Greetings! We open with a salute to a “Golden Lady of Theatre” and an original member of the American Negro Theater, Gertrude Hadley Jeanette of the famed H.A.D.L.E.Y Players. The truly dedicated producer, director, actress, activist transitioned April 4, 2018.The golden sister becomes another brilliant iconic ancestor who passed on that day, joining the Rev. Congressman Adam Clayton Jr. and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who we celebrate yearly. Jeanette’s family has announced funeral arrangement for Friday, April 13. Viewing is at 4 p.m. and the service is at 6 p.m., Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, 58 West 135th St., between Fifth Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard.

Kudos to the production team of “Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert,” starring John Legend as Jesus Christ, which rocked TV sets all over the land on NBC. It was definitely Must See TV.


“Chicago,” the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical recently celebrating its 21st anniversary on Broadway, welcomes legendary singer-songwriter Valerie Simpson, making her Broadway debut in the role of Matron “Mama” Morton, at the Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th St. For show information and tickets, call 212-239-6200 or visit

“Sistas: The Musical,” St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W. 46th St. (between Eighth and Ninth avenues), New York, N.Y. Now through June 24, 2018. For information, call 212-239-6200 or visit

“An Adam Experiment” offers a glimpse into the life of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., historical icon who fought for social justice and equality during the Civil Rights Movement while also wrestling with his own demons. Billie Holiday Theatre,1368 Fulton St., Brooklyn, N.Y. For tickets, call 718-636-6995 or visit

“Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s biographical musical on founding father Alexander Hamilton is a rhythm-and-rhyme intervention for American iconography and ideology. The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, N.Y. Visit

“A Soulful Musical Celebration” Acclaimed performers Marvin Lowe and Queen Esther Marrow explore the brilliance of Black American Music. Aaron Davis Hall. Call 212-650-6900 or visit:

From the creators of “Mama I Want to Sing,” Vy Higginsen’s Mama Foundation for the Arts proudly announces the brand-new 30th anniversary production of their acclaimed musical, “Let the Music Play…Gospel!” Conceived and written by Higginsen and Ken Wydro, the legendary production returns with roof-shaking performances guaranteed to lift your spirit. Now playing at the Dempsey Theater in Harlem,127 W. 127th St., between Lenox and Seventh avenues. Tickets are available by calling 212-280-1045 or through OvationTix at Special rates for seniors age 62 and older and for groups of 10 or more are also available when calling the box office. For more information, please


Sunday Gospel Brunch featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir, Sundays 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. Visit

Blue Note presents the Ron Carter Big Band honoring Michel Legrand, April 15,131 W. Third St. Shows 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Visit

McDonald’s Gospelfest 2018 Presents the praise and worship event of the year! Mother’s Day weekend at Newark Symphony Hall, starring Hezekiah Walker, Jekalyn Carr, Vashawn Mitchell, Le’Andria Johnson, Wes Morgan, Cissy Houston, Melba Moore and Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson. Bring your mom to the gospel event of the year! Mother’s Day weekend Friday, May 11, at Symphony Hall! Call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or go to McDonald’s Gospel Fest 2018 is produced and directed by A. Curtis Farrow.

A Mother’s Day Show to remember! The 10th annual Mother’s Day Music Festival starring Maxwell, the Legendary Gladys Knight and special guest Vivian Green. Saturday, May 12, on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.Y. Visit or


The UniverSoul Circus celebrates its 25th anniversary in Brooklyn and Queens. WBLS has partnered with Universoul Circus April 25 to create a “Kids Lives Matter Night.” Seven youth organizations will perform live in the show to showcase their talents. Fifty percent of the donations will be given back to each organization. UniverSoul Circus is proud to announce a total pool donation of $10,333.18 to be split among the seven acts. A donation of $1476.16 will be given to each organization that participated. For schedules visit or Also


April represents several important “awareness” campaigns: Autism Awareness Month, National Occupational Therapy Month, Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Financial Literacy Month, Jazz Appreciation Month, Mathematics Awareness Month, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, National Deaf Awareness Month and National Poetry Month.

National Action Network’s 2018 Convention will take place April18-21 at the Times Square Sheraton in New York City. It offers an opportunity to revisit the current state of the national civil rights movement in America. We will take a look back on the last 50 years since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination in 1968. Registration is free. Please refer back to our website and look to get updates on schedules, speakers and

Dr. Molefi K. Asante, who has been cited as one of the most influential leaders of the decade, will bring his dynamic message on the value of “Embracing and Activating the Lessons of Our African Ancestors” to CEMOTAP at its 31st anniversary celebration. Asante will be joined by Dr. Leonard Jeffries, who will bring an acknowledgement message on the life and work of Sister Winnie Mandela. Be there Saturday, April 21, at 3 p.m., Robert Johnson Family Life Center at 172-17 Linden Blvd. St. Albans, N.Y. Admission is free. Call 347-907-0629.

The Sickle Cell Thalassemia Patients Network presents their 25th anniversary gala, Saturday, April 21, at Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn. The gala is to honor those who have dedicated themselves to helping the cause of those challenged with sickle cell. Call 347-533-8485 or visit

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,, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or call 212-592-3279.