Greetings! Our GBE “In the Spirit” month opens up with us lifting up our brilliant ancestors, giants of the Civil Rights Movement, the late Rev. Rep. Adam Clayton Powell and the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, both of whom passed April 4—King in 1968 and Powell in 1972. They must never be forgotten.
We also note with joy and sadness the birth and death of Motown legend, vocalist, musician and entertainer Marvin Pentz Gay Jr., born April 2, 1939 and who died April 1, 1984.
Let us all maintain a prayer vigil for Mumia Abu-Jamal.
The Classical Theatre of Harlem proudly announces its 15th anniversary celebration and benefit concert Monday, April 13, featuring songs from the eagerly anticipated musical “Witness Uganda,” at the world famous Apollo Theater. Visit www.cthnyc.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.
Absolutely Live presents “Cassandra Wilson: A Celebration of Billie Holiday” at the Apollo Theater, April 10, at 8 p.m., timed with what would have been Holiday’s 100th birthday and an album celebration of her. Tickets are available at the Apollo Theater box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or visiting ticketmaster.com.
“Dancehall Rising” starring Movado and Capleton with special guests Lady Saw and Matisyahu, Friday, April 10 at Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. Visit kingstheatre.com.
Will Downing appears at B.B. King’s Times Square, Saturday, April 11, 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tower of Power appear Thursday, April 16; Friday, April 17, it’s Rufus; Freddie Jackson performs April 18; and Keith Sweat’s album release party takes place April 24. For prices and information, visit <a bbkingblues.com or call 212-997-4144.
Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life” is back at the Barclays Center, Sunday, April 12 at 8 p.m., 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, call 718-618-6700 or visit www.barclayscenter.com.
The Blue Note Jazz Club presents Roy Hargrove April 14 through April 19. Call 212-475 8592 or visit bluenote.net.
Featuring Mary J. Blige, the Tribeca Film Festival film “The London Session” appears Thursday, April 16 at 8 p.m. at the Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway. For more information, call 212-465-6500 or visit www.beacontheater.com
“An Afternoon with Audra McDonald” features the six-time Tony Award winner and two-time Grammy Award winner performing songs from Broadway and beyond, Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m. at the Prudential Hall at NJPAC, One Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 888-GONJPAC or visit www.njpac.org.
The UniverSoul Circus is back. For tickets and the full schedule of New York City locations, visit ticketmaster.com.
A special afternoon screening and reception of the award-winning African liberation documentary “Concerning Violence” by filmmaker Goran Olsson, narrated by Lauryn Hill and inspired by Frantz Fanon. Madiba Harlem at Mist, 46 W. 116th St., Sunday, April 12, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a post-film discussion moderated by Wuyi Jacobs of AfrobeatRadio with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Les Payne and December 12th Movement representative Omowale Clay. For tickets and information, visit madibaharlem.com
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority presents its annual Black Book Fair, “Yes! Empowering Our Young Men With Literacy.” Join them with talented authors and illustrators. This year, they partner with Medgar Evers College Male Development and Empowerment Center as well as the Center for Black Literature. Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Medgar Evers College’s Academic Complex Science Building, Main Dining Hall, second floor, 1638 Bedford Ave., between Crown and Carroll streets, Brooklyn, N.Y. For more information, visit brooklynalumnaedst.org.
The family of Dr. Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan announces the following arrangements: wake and viewing to be held Thursday, April 9, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Abyssinian Baptist Church, 132 W. 138th St. Call 212-862-7474 for more information. Funerary services and the opening of the mouth ceremony will be held Friday, April 10, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Abyssinian Baptist Church (see above). The burial will be held Friday, April 10 at Ferncliff Cemetery, 280 Secor Road, Ardslay, N.Y. Call 914-693-4700 for more information.
The Institute of the Black World 21st Century presents an international reparations summit at various sites across New York City, Thursday, April 9 through Saturday, April 11. Speakers will include professor Sir Hilary Beckles, vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies and chair of the Caribbean Community’s Reparations Commission; civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson; professor Charles Ogeltree of Harvard University; and Mireille Fanon Mendes France, president of the Frantz Fanon Foundation and chair of the U.N. Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent. U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., the most senior member of Congress and dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, will be honored for HR 40, the “Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act,” and for his 50 years of service on Capitol Hill. Call 718-429-1415 or visit www.ibw21.org.
The Ausar Auset Society, located at 305 Remsen Ave. in Brooklyn, N.Y., will host a series of meditation sessions and a book party Saturday, April 11 at 1 p.m. to introduce Ra Un Nefer Amen’s latest book, “Stress Free for Life.” Call 718-469-3199 or visit www.tauinetwork.com.
A dialogue on “Police Brutality, Racial Injustice, Economic Inequality and Social Transformation” between Dr. Cornel West, author, educator and activist, and Lawrence Hamm, chairman of the Peoples Organization for Progress, takes place Monday, April 13. Moderated by the Rev. Dr. M. William Howard and hosted by Bethany Baptist Church, 275 West Market St., Newark N.J. For information, call 973-801-0001.
An “East Coast Kawaida Theory Workshop” with one of the greatest thinkers of our time, Dr. Maulana Karenga, creator of Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba, Friday, April 19, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at the International African Arts Festival Office, Restoration Plaza,1360 Fulton St., Suite 401, Brooklyn, N.Y. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-789-3264.
Hear Imhotep Gary Byrd on 107.5 WBLS-FM weekly with “Express Yourself,” Sunday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. and simulcast over WLIB 1190A.M. The full show can also be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2 and at WBLS.com.WLIB.com and iHeartRadio. IGB is also heard on WBAI-FM 99.5 with Radio GBE: “The Global Black Experience” and “The Global Beat Experience,” Fridays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Both shows are archived online at www.wbai.org. To contact us for bookings or to reach us about your event or for comments, email email@example.com, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.