Greetings! Our GBE “Women’s HERstory Month 2020” opens up with the tragic news of the ever beautiful B. Smith, author, restaurateur, lifestyle guru and one of the country’s first high-profile Black models, has died after a seven-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 70. May she rest in peace.
Over 20,000 fans, celebrities, and pro athletes alike gathered at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to celebrate the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the seven other passengers who died last month in a helicopter crash. Kobe’s widow, Vanessa Bryant is suing the helicopter company involved in the deadly crash.
“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. | Sat., Mar. 14 at 7 p.m. | Sun., Mar. 15 at 3 p.m. For more information, visit: thebillieholiday.org/shows-and-events/
“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 St., Manhattan. For more information, call: 844-379-0370 or visit: www.secureboxoffice .com.
“DWB” (driving while black) is a new chamber opera about racism, erasure, and the fear and love that Black parents experience when they send their kids out into a world that too often sees them not as a child, but as a threat. March 19-21 at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (25th St. between Third and Lexington Avenues), Manhattan. Tickets are $16-$36 and can be purchased online at : ci.ovationtix.com/1091/production/1014628.
“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 more information, visit www.ticketmaster.com/lunt-fontanne-theatre-
“Chicken and Biscuits” A new comedy by Douglass Lynne with heart, soul and a little shade. Now through Mar. 22. Queens Theatre located at 14 United Nations Ave. 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
Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group and Williams Institutional CME Church present “It Is African,” a spiritual afternoon of African music and dance, on Sunday Mar. 8, at 5 p.m. This special Harlem premiere performance features Francisco Mora-Catlett and his New York-based Afro Horn jazz ensemble, and a dance performance by the extraordinary Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Dance company, co-founded by Mora-Catlett’s wife, Cuban dancer, international Afro-Cuban folk-lore performer, choreographer, teacher and dance ethnologist from Santiago de Cuba Danys “LaMora” Perez Williams Institutional CME Church is located at 2239 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard at 132nd Street, Manhattan. Admission is free. Reservations can be made through Eventbrite. For further information, call the New Heritage Theatre Group at 212-926-0104.
“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
Boyz II Men. Fri., Mar. 6 at 8 p.m., NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Westbury, N.Y. 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: https://www.ticketmaster.com/patti-austin-tickets/artist/734472
“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
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture “Women’s Herstory Month 2020” In the 20th century, the Black struggle for educational justice took many forms, including battles for desegregation, open admissions, and financial aid. Join this discussion with professors Rachel Devlin, Elizabeth McRae, and Devin Fergus about the Black women and girls who often led these battles, the white women who stood in the way, and the roots of student debt peonage. Thurs., Mar. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Langston Hughes Auditorium, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd), Harlem. For more information, call: 917-275-6975 or visit: www.nypl.org/ locations/schomburg
The Apollo Theater presents two Women’s History Month programs on Sat., Mar. 14 as part of a one-day special convening of WOW: “Women of the World Festival.” WOW champions gender equality and celebrates the achievements of women and girls from all walks of life and all parts of the world. For more information, visit: www.apollotheater.org
The Center For Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY (CBL) 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 through Mar. 29. Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, N.Y. For more information, call 718-804-8883 or visit: CenterForBlackLiterature.org
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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.