Greetings! It was a “Great Day in Harlem” this past weekend, which kicked off Harlem Week 2013 with the GHCC, WBLS and WLIB, saluting 50 years of Stevie Wonder with “Songs in the Key of Life” at Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Park in Harlem. The gathered throng could not be stopped, even by pouring rain. One of the highlights was when a call I made to Wonder was placed over the PA system so the truly appreciative musician could address the crowd. The rest of the evening was eventually canceled when the rain caused the stage to become too dangerous because of the electrical wiring. However, Lloyd Williams and brother Voza Rivers have announced that the tribute to Wonder will be rescheduled for Harlem Day, Aug. 18.

For more information on upcoming Harlem Week 2013 events, go to

Join me, Imhotep Gary Byrd, and friends at the Harlem State Office Building on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. for a free medical fundraising “Webb-athon” for my son Khamit Byrd, who is battling diabetic macular adema. It will be hosted by legendary New York City radio personality Ken “Spider” Webb on his-internet radio show at Special guests and more details to follow.


“August Wilson’s American Century Cycle” will be presented by the Greene Space at WNYC and WQXR in partnership with the August Wilson Estate and Artistic Directors Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Stephen Mckinley Henderson on Aug. 26-Sept. 28. The show will feature a live recorded reading of all 10 plays. All shows start at 7 p.m. and include a companion seven-part talk series on Wilson’s “American Century Cycle.” For tickets and a schedule of events, go to

“Shida,” written and performed by Jeanette Bayardelle (star of “Hair” and “The Color Purple” on Broadway), is now playing. Set to a soulful score of R&B, gospel, jazz and pop music, “Shida” tells the powerful and inspiring true story of one girl’s struggle to overcome the odds and achieve her dreams. The show is running now through Aug. 28. For more information, visit

“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 800-90-4092 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. It will run through Aug. 17. For more information, call 212-935-5820 or visit

“Black Angels Over Tuskegee,” the true story of the legendary, trailblazing African-American pilots, is now playing on Saturdays at the Actors Temple Theater, 339 W. 47th St. For more information or tickets, call 212-239-6200 or visit


Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz presents the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series at Wingate Field (Brooklyn Avenue between Rutland Road and Winthrop Street), with free shows every Monday at 7:30 p.m. now through Aug.19. This year’s performers include Morgan Heritage, the Kes Band and Mighty Sparrow (8/5); Toni Braxton (8/12); Gladys Knight with the O’Jays (8/19), and more. For more information, go to

D’Angelo and special guests Questlove and Thunder Cat will perform at the OSA/H&M Concert Series on Thursday, Aug. 1 at Williamburg Park, Brooklyn. For more information, visit

Con Funk Shun and Maxi Priest, “The King of Lover’s Rock,” will perform at the B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square on Friday, Aug. 2 and Tuesday, Aug. 6, respectively. For more information, visit

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

The brilliant guitarist Earl Klugh performs at the Blue Note (121 W. 3rd St.) now through Saturday, Aug. 3. Funky vibraphonist Roy Ayers is coming to the Blue Note on Aug. 27. For more information, call 212-475-8592 or visit

BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn series features the Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra and Banda Magda on Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Prospect Park Bandshell. For more information, visit


“2 Guns,” starring Denzel Washington, is out in theaters everwhere. Check your local listings.

“Fruitvale Station” is now playing in select theaters. Check your local listings.


Lincoln Center Out of Doors, featuring over 100 free performances including African and African-American music, dance and spoken word, is running now through Aug. 11. All events are free; no tickets are required. For detailed information on performances and a calendar of events, call 212-875-5766 or go to

City Parks Foundation announces the 2013 season of SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing arts festival that brings over 100 free performances to 17 parks throughout the five boroughs. With performances ranging from American pop, Latin and world music to dance, comedy and theater, SummerStage is a vital part in New York City’s summer arts festival landscape. The festival runs now through Aug. 29. For a full calendar of events, visit www.cityparksfoundation/

The Riverside Church enhances its mid-week “Space for Grace” worship service with inspiring jazz melodies. The church will be hosting a pre-worship performance from jazz musicians on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the church’s Assembly Hall, 490 Riverside Drive (between 120th and 122nd streets). The service will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For additional information, call 212-870-6700.

The Men’s Ministry of the Historic First Church of God and the Central Brooklyn Leadership Council host a debate on the question, “Has gospel music become too worldly?” featuring special guest debaters on both sides. The debate will take place on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. at 221 Kingston Ave., Brooklyn.

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 212-592-327.