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Greetings! The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced that among its 2020 inductees are Whitney Houston and The Notorious B.I.G. (real name: Christopher Wallace). The 35th annual ceremony takes place at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio and will be broadcast live for the first time this year—May 2, on HBO. Tickets go on sale Feb. 27 with special guests to be announced. Tribute performances will be the order of the day as, amazingly, half of the inductees are among the deceased.

Brilliant writer/director/actor/producer Spike Lee has been named as the first Black film jury president for the upcoming 73rd annual Cannes Film Festival. Lee’s history with the international festival dates back more than 30 years.

Our thanks to master numerologist Lloyd Strayhorn and Solar Biologist Khalia Washington, who kicked off the year and decade with our annual “Cosmic Forecast for 2020.”


Roundabout Theatre Co. presents “A Soldier’s 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 March 15, American Airlines Theatre, 227 West 42nd St., Manhattan. For ticket information, call 212-719-1300 or visit

“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:

“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:

“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: 

“Sista’s: The Musical” at St. Luke’s Theatre every Sat-Sun, 4:30 p.m. St. Luke’s Theatre is located at 308 West 46th Street in Manhattan.


Harlem Gospel Choir, every Sun. at 1:30 p.m. at Sony Hall, 235 W. 46th St., Manhattan.  For more information, visit:    

“This Is Hip Hop Volume 2” brings together iconic MCs who have mastered the use of vocabulary. Fri., Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. A one-of-a-kind concert series for true hip hop enthusiasts. The World Famous Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th St., Harlem. For more information, call 212-531-5305 or visit: www.

Snoop Dogg. Thurs., Jan 23, at 7 p.m. Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour St., Montclair, NJ. Visit:

Loud Records is celebrating 25 years of hip hop at Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan on Thurs., Jan 30 at 8 p.m. Featuring Big Pun tribute FT. Fat Joe, Mobb Deep FT. special guests, and many more. Get tickets now at 212-632-4000 or visit:  

Peabo Bryson with special guest Regina Belle, Sat., Feb. 1, 8 p.m. Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Queens. For more information, visit: www.kupferberg

Boyz II Men, Thurs., Feb. 13, 8 p.m., State Theatre-NJ, New Brunswick, NJ. Visit:

The Bowery presents: The Raphael Saadiq-Jimmy Lee Tour, Jamila Woods, DJ Duggz, Thurs., Feb. 13, 8 p.m., Terminal 5, Manhattan.

Brian McKnight, Thurs., Feb. 13, 8 p.m., Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, N.J. Visit:

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Fri., Feb. 14, 7 p.m., The Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour St. Montclair, N.J.


Valentine’s All Star Comedy Jam: Bill Bellamy, Luenell & Don DC Curry in Newark, New Jersey at New Jersey Performing Arts Center––Prudential Hall on Sat., Feb. 15. New Jersey Performing Arts Center––Prudential Hall is located at One Center St. in Newark, NJ. For more information, visit:


Frontline “Americas Great Divide: From Obama To Trump” A two part investigation into toxic politics of the USA and the divisions that led to the rise of Trump. Check your PBS stations. For more information, visit:

“Dolemite” Eddie Murphy’s critically-acclaimed tribute to comedian-actor Rudy Ray Moore on Showtime.


“Bad Boys For Life” Will Smith and Martin Lawrence bring the third stage of the series middle-aged nostalgia, with surprising edginess and a level of action that gives the buddy-film new life again. 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.

“Just Mercy” starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Fox. World renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson tells his story of fighting for the freedom of a condemned death row prisoner he fought to free. Check theater listings.


CEMOTAP is hosting a forum called “The Meeting” remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and The Honorable Elijah Muhammad.” Sat., Jan 25, 2 p.m. Speakers include: Min. A. Hafeez Muhammad, Dr. Rosalind Jeffries, Sis. Fredrica Bey and Prof. James Blake. CEMOTAP CENTER at 135-05 Rockaway Boulevard South Ozone Park, Queens. Admission is free but RSVP because seating is limited. For more information, call 347-907-0629.

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., Brookyn. For more information, call 917-618-6100. Tickets on sale now at

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, IGB’s “Radio GBE” is heard Fridays 7 p.m. to 9 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.