Greetings! We close our GBE “Living in the Spirit Month” with the news of two deaths in the music world. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recording artist Percy Sledge, the voice behind the legendary classic soul track “When a Man Loves a Woman,” has died at age 73. We also sadly report the death of1989 Grammy nominated artist Johnny Kemp of “Just Got Paid” fame. May they both rest in peace.

Remember, Mother’s Day is coming. Book your events now.


“Sistas,” a true celebration of African-American women, highlights several musical genres and includes “Oh, Happy Day,” “Strange Fruit,” “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.,” “I Will Survive,” “Tyrone,” “I Am Not My Hair” and “Single Ladies.” St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 46th St. Saturday, April 25 at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 26 at 4:30 p.m. For information, call 800-276-2392 or visit

“Black Angels Over Tuskegee” is a story told in narrative of six men embarking on a journey to become pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps despite the overwhelming odds against them. St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 46th St. Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m. For information, call 800-276-2392 or visit

“ Autumn,” by brilliant playwright, screenwriter and NYU professor Richard Wesley, tells the story of Franklyn Longley, a veteran big city mayor in line to become the first Black governor of his state, at Crossroads Theatre, 7 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, N.J. For ticket information, call 732-545-8100 or visit

“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 or

“Kinky Boots,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Billy Porter, is at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. Visit shows/kinky-boots.

“Aladdin,” featuring James Monroe Iglehart, the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Featured Actor, as the uniquely modern genie, is now playing at the New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St. Visit


Somi, the acclaimed, multitalented song stylist, performs her amazing jazz album “The Lagos Music Salon” at Madiba Harlem at MIST, located at 46 W. 116th St., Friday, April 24. Performance begins at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. For ticket information, call 212-828-6478 or visit

B.B. King’s Times Square presents Keith Sweat’s album release show April 24. For prices and information, visit or call 212-997-4144.

The Blue Note Jazz Club presents Michel Camilo Three + Three, now through Sunday. Call 212-475-8592 or visit

Angie Stone at Newark Symphony Hall, Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m., 1030 Broad St., Newark, N.J. For more information, call 973-643-8014 or visit or

The Whispers and Stephanie Mills appear at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m. 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, N.Y. For information, call 516-247-5200.

The O’Jays appear Saturday, May 9 at 9 p.m. at Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For ticket information, visit or email

McDonald’s Gospelfest 2015 “When the Choir Meets the Quarter,” featuring Hezekiah Walker and the Blind Boys of Alabama, Saturday, May 9 at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m. The Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark, N.J. For ticket information, call 800-745-3000 or 866-448-7649 or visit

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and Toni Braxton and El DeBarge, Sunday, May 10 at 7 p.m. Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 973-757-6000 or visit or

The Whispers, Newark Symphony Hall, Sunday, May 10 at 8 p.m., Newark, N.J. For ticket information, call 973-643-8014 or visit


The UniverSoul Circus is back. For tickets and the full schedule of New York City locations, visit


Wayne Brady’s “It’s My Line” tour, Friday, April 24 at 8 p.m. State Theatre, 151 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, N.J. For ticket information, call 732-246-7469 or visit

Comedienne and TV actress Wanda Sykes is coming! Thursday, April 30 at 8 p.m., State Theatre, 151 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, N.J. For ticket information, call 732-246-7469 or visit


The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce presents its fifth annual National Urban Health Conference Thursday, April 23 through Sunday, April 26, exploring issues concerning health care in urban communities, including Obamacare, prescription drugs, women’s health decisions, health care insurance and even stress reduction with Tai Chi and QiGong. All events are free and open to the public, but space is limited. For a full schedule and to register to attend, call 212-862-7200 or visit

Taui Network and Ausar Auset Society hosts “Women’s Well Being: Honoring and Celebrating All Women” Saturday, April 25, noon to 6 p.m. Learn how to put stress behind you completely at 305 Remsen Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. Delicious vegetarian food will be on sale on Tchefa Health Food Restaurant. For more information, call Taui Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 718-469-3199.

“Police Murder, Past, Present: Impact and Response.” Speakers include Milton Allimadi of the Black Star News newspaper; Gwendolyn Carr, mother of Eric Garner; and Michael Greys of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement. Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. at CEMOTAP Center, 135-05 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park, Queens, N.Y. Admission is free! For further information, call 718-322-8454.

“Believe in Newark,” Mayor Ras Baraka’s town hall, is set for Wednesday, April 29 at 6 p.m., Prudential Hall at NJPAC, One Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 888-GONJPAC or visit

Hear Imhotep Gary Byrd on 107.5 WBLS-FM weekly with “Express Yourself,” Sunday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. and simulcast over WLIB 1190A.M. The full show can also be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2 and at and iHeartRadio. IGB is also heard on WBAI-FM 99.5 with Radio GBE: “The Global Black Experience” and “The Global Beat Experience,” Fridays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Both shows are archived online at To contact us for bookings or to reach us about your event or for comments, email, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.