Greetings! As we approach Women’s History Month, Ja’ Net DuBois, known for her turn as Willona Woods on “Good Times,” was found dead in her Glendale, Calif. home on Tuesday, Feb. 17. According to her family, the actress died unexpectedly in her sleep. She was believed to be 74. Dubois was a co-founder of Los Angeles’ Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF).
“A Soldiers Play” Roundabout Theatre Co. presents Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece as it 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 W. 42nd St. (btw. 7th and 8th Aves), Manhattan. For ticket information, 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 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 ticket 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.
“Chicken and Biscuits” A new comedy by Douglass Lynne with heart, soul and a little shade. Feb.28–Mar.22. Queens Theatre located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, directly under the iconic towers of the New York State Pavilion. Easily accessible by car, bus and subway. For tickets, call: 718-760-0064, or visit: queenstheatre.org
“50 in 50: Letters To Our Sons” For the fourth year, in response to MacArthur “Genius” Dominique Morisseau’s curatorial statement, 50 original monologues––selected from hundreds of submissions from women of African descent from across the globe––will be read by renowned actors. Presented by The Billie Holiday Theatre at the Kumble Theater, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn; Sat., Mar. 14 at 3 p.m. and at 7pm | Sun., Mar. 15 at 3 p.m. For more information, visit: thebillieholiday.org/shows-and-events/
“DrumFolk: Step Africa.” When Africans lost the right to use their drums, the beats still found their way. From hambone to hip hop, an extraordinary ensemble of dancers, drummers and musicians takes us from West Africa to Washington, D.C., with hidden histories and resounding rhythms that transformed America. 3 weeks only! Now through Mar. 15 at the New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St., Manhattan. For more information, call: 646-223-3010 or visit: www.newvictory. org
Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble preforming “Songs of The Spirit” Sat., Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. Special guest Cyrus Chestnut. Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx.
Brilliant Harry Belafonte, entertainer-civil rights-human rights activist, 93rd birthday celebration with special guests, Sun., Mar. 1 at 7 p.m., at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. For more information, visit: www.apollotheater.org
Boyz II Men, Fri., Mar. 6 at 8 p.m., NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Westbury, NY. For more information, call: 516-247-5200 or visit: www.thetheatreatwestbury.com/venueinfo
Patti Austin, Sat. Mar 7 at SONY Hall, 235 W. 46th St., Manhattan. For more information, visit: www.ticketmaster.com/sony-hall-
Harlem Gospel Choir every Sun. at 1:30 p.m. at Sony Hall, 235 W. 46th Street, Manhattan. For more information,, visit: ticketmaster.com.
Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show” brings his comedic flava on the news Fri., Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. to The Theatre at Westbury, 900 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11500. For more information, call: 516-247-5200 or visit: www.thetheatreatwestbury.com/venueinfo
“Who Killed Malcolm?” Six-part docuseries follows historian and investigative journalist Abdur-Rahman Muhammad digging deeper into the assassination of Malcolm X, raising new questions. Streaming now on Netflix. Check listings
The Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd), Harlem invites you to screen “Young Schomburg,” a documentary about Syreeta Gates’ mission to archive hip hop journalism with an unprecedented collection of interviews with hip hop leaders. The evening includes a networking reception, panel discussion, film screening and talkback. 6-7 p.m. Networking reception 7-8 p.m. For more information, call 917- 275-6975 or visit: www.schomberg.org
Remember, the Association for the study of African American Life and History’s theme for 2020 is “African Americans and the Vote.” Visit: asaalh.org
The Shabazz Center is open daily for visitors, no reservation required. In the spirit of our founders legacy and history, the community is also invited to utilize the Shabazz Center for your next seminar, exhibition, panel discussion, or book signing. Shabazz Center is located at 3940 Broadway NY 10032. Open Mon.-Sat., 9-5 p.m. For more information, visit: www: shabazzcenter.org
Join the Schomburg every Monday in March for this annual tradition during Women’s History Month featuring some of the best known and unsung performers in jazz today. Throughout the month, explore sounds from Haiti to a celebration of jazz and classical pianist-actress, Hazel Scott’s centennial birthday. “A Ballad For Hazel Scott,” Mon., Mar. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Schomburg’s Langston Hughes auditorium. There is an admission charge for this event. For more information, visit: schombergcenter.org
The Center For Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY presents the 15th “National Black Writers Conference: Activism, Identity and Race: Playwrights and Screenwriters at the Crossroads.” A public gathering of writers, scholars, literary professionals, theater and film, luminaries, students and the public. Mar. 26–Mar. 29, 2020. The Conference will be held on the campus of Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. For more information, call 718-804-8883 or visit: center for black literature.org
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, email@example.com, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or call 212-592-3279.