Greetings! The 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which took place at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., is coming! It will be led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network, and Martin Luther King III, president of Realize the Dream and eldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Several prominent national civil rights organizations, including the NAACP, National Urban League and others, will also be there on Saturday, Aug. 24. It will not only be a commemoration, but a continuation of the efforts of 50 years ago. Join the march and “Realize the Dream.” Let your voice be heard and your presence be counted. For travel information and general information, visit www.nationalactionnetwork.net.
“Storyville,” choreographed by Mercedes Ellington (granddaughter of Duke Ellington), spotlights the place many historians call the “birthplace of jazz”—the famed “Storyville” district in New Orleans in 1917. It’s now playing at the theater at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 619 Lexington Ave. at 54th Street. It will run through Aug. 17. For more information, call 212-935-5820 or visit www.yorktheatre.org.
“Shida,” written and performed by Jeanette Bayardelle (star of “Hair” and “The Color Purple” on Broadway), tells the powerful and inspiring true story of one girl’s struggle to achieve her dreams. The show is running now through Aug. 28. For more information, visit www.shidathemusical.com.
“The Trip to Bountiful,” directed by Michael Wilson and featuring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Tony nominees Vanessa Williams and Condola Rashad and legendary three-time Emmy Award winner and 2013 Tony Award winner Cicely Tyson, is now playing at the Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. 43rd St. For more information or tickets, call 800-901-4092 or visit www.newyorkcitytheatre.com.
“Motown: The Musical,” with book written by Berry Gordy Jr. and featuring 2013 Tony nominee Valesia LeKae as Diana Ross, Tony nominee Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson and Brandon Dixon as Berry Gordy, is now playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St. (between Eighth Avenue and Broadway) For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com and www.motownthemusical.com.
“Kinky Boots,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Billy Porter, is now playing at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. For more information, call 866-276-4887 or visit www.broadway.com/shows/kinkyboots.
Set sail with BLS-FM on a Smooth Cruise with Rachelle Ferrell on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. aboard the Spirit of New York at Pier 61, Chelsea Pier. For more information, visit www.wbls.com.
Listen to some class soul from Gladys Knight and the O’Jays at New Jersey Performing Arts Center,1 Center St., Newark, N.J. on Friday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.wbls.com/events or www.njpac.org.
New York City diva-legend Melba Moore will perform with Andre Ward at B.B King Blues Club in Times Square on Friday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. For more information, go to www.bbkingsblues.com.
The funky and brilliant vibraphonist Ron Ayers is coming on Tuesday, Aug. 27 to the Blue Note, 121 W. 3rd St. For more information, call 212-475-8592 or visit www.bluenotejazz.com.
“The Butler,” based on the true story of White House butler Eugene Allen, who served seven successive presidents, comes out in theaters on Aug. 16. The film features Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, among others. Check your local listings.
“2 Guns,” starring Denzel Washington, is playing in theaters everwhere. Check your local listings.
“Fruitvale Station” is now playing in select theaters. Check your local listings.
National Action Network’s HOJ Deaf Club will host a movie night on Friday, Aug. 16 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the House of Justice, 106 W. 145th St. (between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard) Small donations will be taken at the door. For more information, contact Tanya Ingram at HOJDeafclub@aol.com.
City Parks Foundation and SummerStage Kids present “Griots in Concert,” an inspirational and motivating performance of stories, music and songs from Africa, the Caribbean and America, on Friday, Aug. 16 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Poe Park, Grand Concourse between East 192 Street and East Kingsbridge Road in the West Bronx. The event is free. For more information, visit www.nycgovparks.org.
WBLS, WLIB and Harlem Week present “Summer in the City,” an all-day lineup of events featuring “Dancing in the Streets,” “Uptown Saturday Night” and much more on Saturday, Aug. 17. On Sunday, Aug. 18, it’s Harlem Day, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The day’s events will include the much anticipated Stevie Wonder tribute, “Songs in the Key of Life” (rescheduled from July due to rain), and a celebration of “Motown: The Musical” from 1-7 p.m. For information, schedules and multiple stage locations, call 212-862-7200 or visit www.harlemweek.com or www.wbls.com.
Join legendary New York City radio personality Ken “Spider” Webb and friends online at www.kenwebb.com or at the Harlem State Office Building (163 W. 125th St., just east of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard), second floor, on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. for “Support in the Key of Life,” a medical online fundraising “Webb-athon” for my son Khamit Byrd, who is battling diabetic macular edema. It will be hosted by Webb and special guests. I’ll be there, along with Bob Law, Roy Ayers, Alyson Williams and other surprise guests. You can donate during the webcast. To submit donations at any time online, just Google search “You Caring: Gary Byrd” or “Khamid Byrd.” Seating is limited.
The Men’s Ministry of the Historic First Church of God in Christ and the Central Brooklyn Leadership Council will host a debate on the question, “Has gospel music become too wordly?” on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. at the church, 221 Kingston Ave., Brooklyn.
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 7-9 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 5-7 p.m. We are archived online with both shows at www.wbai.org. To contact us for bookings or to reach us about your event, email firstname.lastname@example.org, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.