Tracy Morgan (271951)
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Greetings! Our weekly “Express Yourself” simulcast over WLIB-AM and WBLS-FM welcomed Voza Rivers and the newly University of West Indies honored “Dr.” Lloyd Williams of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce for our monthly “Spotlight on Harlem.” One of the many highlights was the announcement of “A Night of Inspiration” at Carnegie Hall, Saturday, Dec. 15, featuring Ray Chew, music director, and artists such as Regina Belle, Shirley Caesar, J.J. Hairston, Israel Houghton, Kenny Lattimore, Ledisi, Richard Smallwood, Iyanla Vanzant, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, BeBe Winans and many more. Tickets available at www.CarnegieHall.org (See “COMMUNITY’). 

THEATER

“American Son,” a gripping tale about who we are as a nation and how we deal with family relationships, love, loss and identity. Starring Kerry Washington (“Scandal,” “Race”) and Steven Pasquale. Directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (“A Raisin in the Sun,” “Fences”) Marking the Broadway debut of playwright Christopher Demos-Brown. Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St. between Seventh and Eighth avenues. Show runs 90 minutes with no intermission. Phone 212-239-6200 or visit www.americanson.com or telecharge.com.

“Eves’ Song” examines a regular American family in the aftermath of a messy divorce and a daughter coming out as homosexual. Deborah is trying to keep things normal at home. But as Black people continue to be killed beyond their four walls, the outside finds its way in. The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., New York, N.Y. For tickets, visit www.publictheater.org. Now through Dec. 9.

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

“King Kong.” He’s 20 feet tall and weighs 2,000 pounds. He’s monstrous and moving. And he is on Broadway now in a $35 million musical that has been in development for nearly a decade. Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway, New York, N,Y. Phone 844-379-0370 or visit www.ticketoffices.com.

EXHIBITIONS

“Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow” explores the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality in the 50 years after the Civil War. When slavery ended in 1865, the period of Reconstruction began, leading to such achievements as the 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution. Presented by the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library through March 3, 2019.Visit nyhistory.org/black citizenship.

MUSIC

“Amateur Night at the Apollo,” every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. World famous Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., Harlem, N.Y. For information, visit apollotheater.org.

Ne-Yo with special guest Keyshia Cole, Saturday, Dec.1 at 8 p.m., Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y. For ticket information, call 212-465-6741 or visit ticketcharge.com.

“John Legend: A Legendary Christmas,” Monday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m., Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y., For information, visit ticketmaster.com.

Maxwell: 50 Intimate Nights Live, Sunday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m., Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, New York, N.Y. For ticket information, call 212-465-6500 or visit Ticketsalesonline.com.

Apollo Presents the Kings and Queens of New Jack Swing, with Teddy Riley, Sunday, Dec. 9, at 9:30 p.m., Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., Harlem, N.Y. For information, visit apollotheater.org.

HOT 97 Presents HOT for the Holidays, featuring Trey Songz and more, Thursday, Dec.13 at 8 p.m., Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For ticket information, visit ticketmaster.com.

Tamar Braxton, Friday, Dec. 28, at 8 p.m., Sony Hall, 235 W. 46th St, New York, N.Y. For ticket information, call 212-997-5123 or visit ticketmaster.com.

COMEDY

Tracy Morgan, Saturday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m., The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, N.Y. For ticket information, visit ticketmaster.com.

FILM

Bowery Alliance of Neighbors and Grace Church School present “Ethnic Notions,” a Film by Marlon Riggs. This Emmy-winning, ground-breaking documentary is a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing the deep-rooted stereotypes used to justify the oppression of African-Americans from the 1820s to the Civil Rights era. Narrated by Esther Rolle, Dec. 3, 6 p.m. Grace Church School, 46 Cooper Square (south of Astor Place). Free, RSVP required. Events4bowery@gmail.com.

The Bowery Alliance presents “Footlights on Stereotypes: Race, Class & Ethnic Identity in 19th Century Theater.” With a particular focus on African-Americans and Irish Americans, this illustrated talk explores the complex performing arts landscape and the emergence of American music, dance and song. Speaker Mick Moloney is an Irish-born musician, musicologist and folklorist. Speaker Leni Sloan is an African-American artist, humanist and educator. Grace Church School, 46 Cooper Square (south of Astor Place) Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. Free, RSVP required. Events4Bowery@gmail.com.

COMMUNITY

Live Nation presents “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama” at Barclays Center in Brooklyn Dec.1 and Dec. 19, 2018. Tickets on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

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The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce presents its End of Year Celebration, Dec.18, 2018, at the Alhambra Ball Room, 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. The GHCC is asking for donations of an educational item for children or warm coats/clothing for seniors. Clothing items can be already in your closet (no need to buy an item). Financial donations (including checks) can be made payable to GHCC Community Fund Holiday Gift Giving. Gifts can be dropped off at the GHCC office during business hours, 200A W. 136th St. For more information, call 212- 862-7200 or visit greaterharlemchamber.com.

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 WBLS.com, WLIB.com and NextRadio. IGB’s “Beat Experience” is heard 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, nyerere1@aol.com, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or call 212-592-3279.