People in Brief


NEW YORK — Actress Garcelle Beauvais is planning to share life lessons through a series of children’s books.

The “Franklin & Bash” star has an agreement with Stranger Comics for three books that will “address identity issues relevant to many children today.”

The series will be called “I Am.” The first book, “I Am Mixed,” with co-author Sebastian A. Jones, is coming out this fall. It will tell of a brother and sister and their mixed ethnicities.

A second book will be about children of divorce. Beauvais’ parents were divorced, and she has been married twice.

The Haiti-born actress and mother of three is known for her roles on “The Jamie Foxx Show” and “NYPD Blue.”

NEW YORK — Actor David Schwimmer is coming back to the New York stage by way of “Detroit.”

The former “Friends” star will make his Playwrights Horizons debut this summer in Lisa D’Amour’s play about the tensions lurking under the surface of American life.

He will star opposite Tony Award nominee Amy Ryan.

“Detroit” is set in a suburb of that city and centers on a couple who invite their new neighbors over for a barbecue, only to slowly find their friendship veering out of control.

Previews begin Aug. 24. The play represents Schwimmer’s first return to the New York stage since his Broadway debut in “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial” in 2006.

NEW YORK — Organizers say the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Museum has found a home in midtown Manhattan.

The Wall Street Journal says the plans include a restaurant, arcade, concert lounge, television studios, marquee, community and corporate rooms and a gift shop.

The company’s business development manager, Bobby Fisher, says the address won’t be released until July because the deal is being wrapped up.

The Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Awards television show was broadcast by the cable network BET in the 1990s. The Hall of Fame last inducted honorees in 1997. The awards show will return to television in November, broadcast from the Apollo Theater.

LUCAS, Ohio — The oldest child of actors Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall is helping raise money to renovate part of the Ohio farm where the pair married in 1945.

The News Journal in Mans- field reports Stephen Bogart will make his first visit to nearby Malabar Farm on June 1-3. The meet-and-greets and special meals are part of a fundraising campaign to help renovate the mansion on the property.

Malabar Farm administrative director Sybil Burksey says water and flooring problems have left the home in desperate need of repairs. The farm founded by celebrity author Louis Bromfield in 1939 is now part of a state park.

Bogart says his mother, who turns 88 this year, is happy he’s making the trip to see where his parents’ marriage began.

NEW YORK — Grammy Award-winning singer Chaka Khan will perform a tribute to the late Whitney Houston at the Apollo Theater’s gala and awards ceremony.

Lionel Richie and the late Etta James will be inducted into the theater’s Hall of Fame during the June 4 gala. “Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius and songwriter Nick Ashford also will be honored posthumously.

Wire reports