Greetings! It’s September, “GBE African Re-Education Month.” Look for noted Harvard scholar Dr. Henry Louis Gates on the six-part, six-hour PBS-TV series “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” coming in October.
The acclaimed hit TV and Broadway stage play “The Trip to Bountiful,” featuring Leon Addison Brown, Tony nominees Vanessa Williams and Condola Rashad and three-time Emmy Award winner Cicely Tyson, is extended to Oct. 9. It 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.
“Straight to the Head,” with singing sensation and Tony Award winner Melba Moore, is coming to Newark Symphony Hall, 1020 Broad St., Newark, N.J., on Sept. 14–15 at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.newarksymphonyhall.org.
Brilliant keyboardist Cassandra Wilson performs at the Blue Note on Sept. 5-6. Joe Sample & The Creole Joe Band perform on Sept. 10-16. 121 W. Third St. For more information, call 212-475-8592 or visit www.bluenotejazz.com.
The Abyssinan Baptist Church Monthly Jazz Vespers Concert Series presents “The Homecoming Concert” featuring the Eric Reed Quintet on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3 p.m. Abyssinian Baptist Church, 132 Odell Clark Place at West 138th Street. For admission information and schedules, call 212-862-7474 x 225.
Amateur Night at the Apollo presents “Where Stars are Born & Legends are Made” on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at 253 W. 125th St. in Harlem. For more information, visit www.apollotheatre.org.
The amazing Earth, Wind & Fire come to the Beacon Theatre on Sept. 24-25 at 8 p.m. The Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway (between West 74th and 75th streets) For more information, visit www.beacontheatre.com.
The New York Urban League Football Classic, featuring Benedict College vs. Viriginia 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.
The legendary Bill Cosby comes to Westchester County Center in White Plains, N.Y., on Saturday, Sept. 7. For more information, visit www.WMconcerts.com.
Don’t miss Sinbad’s return to the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Friday, Sept. 13. Tickets are on sale now. Call 800-745-3000 or visit wwwTicketMaster.com.
“Shaquille O’Neal’s All Star Comedy Jam” comes to the Best Buy Theatre at Times Square, 1515 Broadway, on Saturday, Sept. 14. Shows will start at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Award-winning filmmaker Stacey Muhammad’s highly anticipated dramatic web series “For Colored Boys,” about a father’s attempt to repair his broken family after being released from prison, is running on YouTube. Watch it every Sunday at 7 p.m. EST on YouTube at 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.
The Rev. Al Sharpton’s “Politics Nation” and MSNBC present “Advancing the Dream” on Friday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m., live from the famous Apollo Theatre, 253 W. 125th St. The event will feature special guests including Stevie Wonder, Cathy Hughes, Condoleezza Rice, Tyler Perry Magic Johnson and more! For more information, visit www.facebook.com/PoliticsNation. Follow TV by the Numbers on Twitter, Facebook or RSS for all the latest. Also, call 877-626-4651 and visit www.nationalaction network.net.
Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz and activists from various organizations announce the upcoming 15th anniversary rally off the Million Youth March taking 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 take 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.millionyouthmarch2013.com.
The New York Chapter of the National Association of Kawaids Organizations, in conjunction with the International African Arts Festival and the Skylight Gallery, will present a community education forum. There will be 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 @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.