Greetings! “Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration” rocked America this past weekend over the CBS-TV network. The cross generational reach of Motown was evident to all in a broadcast celebration of the magic that is The Motown Sound.

The echo of the broadcast crescendoed with the news that The U.S. Postal Service has issued a Marvin Gaye stamp and named a post office in South L.A. for the Motown legend. This combines with the news that Motown is releasing “You’re The Man” a famously aborted project, released after 47 years.

The Motor City’s Aretha Franklin, undisputed “Queen of Soul” has won the Pulitzer Prize in recognition of “her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades.


“Ain’t Too Proud” is the electrifying new musical celebrating 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. Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street, Manhattan. Now through July 31. For information, call 844-379-0370 or visit:

“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. at The Public Theatre, 425 Lafayette St, Manhattan. For information, visit

“White Noise,” Suzan-Lori Parks’ world premiere play about race, friendship, and our rapidly unraveling social contract. Anspacher Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, Manhattan. Now through Tue, Apr 30. For information, visit

“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 Trans Atlantic journey into slavery in the Americas. One week only! April 30 through May 4 presented by The Billie Holiday Theatre The New Dance Space, Restoration ART 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn.


Gloria Gaynor, Thursday, Apr 25 at 8 p.m., Sony Hall, 235 West 46th Street, Manhattan. For ticket information, call 1-877-582-9297 or visit:

The World Famous Apollo Theater 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

Harlem Gospel Choir, Sunday, Apr 28 at 1:30 p.m., Sony Hall, 235 West 46th Street, Manhattan. For ticket information, call 1-877-582-9297 or visit:

Al Green, Sun, May 5 at 8 p.m., Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan. For information, visit

Rock Solid Women: Nona Hendryx with Divinity Roxx and Special Guests, Thu, May 9 at 7 p.m., Gramercy Theater, 127 East 23rd Street, Manhattan. For information, visit

Mavis Staples, Thu, May 9 at 8 p.m., Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th St. in Harlem, USA. For information, visit

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

Mother’s Day Music Festival with Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, Sat, May 11 at 7 p.m., 2301 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401. For information, visit

Keith Sweat, Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m., NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road Westbury, NY 11590. For ticket info Call (800) 854-2196 or visit


Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, May 10 through May 12 at 8 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street, Newark, N.J. 07102. For ticket information, call (800) 854-2196 or visit


“Amazing Grace.” The “Queen Of Soul” Aretha Franklin in all of her glory, captured in this historic film documentary is now in theatres for the world to witness. The historic live recording was filmed at The New Bethel Church in Watts, Los Angeles, in 1972. Check theaters.


The “New York Auto Show” now thru April 28.Mon-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m./Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information, visit

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.

Coming: A fundraising tribute to revolutionary freedom fighter and currently ailing Don Rojas with Sir Hilary Beckles (chair of the CARICOM Reparations Committee) as guest speaker. Saturday, May 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Open to the public at House of the Lord Church, at 415 Atlantic Avenue and Bond St. The benefit tribute will be welcomed by the Reverends Herbert and Karen Daughtry, and such notables as Dr. Ron Daniels, Charles and Inez Barron, Dr. Brenda Greene, Dr. Todd Burroughs, and Viola Plummer are slated to deliver testimonials, along with a number of notable Pan-Africanists and activists from the Caribbean. For information, call 718-596-1991.

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, and NextRadio. IGB’s “Beat Experience” is heard Fridays 7 p.m. to 0 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.