Greetings! GBE’s African Re-Eduction Month highlights Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown, who dropped “edutainment” from the stage of Chicago’s Hard Rock Cafe. Kicking off the national touring company production of “Motown,” Gordy, still spry at 83 years old, surprised many when he told the crowd, “I started here, before there was Motown. I was an independent producer and was good friends with Leonard Chess at Chess Records. ‘Bad Girl’ by the Miracles was my first ever release for the Motown record label, and Chess Records picked it up.” Gordy also recalled the push he got from Johnson Publications with Ebony and Jet and the special partnership he had with the legendary black radio giant WVON in the Windy City.
“Motown: The Musical,” with book by Berry Gordy Jr. and featuring 2013 Tony nominee Valisia 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 or www.motownthemusical.com.
In “A Time to Kill,” Rupert Holmes revisits John Grisham’s 1989 legal story on race and justice. In the story, an African-American defendant (John Douglas Thompson) is threatened with capital punishment for the murder of white rapists. He is defended by a white lawyer (Sebastian Arcelus). The show will run Sept. 28 through Dec. 31 at John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., between Seventh and Eighth avenues. For tickets and more information, call 212-239-6200 or visit www.atimetokillonbroadway.com.
“The Trip to Bountiful,” featuring Leon Addison Brown in the role of Ludie, Tony nominee Vanessa Williams and three-time Emmy Award winner and 2013 Tony Award winner Cicely Tyson, has been 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.
“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/kinky-boots.
Harlem Opera Theater presents an exciting presentation of the winners of their 2013 Vocal Competition for the Classical Voice. The awards concert will be at the historic Church of the Intercession, 550 W. 155th St., on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. To reserve your tickets, call 212-592-0780 or visit www.harlemoperatheater.org.
Terence Blanchard will perform at the Blue Note on Sept. 29-30, and Larry Coryell will perform on Sept. 21-22. The Blue Note is located at 121 W. Third St. For more information, call 212-475-8592 or visit www.bluenotejazz.com.
Jazz at Lincoln Center opens the fall season on Sept.19-21 with the brilliant Ahmad Jamal and Wynton Marsalis plus the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. For more information, visit jalc.org.
Lionel Ritchie brings his classics to the Barclays Center on Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.barclayscenter.com/events.
The amazing Earth, Wind & Fire hit the stage at the Beacon Theatre on Sept. 24-25 at 8 p.m. The Beacon is located at 2124 Broadway (between West 74th and 75th streets). For more information, visit www.beacontheatre.com.
The 2013 Global Citizen Festival, intended to raise awareness of global poverty, returns to Central Park on Sat. Sept. 28. Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer and Kings of Leon will perform. Attendees will be eligible to obtain free tickets by getting involved in various social causes through www.globalcitizen.org.
T.D. Jakes presents “Winnie Mandela,” featuring Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson. Check theaters for listings.
The Board for the Education of People of African Ancestry invites the public to enjoy Brooklyn’s musical genius, Randy Weston, at his African Rhythms Concert at the House of the Lord Church (415 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY) on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. The concert will pay tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. John Henrik Clarke. Tickets are available at the House of the Lord and Sistas’ Place (456 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn) or by calling 347-907-0629.
Heart to Heart features “Men in Ministry – Men of Priase” in concert. Leading the illustrious roster is renowned paster Wess Morgan. The event will also feature the Revs. Eugene Martin, Vandell Atkins and Keith Bolden, Elder George Heyward, the Singing Pastors of Piscataway, the Labor of Love Ensemble, Alson Farley Jr. and others. Plus, back by popular demand, Herbalist Patrice, aka “The Bush Queen,” of EthniciTea NYC, will be in attendance with “Whole & Healthy Heart: Blood Pressure Aide Tea Blend” and many other heart-healthy favorites. This concert is a fundraiser; portions of the funds will go to support the American Heart Association. The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. For more information, visit www.symphonyspace.org or www.heart2healthypraise.com.
COHFAMM presents its fifth annual Educational Scholarship Awards Breakfast and Entertainment on Wedneday, Sept. 25 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the USA Diner, 243-03 Merrick Blvd., Queens, New York. Dr. Bob Lee from WBLS will be among the honored special guest. For more information, call 718-949-7933 or 212-561-0416 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
September is “National Preparedness Month,” and in celebration, the National Action Network Political Action Committee presents guest speaker Ramona Ponce, the team chief of South Harlem CERT on Saturday, Sept. 28. at 9 a.m. at the Weekly Radio Rally, which will take place at the House of Justice,106 W. 145th St. For more information, visit natioanlactionnetwork.net
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.