Greetings! As we leave Women’s History Month and make way for our GBE “Spirit Lift Month,” on behalf of family, friends and our fellow supporters, we thank you all for your condolences on the passing of my GBE producer, brother in the struggle and close friend J.D. Livingston, who passed on my birthday, March 14. For information on the upcoming public memorial service or to leave greetings, condolences and messages, use our GBE line at 212-592-3279.


The historic 2014 revival of “A Raisin in the Sun,” Lorraine Hansberry’s heart-wrenching family drama, stars Academy and Tony Award winner Denzel Washington and LaTanya Richardson. It will be directed by Kenny Leon (“Fences”). It’s currently in previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., New York, N.Y. Opening night is April 3. For tickets, call 800-901-4092 or visit

“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 is now featuring multiplatinum-selling and Grammy Award-winning superstars Toni Braxton and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds through March 30 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 W. 47th St.) For information or tickets, call 212-719-4099 or visit

“Motown: The Musical,” with book by Berry Gordy Jr. and featuring 2013 Tony nominee Charl Brown, Brandon Dixon and Felicia Roswell, is now playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., between Eighth Avenue and Broadway. For tickets, visit or

“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


The world-famous Apollo Theater (253 W. 125th St.) in Harlem presents another season of “Amateur Night.” For tickets and events, call 212-531-5300 or visit“Disco Inferno” comes to Resorts World Casino (110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, N.Y., near John F. Kennedy Airport) on Saturday, March 29. There will be performances by Evelyn “Champagne” King, Anita Ward, France Joli, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes and more! For more information, call 888-886-8801 and locate your free shuttle at

B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square (42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues) presents brilliant performer and legendary Motown songwriter Valerie Simpson in a solo performance on Friday, April 11. Tickets are available at the box office; call 212-997-4144 or visit

Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly, comes to the Beacon Theatre on Saturday, April 12. For information, call 866-625-4586 or visit


For Women’s History Month, Debi Jackson of WBLS “Sunday Classics” presents her third annual photo exhibit now through Monday, March 31 at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building (163 W. 125th St, second floor art gallery). For more information, call 646-717-2210.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture presents “Motown: The Truth is a Hit.” The multimedia showcase is on display now through July 26 at the Schomburg Center (515 Malcolm X Blvd. and 135th Street in Harlem, N.Y.)


Professor James Small, the Rev. Diane Lacey and Dr. Divine Pryor will discuss why education must be re-established in prisons at the Dr. John Henrik Clarke House (286 Convent Ave., Harlem) on Sunday, March 30 at 3 p.m. Anyone with an imprisoned family member or friend should attend this important session. Admission is free. Call 347-907-0629 for additional information.

The New Jersey National Action Network invites you and your organization to join us on Saturday, March 29 at 8:15 a.m. as we “forge forward” to develop a multifaceted approach and plan to build harmony and peace into our communities. The summit will take place at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 149 Springfield Ave., Newark, N.J. The summit is free. Visit

The National Black Writers’ Conference begins on Thursday, March 27 and will feature the theme “Reconstructing the Master Narrative.” Highlights include a Poetry Café at Central Brooklyn Public Library from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 27. It’s free and open to the public. It will feature Jessica Care Moore, Tony Medina, Edward Mabrey and emerging writers.

The 10th anniversary of the Center for Black Literature will be celebrated at the conference on Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m. The conference will host a conversation and readings with Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, Mervyn Taylor and Adrian Aulier on Friday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. A VIP awards celebration will take place on Saturday, March 29 at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 718-270-4811.

The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and the National Conference of Black Lawyers will host “A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba” on Saturday, March 29 at the House of the Lord Church, located at 415 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. Food and refreshments will be served.

The National Action Network New York City chapter’s Political Action Committee presents a National Women’s History Month forum and National Professional Social Work Month celebration at the House of Justice (106 W. 145th St., Harlem) on Saturday, March 29 at 12:30 p.m. Hear from a cross section of influential women. The special guest speaker will be Faye Moore, a social worker and the former president of SSEU Local 371, DC 37. There will be a special encore performance by Iesha Sekou of Street Corner Resources. Take the 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 trains to 145th Street. The event is free.

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.