Greetings! Habara Gani! Asante Sane! Thank you very much to the overflowing Imani-ful attendees who showed up for our matinee and evening shows at the world famous Apollo Theatrer’s annual Kwanzaa Regeneration Night Celebration featuring the amazing Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.
FNDT raised the roof of the legendary soul temple with the thrilling world premiere of “Bride: A Homage to Family Resurrection.” Raul Midone and Foday Musa Souso gave extroadinary performances and a well-earned community salute to the Dacosta-Johnson family . Our audience celebrated the Nguzo Saba and we were truly “regenerated” (see “Community”).
We note the passing of James Brown on Christmas Day 2006 and Curtis Mayfield on Dec. 26, 1999, the first day of Kwanzaa. And we also sadly note the passing of legendary Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon, “Clown Prince” of basketball, on Dec. 27 at age 83.
“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.
Lil Wayne’s “The Dedication Tour,” Friday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m., Toyota Oakdale Theater, 95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford, Conn. For information, call 203-265-1501 or visit livenation.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,” set for the Prudential Center and the Barclays Center in February, has been postponed.
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.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” prominently features Nigerian-British actor John Boyega. Check theaters for listings.
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 Dr. Ben Foundation invites you to celebrate the work and contributions of Dr. Ben and Dr. Clarke Thursday, Dec. 31, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at National Black Theater, 2031 Fifith Ave. (between 125th and 126th streets). The event is co-sponsored by the Jeffries Foundation, the Falu Foundation and the Elombe Brath Foundation. For more information, call 201-837-1355 or 646-246-8302.
CEMOTAP presents Brother Raymond Dugue of the UNIA, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at 2 p.m., giving a PowerPoint presentation and lecture on accomplishments of Marcus Garvey. Historian and educator Dr. Leonard Jeffries will be a respondent. Garvey’s work will be explained in 21st century terms and the relevance to solving 21st century problems will be made apparent. Admission is free. Call 347 947 0629.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.