“Baby it’s You” follows the rise of New Jersey housewife Florence Greenberg, who teams with African-American songwriter Luther Dixon to launch an independent record company, the popular girl group the Shirelles, the Isley Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Chuck Jackson and more.
- Location: Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St.
- More info: visit www.babyitsyouonbroadway.com
“The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith.”
- Dates: Now running
- Location: Broadway at St. Luke’s Theater, 308 W. 46th St.
- For tickets: call (212) 239-6200 or visit
- More Info: www.stlukestheatre.com
“Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation,” by Vy Higginsen, with original music by Wesley Naylor, directed by Ken Wydro.
- Dates: Now playing
- Location: Dempsey Theater, 127 W. 127th St. between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Malcolm X boulevards.
- More info and tickets: visit www.mamafoundation.org
“Sistas: The Musical” tells the story of African-American women through popular music. Using hit tunes from “God Bless the Child” to Destiny’s Child, the musical traces the history of Black women, from the trials of the 1930s through the girl groups of the ’60s to the empowerment of the ’90s.
- Dates: July 11-31
- Location: June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th St., first floor, between Eighth and Ninth avenues
- More info, schedules and tickets: www.sistasthemusical.com
FILM & ART
“Malcolm X: A Search for Truth” and “Romare Bearden: The Soul of Blackness-A Centennial Tribute.”
- Dates: open Fri., July 15 – Sat., Jan. 7. Open Tues.-Thurs. 12-6 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
- Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X. Blvd.
Jazz legend Earl Klugh sets the stage.
- Dates: Thurs., July 21 – Sun., July 24 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
- Location: Blue Note Jazz Club and Restaurant, 131 W. 3rd St
- More info:(212) 475-8592 or www.bluenotejazz.com
Chase Jazz Mobile 2011 Summerfest features Yosvany Terry.
- Date: Fri., July 22 at 7 p.m.
- Location: Marcus Garvey Park, Fifth Avenue at 122nd Street.
- Price: FREE!
NBC’s Toyota Concert Series presents the man behind the hit “Forget You” and coach on NBC’s “The Voice,” Cee Lo Green-live!
- Date: Fri., July 22 from 6-9 a.m.
- Location: On the Plaza at 30 Rockefeller Center between 47th and 50th streets.
- Price: FREE!
Rashan Patterson heats things up.
- Dates: Sat. July 23 at 8 p.m, Fri., July 29 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
- Location: Morris Day and the Time bring it! B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, 237 West 42nd St., between Seventh and Eighth avenues.
- More info:(212) 997-4144 or www.bbkingblues.com
Afrobeat and Nigerian Roots artists Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 take over the Celebrate Brooklyn Prospect Park Free Concert.
- Date: This week, Fri., July 22 at 7:30 p.m.
- Location: Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn, N.Y.
- More info: www.bricartsmedia.org
- Price: FREE!
The Martin Luther King 2011 free concert series continues featuring Charlie Wilson and Eric Benet-live!
- Date: Mon., July 25 at 7:30 p.m.,
- Location: Wingate Field on Brooklyn Avenue, between Rutland Road and Winthrop Street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, N.Y.
- More info: www.brooklynconcerts.com
- Price: FREE!
SOB’s presents some serious South African soul with LIRA.
- Date: Tues., July 26.
- Location: SOB’s Dining and Dancing, 204 Varick St. at West Houston.
- More info: (212) 243-4940 or www.sobs.com
R&B sensation Brian McKnight brings his “Just Me” tour to the Apollo Theater with McKnight singing his classics “Anytime,” “Back at One” and more. Also featuring comedian A.G. White.
- Date: Sat., July 23 at 7 p.m.
- Location: Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St. between Seventh and Eighth avenues.
- More info: www.apollotheater.org
Newark Symphony Hall presents an R&B Summer White Dance Concert featuring the Legends of Soul, Ray, Goodman & Brown (aka the Moments) and Blue Magic and hosted by comedian Willie Asbury. Wear your best to impress white gear.
- Date: Sat., July 30 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.,
- Location: Newark Symphony Hall’s Terrace Ballroom, 1020 Broad St., Newark, N.J.
- More info:(973) 643-8014 or www.ticketmaster.com
Free Health and Healing Expo. Discover the healing arts that transform your life and restore your health. Speakers include Queen Afua of Heal Thyself , and Muntu and Bob Law. There will be special guests and demonstrations throughout the day, as well as free samples. Learn to cleanse, nourish and energize yourself with powerful organic juices and how to move beyond dangerous drugs.
- Dates: Saturday, July 23 from 2 to 7 p.m.
- Location: Namaskar, Bob Law’s Health & Wellness Store, 643 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.
- More info: (718) 636-1967
The 2011 Harlem Book Fair, a celebration of literature and culture. Held rain or shine.
- Date: Saturday, July 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Location: West 135th Street between Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass boulevards
- More info: www.harlembookfair.com
The Harlem Book Fair also presents a tribute to the life and work of poet-activist Louis Reyes Rivera
- Date: Sat. July 23 3-4:30 p.m.
- Location: Thurgood Marshall Academy, 200 W. 135th St. at the corner of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard
- More info: call Layding Kaliba at (212) 234-5583
The National Action Network’s Disability Committee presents a free information forum on disability rights. Come ask questions and get answers. Light refreshments will be served.
- Date: Sat. July 23 from noon-3 p.m.
- Location: NAN headquarters, 106-108 W. 145th St. between Lenox and Seventh avenues.
- More info:(646) 552-3465 or (917) 533-9579.
- Price: FREE!
The Coalition for Public Education is sponsoring the “Parents Taking the Lead Institute,” a weekly series of workshops for parents. They are seeking the participation of parent leaders whose children attend public schools in all areas of New York City. The workshops will examine policies, school closings, budget cuts and inequities within the public education system.
- Dates: July 28 and Aug. 4, 11 and 18.
- Location: DC 37 union headquarters, at Murray Street and the West Side Highway in Manhattan
- More info: (212) 362-6021 or (347) 785-3418
Hear Imhotep Gary Byrd
107.5 WBLS-FM daily with “Imhotep’s On-Air Guide to Black Events” and “Express Yourself,”
- Dates: Sunday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m.,
WLIB-AM with “The GBE Mind Flight,”
- Dates: Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to midnight (simulcast on WLIB-AM/WBLS-FM from 7-8 p.m.)
The full show can be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2. IGB is also heard on WBAI-FM 99.5 with the GBE 2.0 “Global Black Experience” and “Global Beat Experience,”
- Dates: Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. We are archived online with both shows at www.wbai.org. To reach us about your event, email email@example.com or find us on Facebook.