Greetings! As we move into “Our History Month,” otherwise known as GBE’s “Women’s History Month” 2014, Stacey Muhammad, creator, writer and director of the dramatic series “For Colored Boys: Redemption,” has announced that award-winning actor and director Charles S. Dutton (“Rudy,” “Alien 3,” “Roc”) will join the second season cast of “For Colored Boys.”
Dutton said that Muhammad’s series is a marvel of cinematic craft and superb storytelling. It reminds you of the high-quality HBO shows “The Corner” and “The Wire.” Muhammad also announced that actor Adesola Osakalumi from the Broadway hit musical “Fela!” will join the cast for season two as well.
“Motown: The Musical,” with book by Berry Gordy Jr., 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.
Woodie King Jr’s National Black Touring Circuit, in conjunction with the Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group, presents the 2014 Black History Month Play Festival. The festival will host “Yesterdays: An Evening with Billie Holiday,” starring Vanessa Rubin, written by Reenie Upchurch and directed by Woodie King Jr. from Friday, Feb. 28 to Sunday, March 2 at the National Black Theater, 2031 Fifth Ave. Performances are Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 2 at 4 p.m.
B.B. King Blues Club welcomes Stephanie Mills for an unforgettable performance on Wednesday, March 6, presented by WBLS-FM. The club is located in the heart of Times Square—on 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues.
Donald Harrison, Ron Carter and the Billy Cobham Trio come to the Blue Note Jazz Club Tuesday, March 4 to Sunday, March 9. For information or tickets, call 212-475-8592 or visit bluenotejazz.com.
The world-famous Apollo Theater (253 W. 125th St., Harlem) presents another season of “Amateur Night at the Apollo.” Also look for a special panel for Women’s History Month that will spotlight women in production on March 17. For tickets and more information, call 212-531-5300 or visit apollotheater.org.
Here’s a preview of an upcoming event: It’s the biggest gospel event of the year! McDonald’s Gospelfest 2014 will feature “Women Who Worship” and host the top women in gospel music. It’s a Mother’s Day experience you won’t want to miss, starring Yolanda Adams, CeCe Winans, the Clark Sisters, Shirley Caesar, Tramaine Hawkins, Dorothy Norwood, Dottie Peoples, Melba Moore, Cissy Houston, Vickie Winans, Kim Burrell, Tasha Cobbs and Erica Campbell.
Tickets are available at the Prudential Center box office in Newark, N.J., or through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000. For further information, call the McDonald’s Gospelfest hotline at 973-643-6262 or visit Ticketmaster.com and wlib.com.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus present celebrated and exciting Black ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson. The circus will arrive at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and beyond. For dates and tickets, visit ringlingbrosticketnetwork.com.
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.
Celebrated artist Al Johnson presents his new solo exhibition “The Room of Wonders” through March 15 at La Maison d’Art, 259 W. 132nd St. Take the 2, 3, A, B or C trains to 135th Street. For information and gallery hours, call 718 593-4108 or visit www.lamaisondartny.com.
GrownHipHop.Com Inc., in partnership with Gather Brooklyn and Freebrook Spaces, presents “Mtume Live,” a groundbreaking event that pairs legendary musician/agent for social change James Mtume (co-host of “Open Line”) and Melody Fox (president and CEO of Grown HipHop.Com Inc.) for an extraordinary conversation. The opening act will be 9-year-old drum prodigy Kojo Odu Roney and there will be special guest performances. It will take place on Friday, Feb. 28 from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. at Freebrook Spaces, located at 375 Stuyvesant Ave. in Brooklyn. For tickets and information, visit www.mtumelive.com.
Alondra Nelson, professor of sociology at Columbia University, director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality and author of “Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination,” along with health care innovator Maurice A. Reid, will be discussing health disparities in the Black community and the ongoing efforts to expand access to health care on Friday, Feb. 28 at York College in Jamaica, Queens. This Black History Month event is sponsored by the office of Council Member Daneek Miller, the December 12th Movement, CEMOTAP, Africans Helping Africans and WADU. The forum will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the main building, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., room 1M06. Books will be available for purchase. For further information, please call 718-398-1766.
The New York chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations, in conjunction with the International African Arts Festival, presents professor C. Daniel Dawson on Sunday, March 2 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., lecturing on “Cultures of Freedom: Quilombos, Palenques and Maroon Societies in the Americas and Beyond.” Dawson is a curator, art consultant and scholar with a focus on Central Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. Issues of art, relevance and interpretation are his focus, as well as migrations and transplantations, African Diaspora culture and spirituality. The lecture will be held at Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St., Brooklyn. There will be a suggested minimum donation. For information, call 718-789-3264 or email email@example.com
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.