Greetings! With the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman verdict still a hot topic of outrage in the national conversation, renowned comedian, civil rights activist and author Dick Gregory brings his brilliant insight and analysis to New York on Saturday, July 27. The show starts at 5 p.m. at Muhammed’s Mosque Temple No. 7, 106-08 W. 125th St., Harlem (near Lenox Avenue).


“The Trip to Bountiful,” directed by Michael Wilson and featuring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Tony nominees Vanessa Williams and Condola Rashad and legendary three-time Emmy Award winner and 2013 Tony Award winner Cicely Tyson, is now playing at the Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. 43rd St. For more information or tickets, call 800-901-4092 or visit

“Lucky Guy,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Courtney Vance and Hollywood icon Tom Hanks, is playing at the Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St. (between Eighth Avenue and Broadway). For more information, call 212-239-6200 or visit

“Motown: The Musical,” directed by Charles Randolph and with the book written by Berry Gordy Jr., features 2013 Tony nominee Valisia LeKae as Diana Ross, Tony nominee Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson and Brandon Dixon as Berry Gordy. It is now playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St. (between Eighth Avenue and Broadway). For tickets, visit and

“Pippin,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Patina Miller, is dazzling on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre, located at 239 W. 45th St. For more information, call 212-239-6200 or visit

“Kinky Boots,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Billy Porter, is now playing at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. For more information, call 866-276-4887 or visit

“Storyville,” choregraphed by Mercedes Ellington (granddaughter of Duke Ellington), spotlights the place many historians call the “birthplace of jazz”—the famed “Storyville” district in New Orleans in 1917. It’s now playing at the theater at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 619 Lexington Ave. at 54th Street. For more information, call 212-935-5820 or visit

The Classical Theatre of Harlem and Producing Artistic Director Ty Jones present the Shakespeare classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by Artistic Associate Justin Emeka, this summer in Harlem’s Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park, located at 18 Mt. Morris Park West and 122nd Street. Performances run through July. For more information, contact

“Black Angels Over Tuskegee,” the true story of the legendary, trailblazing African-American pilots plays for one night only, Saturday, July 27, at the Actors Temple Theater, located at 339 W. 47th St. For more information or tickets, call 212-239-6200 or visit


New York City’s premier Brazilian music and arts festival Brasil Summerfest returns July 20-27 at several high-profile venues in Manhattan, including Central Park SummerStage, City Winery, Joe’s Pub, South Street Seaport, Nublu, Standard East, Brooklyn Public Library and more. For more information, go to

Beyoncé! The “glamazon” rocks the Barclays Center at 620 Atlantic Ave. in Jay Z’s hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y., on Wednesday, July 31; Saturday, Aug. 3; and Sunday, Aug. 5. For more information, call 917-618-6700 or visit

“Smooth Cruises” presents Najee on Wednesday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. on the Spirit of N.Y. at Pier 61. For more information, go to or


Lincoln Center Out of Doors, which runs from now through Aug. 11, will feature over 100 free performances across the plazas of Lincoln Center, including noted African and African-American music, dance and spoken word artists. All events are free; no tickets are required. For detailed descriptions of the performances, as well as a complete calendar of events, go to or call 212-875-5766.

Newark’s Revered Lincoln Park Music Festival (LPMF), a multi-day event, has occurred without safety incidents of any kind for eight years and has been a model of safe, family-friendly fun for the residents of Newark, N.J., plus a growing number of regional and national guests.

During the days of the festival (July 25-28), attendees can mix and mingle in the arts and crafts marketplace, enjoy food from scores of food vendors and learn more about getting in shape in the health and wellness pavilion. The first day of the festival will feature the Bernie Worrell Orchestra. (NJPAC’s sounds of the City and the LPMF are co-presenting this FunkFest event.)

For jazz lovers, there will be a musical tribute to the legendary Wayne Shorter by Amiri Baraka’s New Arkestra, with an all-star lineup. For house music lovers, LPMF welcomes Terisa Griffin and Jihad Muhammad.

For lovers of gospel music, there will be Will Brown and Another Level, and Jules Bartholomew and JudaCamp.

For lovers of the golden era of hip-hop, Newark native Redman, Lords of the Underground and Black Thought of the Roots will be on deck.

The event takes place in Lincoln Park, located at 1035-1071 Broad St., Newark, N.J. For information about the Lincoln Park Music Festival, call 973-242-4144 or visit

Harlem Week 2013 kicks off with “It’s a Great Day in Harlem!” this Sunday, July 28. The day will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with an amazing schedule of events, including a concert tribute,“Songs in the Key of Life,” celebrating 50 years of Stevie Wonder at Grant Memorial Park, 122nd Street and Riverside Drive. For a full schedule and Harlem Week 2013 event information, go to

The 15th annual Dr. John Henrik Clarke tribute, “Failure is Not an Option,” will take place on Sunday, July 28. Participants include Imhotep Gary Byrd and Lisa Noble, Adelaide Sanford, Councilman Charles Barron, Assemblywoman Inez Barron, the Rev. Herbert Oliver, Nana Camille Yarbrough, Newark City Councilman Ras Baraka, Sister Betty Dopson, Brother Bernard Gassaway and more! It will take place at Boys & Girls High School, 1700 Fulton St., Brooklyn. Admission is free.

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 7 to 9 p.m., and on WLIB-AM with “The GBE Mind Flight,” Sunday evenings from 9 p.m. to midnight. The full show can be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2. IGB is also heard on WBAI-FM 99.5 with Radio GBE: The “Global Black Experience” and “Global Beat Experience,” Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. We are archived online with both shows at To contact us for bookings or to reach us about your event, email, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.