The Month of July bring Loads of Entertainment to NYC

Ihmotep's Guide to Black Events

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 7/10/2014, 3:14 p.m.
Greetings! Our July 2014 GBE Black Media Month opens up with news and congratulations to the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Chavis, ...
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Greetings! Our July 2014 GBE Black Media Month opens up with news and congratulations to the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Chavis, a longtime civil rights activist and member of the historic and only recently exonerated “Wilmington 10,” who has been named interim president-CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association.

We are also sending out congrats to Dr. Leonard Jeffries, who has been named International executive director of Malcolm X’s still functional Organization of Afro-American Unity. The official announcement was made on my “GBE Mind Flight” broadcast over 1190 WLIB and Sunday night by OAAU Vice President professor James Smalls.

On a sadder note, our condolences go out to Angelo Ellerby of the veteran media relations firm Double EXXposure, who lost his mother, mentor and manager, the late Eva Leak Ellerby, as well as the family of Jersey City, N.J.-born Walter Dean Myers, a famed children’s author and youth advocate who also recently passed.


“After Midnight” celebrates Harlem’s golden age and the timeless songs of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Harold Arlen, all woven around the prose of Langston Hughes, and featuring the legendary Patti LaBelle. The music is by select Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars. Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. Fourth St. For information, call 212-719-4099 or visit

Tyler Perry presents “Hell Hath No Fury, Like A Woman Scorned” coming to the Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway (between 74th and 75th streets) ‎in October 2014. Box Office: 212-465-6500

From the producers of “Best Kept Secret,” “The Dwelling Place” is a production where nothing is at it seems. With lives in the balance and heavy consequences, it will make you laugh and cry. Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19 at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre, 2033 Fifth Ave., between 124th and 125th streets.

“Holler If Ya Hear Me,” directed by Kenny Leon (“Fences,” “A Raisin in the Sun”), is a musical inspired by the late rapper Tupac Shakur’s music and lyrics. It’s now playing at the Palace Theatre. The cast will be led by performance artist, poet and musician Saul Williams. For more information or tickets, call 212-730-8200 or visit

“Aladdin,” featuring Tony Award winner James Monroe Igleheart as the uniquely modern Genie, is playing now at the New Amsterdam Theatre, located at 214 W. 42nd St.

Motown: The Musical,” with book by Berry Gordy Jr., is now playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., between Eighth Avenue and Broadway. For tickets, visit or

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” a tribute to jazz legend Billie Holiday, features 2014 and multi-Tony Award winner Audra McDonald channeling Holiday’s classic moods and melodies, now through Aug. 10 at Circle in the Square Theater, 1633 Broadway. Call 212-239-6200 or visit for more information.


Smooth Cruises presents Grammy-nominated saxophonist Najee at Pier 40 (Houston Street at West Side Highway) on Thursday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. Cruises depart promptly at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. For information, visit

The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival’s 10th anniversary is set to take place through Saturday, July 12, featuring Raekwon, DJ Rob Swift and more. Hosted by Uncle Ralph McDaniels and Tora at 50 Kent Ave. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Visit for more information.