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“The Trip to Bountiful,” directed by Michael Wilson and featuring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Tony nominees Vanessa Williams and Condola Rashad and three-time Emmy 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.
“Newsical the Musical,” a musical mockery of the news, is now playing at the Kirk Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St. For tickets, call 212-239-6200 or 800-432-7250 or visit www.telecharge.com.
A James Brown tribute show will be performed on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at B.B. King. Blues Club in Times Square. Bernard “Prettie” Purdie and friends will perform on Friday, Aug. 30. For more information, visit www.bbkingsblues.com.
“Funky Jazz Vibe Master” Roy Ayers is at the Blue Note now through Sept. 1. Brilliant keyboardist Cassandra Wilson will hit the Blue Note on Sept. 5-6. Joe Sample & The Creole Joe Band will perform Sept. 10-16. 121 W. Third St. For more information, call 212-475-8592 or visit www.bluenotejazz.com.
Dahved Levy’s Caribbean Fever Music Festival will be held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Friday, Aug. 30-Monday, Sept. 1. For more information, visit www.fevereyes.com.
The New York Urban League Football Classic, featuring Benedict College vs. Virginia State University, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the MetLife Stadium. Kickoff time is at 3:30 p.m. The event will also feature a battle of the bands. For more information, visit www.nyulfootballclassic.com or www.ticketmaster.com or call 212-926-8000.
“For Colored Boys” is a highly anticipated dramatic web series about a father’s attempt to repair his broken family after being released from prison. Award-winning filmmaker Stacey Muhammad announced the series premiere and award-winning actor Isaiah Washington is executive producer. Watch it every Sunday at 7 p.m. EST on YouTube: www.youtube.com/staceymfilms.
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” based on the true story of White House butler Eugene Allen, who served seven successive presidents, is out in theaters now. The film features Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, among others. Check your local listings.
National Action Network (NAN) Political Action Committee presents a “Foster Care Informational Forum” at the NAN House of Justice, 106 W. 145th St. in Harlem on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 12 p.m. Come out and meet the staff of the Administration of Children’s Services and various foster care agencies to learn about becoming an adoptive or foster care parent for a teen, sibling group, parenting/pregnant teen, youth or child with special needs. The panelists will include Daseta Gray, certified infant toddler specialist; Sharonne Salaam, executive director of People United for Children and mother of Yusef Salaam of the “Central Park Five”; Rolando Bini, founder of Parents in Action; Milto, [[ED NOTE: Full name?]] the People’s Institute Above and Beyond; Woody Henderson, founder of the Organization for Reunification & Rehabilitation of Children & Families; and Roger Wareham, human rights attorney for the Freedom Party, who will have the latest updates from the Central Park Five court case. The next court date hearing is Sept. 17 at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.nationalactionnetwork.net.
In response to the horrific pandemic of Black-on-Black crime and Black self-genocide that is plaguing the country, the countless numbers of deaths of Black people at the hands of law enforcement officers and self-styled vigilantes (e.g., Travyon Martin, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Jordan Davis, Ramarley Graham and Kimani Gray), national incarceration levels and numerous other issues, attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz and activists from various organizations announce the upcoming 15th anniversary rally of the Million Youth March taing place in Harlem on Sept. 7 in front of the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard and 125th Street.
Also being organized during this time is the “Black Family Convention 2013,” which will place at the same location on Sept. 5-8. The theme of the march is “Millions for Travon” in honor of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Black man who was horrifically and unjustly slain by George Zimmerman, whose recent acquittal is being referred to as a “travesty of justice.” For more information, visit www.millionyouthmarch 2013.com.
The New York Chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations, in conjunction with the International African Arts Festival and the Skylight Gallery, will present a community education forum. There will a showing of the documentary “Emmett Till” and a follow-up discussion called “The Murders of Emmett Till & Trayvon Martin: Responding to the Long History of Racist Violence with Long Hard Resistance and Struggle” on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Restoration Plaza in the Skylight Gallery, 1368 Fulton St., Brooklyn, N.Y. Restoration Plaza is located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn between New York and Brooklyn avenues. Admission is free, but a $5 suggested minimum donation is requested. For further information, call 718-523-3312 or 718-789-3264 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure, a 5K run/walk through Central Park, will be held on Sept. 8. Register at www.komennyc.org/race.
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 www.wbai.org. To contact us for bookings or to reach us about your event, email email@example.com, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.