Community Calendar December 19 - December 25

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 12/19/2019, 2:55 p.m.
Check out what's going on around the city this week!
Chadwick Boseman in "21 Bridges"


“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 Smoky Robinson with Motown greats and vintage footage. For information, visit: Showtime.

“Greenleaf,” ”Queen Sugar,” “Super Soul Sunday,” “The Haves and The Have Nots,” “Iyanla, Fix My Life” and more on OWN network. For information, visit:

Also Season 4 of “Greenleaf” is available on Netflix.


“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”, this manhunt thriller has some surprises. Check theatre listings.

“Harriet.” The biographical film about slave-turned-abolitionist-soldier, Harriet Tubman. Stars Cynthia Erivo as Tubman, with Leslie Odom Jr, Joe Alwyn and Janelle Monáe with music by Terence Blanchard. Story by Gregory Allen Howard. In theaters now.


RIOC announced the Public Safety Department’s annual New York Cares coat drive. Roosevelt Islanders donate warmth to less fortunate neighbors. Donated coats will be accepted 24 hours a day at 550 Main St, until Dec. 28.

The World Famous Apollo Theater celebrates the Kwanzaa holiday tradition on one day of the holiday, with “Regeneration Night.” Join The Apollo’s joyous celebration, Sat. Dec. 28, “Ujima” at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., featuring electric performances by Abdel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre with special guests The KIPP AMP Legacy Jazz Ensemble, a special salute to the family of the late, great Pan African activist, journalist-broadcaster, Elombe Brath and hosted by The Radio Griot, Imhotep Gary Byrd. Visit:

The New York Chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organization (NAKO) in conjunction with the International African Arts Festival (IAAFestival) will host a 53rd Kwanzaa anniversary celebration. The creator of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga, will deliver his founder’s message entitled, Living Kwanzaa and the Seven Principles: An All-Seasons Celebration and Practice of the Good. Sunday,Dec.29,the fourth principle of Kwanzaa, Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) from 3 pm to 7 pm (doors open at 3 pm) at JHS 258, 141 Macon St, between Marcy and Tompkins Avenues, Brooklyn 11216, one block from Fulton St. Cultural and musical presentations will be provided by S.O.N.W.A. featuring Salima Rah plus one of the area’s outstanding African dance troupes. For admission information, call: 718-789-3264 or 718-638-6700,or email &

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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, 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.