Greetings! This GBE Black Arts Month weekend, Circle of Sisters, the largest expo for women of color in New York City, is back on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20 at the Jacob Javits Center, located at 34th Street and 11th Avenue. Circle of Sisters will feature Steve Harvey, the Rev. Al Sharpton, life-changing seminars with Iyanla Vanzant and a special New York State of Health seminar on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) hosted by yours truly, Imhotep Gary Byrd. Enjoy the McDonald’s Gospelfest 2014 Gospel Explosion concert, a special worship service with WLIB’s Bishop Hezekiah Walker, and a live R&B concert featuring Keyshia Cole, Eric Benet, Amel Larreiux and more. For more information, visit wbls.com and wlib.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). It is running now through Dec. 31 at the John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., between Seventh and Eighth avenues. For tickets and information, call 212-239-6200 or visit atimetokillonbroadway.com.
“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 ticketmaster.com or motownthemusical.com.
“Platanos, Collard Greens & Callaloo.” That’s right, “callaloo!” This hilarious remix of the successful franchise brings the West Indian brethren in. Shaila Scott of WBLS-FM will host a “Girl’s Night Out” on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave. (enter on 25th Street between Lexington and Third avenues). For more information, call TheaterMania at 212-352-3101, or visit theatermania.com or plantanosandcollardgreens.com.
“Lady Day: The Billie Holiday Musical,” featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater and written and directed by Stephen Stahl, is running at the Little Shubert Theatre, 422 W. 42nd St. between Ninth and 10th avenues. For tickets, call 212-239-6200 or visit telecharge.com or ladydaythemusical.com.
Multiple Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight returns to the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Friday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. Special guests Mint Condition will also be on the bill. NYCB Theatre at Westbury is located at 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, N.Y. For more information, visit westbury-theatre.com.
John Legend performs at the Beacon Theatre on Monday, Oct. 29 and Tuesday, Oct. 29. For tickets, visit beacontheatre.com.
The famous Apollo Theater presents the world premiere of its new production, “James Brown: Get on the Good Foot—A Celebration in Dance,” on Oct. 22 at 8 p.m., with follow-up performances on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Apollo Theater box office. For tickets, call 212-531-5305 or purchase them in person at 253 W. 125th St. You can also purchase them through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000 or visiting ticketmaster.com. You can also visit apollotheater.org for more information.
“The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” a six-part documentary series by Henry Louis Gates Jr., will be airing Tuesdays (Oct. 22–Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT) on PBS. The series details the history of African-Americans from the origins of slavery on the African continent and the arrival of the first Black conquistador, Juan Garrido, in Florida in 1513, through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to today, when Barack Obama is serving his second term as president. Check your local PBS-TV stations, WNET and WLIW.
Are you too tired to get out of bed and exercise? Certified personal trainer, author, health advocate and WHCR radio personality Monifa Maat presents a unique fitness routine designed to be practiced from the convenience of one’s bed in “Bed Aerobics Fitness Flow: Easy Bed Exercises for the Body, Mind and Spirit,” a book of health and fitness. Join Maat on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 4-6 p.m. at the Harlem Stroke Foundation, 163 W.125th St.; 215 W. 125th St.; and then on Saturday Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the PIX11 Health and Wellness Expo (Booth 405–yoga section) at the Jacob Javits Center, located at 34th Street and 11th Avenue in New York City. For more information, visit healthexpo.pix11plus.com or thehealthymotivator.com or email Monifa@thehealthymotivator.com.
The Bed-Stuy Alive! Collective presents the ninth annual Bed-Stuy Alive! festival, with the theme “Live Heathy. Live Well. Live Green.” The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12-19. For information, visit besaa.org.
The African American Experience Forum (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Fair) will be held at Convent Avenue Baptist Church, located at 420 W. 145th St., on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. The college fair will feature a guest speaker from an HSBC, information on admissions and college tours and financial aid and scholarship. Admission is free. Take the 1, 3, 9, A, B, C or D trains to 145th Street. For more information, call 212-634-6767.
The Board for the Education of People of African Ancestry presents a master class: “Gentrification and History of Harlem: An Afternoon with A. Peter Bailey.” Bailey is an acclaimed journalist, author and lecturer. He was a founding member of the Organization of Afro-American Unity, organized in 1964 by Malcolm X. The event will take place Sunday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. at the John Henrik Clarke House, 286 Convent Ave., Harlem, N.Y. Admission is free. Call 347-907-0629 to RSVP.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.