Greetings! Happy New YOU!! Thank you all over the Tri State NYC NJ and Conn for another amazing turnout from our community for our Kwanzaa “Regeneration” celebration at the World Famous Apollo Theater with Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, The Kipp Amp Legacy Jazz Ensemble and host Imhotep Gary Byrd. We also paid tribute to the Elombe-Nomsa Brath Family for 60 years of service to the Harlem community. The World Famous Apollo opens up January with “Apollo Uptown Hall.” See “COMMUNITY.”
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, now through Mar. 15, American Airlines Theatre, 227 West 42nd St (btw. 7th and 8th Aves.). For ticket information, call 212-719-1300 or visit: www.roundabouttheatre.org/get-tickets/2019-2020-season/a-soldiers-play/.
“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.
“Hadestown—Where a Song Can Change Your Fate” from the pen of Anaïs Mitchell, winner 8 Tony Awards, Tony winner Andre De Shields, Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 West 48th St., Manhattan. For more information, visit: walterkerrtheatre.com.
“The Lion King.” Minskoff Theatre, 200 W.45th St., Manhattan. For ticket information, visit: minskofftheatre.box-officetickets.com
“Kinky Boots the Musical.” Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St, Manhattan. For ticket information, visit: www.kinkybootsthemusical.com
“Sista’s: The Musical” at St. Luke’s Theatre every Sat-Sun, 4:30 pm .St. Luke’s Theatre is located at 308 West 46th Street in Manhattan.
Stanley Jordan Sat. Jan 11 at 11 a.m., Sony Hall, 235 W. 46th Street, Manhattan. For information, visit tickets-center.com/search/sony-hall-tickets/.
Harlem Gospel Choir, Sun. Jan. 12 at Sony Hall, 235 W. 46th Street, Manhattan. For information, visit ticketmaster.com.
Stephanie Mills & The Whispers, Sat. Jan 18 at 8 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ.
Loud Records is celebrating 25 years of hip hop at Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan on Thurs., Jan 30. The Loud experience features performances by Wu-Tang Clan, a Big Pun Tribute FT. Fat Joe, Mobb Deep FT. special guests, and many more. Get tickets now at 212-632-4000 or 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 Smokey Robinson with Motown greats and vintage footage. For information, visit: Showtime.
“Dolemite.” Eddie Murphy’s tribute to comedian-actor Rudy Ray Moore on 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.
Oprah 2020 Vision tour is coming to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, Feb 8. Join Oprah as she sits down for an intimate one-on-one conversation with some of the biggest celebrities, headline-makers and game-changers. Barclay’s Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, 917-618-6100. Tickets on sale now at Ticketmaster.com
The Apollo Theater and WNYC are partnering for the seventh year to present WNYC’s 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, “The Strategic King: MLK’s Visionary Leadership” Sunday Jan. 12 at 3 pm as part of the Apollo’s “Uptown Hall” series. WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning host Brian Lehrer and Jami Floyd, local host of “All Things Considered,” will moderate this convening of outstanding artists and activists, journalists and changemakers to deeply engage with Dr. King’s legacy and how his actions and teachings speak to and inform the social justice matters of our own time. Apollo Uptown Halls are free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entrance. Seating is first come, first served. For more information, visit: www.apollotheater.org
“The Inexplicable Universe Unsolved Mysteries” NJPAC, the anchor cultural institution for the city of Newark and the state of New Jersey, present Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Currently the head of NYC’s Hayden Planetarium, Tyson will fill you with wonder (and laughter) with his unique insights into space and science. Have a question about how the world works? He just might answer it in our interactive Q&A, Thurs., Jan. 16 at 7: 30 p.m. For more information, visit: https://www.njpac.org/event/an-evening-with-neil-degrasse-tyson/
CEMOTAP is hosting a forum called “The Meeting” remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and The Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Sat., Jan 25, 2020 at 2 p.m. Speakers include: Min. A. Hafeez Muhammad, Dr. Rosalind Jeffries, Sister Fredrica Bey and Prof. James Blake. CEMOTAP Center at 135-05 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park, Queens. Admission is free but RSVP because seating is limited. For more information, call 347-907-0629.
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.