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Greetings! As Women’s History Month and MS Education and Awareness Month winds down, Absolutely Live presents “Cassandra Wilson: A Celebration of Billie Holiday” at the Apollo Theater Friday, April 10 at 8 p.m. Wilson salutes the superstar and legendary songstress Billie Holiday during Lady Day’s centennial celebration week. Timed with what would have been Holiday’s 100th birthday, Wilson will release “Coming Forth By Day,” an album celebration of Holiday. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Apollo Theater box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.

The Apollo Theater will gather artists, activists and leaders from around the globe for the New York premiere of “WOW: Women of the World Festival,” which is being presented in association with the Southbank Centre London June 11-14. 

We also report with sadness and appreciation the passing into ancestry of our beloved Pan-African historian, educator, prolific author and warrior scholar, the late Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan, who came to his final rest March 19 at the age of 97.

“Dr. Ben” will be forever remembered for his fearless scholarship, teaching and profound love for African people. Our condolences to his family, extended family, friends and students here at home and abroad. Final arrangements will be forthcoming.

THEATER

The Classical Theatre of Harlem proudly announces its 15th anniversary celebration and benefit concert this spring, featuring songs from the eagerly anticipated musical “Witness Uganda,” winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2014 Richard Rodgers Production Award for Musical Theater; a free summer production of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”; and the winter holiday world premiere of a new CTH-commissioned musical “The First Noel.” Visit www.cthnyc.org and follow CTH on Twitter @classicalharlem, Instagram @classicalharlem and www.facebook.com/theclassicaltheatreofharlem.

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 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.

MUSIC

“Masters of Ceremony,” a one-night-only reunion of old school hip-hop’s royalty featuring DMX, Mobb Deep, EPMD, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Kid Capri and others, Saturday, April 4 at 8 p.m. at Prudential Hall at NJPAC, One Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 888-GONJPAC or visit www.njpac.org.

Blue Note presents the “James Moody 90th Birthday Celebration” featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, James Carter, Jon Faddis, Najee, Roy Hargrove, Randy Brecker and more. Now through March 29. Call 212-475 8592 or visit bluenotejazz.net.

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.

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.

The Noel Pointer Foundation invites you to their biggest annual student event Saturday, March 28. “Fiddle Fest” will feature performances from current NPF students. Make sure you grab your tickets. The show runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Prospect Heights High School, 91-11 Liberty Ave., #339, Ozone Park, N.Y. For ticket information, visit www.noelpointer.org.

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.

COMEDY

“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.

FAMILY

The UniverSoul Circus is back in the Bronx, located across from Gateway Center Mall, at 149th and Exterior. Don’t miss WBLS Night Tuesday, March 31. Get your tickets at ticketmaster.com.

COMMUNITY

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.

CEMOTAP’s gala Women’s History Month celebration “Keepers of the Flame” will feature Brenda Stokely, union organizer Lee Olive Tucker, vocalist and entertainer Layding Kaliba and an African feast Saturday, March 28 at 2 p.m. at the CEMOTAP Center, 135-05 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park, N.Y. Admission is free.

The ninth BEPAA Black History Great Debate, “Should Black Youth Join the U.S. Armed Forces?” features debaters Dr. Sam Anderson, mathematician and activist, and Hank Williams, educator and Lehman College instructor, Sunday, March 29 at 3 p.m. at the John Henrik Clarke House, 286 Convent Ave., Harlem, N.Y. Admission is free. Call 347-907-0629 to RSVP.

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 igbexp@gmail.com, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.