In the spirit of our GBE African Liberation Month, “Afrocentricity and the African Resurgence” is coming May 18-19 in Philadelphia. Some of the top thinkers in the African world will discuss the necessary African resurgence in economics, culture, organization, spirituality and politics. Representatives are coming from Brazil, Colombia, Nigeria and other parts of the African world. For more info, call 215-882-9201 or visit


  • “Motown: The Musical,” based on a book by Berry Gordy Jr. and directed by Charles Randolph Wright, plays at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St. (between Eighth Avenue and Broadway). For group sales, call 212-339-6262 or 800-432-7780; regular tickets available at and at
  • “The Trip to Bountiful” (the acclaimed hit TV and Broadway stage play) returns, directed by Michael Wilson and featuring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr., Tony nominees Vanessa Williams and Condola Rashad and iconic three-time Emmy Award winner Cicely Tyson. Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. 43rd St. For more info or tickets, call 800-901-4092 or visit
  • “Kinky Boots” is playing at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. For more information, call 866-276-4887 or visit


  • Temptations & The 4 Tops perform Thursday, May 9, at 8 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, N.J.
  • “The Mother’s Day Weekend Concert: The Whispers & Stephanie Mills” perform live at Newark Symphony Hall’s Sarah Vaughn Concert Hall on Friday, May 10 at 8 p.m. 1030 Broad St., Newark, N.J. Tickets are on sale now at the Newark Symphony Hall box office. Call 973-643-8014 or 800-745-3000, or visit (Also appearing Saturday May 11, at 8 p.m. at the NYCB Theater at Westbury.)
  • Living legend and Grammy Award winner Patti LaBelle comes to the Lehman Center on Saturday, May 11, at 8 p.m. Also performing is the soulful singer Xavier Lewis and Whiskey Peach. Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, Bronx. Call the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 or visit
  • Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds performs with special guest Guy in a special Mother’s Day weekend concert on Saturday, May 11, at 8 p.m. at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Visit
  • The Apollo Theater, HarlemStage and Jazzmobile Inc., in collaboration with Columbia University, presents the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival through Saturday, May 11. For the complete lineup and more information, visit www.
  • “A Mother’s Day Celebration: Will Downing with special guest Gerald Albright” comes to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Sunday, May 12. One Center St., Newark, N.J. Call 1-888-GO-NJPAC or visit
  • Abyssinian Jazz Vespers presents the Aaron Diehl Trio with featured vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant performing “A Special Mother’s Day Concert” on Sunday, May 12, at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3 p.m. Abyssinian Baptist Church, 138 W. 138th St. Admission required. Call 212-862-7474 ext. 225.
  • Take Six celebrate their 25th anniversary at the Blue Note in the West Village on Thursday, May 9; Friday, May 10; Saturday, May 11; and Sunday, May 12, with two shows nightly at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Visit
  • Jazz Foundation of Americas presents “A Great Night in Harlem” featuring Macy Gray, Sharon Jones, Jonathan Batiste and Chad Smith, Elvis Costello, Paul Shaffer and Jeffrey Wright on Friday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Apollo Theater. Also, Quincy Jones pays homage to his mentor, legendary trumpeter Clark Terry, who just turned 92. For more info, call 212-245-3999 ext. 10 or visit


  • The New York African Film Festival is underway at Columbia University’s Institute of African Studies, Maysles Cinema Institute and BAMcinematek. For complete film festival information, visit


  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs Friday, May 10-Sunday May 12 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall. One Center St., Newark, N.J. Call 1-888-GO-NJPAC or visit


  • Community2Community (C2C) launches “Hope and a Future–A Celebration of Hati” on Friday, May 10, at the Christian Cultural Center campus, 1220 Flatlands Ave. in Brooklyn. The event officially inaugurates Haitian Heritage Month, the world premiere of “The Story of the Water” and C2C’s “Ayiti Marche.” There is a suggested donation. Sponsored by WBLS-FM, WLIB-AM, the Amsterdam News, Armour Creole, Positive Community and the New York Daily News. For more information, visit or call 718-393-7740.
  • The Eagle Academy Foundation celebrates Eagle Week now through May 11, bringing together educators, parents, community leaders and elected officials to design programs and strategies to help inner-city youth succeed. Among the events scheduled are:
  • ProfessionalDevelopment Conference Thursday, May 9, 8a.m.-3p.m. Eagle Academy-Bronx 4143 Third Ave., Bronx, N.Y.
  • Rep. Hakeem Jeffries to keynoteannual”Savingour SonsBreakfast”Friday,May 10,8:30a.m.-11a.m.Yankee Stadium, Legends Suite
  • “All-Male Youth Summit” Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Boys & Girls High School 1700 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. For more info, call 212-477-8370 or visit
  • “African Liberation at Home and Abroad.” CEMOTAP will host Harlem Poet Laureate George Edward Tait on Saturday, May 25, at 2 p.m. 135-05 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park, Queens, N.Y. Admission is free. For more info, call 718-322-8454.
  • Help! Urgent! The Afrikan Poetry Theatre (APT) is in danger of closing its doors due to the cutting of federal arts funds. APT is a nonprofit organization that provides a range of cultural, educational, recreational and social development programs. This is an institution that has served our community for 37 years! APT is depending on your generous support during these trying financial times (all donations are tax deductible). For more info, visit

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 7 to 9 p.m., and on WLIB-AM with “The GBE Mind Flight,” Sunday evenings from 9 p.m. to midnight. The full show can be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2. IGB is also heard on WBAI-FM 99.5 with Radio GBE: The “Global Black Experience” and “Global Beat Experience,” Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. We are archived online with both shows at To contact us, for bookings or to reach us about your event, email, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.