Greetings! As our Women’s History Month and MS Education and Awareness Month power on, the Apollo presents “Live Wire: Bold Soul Sisters: A Revolution of Sound & Style,” Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. 1970s groups such as Labelle, the Pointer Sisters, First Choice and Sister Sledge took R&B, jazz, soul and even country music to a new level. Music journalist and essayist Christian John Wikane interviews four women who helped elevate these groups to the top of the 1970s popular music scene: Rochelle Fleming, Nona Hendryx, Ruth Pointer and Kathy Sledge. Free. RSVP required at www.apolloeducation.org. 253 W. 126th St. Call 212-531-5363 (Also see COMMUNITY.)
Billie Holiday Theater Executive Director Marjorie Moon presents Wendell Pierce in “Brothers From the Bottom,” written and directed by Jackie Alexander, now through March 29 at 1368 Fulton St., Brooklyn, N.Y. Call 718-636-9018/19 or visit www.thebillieholiday.org.
The Negro Ensemble Company fundraiser, “NEC’s Year of the Woman: Plays in Reading,” featuring selected works of Nzotake Shange, J e Franklin, Subura Rashid and McKenya Dilworth, the Alice Griffin Jewell Box Theater, Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St. (between Ninth and 10th avenues). Sunday nights March 15 to April 12 at 7:30 p.m. Talk-back follows reading with reception in lobby. For tickets, call 212-279-4200 or visit 416 W. 42nd St. (noon to 8 p.m. daily) or www.necinc.org/nec-monday-night-reading-series-2015.
“The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” a celebration of legendary performer and political activist Paul Robeson in song and story. March 22 to March 29, Tectonic Theatre Project. Written and performed by Daniel Beatty. Directed by Moisses Kaufman. Call 718-636-4100 or visit BAM.org.
“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.
“Kinky Boots,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Billy Porter, is at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. Visit broadway.com/ shows/kinky-boots.
The Schomberg Center in Harlem, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., presents their 2015 Women Jazz Festival, curated by Toshi Reagon: March 23, “Celebrate the Great Women of Blues and Jazz” and March 30, featuring Catherine Russell and Lakecia Benjamin. For member and non-member ticket information, visit schombergcenter.eventbrite.com.
Join WBLS in welcoming Angie Stone for a special performance at B.B. King Blues Club in the heart of Times Square, 237 42nd St. between Seventh and Eighth avenues, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. Visit bbkingblues.com.
Ledisi’s “The Ultimate Truth Tour” is coming, with special guests Raheem DeVaughn and Leela James at NJPAC, Newark, N.J., Saturday, March 20. Call 888-GONJPAC or visit njpac.org.
The Blue Note presents Ms. Lauren Hill as part of her “Small Ax: Acoustic Performance Series,” live at Madiba Harlem at My Image Studios, Friday, March 20.
Don’t miss New Jack Swing 2015, March 28 at 8 p.m. with BlackStreet featuring Teddy Riley and Dave Hollister, Guy and special guest El DeBarge! New Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. Tickets are available at Marquee Concerts.com.
FILM & TV
“Half of a Yellow Sun,” which first premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, is director Biyi Bandele’s adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s award-winning novel “Half of a Yellow Sun.” Two glamorous twins, Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose), from a wealthy Nigerian family, with a British education, become caught up in the events of the 1960s Nigerian civil war. The movie, now streaming on Netflix, also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor.
The documentary “Roberta Flack: Killing Me Softly” follows the atypical path of singer Roberta Flack and her rise to fame, set against the turbulent backdrop of America’s Civil Rights Movement. Featuring interviews with Dionne Warwick, Johnny Mathis and Cissy Houston. The film is airing on Showtime now through the end of March. Visit showtime.com for more information.
Award winning journalist and author Herb Boyd reads from “The Diary Of Malcolm X” (El-Haj Malik-El Shabazz), edited by Boyd and Malcolm’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz, Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m., at Revolution Books, 146 W. 26th St. Take the 1, N or R to 28th. Call 212-691-3345 or visit revolutionbooksnyc.org.
“Laughter and Lyrics: Ladies of Language” featuring Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, hosted by Tim D. Stickney, with special musical guest the Claudia Hayden Project, Friday, March 27, Mist Harlem, 46 W. 116th St. Showtime is 8 p.m. Mix and mingle from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, call 212-726-2172 or visit www.advocates4dia.com.
The UniverSoul Circus is back in the Bronx, located across from Gateway Center Mall, at 149th and Exterior. Don’t miss opening night Wednesday, March 18 and WBLS Night Tuesday, March 31. Get your tickets at ticketmaster.com.
SUNY’s Educational Opportunity Center College Fair, where you can find the college that’s the right fit for you, will be held Monday, March 23, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., 111 Livingston St., Brooklyn, N.Y. Call 718-802-3338 or 718-802-3385. Open to the public.
A history education roundtable on “Challenging American Inequality: Historical Literacy Matters” Tuesday, March 24, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd. For information, call 917-275-6975, first come, first seated. (For all free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house.)
“Behind the Scenes: Women in Hip-Hop,” Monday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. A hip-hop focused panel looking at various career paths taken by women working under the hip-hop genre. Presented in collaboration with Women of Color in the Arts at the Apollo, Free. RSVP at www.apolloeducation.org.
The 2015 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium presents “Voices of Liberation and Resistance” and a “Tribute to Danny Glover” at Medgar Evers College, CUNY Brooklyn, Saturday, March 28. Symposium takes place 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Reception at 7 p.m. 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, call 718-804-8883.
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 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 www.wbai.org. To contact us for bookings or to reach us about your event, email email@example.com, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.