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Greetings! As our GBE Women’s Herstory Month 2019 marches past the Aretha Franklin tribute comes the news that Dionne Warwick, legendary Grammy winner, will release her first new album in five years. The album “She’s Back” produced by her son, Damon Elliot, features 10 new tracks of new songs and pop/soul classic remakes; it will debut May 10. “She’s Back” also features duets with MusiQ Soulchild, Kenny Lattinore and Bones, Thugs and Harmony. In addition, the recording will be packaged with a bonus disc of Dionne’s 1998 album “Dionne Sings Dionne” which features her greatest hits, remastered for the package. The project will kick off the release of a brand-new rendition of “What The World Needs Now is Love” and an anticipated concert residency in Las Vegas April 4, 2019.

THEATER

Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre present, in association with Castillo Theatre, “Looking for Leroy” by Larry Muhammad. It’s hard to overestimate the impact of playwright LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka. What’s it like to be in his shadow? Now through March 31, Castillo Theater, 543 West 42nd Street, Manhattan. Thurs.-Sat at 8 p.m. plus Sat and Sun matinees at 2:30 p.m. For information call 866-811-4111 or visit castillo.org.

“Ain’t Too Proud” is the electrifying new musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Five guys-one dream with a sound that would make music history. Written by three time Obie award winner Dominique Morisseau, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (“Jersey Boys”), and featuring choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo (“Jersey Boys,” “On Your Feet”), now brings the untold story of this legendary quintet to irresistible life on Broadway. In previews now. Opening night set for March 21. Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th St, Manhattan. For more information, call 844-379-0370 or visit www.secureboxoffice.com/.

The Apollo Theater—Women of the World festival will be presented over four days in various spaces at the iconic cultural theater. The WOW festival runs from March 12-17 and will feature workshops, activities, programming and performances with artists, community leaders, writers, thinkers, activists, and leaders exploring a variety of issues across cultural, civic, and social boundaries with a focus on empowerment and activism. Participants include poet Nikki Giovanni, educator Johnnetta B. Cole; finance expert Suze Orman; musician Alice Smith; White House Correspondent April Ryan; comedian Mugga, and others to be announced. WOW Apollo will feature more than a dozen events, many of the events free or low cost. For more information, visit apollotheratre.org.

MUSIC

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.

Jeffrey Osborne, Sat, Mar 23 at 8 p.m., Sony Hall, 235 West 46 Street, Manhattan. For info visit sonyhall.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 open at 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. 

Smokey Robinson, Saturday, March 30 at 8 p.m., Borgata Casino Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J. For info call 800-515-2171 or visit boxofficeticketsales.com.

Sistas’ Place presents “Brave Brown Sistas from the Front Lines” Camille Gainer Jones “Tribute to Miriam Makeba” Saturday March 16, 2019.

TV

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

BOOKS

Veteran air traffic controller Priscilla Russell’s shocking and thought-provoking story will bring a new narrative to Black women’s fictional literature. “In Control: On a Wing and a Prayer” is the first of a two-part series. The book is loosely based on her life story and the struggles and pains of progressing in a male-dominated industry. For more information, visit www.Authorpriscillarussell.com.

COMMUNITY

The Schomburg Center’s annual Women’s Jazz Festival, in honor of Women’s History Month, features some of the best-known and unsung female performers in jazz today. The 2019 festival is slated for each Monday in March—taking place on the 11, 18 and 25. Join us for a “Salute to Women in Bebop” curated by musician, jazz composer and Obie-award winner Diedre L. Murray. Murray has composed original music for Two River Theater’s production of Oo-Bla-Dee created by Golden Globe-winning actor and playwright Regina Taylor.

Community Works and New Heritage Group in partnership with the Harlem Hospital Center present “Harlem Is…Spirit of Community,” an eclectic mix of artwork, photography and poetry by Harlem-based artists reflecting their views on community, claiming identity and Harlem’s storied contributions. The continuing exhibition also features a 30-foot timeline of Harlem’s history and a film honoring its cultural contributions. MURAL Pavilion at Harlem Hospital. Wed-Sat. 12-5 p.m. or by appointment. Free and open to the public. Contact 917-757-2242 or info@communityworksnyc.org

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.