Greetings! We dedicate this week’s column to the memory of the late Dr. Carlos Russell, beloved activist-scholar-educator-playwright, broadcaster-host of “Thinking It Through” and creator of Black Solidarity Day based on the play “Day of Absence” by Douglass Turner Ward. With the midterm elections here, let us make our presence and our vote count in the spirit of solidarity. (See “Community”)


The World Famous Apollo Theater and SiriusXM present “Say It Loud…With Your VOTE!,” a bipartisan political special at the Apollo Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m.  The exclusive event, produced in association with SiriusXM, is part of the Apollo Theater Uptown Hall series and will air across multiple SiriusXM channels debuting Nov. 2. Visit 

“Once on This Island” is the story of a fearless peasant girl who takes a remarkable life journey for love. Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 W. 50th St., New York, N.Y. A Tony award winner. For more information, call 800-447-7400 or visit

“Smokey Joe’s Café,” an all new incarnation of the record-breaking Broadway hit, returns to New York City. Featuring 40 of the greatest soulful songs of the past century. Stage 42, formerly the Little Shubert Theatre, 422 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. For information, visit

“Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” brings the iconic disco diva, Donna Summer, to Broadway. The musical includes more than 20 well-known Summer hits. Starring Tony Award winner LaChanze, Anana Dubose and newcomer Storm Lever, who portray three different phases of Summer’s life and career. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y. Call 212-379-0370 or visit


“Amateur Night at the Apollo,” every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. World famous Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., Harlem. Featuring WHCR DJs. Visit

Tyrese & Tamia, Friday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m., Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For ticket information, call 718-856-5464 or visit

The Whispers, Saturday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m., Newark Symphony Hall, 1020 Broad St., Newark, N.J. For information, visit

Heather Headley, Thursday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m., Kings Theatre,1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, call 718-856-5464 or visit

Chew Entertainment and RCA Inspiration present the Voice Your Inspiration Contest. The winning artist will be chosen by public vote and announced Nov. 2, netting a singles deal from RCA Inspiration as well as the opportunity to perform on the Carnegie Hall stage at Ray and Vivian Chew’s “A Night of Inspiration.” Visit

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Friday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m., Sony Hall, 235 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y. For information, visit

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Friday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m., Resorts World Catskills, 888 Resorts World Dr., Monticello, N.Y. Call 1-833-586-9358 or visit

Oleta Adams, Saturday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m., Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St., New York, N.Y. For information, visit

Lalah Hathaway, Sunday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m., Sony Hall, 235 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y. For information, visit


American Dance Guild honors two dance luminaries, Jane Comfort and the late Eleo Pomare, in four days of performances by 32 multi-generational artists from across the United States (Oct. 25-Oct. 28) at Ailey Citigroup Theater.


Netflix presents “Quincy,” a new documentary (streaming now) written and directed by Quincy Jones’ actress daughter, Rashida Jones, and documentarian Alan Hicks. Check listings.

“Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland.” In 2015, Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old Black woman from Chicago, was arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town and later was found hanging from a noose in her jail cell. Although ruled a suicide, her death sparked allegations of a racially motivated police murder. HBO Documentary Films. Check Listings.


Calling All Voters! Voters are being urged to check their status by going to, where they can enter their name, date of birth, county and ZIP code. If no match is found or the voter’s status is not listed as active, the voter should contact the Board of Elections.

The New York Chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations, in conjunction with the International African Arts Festival, will host Dr. John Flateau, author of “Black Brooklyn,” in a community discussion on “Building Community Empowerment: The 2020 Census and the Black Vote,” Sunday, Oct. 28, from 3p.m. to 5 p.m., IAA Festival Headquarters at Restoration Plaza,1360 Fulton St., Room 401. Space is limited. Please RSVP at 718-789-3264 or 718-638-6700 or by sending an email to Donations are encouraged.

The Black Solidarity Day Coalition will take to the streets Monday, Nov.5, 2018, in commemoration of the work of the founder Dr. Carlos Russell. Join in A Day of Absence—No Work! No School! No Shopping! Every year on the day before Election Day, Black Solidarity Day is recognized as A Day of Absence for Back people in the United States. It is a day that we make an assessment of our history, our current conditions and the way forward for our people. For more information or endorsements call 718-398-1766 or visit

The National Action Network NYC Education and Auxiliary will honor the late Dr. Carlos Russell in a distinguished educators forum. Monday, Nov. 5, at 5:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., in Downtown Brooklyn. Keynote speaker and student of Dr. Russell, the Rev. Al Sharpton. Contact

Imhotep Gary Byrd’s “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 NextRadio. 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.