Greetings! As we close out GBE Black Media Month 2014, we direct your attention to a project close to me and listeners of “The Global Black Experience,” the Spech family’s African Diaspora Film Festival is back, bringing their 2014 “Back to the Roots” festival this year.
Established in 1993, the African Diaspora International Film Festival is a one-of-a-kind film festival. Through rich and diverse programming, ADIFF offers an alternative world view to that one typically offered by other international film festivals. For more info, call 212-864-1760 or visit NYADIFF.org.
William Shakespeare’s famed star-crossed lovers bare their passion uptown as the Classical Theatre of Harlem (with Ty Jones as producing artistic director and David Roberts as managing director) presents “Romeo N Juliet” at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park. Performances are free and open to the public and take place through July 27. Follow CTH on Twitter or Instagram @classicalharlem and Facebook at www.facebook.com/theclassicaltheatreofharlem.
The Manhattan Reperatory Theatre presents Summerfest 2014, “Bridge to Baraka,” Friday, July 25 through Saturday, July 26. Shows begin at 7 p.m. at 303 W. 42nd St., on the sixth floor. Visit manhattanrep.com.
“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. Visitbroadway.com.
“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 ticketmaster.com or motownthemusical.com.
“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 ladydayonbroadway.com for more information.
The world premier of “Angela’s Justice,” an adaptation of ”Antigone” and an homage to Angela Davis. Set in a fictitious place in 1970, Angela is determined, by any means necessary, to get her brother properly buried. Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. at the Dream Up Festival, Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. between Ninth and 10th streets. Call 212- 254-1109.
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. Call 212-465-6500 or visit beacontheatre.com for more information.
The all new “Smooth Cruises” is now sailing into its 17th summer season on a new night on a new boat, the fabulous Infinity, and a new departure point. Thursday, July 24 features the highly acclaimed vocalist Will Downing, with special guest standup comedian Talent.
Cruises depart promptly at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. respectively.) The boat departs from Pier 40, located at Houston Street and West Side Highway. Cruises sail rain or shine. There are no refunds or exchanges.
B.B. King’s presents Alexander O’Neal, July 26; Barrington Levy, Aug. 5; and Morgan Heritage, Aug. 7. There will also be a James Brown tribute show at Lucille’s Bar and Grill featuring celebrated R&B vocalist Freda Payne Aug. 9. B.B. King’s is located at 127 West 42nd St. in Manhattan. Call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkings blues.com.
The Blue Note presents the Wallace Roney Quintet, with Lenny White and Buster Williams plus special guests July 24-27. Harvey Mason Chameleon performs July 28-30. The Blue Note is located at 131 W. Third St. Call 212-475-8592 or visit bluenotejazz.com.
Harlem Week begins Sunday, July 27, running noon to 8:30 p.m. with “ A Great Day in Harlem.” The musical theme is “It’s a Celebration!” featuring Kool and the Gang. The schedule is as follows: Part 1, 1-3 p.m.: an “International Cultural Showcase” featuring local, global and choral groups; Part 2, 3-4:15 p.m.: a “Gospel Celebration” featuring inspirational music; Part 3, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: a “Fashion Fusion Showcase” presenting the best in urban fashion; Part 4, 5:45-8:30 p.m.: “A Concert Under the Stars” featuring Ray Chew and the Harlem Music Festival All Stars with special guest performances. Performances take place at Grant National Memorial Park, 122nd Street and Riverside Drive. Visit harlemdiscover.com for more information.
Don’t forget Harlem Summer Stage 2014 with music and dancing at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, 163 W. 125th St. in Harlem, Thursdays in July and August, 5-8 p.m. Visit summersstageharlem.org.
Live Nation presents Keyshia Cole’s “Point of No Return” tour at Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. Call 212-777-6800 or visit irvingplaza.com.
City Winery presents the Aaron Neville Duo on Aug. 1 and 17. City Winery is located at 155 Varick St. Call 212-608-0555 or visit citywinery.com.
The Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn presents the brilliant John Legend Wednesday, Aug. 6. Early tickets are a must.Visit centerbrooklyn.com for more information.
The Wayans are coming! The Wayans brothers bring their outragous humor to the New Jersey Performing Art Center’s Prudential Hall, One Center St., Newark, N.J., Aug 1. Visit njpac.org for more information.
Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell, now through August 2014. Visit BRICartsmedia.org or celebrate
brooklyn.org for a full schedule of all featured events.
All roads lead to the Rev. Al Sharpton’s House of Justice (106 W. 145th St.) July 26 at 9 a.m. for the “Saturday Action Rally and Broadcast” with Sharpton in the aftermath of the candlelight vigil held in Staten Island. For more information, visit nationalactionnetwork.net.
Professor Gerald Horne will participate in a signing and discussion on his latetst book, “The Counter Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the Rise of the United States of America,” at Sista’s Place Saturday, July 26 at 1:30 p.m., 456 Nostrand Ave. in Brooklyn. For information, call 718-398-1766.
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 www.wbai.org. To contact us for bookings or to reach us about your event, email email@example.com, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.