Greetings! Join me this weekend as we set up the 2016 Christmas and Kwanzaa weekend and week with our broadcasts over WBAI-FM,WLIB-AM and WBLS FM (see our program schedule below). Heads up and habari gani. The Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network New York City Chapter Disability and Political Action committees celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kwanzaa, with Dr. Maulena Karenga, the creator of Kwanzaa. The event takes place at the House of Justice, 106 W. 145th St. in the Village of Harlem on the third day of Kwanzaa—Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) Wednesday, Dec., 28, 2016 at 6 p.m. Come out and shop with us at our African Market. Take the No. 3 train to West 145th Street.
“Hamilton: An American Musical” continues to captivate audiences at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St. For information, call 800-276-2392 or visit boxoffice.broadway.com.
“Mother Africa: My Home,” Dec. 2, 2016, through Jan. 1, 2017, The New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St.
New York, N.Y.. For information, call 646-223-3010 or visit www.newvictory.org.
“The Color Purple,” a Broadway Tony winner, now featuring Tony winner Jennifer Holliday (“Dreamgirls”) Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St., New York, N.Y. For information, visit colorpurple.com.
“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 www.broadwaybox.com/shows/sistasthe-musical.
Darlene Love, 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 ticketmaster.com.
Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 8 p.m., Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-531-5305 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Gladys Knight, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at 8 p.m., The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich Westerly Road, Mashantucket, Conn. For information, call 800-200-2882 or visit ticketmaster.com.
The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald and Ernie Isley, Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd Street, New York, N.Y. For information, call 212- 997-4144 or visit ticketmaster.com.
The New Stylistics, The Chi-Lites and The Delfonics, Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m., St. George Theatre, 35 Hyatt Street, Staten Island, N.Y. For information, call 718-442-2900 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Gladys Knight and The Whispers, Sunday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St, Newark, N.J. For information, call 888-466-5722 or visit njpac.org.
Isley Brothers, Sunday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m., New York, NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, N.Y.. For information, call 516-334-0800 or visit livenation.com.
Mike Epps, Saturday, Dec. 21, at 9 p.m., The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich Westerly Road, Mashantucket, Conn. For information, call 800-200-2882or visit ticketmaster.com.
D.L. Hughley, Thursday, Jan. 5, at 7:30 p.m., Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway, New York, N.Y. For information, visit ticketmaster.com.
Come celebrate Kwanzaa, Saturday, Dec. 24, at 2 p.m. Kwanzaa Feast, drumming, entertainment, dancers and gifts for every child. Please bring unwrapped gifts for children aged 3 to 14. Gloves, scarfs, books, games and toys. Cemotap Center, 135-05 Rockaway Boulevard, South Ozone Park, N.Y. Free admission. For information, call 718-322-8454.
Come and celebrate Kwanzaa, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 6-11 p.m. Hosted by Brother Atiba Wilson and Imani Scott. Keynote Speaker, Dr. Leonard Jeffries. New Amsterdam Musical Association, 107 W. 130th St. (Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell boulevards), Harlem, N/Y. For information, call 646-201-9644 or visit imaniScreations.com.
The New York Chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations and the International
African Arts Festival will host a 50th anniversary of Kwanzaa celebration with the creator of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga, who will be giving his annual founder’s message. The 2016 Theme is “Kwanzaa, the Nguzo Saba and Constant Striving: Repairing, Renewing and Remaking Our World.”
The program take place on the Kwanzaa principle of Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Wednesday, Dec., 28, 2016 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at JHS 258, 141 Macon St. between Marcy and Tompkins avenues in Brooklyn, N. Y. To purchase advance tickets or for further information call 718-789-3264/638-6700 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Those interested in vending should call 718-479-3264.
Celebrate culture! Kwanzaa 2016: Songs for the Soul, featuring Reuben Studdard, Friday, Dec. 30, at noon and 3 p.m., Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-769-5100.
The World Famous Apollo Theatre presents its Kwanzaa celebration, “Regeneration Night,” Saturday, Dec. 31, featuring Abdel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theater, with an incredible celebration of family, community and culture. Also presenting special guests, The Silver Cloud Native American Singers. Hosted by yours truly Imhotep Gary Byrd. Matinee performance at 2 p.m. Evening Performance at 7:30 p.m. Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th Street, New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-531-5305 or visit ticketmaster.com.
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. Archived online at www.wbai.org. For bookings or to reach us about your GBEvent or for comments, email co-editor Nyerere Shannon @ email@example.com, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.