Greetings! Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre will continue its 46th season dedicated to Amiri Baraka, with the world premiere of his final play, “The Most Dangerous Man in America (W.E.B. Du Bois).”

Performances begin May 28, with opening night set for June 11 at the Castillo Theater, 543 W. 42nd St. This limited off-Broadway engagement, directed by King, will continue through June 28 only. Starring Art McFarland as W.E.B. Du Bois and Petronia Paley as his wife.

Performances take place Thursday and Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets can be ordered through or by phone at 212-941-5800. For more information, please visit or call the NFT at 212-353-1176.

The music world mourns the passing of Louis “Thunder Thumbs” Johnson of the legendary Brothers Johnson. Johnson, who passed at age 60, and his brother Georges’ legacy includes their musical work with Quincy Jones and their highly regarded debut album “Look Out For #1” and “Light Up the Night.” Johnson was a highly in-demand studio musician who also played on Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall” and “Thriller” albums and on the classic, “We Are the World.”


“Black Angels Over Tuskegee,” the story of the Tuskegee Airmen told in the narratives of six men embarking upon a journey to become pilots in the United States Army Air Corps. Going beyond the headlines of the popular stories of the Tuskegee Airmen, the play exposes the men who exhibited the courage to excel, despite the overwhelming odds against them. Saturdays May 16, May 23 and May 30 at 1 p.m., St. Luke’s Theater, 308 W. 46 St. For ticket information, visit

Grammy Award winner Brandy Norwood joins the cast as Roxie Hart in the musical “Chicago,” (winner of six Tony Awards and a Grammy), a tale of greed, murder and show biz. Ambassador Theater, 219 W. 49th St. Now through June 21. For information, visit boxoffice. broadway. com

“Sistas,” the struggles, the joy and the triumphs of being Black and of being women in America, told through the life of one woman and the women in her family. Moving from the days of Jim Crow to the present, the narrative is presented through songs such as “Strange Fruit,” “Society’s Child” and “Taint Nobody’s Business.” Saturday, May 30, at 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 31, at 4:30 p.m. St. Luke’s Theater, 308 W. 46 St. For information, call 212-239-6200 or visit

Adrian Williamson’s “My Grandmother Prayed for Me” is at the Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane, from May 29. Limited engagement tickets available at or

“Baby Hold On to Me,” inspired by the music of Gerald Levert, starring Eddie Levert, is at Newark Symphony Hall, Friday and Saturday, May 29 and May 30, at 7 p.m., 1030 Broad St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 973-643-8014 or visit


Sunday Gospel Brunch with the world famous Harlem Gospel Choir, all-you-can-eat buffet, BB King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit

’70s Soul Jam,” featuring the Stylistics, Heatwave, Rose Royce, Peaches & Herb and the Three Degrees, Saturday, May 30 at 8 p.m., NYCB Theater at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, N.Y. For information, call 516-334-0800 or visit

Chaka Khan, with special guest Stephanie Mills, Sunday, May 31, at 7 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, One Center St., Newark, N.J. For ticket information, call 888-466-5722 or visit

Gladys Knight and the Spinners, Friday, June 5, at 8 p.m., NYCB Theater at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd, Westbury, N.Y. For ticket information, call 516-334-0800 or visit

Gladys Knight, Kings Theater, Saturday, June 6, at 8 p.m., 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For ticket information, email or call 800-745-3000.

Charlie Wilson/Forever Charlie Tour, with Kem, featuring Joe, Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena, One Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, Conn. For ticket information, call 860-862-8489 or visit

“Hot 97 Summer Jam,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown, TreySongz, Big Sean, Fabolous, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla Sign, Omarion and Childish Gambino, Sunday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m., MetLife Stadium, One MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford, N.J. For information, call 201-559-1515 or


R. Kelly, Thursday, July 16, Friday, July 17 and Sunday, July 19, at 8 p.m., The Grand Theater at Foxwoods, Foxwoods Resort & Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, Conn. For information, call 800-369-9663 or visit

R. Kelly, Saturday, July 18, at 8 p.m., Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St, Newark, N.J. For information, call 973-757-6000 or visit


Wanda Sykes, Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13, at 9 p.m., the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, One Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J. For tickets, call 609-317-1000 or visit

Chris Tucker, Saturday, June 13 at 8 p.m., Foxwoods Resort & Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, Conn. For information, call 800-369-9663 or visit


The Executive Committee of CEMOTAP, along with other well wishers, hosts a farewell party and birthday celebration for Sister Betty Dopson, Sunday, May 31 at 2 p.m., at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center, 172-17 Linden Blvd., Jamaica, Queens, near the corner of Merrick Boulevard.

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 iHeart Radio. IGB is also heard on WBAI-FM 99.5 with Radio GBE: The “Global Black Experience” and “Global Beat Experience,” Fridays 6-8 p.m. We are archived online with both shows 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.