Greetings! “Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration” airs Sunday, April 21, on CBS and CBS All Access. The live concert was filmed in February at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. The tribute will feature Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Boys II Men, Ciara, John Legend, Martha Reeves, Valerie Simpson, Ne Yo, Fantasia, legendary producer-songwriters, Lamont Dozier, Brian & Eddie Holland, Mickey Stevenson and more.
Lloyd Williams and Voza Rivers of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce joined me on “Express Yourself” with the announcement of a partnering with Memphis, Tennessee to celebrate a Centennial of Soul salute to the amazing musical legacy of the city.
“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”). The musical brings the untold story of this legendary quintet to irresistible life on Broadway. Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th St., Manhattan. For more information, call 844-379-0370 or visit www.secureboxoffice.com.
“Ain’t No Mo” is a satirical odyssey portraying the great exodus of Black Americans out of a country plagued with injustice. After scenes of the moments before, during and after this outrageous departure, the production explores the value of Black lives in a country turning away from the promise of a Black president. Now through April 28 at 7 p.m. The Public Theatre, 425 Lafayette St., Manhattan. For more information, visit www.publictheatre.org.
“White Noise” Suzan-Lori Parks’ world premiere play about race, friendship, and our rapidly unraveling social contract. Anspacher Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, Manhattan; through Sunday, April 21. For more information, visit www.broadway.com/shows/white-noise.
“A Walk Into Slavery” a multi-media meditation about reconnecting with one’s ancestors and redefining one’s purpose. While visiting Africa, Hollis King an international photographer encounters the slave dungeons of West Ghana—the final stop for many before their Transatlantic journey into slavery in the Americas. Enhanced with photographs, pencil sketches, journal entries, videotaped interviews and live music, we learn that in order to move forward one must go back. One week only! April 30 thru May 4 presented by The Billie Holiday Theatre The New Dance Space, Restoration ART 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn.
The World Famous Apollo Theater will hold auditions on Saturday, April 20, beginning at 10 a.m. for the 2019-2020 season of its signature program Amateur Night at the Apollo. From 10 a.m. to noon, dancers will audition to secure a spot in a special all-dance edition of Amateur Night. Auditions for all other art forms will continue from noon until 6 p.m. Contestants chosen from these auditions will get a spot in the 2019-2020 Amateur Night season line-up. Auditions will be held at the Apollo Theater where Amateur Night producers will screen the first 250 vocalists, rappers, dancers, comedians, spoken word artists, and other performers vying for a coveted spot on the Apollo’s stage, where they will then compete for a chance to win the grand prize amount of $20,000.The Apollo is located at 253 West 125th St. in Harlem, USA.
The World Famous Apollo Theatre presents one of the most successful groups of all time, The Mighty O’Jays. Friday, April 26, at 8 p.m. The O’Jays (named for iconic dj Eddie O’Jay) have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and the Grammy Hall of Fame. For more information, visit www.apollotheatre.org.
Al Green, Sun, May 5 at 8 p.m., Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan. For information, visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Rock Solid Women: Nona Hendryx with Divinity Roxx & Special Guests, Thu, May 9 at 7 p.m., Gramercy Theater, 127 East 23rd Street, Manhattan. For information, visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Mavis Staples, Thu, May 9 at 8 p.m., Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th St. in Harlem, USA. For information, visit www.ticketmaster.com.
The Temptations & the Four Tops, Thu, May 9 at 8 p.m., Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt St. Englewood, NJ 07631. For information, visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Mother’s Day Music Festival with Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, Sat, May 11 at 7 p.m., 2301 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. For information, visit www.OnlineCityTickets.com.
“Amazing Grace.” The “Queen Of Soul” Aretha Franklin in all of her glory, captured in this historic film documentary is now in theaters for the world to witness. The historic live recording was filmed at The New Bethel Church in Watts, Los Angeles, in 1972. Check theaters.
Christian Cultural Center’s 2019 “Lent Experience Observance” started on Ash Wednesday and ends Resurrection Sunday, April 21, 2019. There is still time to join the observance under the direction of renowned Pastor A.R. Bernard. The public is welcome to visit their internet campus to join Tuesday Night Prayer Services streaming live every Tuesday during the Lent Season from their Brooklyn Campus from 7 p.m.–9 p.m. Continue the journey of spiritual renewal. For more information, contact CCC Guest Services Christian Cultural Center 718-306-1000; or email Registration@cccinfo.org.
The Het Heru Women’s Healing Circle and Het Heru Healing Intl present: “The Divine Power of JOY Conference and Celebration” for women who want to elevate peace, love, joy and healing in their lives. For Women ONLY, Saturday Apr 27, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Featuring Queen Mother Maasht Amm Amen founder of the Het Heru Dance. Come and learn in workshops: How To Eliminate Stress/Rejuvenation and Longevity Secrets. Experience The Het Heru Dance Party and Line Dance. Ausar Auset Society Temple, 982 Clarkson Ave., Brooklyn. For information, call 917-865-0531.
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 10 p.m. Archived online at www.wbai.org. For bookings or to reach us about your GBEvent or for comments, email co-editor Nyerere, firstname.lastname@example.org, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or call 212-592-3279.