Greetings! Happy holidays to all! Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukah or Kwanzaa, we wish you and your family the best and look toward the ending of our journey through the year 2017.
Stevie Wonder’s “House Full of Toys” benefit concert shows always light up the holiday season and lives of children in L.A. This year The “Wonder Man” performed with 91-year-old Tony Bennett and Pharrell Williams before wowing the crowd with his Motown classic “Someday at Christmas.”
Speaking of Motown, The Detroit News reports Eddie Holland of the famed Motown songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland is currently $20 million in debt, with the IRS aiming to seize his Social Security for payment.
Oprah Winfrey will be honored with the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globes as a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress.
“Sistas: The Musical,” St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y. Running through January 2018. For information, call 212-239-6200 or visit telecharge.com.
“School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play” explores universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe. How far would you go to be queen bee? Ends Dec. 31. Directed by Tony-winner Rebecca Taichman. Lucille Lortel Theatre,121 Christopher St., New York, N.Y. For information, visit www.show-score.com.
“The Lion King,” Miniskoff Theatre, 200 W. 45th St., New York, N.Y. For information, visit http://minskofftheatre.box-officetickets.com.
“Kinky Boots,” the musical, Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St., New York, N.Y. For information, visit kinkybootsthemsuical.com.
“Aladdin,” New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. For information, visit aladdinthemusical.com/tickets.
A Darlene Love Christmas, “Love for the Holidays,” Thursday, Dec. 21, through Saturday, Dec. 23, and Saturday, Jan. 13, at 8 p.m. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. For information, visit http://www.bbkingblues.com.
The Roots, Wednesday, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m., The Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour St., Montclair, N.J. For information, visit ticketmaster.com.
Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Thursday, Dec. 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.
The Final 40th Anniversary Saturday Night Fever Concert, featuring Tavares, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes and more, Saturday, Dec. 30, at 8 p.m., NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, N.Y. For information, visit ticketmaster.com.
Charlie Wilson, Sunday, Dec. 31, 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.
Ja Rule, Thursday, Jan. 4, at 9 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.
Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds in concert, Friday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m., Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood, N.J. For information, visit ticketmaster.com.
Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds in Concert, Sunday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m., NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, N.Y. For information, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Spinners, with special guests Heatwave, Sunday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m., St. George Theatre, 35 Hyatt St., Staten Island, N.Y.
Trevor Noah, Friday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m., Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y. For information, visit http://radiocitymusichall.box-officetickets.com.
Academy Award winner Denzel Washington is back in another iconic character portrayal in the film “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” Available at selected theaters. Check your local Listings.
“Last Flag Flying,” starring Laurence Fishburne, is a film about three Vietnam War veterans taking an unexpected trip to accompany the coffin carrying the body of the slain Marine son of one of the friends to New Hampshire for burial. Check your local listings.
The 51st anniversary Kwanzaa Celebration with Dr. Maulana Karenga (the creator of Kwanzaa, the Nguzo Saba and Kawaida). Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Karenga’s annual message will be “Practicing the Principles of Kwanzaa: Repairing, Renewing and Remaking Our World.” Artistic performances by Bambara African Dance and Drum Ensemble plus many more, JHS 258, 141 Macon St. (Marcy Avenue), Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, call 718-789-3264/638-6700. For vending, call 718-479-4186.
Join us for our 11th annual Kwanzaa celebration, “Regeneration Night,” Saturday, Dec. 30, at the Apollo, honoring the principles of Kwanzaa through music, dance and community celebration. Featuring Abdel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and French music duo Les Nubians. Bring the family! Matinee at 2 p.m. and evening performance at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Imhotep Gary Byrd, the Radio Griot. For information, visit apollotheater.org.
The American Museum of Natural History presents its 2017 Kwanzaa event, a celebration of African-American heritage rooted in seven principles known as Nguzo Saba, promoting unity, culture and community development. Featuring gospel-infused tunes from the heavyweight champions of a cappella, The Persuasions, the flare and pageantry of the Brooklyn United Marching Band and an electric performance by Vy Higginsen’s Sing Harlem Choir. Hosted by Dr. Linda H. Humes, scholar and storyteller. Saturday, Dec. 30, noon to 5 p.m. Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, N.Y. Free with museum admission. For information, call 212-769-3100 or visit amnh.org.
New York Cares has organized the city’s largest winter coat drive, gathering more than 1.8 million winter coats. This year, the goal is to collect 125,000 winter coats, and with your support, it can be done. Our city is depending on you to provide warmth to your neighbors in need. For information, call 646-801-4022 or visit www.newyorkcares.org/coat-drive
January 2018 Preview: The World Famous Apollo Theater Town Hall and WNYC’s 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, “50 Years After MLK: A Dream Deferred,” will explore the progress that has been made in the half-century since Dr. King’s death, as well as the challenges still faced. For information, visit apollotheater.org.
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,” Friday 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