Greetings! As some of you may be aware, I was hospitalized recently during National Diabetes Month. Let me say how much I appreciate the outpouring of support from all quarters. The good news is that I am at home recovering and look forward to returning soon. With Thanksgiving upon us, let me wish you and our families the greatest gift of the all from God … life.


“The Color Purple,” a Broadway Tony winner featuring Heather Headley, Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St., New York, N.Y. For information, visit

“Sistas the Musical,” celebrating African-American women’s history, blending your favorite songs with a touching story of family, strength and perseverance. St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-947-3499 or visit

“Hamilton: An American Musical” continues to captivate audiences at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 800-276-2392 or visit


Chanté Moore, Friday, Nov. 25, at 7:30 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit

HOT 97 Thanksgiving Weekend Takeover, Friday, Nov. 25, at 11 p.m., Stage 48, 605 W. 48th St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 866-468-3399 or visit

Russell Thompkins, Jr & the New Stylistics, The Dramatics featuring L.J. Reynolds, The Jones Girls featuring Shirley Jones, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Ted Mills, the voice of Blue Magic, and more! Friday, Nov..25 at 8 p.m. Only New Jersey appearance of this 70s soul band extravaganza. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St, Newark N.J. For information, call 888-466-5722 or

An Evening with Melba Moore and Friends, featuring Melba Moore, Evelyn Champagne King, Meli’sa Morgan, Jean Carne and Force MDS, Saturday, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m., St. George Theatre, 35 Hyatt St., Staten Island, N.Y. 10301. For information, call 718-442-2900 or visit

Hendrix in Harlem, a tribute to rock legend Jimi Hendrix featuring legendary guitarist Ernie Isley of The Isley Brothers, the iconic Nona Hendryx (of LaBelle), powerhouse singer and Prince protégé Liv Warfield and many more. Saturday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., the Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-531-5305 or visit

A Night of Inspiration: Composer, music director and producer Ray Chew leads outstanding soloists and a 64-piece orchestra, Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m., featuring Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Donnie McClurkin, Dionne Warwick, New Faith Church from Cape Town, South Africa and others. Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-247-7800 or visit

Gloria Gaynor, Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit

Darlene Love, Saturday, Dec. 17, and Friday, Dec. 23, at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit

R. Kelly Presents the Holiday Jam, Saturday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m., Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For ticket information, call 718-856-5464 or visit

Gladys Knight, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at 8 p.m., The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich Westerly Rd., Mashantucket, Conn. For information, call 800-200-2882 or visit


Mike Epps, Thursday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m., Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood, N.J. For information, call 201-227-1030 or visit

“The Talk’s” Sheryl Underwood, Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Nyack Levity Live, 4210 Palisades Center Dr. A-401,West Nyack, N.Y. For information, call 866- 468-3399 or visit

Martin Lawrence: Doin’ Time Comedy Tour, Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 973-757-6600 or visit


Comedians Tracy Morgan, Mike Epps, Gabriel Iglesias, Doug E. Fresh and Rakim and classic musical acts Bell BivDeVoe and En Vogue return home to the Apollo stage on “Showtime at the Apollo.” The two-hour event, hosted by Emmy Award-winning personality Steve Harvey, airs Monday, Dec. 5, 8p.m.-10 p.m., ET/PT, on Fox. Additional guests and performers to be announced.


“Loving,” about interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving, who fell in love and were married in 1958. They grew up in Central Point, a small town in Virginia, more integrated than surrounding areas in the American South. Yet it was the state of Virginia, where they were making their home and starting a family, that first jailed and then banished them. Richard and Mildred relocated with their children to the inner city of Washington, D.C., but the family ultimately tries to find a way back to Virginia (see movie listings).


New York City’s top Black doll artists will be showcasing and selling more than 400 amazing, handcrafted dolls Saturday, Dec. 3, at the annual Morrisania Doll Society’s 2016 Harlem Holiday Doll Show and Sale at the Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Ave. at 123rd Street. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

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, 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. Archived online at For bookings or to reach us about your GBEvent or for comments, email co-editor Nyerere Shannon @, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.