Greetings! As we close out Black History Month and set the stage for Women’s Herstory Month 2019, we are sending out Oscar night congratulations to Regina King who won Best Supporting Actress for “If Beale Street Could Talk” and Mahershala Ali who won Best Supporting Actor for “Green Book.” “Black Panther” won in production design, costume design and original score. Kudos also go out to Spike Lee: after over three decades of directing movies, Lee earned his first Oscar director nomination with his acclaimed historical drama “BlacKkKlansman.” Lee’s film also won Best Adapted Screenplay and earned Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Original Score, Best Editing, and for Adam Driver as Best Supporting Actor.

The World Famous Apollo Theater premiered a screening and “Live Wire” panel presentation of the film “Mr. SOUL!” saluting a very special pioneer in media and culture, Mr. Ellis Haizlip Thursday, Feb. 21.

THEATER

The Billie Holiday Theatre in partnership with Frank Silvera Writers Workshop present “50 in 50: Letters to Our Daughters” the third annual installment of a highly anticipated, and sold-out, theatrical reading event. This year, a new group of 50 women “consider both the world they inherited and the one they’d like to create” featuring Phyllis Yvonne Stickney (“How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “The Women of Brewster Place”) and Pauletta Pearson Washington (“She’s Gotta Have It,” “The Old Settler” and “Autumn at The Billie”). It’s an evening sure to be filled with emotion, unique points-of-view and love. Saturday, March 9, at 3p.m. and 7 p.m. Kumble Theater, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn. For more information visit thebillieholiday.org and www.eventbrite.com.

MUSIC

“Turn the World Around: The Music and Legacy of Harry Belafonte,” Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m., celebrating his 92nd birthday, City College’s Aaron Davis Hall, 138 Convent Ave. (West 135th Street and Convent Avenue), Manhattan. A reception, open to concert ticket holders, will be held following the concert. For more information call 212-650-6900.

Kool & the Gang, Friday, March 15, 8 p.m.—Sound Waves at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. For more information visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.hardrockhotels.com.

Johnny Mathis, Friday, March 15, 8 p.m.—Community Theatre NJ, 100 South St, Morristown, N.J. For more information visit ticketmaster.com.

The Temptations and The Four Tops, Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m., NYCB Theatre, 960 Brush Hollow Rd, Westbury, N.Y. For more information visit ticketmaster.com.

Lionel Richie, Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, 8 p.m., Etess Arena—Hard Rock, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. For more information call 609-449-1000 or visit atlanticcitynj.com.

The St. George Theatre 89th anniversary Red Carpet Gala and Benefit Concert in Staten Island presents one of the most successful groups of all time, The Mighty O’Jays! Saturday, March 30, 8 p.m. (doors 7 p.m.) The O’Jays have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and the Grammy Hall of Fame. The annual Red Carpet Gala serves as the principal fundraiser for St. George Theatre Restoration Inc. and features a pre-show cocktail reception, prime seating. The Georgie Award presentation, and an after-party in the grand-mezzanine lobbies with open bar, hors d’oeuvres and dance music. The first 12 rows are reserved for gala attendees. For more information regarding the gala including purchasing gala tickets and prime seating, sponsorships, and journal ads please call 718-442-2900 x 504. For reservations visit www.stgeorgetheatre.com.

TV

“American Soul,” BET’s dramatic TV series inspired by the Don Cornelius classic show “Soul Train.” Check Listings.

FILM

“BlacKkKlansman” Spike Lee’s Oscar-winning look at the infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan featuring John David Washington (son of Denzel).

The African Diaspora International Film Festival will celebrate Black History Month at Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 W. 120th St., Manhattan with a selection of films about the multiple dimensions of Black history. A free screening of “Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango” by Dom Pedro, a revealing historical and musical documentary celebrating the contribution of Africa to the development of the Tango. Highlighting the ADIFF program is the East Coast premiere presentation of “The Robeson Effect,” Juney Smith’s latest documentary that celebrates the life and accomplishments of actors Danny Glover and Ben Guillory, co-founders of the Robey Theatre Company named in honor of pioneering actor, public speaker and opera singer Paul Robeson. A red carpet and VIP reception will start at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 1, at the Cowin Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. A Q&A with Mr. Smith and actors Danny Glover and Ben Guillory will follow the 8 p.m. screening. For more information contact Diarah N’Daw- Spech at 212-864-1760/ fax 212-316-6020 or email pr@nyadiff.org.

“If Beale Street Could Talk” is about a woman in Harlem who desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child. Directed by and written for film by Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins. Based on the book by James Baldwin. Check theaters.

COMMUNITY

The Medgar Evers College-Center For Black Literature 2019 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium, “Playwrights and Screenwriters at the Crossroads,” is a public gathering of writers, scholars, literary professionals, performers, students and the general public. It will examine the trends and themes addressed by Black playwrights and filmmakers; showcase the work of Black playwrights and screenwriters; and pay tribute to Ntozake Shange, Obie Award-winning renowned poet, playwright and novelist. Ifa Bayeza, playwright, producer, novelist and sister of Ntozake Shange, is the featured speaker. Other speakers include Keith Josef Adkins, Amina Henry, Ladee Hubbard and Aurin Squire among more. For information, visit centerforblackliterature. com/2019-nbwc-shange/.

Listen to 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 7 p.m. to 0 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.