Greetings! Our Kwanza Celebration: “Regeneration Night,” is set for Sunday, Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Apollo’s annual Kwanzaa celebration returns with Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and the world premiere of “Bride: A Homage to Family Resurrection,” hosted by WBLS, WLIB and WBAI radio personality Imhotep Gary Byrd and honoring the principles of Kwanzaa—family, community and culture—at the Apollo Theater, 252 W. 125th St. For information, call 212-531-5305 or visit ticketmaster.com.
The Apollo Theater and WNYC presents “Race and Privilege: Exploring MLK’s Two Americas,” an event that is part of Apollo’s “Uptown Hall” series and WNYC’s 10th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. The event will be co-hosted by WNYC hosts Brian Lehrer and Jami Floyd with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Jose Antonio Vargas and Taylor Branch, Race Forward Executive Director Rinku Sen and Color of Change Executive Director Rashad Robinson. Additionally, the event will feature the premiere of a new work by composer Daniel Bernard Roumain. “Race and Privelage” takes place Sunday, Jan. 17, 3 p.m.-5 p.m., and is free and open to the public.
“The Color Purple,” now on Broadway, featuring Jennifer Hudson,Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St. Visit colorpurple.com.
In “Hamilton: An American Musical,” Lin-Manuel Miranda is the unlikely Founding Father at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St. For information, call 800-276-2392 or visit boxoffice.broadway.com
“The Gin Game,” featuring James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, at the John Golden Theater, 252 W. 45th St., running now through Jan. 1. For information, call 800-BROADWAY or visit broadway.com.
“Sistas” tells of the struggles, the joy and the triumphs of being Black and being a woman in America, Saturdays and Sundays, now through January 2016 at St. Luke’s Theater, 308 W. 46th St., New York City. Call 212-239-6200 or visit telecharge.com.
Jodeci, Saturday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. at the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich Westerly Road, Mashantucket, Conn. For information, call 800-200-2882 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Gladys Knight and the O’Jays, Saturday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m., Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway at 79th Street, New York City. For information, call 212-247-4777 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Arrested Development, Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 9 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York City. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkingblues.com, ticketmaster.com.
Babyface with After 7, Friday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m., One Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 888- 466-5722 or visit njpac.org.
Ladies Night R&B Super Jam featuring Jodeci, Faith Evans, Jagged Edge, SWV, the Lox, Carl Thomas, Blackstreet, Total and Black Rob, Friday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m., Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, visit barclayscenter.com.
The ’70s Soul Jam Valentine’s Concert with the Stylistics, Dramatics, New Birth, Ray, Goodman and Brown and Enchantment, Saturday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m., Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway at 79th Street, New York City. For information, call 212-247-4777 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Janet Jackson’s “Unbreakable Tour,” Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m., Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 973-757-6600 or visit prucenter.com.
Janet Jackson’s “Unbreakable Tour,” Monday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m., Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, visit barclayscenter.com.
Spike Lee’s “Chiraq,” featuring Samuel L. Jackson and more, is now in theaters. Check your local listings.
“Creed” tells the story of Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), who never knew his dad, boxing champion Apollo Creed, as he seeks out Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and asks the retired champ to be his trainer. Check theaters for listings.
Catch the Harlem Globetrotters Sunday, Dec. 27 at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Madison Square Garden, Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street, New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-465-MSG1.
Arsenio Hall appears Saturday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. at the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich Westerly Road, Mashantucket, Conn. For information, call 800-200-2882 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Charlie Murphy, Saturday, Jan. 16 at 10 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway. For information, call 866-468-3399 or visit ticketweb.com.
Wanda Sykes, Friday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m., the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich Westerly Road, Mashantucket, Conn. For information, call 800-200-2882 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Wanda Sykes, Saturday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m., Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood, N.J. For information, call 201-227-1030 or visit ticketmaster.com.
The National Association of Kawaida Organizations and the International African Arts Festival presents a 49th anniversary celebration of Kwanzaa. The creator of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga, delivers his yearly founder’s statement: “Embracing Kwanzaa’s Principles and Practice: Creating and Celebrating the Good.” There will be artistic performances by Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble and the Donald Smith Trio. Sunday, Dec. 27, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m. for vendor shopping and the program begins at 3 p.m. JHS 258, 141 Macon St., one block from Restoration Plaza. Discounted tickets for seniors and children under 12 years old are avaiable. For information and directions, call 718-789-3264 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Vendors, call 646- 410-5723. Vendor space is limited.
Celebrate culture, energize and recognize Kwanzaa 2015 with Doug E. Fresh Sunday, Dec. 27 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street. The event is free for members with museum admission. Visit AMNH.org for more information.
Hear Imhotep Gary Byrd on 107.5 WBLS-FM weekly with “Express Yourself,” Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and simulcast over WLIB 1190AM. 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.