call 718-322-8454.
- The Malcolm X Commemoration Committee and 1199 SEIU activists present their dinner tribute to Black political prisoners and their families on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center, 310 W. 43rd St. (near Eighth Avenue), from 3 to 7 p.m., with dinner at 4. Proceeds go to the commissary accounts of the political prisoners. The theme is “Transforming Solidarity: Working Together to End Political Imprisonment and Mass Incarceration.” For reservations and more info, call 718-512-5008. “Like” them on Facebook at Facebook.com/Malcolm X Commemoration Committee.
- Peoples Organization for Progress, along with many other organizations, will march and rally for jobs, economic justice and peace to observe the birthday of the immortal Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday, Jan. 19. Starts at the Lincoln Monument on Springfield Avenue and West Market Street in Newark at noon. POP is taking a bus to President Obama’s inauguration. Buses will leave Monday, Jan. 21, at 6 a.m. sharp from Lincoln Park in Newark. The bus ride is open to the general public. For seat reservations and other information, call 973-801-0001.
- The 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Observance for Racial and Religious Harmony takes place Sunday, Jan. 20, featuring inspiring words from various religious leaders and uplifting choral performances. Join the celebration at any or all three locations. Bus space is limited. To reserve seats, or for more info, contact the NY MLK Center for Non-Violence at 718-589-7858, ext. 30, or www.nymlkcenterfor nonviolence.org.
- The Afrikan Poetry Theatre and Sistas Collaborative present the seventh annual celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s theme is “Community Empowerment Through Economic Development.” Activities include a screening of “Hidden Colors 2: Triumph of Melanin” by King Flex Entertainment. Sunday, Jan. 20, from 3 to 7 p.m. at 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Queens. Free admission. Mini African marketplace with food available. For information and vending opportunities, call 718-523-3312 or 347-507-0823.
- State Sen. Kevin Parker’s Shared Dream Foundation and other sponsors host the ninth annual tribute in word and song to the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30. Brooklyn College Walt Whitman Theater, 2900 Campus Road. The free musical showcase features local, diverse performing artists and Stellar Award-winning gospel recording artist JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise. The tribute concert unites all faiths, youth performers, community leaders and Central Brooklyn residents. Community leaders and other elected officials will attend and pay tribute as well. For additional information, call 718-629-6401.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.