Season’s Greetings! From Christmas, to Kwanzaa, to Hanukkah, to the upcoming New Year and Decade, NYC is truly ‘lit’ for the holidays. As we gather together with family and friends, may we reflect on 2019, the decade now past and look forward with optimism and determination as we move with our theme for Radio GBE 2020: “Black To The Future.” (See “COMMUNITY” )
“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 West 46th St, Manhattan. The ‘Queen of Rock n Roll,’ in performances now; Tony Award and Olivier Award nominee Adrienne Warren (“Shuffle Along”) is cast in the title role, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe as Tina at select performances Daniel J. Watts as Ike Turner. For information, visit: www.ticketmaster.com/lunt-fontanne-theatre-tickets-new-york/venue/24583
“Ain’t Too Proud” celebrates The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, written by three-time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau. Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street, Manhattan. For information, call: 844-379-0370 or visit: www.secureboxoffice.com
Roundabout Theatre Co. presents “A Soldiers Play” Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece bursts onto Broadway for the first time, directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (“A Raisin in the Sun”), starring three-time Tony nominee David Alan Grier and two-time Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood. Dec. 27 through Mar. 15, American Airlines Theatre, 227 West 42nd St (btw 7th and 8th Aves). For tickets call 212-719-1300 or visit: www.roundabouttheatre.org/get-tickets/2019-2020-season/a-soldiers-play/
New York City Ballet “The Nutcracker” now at David H. Koch Theatre NY. For performance schedules (and for schedules to see 11-year-old Charlotte Nebres who is making history as the first Black ballerina to play Marie in the New York City Ballet) and tickets, call 212-496-0600 or visit: www.davidkochtheatre.com
Eric Benet, Dec 28, 7:30 p.m., Sony Hall, 235 W 46th Street, New York, NY 10036.
For information visit: ticketmaster.com
“The Femme It Forward Tour” featuring Ashanti, Monica, Keri Hilson, Amerie and Lil Mo is coming to Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226 on New Year’s Eve, Tues., Dec. 31 For information, visit: ticketmaster.com.
“The Apollo” helmed by Academy and Emmy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams, chronicles the unique history and contemporary legacy of the New York City landmark, the Apollo Theater. Now streaming and on demand.
“Hitsville: The Making of Motown.” Featuring Motown co-founders-legends, Berry Gordy and Smoky Robinson with Motown greats and vintage footage. For information, visit: Showtime.
“21 Bridges” starring Chadwick Boseman as NYC detective Andre Davis, who shuts down all the bridges in Manhattan, to track down a pair of cop killers. But like the Fugitive, the manhunt has surprises. Check theater listings.
“Harriet.” Bio-pic about slave-turned-abolitionist-soldier, Harriet Tubman. Stars Cynthia Erivo as Tubman, with Leslie Odom Jr, Joe Alwyn and Janelle Monáe. Check theater listings.
“Queen & Slim” a black couple kills a white cop during an intense traffic stop and then embarks in an escape across America. Check theater listings
RIOC announced the Public Safety Department’s annual New York Cares coat drive. Roosevelt Islanders donate warmth to less fortunate neighbors. Donated coats will be accepted 24 hours a day at 550 Main St, until Dec. 28.
The World Famous Apollo Theater celebrates the Kwanzaa holiday tradition on one day of the holiday, with “Regeneration Night.” Join The Apollo’s joyous celebration, Sat. Dec. 28, “Ujima” at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., featuring electric performances by Abdel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre with special guests The KIPP AMP Legacy Jazz Ensemble and a special salute to the family of the late, great Pan African activist, journalist-broadcaster, Elombe Brath. Hosted by The Radio Griot, Imhotep Gary Byrd. Visit: www.apollotheatre.org.
The New York Chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organization (NAKO) in conjunction with the International African Arts Festival (IAAFestival) will host a 53rd Kwanzaa anniversary celebration. The creator of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga, will deliver his founder’s message entitled, “Living Kwanzaa and the Seven Principles: An All-Seasons Celebration and Practice of the Good.” Sunday,vDec.29, the fourth principle of Kwanzaa, “Ujamaa” (Cooperative Economics) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (doors open at 3 p.m.) at JHS 258, 141 Macon St, between Marcy and Tompkins Avenues, Brooklyn 11216, one block from Fulton St. Cultural and musical presentations by S.O.N.W.A. featuring Salima Rah plus one of the area’s outstanding African dance troupes. For admission information, call: 718-789-3264 or 718-638-6700, or email firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com.
The annual Kwanzaa celebration at Sister’s Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center (1942 Amsterdam Avenue) will take place on Saturday, Dec. 28, @ 1 p.m. Co-hosted with Sister’s Uptown Book Club, the free, family-friendly community event––marking the third day of Kwanzaa “Ujima: Collective Work & Responsibility for Self, Family, & Community”––will include arts and crafts for children and the young at heart, led by Aqila Muhammad as well as drumming, spoken word, and story-telling by Atiba Wilson. For more information, call 212- 862-3680 or go to: www.sistersuptownbookstore.com/
The American Museum of Natural History presents its annual Kwanzaa festival,
Sat., Dec. 28 from 12–5pm, hosted by Dr. Linda H. Humes, scholar and storyteller. The festival will feature a local artisan marketplace, and a special performance by Obediah Wright’s Balance Dance Theatre, “Tap, Swing, Gospel and Sing: A Salute to African American History and the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance.” Expect drum calls, tap dancing, spirituals, jazz, and spoken word at this multi-generational celebration of life. Performances at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. For free tickets and free admission, RSVP at:bitly/amhkwanzaa2019
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Listen to Imhotep Gary Byrd’s “Express Yourself,” Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on WBLS-FM and simulcast over WLIB 119AM. The full show can also be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2 and at WBLS.com, WLIB.com. IGB’s “Radio GBE” is heard Fridays 7 p.m. to 9 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.