Greetings. On behalf of the world famous Apollo, the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and the GBE team, our thanks to everyone who turned out for our first double show, “Kwanzaa Regeneration Night.” There was great energy in the Kwanzaa spirit.

Also, pass the word! There is a new program change for 2015. Our “Radio GBE: Global Black Experience/Global Beat Experience,” broadcast on WBAI-FM, moves from Saturdays 5 to 7 p.m. to every Friday 6 to 8 p.m., effective immediately. We are very excited about the move and looking forward to doing some great things in the coming year.

In a gesture of appreciation, Paramount Pictures will show civil rights drama “Selma” free of charge at the Selma Walton Theater in the city of Selma, Ala., beginning Jan. 9. (See “FILM” for more info.)


Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is the Tony Award-winning musical with a contemporary take on the classic tale. Rediscover Rodgers and Hammerstein’s memorable songs such as “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago.” Starring KeKe Palmer as “Ella” and NeNe Leakes (from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”) as Madame. Broadway Theater, 1681 Broadway, between West 52nd and 53rd streets. For ticket information, go to

“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

“Kinky Boots,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Billy Porter, is at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. Visit shows/kinky-boots.

“Aladdin,” featuring James Monroe Igleheart, the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Featured Actor, as the uniquely modern genie, is now playing at the New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St. Visit

“The Lion King,” the highest grossing show on Broadway, features a visually stunning yet realistic landscape. Actors dressed as wild animals, encompassing their characters in spectacular, goose bump-giving performances, keep audiences coming back time and again to the Miniskoff Theatre, 1515 Broadway. Call 212-869-0550 or visit


Spoken word champion Bryonn Bain performs his one-man tour de force, the multimedia “Lyrics From Lockdown,” produced by Gina and Harry Belafonte. The production blends hip-hop, theater, spoken word poetry, R&B, calypso and classical music to tell a story that exposes racial profiling and wrongful incarceration. NJPAC, One Center St., Newark, N.J., Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. For information, call 888-GO-NJPAC.


The world premiere of “Monterrey Jazz Festival On Tour,” featuring Terence Blanchard, Ravi Coltrane and the Gerald Clayton Trio, Jan. 6-11, plus Ramsey Lewis’ “In Crowd” 50th anniversary, Jan.13 to 18 at the Blue Note Jazz Club, 131 West Third St. Call 212-675-8592 or visit

Gladys Knight, popularly known as “the Empress of Soul” because of her soulful vocals, and the Mighty Spinners, two great acts who have perfected the art of giving a great performance, will perform in a memorable evening of great R&B hits at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, One Center St., Newark, N.J. For ticket information, call 1-888-GO-NJPAC or visit

B.B. Kings Blues Club in Times Square presents the “Woo Woo Woo” man, Jeffrey Osborne, Jan. 23. Showtime is 8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m., its Bootsy Collins’ Rubber Band. For tickets and prices, call 212-997-4144 or visit and


The International Arts Foundation presents the South African dance and musical event “Africa Umoja: 20 Years Freedom and Democracy Tour,” an acclaimed exuberant journey through South Africa’s early history to apartheid to today, at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, Jan. 8 and 10. All performances begin at 7 p.m. Featuring the music of South African legends Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba and much more. Tickets can be purchased at, by calling 212-864-5400 or at the box office. Check out performances at www.


“Selma,” a chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s campaign in a racially dangerous climate to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in 1965, stars David Oyewolo as King, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Common as James Bevel and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper, with a soundtrack featuring Common and John Legend. Check theaters for listings.


Join Sybil Clarke, noted scholars and a grateful community for “A Tribute to Our Master Teacher John Henrik Clarke,” presented Friday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Convent Avenue Baptist Church, 145th Street and Convent Avenue, in Harlem. This event is free.

The 29th annual “Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” takes place Monday, Jan. 19 at 10:30 a.m. (Free tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.) BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave. (between St. Felix Street and Ashland Place), Brooklyn, N.Y. This year’s tribute features a host of events celebrating King’s vision, including a keynote address by Dr. Cornell West, musical performances featuring Sandra St. Victor and the New York Fellowship Mass Choir, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams as host, a book signing, a free community film screening and a free art exhibition. For information, call 718-636-4100 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 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on WLIB-AM with “The GBE Mind Flight,” Sunday evenings 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,” Fridays from 6 p.m. to 8 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.