Irving PhillipsJr and Irving III

Eubie Blake Cultural Center celebrates Eubie Blake’s birthday, which is Feb. 7th, with a whole month of special events, hosted by Tony Burton, Executive Director, and Program Director Cheryl Goodman with an opening reception on Feb. 11, 5:30 p.m. featuring the works of three generations of photographers from one family; Irving Phillips, Sr., Irving Phillips, Jr. and Irving Phillips III. Shown here are Phillips Jr. and Phillips III.

Hello everyone, what an exciting month this is. February is one of my favorite months of the year as a journalist. First of all, I get the opportunity to talk about our Black local entertainers and our local history just as I did in my first book “African American Entertainment in Baltimore” the book I wrote using original photographs I collected from the community and from my own archives about Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue in its hey days. I followed up a few years later with my second book, “African American Community, History & Entertainment in Maryland”(Remembering the Yesteryears 1940-1980) and this book not only covering Pennsylvania Avenue, but all of Baltimore. This month gives me the opportunity to do a lot of book signings and share my books about Black History with you in a keep sake masterpiece.

I will be at Lexington Market, every Thursday, Friday & Saturday from Feb. 4 and the Avenue Market on Pennsylvania Avenue starting Feb. 25. Come see me and get your book.

Don’t forget the “Holiday Shopping Expo” at the State Office Complex, 201 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 on Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. where there will be hundreds of vendors including “Yours Truly” for your ultimate shopping experience. You will find everything and anything at this event Black History and Valentine’s gifts.

The Quality Plus hosting their Pre-Valentine Day Affair

The Quality Plus is hosting their Pre-Valentine’s Day Black and Gold Affair, BYOB Cabaret Style with buffet dinner. An evening of elegance, fun, dancing, networking and shopping with vendors on Feb. 6 from 8 p.m. until midnight at the Delta Center, 2501 Springhill Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215. For ticket information, call Netting Johnson at 443-762-7926 or John Seymore at 410-660-7227.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum is also jumping up and down doing the James Brown with their special events for Black History Month. They are kicking their month off with the Morgan State University Choir. They will perform traditional African American spirituals and gospel selections on Feb. 6, at 3 p.m. They will also present special programs, tours, exhibits to excite and inspire people of all backgrounds. For more information, call 443-263-1800.

This weekend is also special at the Blue Note in New York City. It is called, “Mardi Gras at the Blue Note” from Feb. 5 thru Feb. 7 featuring Shannon Powell “New Orleans Rhythm King”, Flute, clarinetist, Even Christopher; Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers; New Orleans Mardi Gras Brunch with “Hot Lips”; Joey Morant & Catfish Stew; McCoy Tyner Trio with Gary Bartz, Victor Wooten,  and many others. The Blue Note is located at 131 W. 3rd Street, New York, New York. For more information, go to or email

Well, my dear friends, this will be a busy month with a lot to say and not enough run to talk about it. But you keep reading me and I will keep you informed the best I can, and remember if you need me, just call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at or you can go to  and find my column. Please remember also, you cannot send me information via Facebook or the website. You have to email me with attachments only if you want me to know about your event.