Greetings! October is GBE “Black Arts Month” 2014 and “Domestic Violence Month.” We have also moved into “Mental Health Awareness Week” (see “Community”).

All three of these fit together in an important pyramid. The combination of “the arts” with those suffering violent abuse and our mental health is a critical tool for healing and recovery.

The brilliant renaissance artiste Geoffrey Holder, a legendary actor, dancer, choreographer, writer, director and commercial voiceover specialist, has passed at the age of 84 of complications of pneumonia. Holder was a Tony Award winner for Best Director and Best Costume Design—the first for a Black man in each category. His brilliant work with his beautiful wife and brilliant dancer-artiste Carmen de Lavallade is currently being featured on Netflix in the 2009 documentary “Carmen & Geoffrey.” Special condolences to the family from all of us in the GBE artistic and cultural community.

Also, congratulations to our own Elinor Tatum, Herb Boyd and Josh Barker on their recent wins at the New York Association of Black Journalist’s 2014 Scholarship and Awards banquet for community journalism.


“Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned,” the new play by Tyler Perry, takes place Oct. 9 through 12 for six shows at the Beacon Theatre, 2130 Broadway at 75th Street. Tickets are available via the Beacon Theatre box office and Ticketmaster or by calling 866-858-0008 or visiting

Vy Higgensen’s musical “Alive! 55+ and Kickin’” is at the Dempsey Theater, 127 W. 127th St. in Harlem. For tickets and information, call 212-868-4444 or visit or

“Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical,” featuring Anthony Payne as the 1970s disco-era music legend in this Anthony Ken LLC Sheryl Lee Palph-Diva Foundation production. A run is scheduled at the Theatre at St. Clemons, 423 W. 46th St. Visit for further details.

With the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, “Selma ‘65” tells the real story of Viola Liuzzo, the white civil rights activist killed by Klansmen. Marietta Hedge plays dual roles on both sides. La Mama E.T.C., 74A E. Fourth St., between Bowery and Second Avenue. Call 212-475-7710 or visit

“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 or

“The Las Vegas Tribute to the Five Kings of Motown,” Sunday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. Call 718-631-5311 or visit

“Kinky Boots,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Billy Porter, is at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. For more information, call 866-276-4887 or visit

“Aladdin,” featuring Tony Award winner James Monroe Igleheart as the uniquely modern Genie, is playing now at the New Amsterdam Theatre, located at 214 W. 42nd St. Visit

“The Lion King” has evolved into the highest grossing show on Broadway, with a visually stunning yet realistic, thrilling landscape. Shows take place at the Miniskoff Theatre, 1515 Broadway. Call 212-869-0550 or visit


The Blue Note presents Lee Ritenour, now through Oct. 12. The Blue Note is located at 131 W. Third St. Call 212-475-8592 or visit

The Whispers perform at B.B. King Blues Club, located in the heart of Times Square, Oct. 11. Call 212-997-4144 or visit

Legendary actor and social activist Harry Belafonte and former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins will be joining the panel for “Apollo Uptown Hall: The Harlem/South Africa Connection” (Oct. 12), a panel discussion part of the Africa Now! Festival (Oct. 10–12). South African music legend Hugh Masekela will host the Africa Now! South Africa Mainstage concert Oct. 11. Visit

Carnegie Hall presents “Ubuntu: Music and Arts of South Africa,” featuring Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela and a special guest, fellow South African Dave Matthews, celebrating 20 years of freedom and democracy and the end of apartheid in South Africa. Friday, Oct. 10 at the Stern Auditorium Perelman Stage, located at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. Call 212-247-7800 or visit

Stevie Wonder is taking his landmark 1976 multiplatinum classic “Songs in the Key of Life” on the road. The legendary singer-songwriter-musician will launch his 11-city tour Nov. 6 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets can be purchased through all Ticketmaster outlets, on, by calling 1-800-745-3000, via the LiveNation app or


Christal Brown/INSPIRIT, in collaboration with the Kumble Theatre for the Performing Arts, presents “The Opulence of Integrity,” a four-movement evening-length work inspired by the life and legacy of Muhammed Ali Sunday, Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. at One University Plaza, Brooklyn, N.Y. Call 718-488-1624 or visit for more information.


Taui Network and Ausar Auset Society host a “Sofik Aabut Black Writers Conference” featuring authors Dr. Ra Un Nefer Amen, Nana Camille Yarbrough and more! Saturday, Oct. 11-13, noon-6 p.m., at 305 Remsen Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For further information, call 718-469-3199 or visit


The Rev. Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood invites you to“Mental Health Awareness Week,” Thursday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m. to noon at Mt. Oisgah Baptist Church, 760 Dekalb Ave., between Marcy and Tompkins avenues, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Call 718-498-5555 for more information.

The NAACP New York State Conference will convene its 78th annual convention at the Westchester Marriott Hotel, 670 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, N.Y., Oct.10-12.This year’s theme is “NAACP: All in for Justice and Equality.” For more information, please call 212-344-7474 or visit

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.