Greetings! As we prepare to say goodbye to the year 2016, we also say goodbye to a legion of outstanding personalities who have become ancestors. Among them, Muhammad Ali and his life photographer, Howard Bingham, Prince, Afeni Shakur, Fidel Castro, Billy Paul, Johnny Kemp, Colonel Abrams, Kashif Saleem, Ron Glass, Dr. Chika A. Oneyani, George Curry, Gwen Ifill and Maurice White. Having had my moment at the edge, let me say it is good to be alive, thanks to God and a host of prayers from many of you. With the New Year 2017 approaching, in the words of the late Maurice White, “Keep Your Head to the Sky.” The Griffith-Sandiford Family commemorated the killing of Michael Griffith and the death of Cedric Sandiford with a Memorial Service and Award Ceremony, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, 30 years to the day of the actual attack.

The Amsterdam News’ Herb Boyd and Lenny Greene of WBLS-FM were hosts. The 11 awards presented during the program are as follows: The Governmental Award to the Hon. David N. Dinkins, the Civil Rights Leader Award to the Rev. Alfred Sharpton Jr. and the Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry, the Civil and Human Rights Award to the Rev. Dr. C. Vernon Mason, the Journalism Award to Herb Boyd, Dominic Carter, Joseph P. Fried, Magee Hickey, Mary Murphy, Peter Noel and Sarah Wallace.

THEATER

“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 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.

MUSIC

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 St., 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 St., 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., NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, New York. For information, call 516-334-0800 or visit livenation.com.

Ginuwine, Saturday, Jan. 28, 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 ticketmaster.com.

Tony, Toni Tone, with special guest Jackie Gage, Sunday, Jan. 29, 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.

DANCE

Dance Theater of Harlem, Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 888-466-5722 or visit ww.njpac.org.

COMEDY

Mike Epps, Saturday, Dec. 31, at 9 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.

D.L. Hughley, Thursday, Jan. 5, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6, and Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m., Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway, New York, N.Y. For information, visit ticketmaster.com.

Sommore, Friday, Jan. 20, Saturday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m., Nyack Levity Live, 4210 Palisades Center Drive A- 401, West Nyack, N.Y. For information, call 845-353-5400 or visit ticketmaster.com.

FILM

“Fences,” directed by Denzel Washington and written by August Wilson, based on his Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name. The film stars Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson and Saniyya Sidney. Opened Christmas Day. Check your movie listings.

COMMUNITY

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 Theater 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 St., 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 @ nyerere1@aol.com, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.