Credit: Brian McKnight (see MUSIC)

Greetings! As we segue from our January “King Day,” we open the way for February and GBE Black History Month 2020. Our first acknowledgement is to the “Father of Black History” Dr. Carter G. Woodson, author, educator and founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Born to former slaves, in February 1926, Woodson began a week long study of African American history, which became Negro History Week and later Black History Month. Dr. Woodson became the second African American to graduate from Harvard and went on to write more than a dozen books on African American history.

Join us in February for Black History Month in “Radio GBE 2020: Black To The Future” (see below) and visit The Schomburg Center: www.nypl.org/locations/schomburg.


Roundabout Theatre Co. presents “A Soldier’s Play” Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece bursts onto Broadway, 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.), Manhattan. For tickets, call: 212-719-1300 or visit: www.roundabout theatre.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 W. 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 tickets, 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 W. 45th St., 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. 

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

David Lamb, author of the hit play and book “Platanos y Collard Greens” presents his new, hilarious musical play “The Best Things In Life.” A bonafide music superstar sells out to have it all, loses his name and fame, but ups his game to win back the girl of his dreams and the best things in life. Valentines weekend, Sat. Feb.15 at 7:30 p.m. Improv Asylum Theater on 26th St., Manhattan. Hosted by Imhotep Gary Byrd. For tickets visit: www.thebestlaughs.com.


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

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

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

Boyz II Men, Thurs., Feb. 13, 8 p.m. , State Theatre-N.J., New Brunswick, N.J. For information, visit: www.stnj.org

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. For information, visit: www.bergenpac.org/events-tickets/box-office

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Fri., Feb. 14, 7 p.m., 5 Seymour St. The Wellmont Theater, 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, 2020. New Jersey Performing Arts Center–Prudential Hall is located at One Center St in Newark, N.J. For information, visit:njpac.org.


“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. Note: This movie has earned an A+––a perfect score––with CinemaScore moviegoers.


Dred Scott Keyes, WBAI’s longtime, award-winning engineer and programmer, became an ancestor in December 2019. He will be remembered with a series of re-broadcasts of “Cutting Edge” on Wednesdays at 9 p.m., in his usual spot. Listen at 99.5FM or at www.wbai.org/listen-live/. Program archives are at www. wbai.org/archive/.

The late Dred Scott Keyes will be sent forward in a Memorial Service and Celebration of Life on Sat. Feb. 1, from 2-5:30 p.m. at the House of the Lord Church, 415 Atlantic Avenue btw. Bond & Nevins Sts., Brooklyn. (Unfortunately, the space is not wheelchair accessible.) Please RSVP: Send your name and the number of attendees to Mimi Rosenberg at MERosenberg@legal-aid.org, with “Dred” in the subject line.

In celebration of Black History Month, the world famous Apollo Theater opens its doors for “Open House 2020: Celebration of Cool” a unique and free glimpse into the Apollo’s rich history and current programs Sat. Feb. 1 from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. at the theatre, 253 West 125th St., Harlem, NY. For information, call 212-531-5305 or visit: www.apollotheater.org

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 information, call 917-618-6100; tickets on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

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, nyerere1@aol.com, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or call 212-592-3279.