Greetings! We salute Black History Month 2014!


The National Black Touring Circuit’s 2014 Black History Month Play Festival will hold poetic, musical and theatrical performances in Harlem that will celebrate acclaimed poet Amiri Baraka, legendary singer Billie Holiday, the Great Divas of Gospel and Ossie Davis’ renowned play “The People of Clarendon County” from Feb. 7-March 2. For more information, call 212-353-1176.

“Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington,” written by Clare Coss and presented by the New Federal Theatre in association with the Castillo Theatre, is playing now through Feb. 16. The Castillo Theatre is located at 543 W. 42 St. For more info, call 212-941-1234 or or 212-353-1176 or visit

“The Kitchen,” a thrilling drama presented by the H.A.D.L.E.Y Players in association with Voza Rivers’ New Heritage Theatre Group, is now playing at the Poet’s Den, 309 E. 108th St. in East Harlem. For more information and tickets, call 646-502-6562 or visit

“Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds,” a jammin’ musical based on a story by Cedella Marley and featuring the timeless music and lyrics of Bob Marley, will be running from Feb.7-Feb. 23 at the New Victory Theater. For tickets and information, visit

“Motown: The Musical,” with book by Berry Gordy Jr. and featuring Felicia Boswell 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 or

“After Midnight” celebrates the glamour and exuberance of Harlem’s Golden Age, with the timeless songs of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Harold Arlen woven around the prose of Langston Hughes. The production stars Grammy Award winner Fantasia and Emmy Award nominee Dulé Hill (“The West Wing”). The music was selected by the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars. For more information, call 800-982-2787 or visit


Jeffrey Osbourne, formerly of LTD, performs at B.B. King Blues Club (237 W. 42 St.) on Friday, Feb 7. Also taking place at the venue are a “Bob Marley Birthday Bash” on Feb. 8 and a James Brown tribute show on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Dwele will perform on Wednesday, Feb. 12. For more info, call 212-997-4144 or visit

Jazz legend Ron Carter is appearing now through Feb. 9 at the Blue Note Jazz Club, 131 W. Fourth St., and the brilliant Rachel Farrell takes the stage Feb 13-16. For more information, call 212-475-8592.


The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture announces its first exhibition of 2014, “Motown: The Truth is a Hit.” Featuring items highlighting Motown’s Berry Gordy and the institution’s beloved musical acts, the multimedia showcase is on display now until July 26 at the Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd. at 135th Street.


The world-famous Apollo Theater is hosting a series of artistic and community programs to celebrate Black History Month. The Apollo’s 2014 Black History Month includes the return of the 1930s/1940s nightclub-style show “Apollo Club Harlem”; a free open house weekend in celebration of the Apollo’s 80th anniversary with a concert featuring the incomparable pastor Shirley Caesar; the return of the popular independent emerging artist concert series “Apollo Music Café”; and the Apollo “Live Wire” discussion series “Black Style on Stage.” For more information, visit

“A Tribute in Memory of Amiri” well be held on Saturday, Feb. 8 to honor the late Amiri Baraka, the legendary author, poet, playwright and scholar. The event will be held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., at 7:30 p.m. and will feature words and music by Ted Wilson, Haki Madhubuti, Sonia Sanchez, Quincy Troupe, Blu Ark, Bill Harris, Umar Bin Hassan, Craig Harris, Dwight Trible and others. For more information, call 212-279-4200 or visit

The World Afrikan Disapora Union will be holding a celebration on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. to ensure that the Afrikan Poetry Theatre survives. The forum is free! Offerings of fruits and vegetables are appreciated. The theater is located at 176-03 Jamaica Ave. in Queens. For information and directions, call 646-361-0230.or email

Come to an open house at the Dr. John Henrik Clarke House on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. The afternoon will include activists, scholars, friends and comrades recording memorable interactions with Clarke, which will be added to his archives. Dr. Adelaide Sanford, A. Peter Bailey, Nana Camille Yarbrough, attorney L. Londell McMillan, Councilman Charles Barron, Assemblywoman Inez Barron and Dr. James McIntosh will be among those giving brief oral histories. Clarke House is located at 286 Convent Ave. in Harlem. Admission is free.

Join legendary radio personality and filmmaker Bob Law and myself, Imhotep Gary Byrd, “The Radio Griot,” on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. for a special Black History Month forum, “Saying It Loud: Understanding the Historical Legacy of Black Radio,” at the Historic First Church of God in Christ, 221 Kingston Ave., Brooklyn. Admission is free. Goodwill offerings will benefit the Mary McLeod Bethune Mother’s Day tribute.

Mayor Sharpe James will lecture on the contents of his best-selling book “Political Prisoner” at CEMOTAP Center, 135-05 Rockaway Blvd., S. Ozone Park, on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. The book exposes how he was framed by Gov. Chris Christie, as well as how intractable corruption continues to cripple Newark. Admission is free. Call 347-907-0629 for more information.

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 To contact us for bookings or to reach us about your event, email, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.