“Baby it’s You” follows the creation and rise of the independent record company that gave sthe popular girl group the Shirelles, the Isley Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Chuck Jackson and more. At the Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St. For more information, visit

“The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith.” Now running on Broadway at St. Luke’s Theater, 308 W. 46th St. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit

“Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation,” by Vy Higginsen, with original music by Wesley Naylor, directed by Ken Wydro. Now playing at the Dempsey Theater, 127 W. 127th St. between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Malcolm X boulevards. For more information and tickets, visit

“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. July 11-31 at the June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th St., first floor, between Eighth and Ninth avenues. For more information, visit


“Malcolm X: A Search for Truth” and “Romare Bearden: The Soul of Blackness-A Centennial Tribute” are on view now through Sat., Jan. 7 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X. Blvd. Open Tues.-Thurs. 12-6 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays.


Morris Day and the Time, Fri., July 29 at 8 and 10:30 p.m. at B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St. between Seventh and Eighth avenues. For more information, call (212) 997-4144 or visit

Malian singer Oumou Sangare and Arab music savant Bassam Saba celebrate Brooklyn in a free concert in Prospect Park, Fri., July 29 at 7:30 p.m. And on Sat., July 30, New Orleans legend Dr. John, “The Nite Tripper”; The Godfather of Go Go, D.C.’s Chuck Brown; and Red Baraat will rock the Prospect Park Bandshell. For more information, visit

The Martin Luther King free concert series presents a special surprise guest on Aug. 1 at Wingate Field on Brooklyn Avenue between Rutland Road and Winthrop Street in Crown Heights. For more information, visit Free.

Budweiser Superfest presents Grammy winner Jill Scott’s “Summer Block Party” at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Thurs., July 28 at 7 p.m. Scott will be joined by special guests Grammy-nominated R&B singer Anthony Hamilton and groove specialists Mint Condition, with music by DJ Jazzy Jeff, hosted by Doug E. Fresh. 1 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, N.Y. For more information, call (516) 785-1600.

WBLS welcomes Keyshia Cole and friends to the Paradise Theatre, Thurs., July 28 at 6:30 p.m. 2403 Grand Concourse in the Bronx. For more information, call (718) 220-1015 or visit

Harlem Week 2011 and 107.5 WBLS present a magical weekend of music:

Sat., July 30, 2-5 p.m. “Great Jazz on the Great Hill,” presenting a multigenerational celebration of big band, jazz and swing dancing on the Great Hill in Central Park. Central Park West from 103rd to 107th streets.

Sun., July 31, 12-8:30 p.m. “A Great Day in Harlem,” a day-long series of events at U.S. Grant National Memorial Park, West 122nd Street and Riverside Drive.

From 1 to 3 p.m. is the “International Cultural Showcase” with the Millenium Dance Company, National Dance Institute, the African Chorus Ensemble and others; 3-4:30 p.m. is the “International Gospel Showcase” with Bishop Hezekiah Walker of WLIB; 4:30-5:30 p.m., is the “Fashion Fusion Showcase”; and from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Harlem Summer Stage presents a concert under the stars, a salute to international music legends the Jeff Foxx Band, Rahsaan Patterson, Dave Valentin and Johnny Gil, along with a special tribute to Gil Scott-Heron, hosted by Herb Boyd of the NY Amsterdam News and Free Speech TV and Imhotep Gary Byrd of WLIB-WBLS-WBAI and the NY Amsterdam News.

For more Harlem Week info, call (877) 427-5364 toll free or visit

Newark Symphony Hall presents the “R&B Summer White Dance Concert,” Sat., July 30, 9 p.m.-3 a.m., featuring the Legends of Soul-Ray Goodman & Brown (aka the Moments) and Blue Magic, hosted by comedian Willie Asbury (of HBO and the Apollo). Wear your best white gear. At Newark Symphony Hall’s Terrace Ballroom, 1020 Broad St., Newark, N.J. For more information, call (973) 643-8014 or visit


“Millions March in Harlem,” Sat., Aug. 13, assembling on Malcolm X Boulevard at 110th Street at 10 a.m. The focus will be on the attack on African people on the continent and in the United States. Special guest speakers include Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam; Father Miguel d’Escoto, former president of the U.N. General Assembly and former foreign minister of Nicaragua; Dr. Molefi Asante of Afrocentricity International; Viola Plummer of the December 12th Movement; NOI Minister Akbar Muhammad: and many others. For more information, call (718) 398-1766 or (347) 737-3272 or email

The Coalition for Public Education sponsors “Parents Taking the Lead Institute,” a weekly workshop series for parents taking place every Thursday through the summer and is seeking 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 system of public education. Classes take place at the DC 37 union hall at Murray Street and the West Side Highway in Manhattan. For further information, call (212) 362-6021 or (347) 785-3418.

The New York City Cabinet of the National Action Network presents its annual membership picnic, Sat., July 30 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Riverbank State Park, 679 Riverside Dr. at 145th St. Food, beverages, fellowship, games, fun, park attractions, softball, track & field, children’s play areas, swimming pool, and more! Tickets are available from any NYC NAN cabinet member or call (212) 690-3070.

Hear Imhotep Gary Byrd on 107.5 WBLS-FM daily with “Imhotep’s On-Air Guide to Black Events” and “Express Yourself,” Sunday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m., and on WLIB-AM with “The GBE Mind Flight,” 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,” Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. We are archived online with both shows at To reach us about your event, email, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at GBELIFE.