Greetings! We opened up April 2017, our GBE Living in the Spirit Month, with the passing of two giants of the Black experience. In our WBAI-FM broadcast, we spotlighted the late Rev. Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (1972) and the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1968). Both icons transitioned April 4. Special guest in our WLIBAM-WBLS-FM simulcast was former NY State Assemblyman and City Council member Adam Clayton Powell IV.

THEATER

“Hamilton,” Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-221-1211 or visit ticketmaster.com.

“Plantano and Collard Greens” returns updated, funny and still relevant. Saturday, April 8, at the York Performing Arts Center in Jamaica, Queens. Imhotep Gary Byrd hosts. For tickets, call at 718-262-2840 or visit http://ny.platanosandcollardgreens.com/.

“Caribbean Music Comedy and Theater Festival” at the Black Spectrum Theatre, 177 Street and Baisley Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens. The festival features Marcha Praceys playing “Paradise Plume in a live reading April 13 and the Trinidad and Tobago play, “My Countrymen,” by Harlan Penn April 21-23. For reservations or information, call 718-723-1800 or visit blackspectrum.com.

MUSIC

Carl Thomas, Friday, April 7, 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 Spinners and Little Anthony & The Imperial, Saturday, April 8, at 8 p.m., Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Queens, N.Y. For information, call 718-793-8080 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Jeffrey Osborne, Friday, April 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.

Vanessa Williams in Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! Tuesday, April 18, at 8 p.m., Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-840-2824 (recording only) or visit ticketmaster.com.

Will Downing, Friday, April 21, 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.

Regina Belle, Saturday, April 22, 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.

Chris Brown: The Party Tour, Monday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m., Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave. (corner of Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue), Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, call 917-618-6700 or visit ticketmaster.com.

The M.E. Tour, featuring Marsha Ambrosius and Eric Benet, Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 3, 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 O’Jays, Friday, May 5, 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.

Chrisette Michelle, Friday, May 12, 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.

70s Soul Jam, featuring The Stylistics, Heatwave and Harold Melvin’s Blues Notes, Friday, May 12, 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 ticketmaster.com.

Chaka Khan, Friday, May 12, at 8 p.m., St. George Theatre, 35 Hyatt Street, Staten Island, N.Y. For information, call 718-442-2900 or visit ticketmaster.com.

COMEDY

Shawn Wayans, Friday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m., Nyack Levity Live, 4210 Palisades Center Dr. A-401, West Nyack, N.Y. For information, call 845-353-5400 or visit ticketmaster.com.

David and Tamela Mann, aka Mr. Brown, Friday, April 7, at 8 p.m., Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, call 718-856-5464 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Dick Gregory, Sunday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. and Monday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m., Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway, New York, N.Y. For information, visit ticketmaster.com.

Katt Williams: Great America Tour, Saturday, April 14, at 8 p.m., Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, call 917-618-6700 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Chris Rock, Saturday, April 22, at 8 p.m., Mohegan Sunday Arena, 1 Mohegan Sunday Blvd, Uncasville, CT 06382. For information, call (860) 862-TIXX(8499) or visit ticketmaster.com.

Deray Davis, Friday, April 28, at 9:45 p.m., Saturday, April 29, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Sunday, April 30, at 6 p.m., Nyack Levity Live, 4210 Palisades Center Dr. A-401, West Nyack, N.Y. For information, call 845-353-5400 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Caribbean Comedians will lift up “The Black Spectrum Caribbean Music Comedy and Theater Festival” in April (see above).

COMMUNITY

The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce launches its National Urban Health Conference; the theme of the conference is “Becoming Change Resilient—A key to a healthy lifestyle.” For more information, call 212-862-7200 or visit greaterharlemchamber.com.

One United Unity Rally, April 8, 9:30 a.m.to 11:45 a.m., from 465 MLK Blvd., Newark, N.J., to 946 Broad St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 973- 419-2234.

National Action Network’s 2017 Convention Honoring Harry Belafonte, hosted by the Rev. Al Sharpton, April 26-29, at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 Seventh Ave. (at West 53rd Street) New York, N.Y. Special guests Eric Holder, former U.S. attorney general; legendary filmmaker Spike Lee; MC Lyte, lyricist, inspirational speaker, DJ and entrepreneur; Sylvia Fulton, Mothers of the Movement; Professor Michael E. Dyson, author; and Hill Harper, award winning actor and best-selling author. For more information, and to register for free, call 877-626-4651 or visitnationalactionnetwork.net.

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.