Greetings! It’s GBE’s “Black Religious & Resurrection Month.” Now through April 6, the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) is bringing together civil rights activists, clergy, youth leaders, young professionals, individuals from the Obama Administration, prominent voices in the media and many more in New York at the Sheraton Times Square for the National Action Network’s 15th annual convention. NAN has gathered some of our best to assess the state of civil rights, tackle existing challenges, strategize and prepare for the future. The entire conference is free and open to the public. For more info, go to


  • “Detroit ’67,” written by Dominique Morisseau, is now playing. Set in 1967 Detroit, the play follows Chelle and her brother Lank, who try to make ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. But they are eventually caught in the middle of the ’67 riots. Now through Sunday, April 14, at the National Black Theatre, 2031 Fifth Ave. at 125th St. in Harlem. For more info and tickets, call 866-811-4111 or visit
  • “My Brother Marvin” stars Emmy Award-winning actress Lynn Whitfield, Image Award-winning actor Clinton Powell, R&B sensation Keith Washington, vocal powerhouse Tony Grant and platinum-selling R&B group Az Yet. The show is told by his sister Zeola thru the eyes of his mother’s “hidden” journals. Official opening is on Thursday, April 11, at the Beacon Theatre. For more info and tickets, visit www. or
  • “Motown: The Musical,” based on the book by Berry Gordy Jr. and directed by Charles Randolph Wright, is the real story of “Hitsville U.S.A.” See and hear legendary Motown founder Berry Gordy’s incredible journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul. Gordy launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more. Broadway previews are running at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St. (between Eighth Avenue and Broadway), and the official opening is on Sunday, April 14. For group sales, call 212-339-6262 or 800-432-7780; purchase regular tickets at and at
  • “The Trip to Bountiful” (the acclaimed hit teleplay and Broadway stage play), directed by Michael Wilson and featuring Oscar Winner Cuba Gooding, Tony nominees Vanessa Williams and Condola Rashad, and legendary three time Emmy Award winner, Cicely Tyson, returns. Previews have begun for a 14-week run at the Sondheim Theatre,124 W. 43rd St. For more info or tickets, call 800-901-4092 or visit
  • “Futurology the Musical” is a new sci-fi musical starring Sheryl Lee Ralph, Khalil Kain from “Girlfriends” and Hillary Hawkins from Nick Jr. “Futurology” will be running from April 5 to May 5 at the St. Clements Theatre, 423 W. 46th St. For more info, visit


  • Living Colour will perform on Saturday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place near Union Square (between 15th and 16th streets). For more info, visit
  • Alicia Keyes’ “Set the World on Fire Tour” with Grammy Award winner Miguel comes to the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on Monday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Madison Square Garden on Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. For more info or tickets, visit or
  • B.B. King, the “King of the Blues,” is on tour, jamming with Jonathan “Boogie” Long, on Thursday, April 11, at the Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, N.Y. He’ll also be hitting Madison Square Garden for one night only, on Friday, April 12. For more info, call 914-957-4126 or visit King will also be at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Times Square on Tuesday, April 16. Visit
  • Oleta Adams is performing at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Times Square on Friday, April 12, with shows at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Call 800-282-8485 or visit


  • Universoul Circus will be in Queens now through Sunday, April 14, and in Brooklyn from April 17-28. Get your tickets now at


  • The Adelaide Sanford Institute presents a pivotal exhibition, “Courage: The Black New York Struggle for Quality Education,” curated by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, held at Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration, 1368 Fulton St., Brooklyn, N.Y., from April 9 through May 3. The exhibit is a pictorial display depicting how Black New Yorkers have strived to provide quality education for their children over the span of more than three centuries.
  • The gala opening of “Within Our Reach: The Struggle for Quality Education” will be held on Monday, April 8, at Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration. Special guests include Susan L. Taylor, founder and CEO of the National CARES Mentoring Movement and editor-in-chief emeritus of Essence Magazine, and Dr. Adelaide L. Sanford, vice chancellor emerita of the New York state Board of Regents. Call 800-850-6353 or visit


  • BK Nation: The Live Music and Culture Session, a fundraiser for the new organization, will be hosted by activist-author Kevin Powell on Friday, April 5, at (le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free admission, donations requested. For more info, call 718-756-8501 or visit
  • Cultural Caravan TV presents a broadcast panel recorded discussion on Sunday, April 7, at MIST in Harlem to promote cross-cultural communication and collaboration between the African and African-American communities here in New York. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. William Seraile and play on Cultural Caravon TV, Channel 25 NYC-Life.
  • “Elevating: 20 Years of Arts & Activism” will feature a conversation with social entrepreneur, activist and writer April R. Silver. The event will be moderated by award-winning journalist Curtis Stephen. “Elevating” will take place on Tuesday, April 9 at the Schomberg Center’s Langston Hughes Auditorium, 515 Malcolm X Blvd. from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be a discussion about her 20th anniversary as head of Akila Worksongs, one of the leading communications agencies of its kind in the country. Special guest commentators and a Q-and-A session will follow. Free, open to all. RSVP at 718-756-8501 or at

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