Greetings! Greetings! We note the 150th celebration of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas, origin in 1865, the observance of June 19 as the African-American “Emancipation Day” has spread across the United States and beyond. Visit juneteenth.com for more information.


“Black Angels Over Tuskegee” is the story of six men embarking on a journey to become pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps despite the overwhelming odds against them. Going beyond the headlines of the popular stories of the Tuskegee Airmen, it exposes the men who exhibited the courage to excel in spite of the overwhelming odds against them. St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 46th St. Saturdays, June 20 and 27 and Sunday, June 28 at 1 p.m. For information, call 800-276-2392 or visit boxoffice.broadway.com.

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 or chicagothemusical.com.

“Sistas” tells of the struggles, the joy and the triumphs of being Black and being a woman in America, as 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 like “Strange Fruit,” “Society’s Child” and “Taint Nobody’s Business,” right up to the present. Saturdays, June 20 and 27 at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 28 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Theater, 308 W. 46th St., New York City. Call 212-239-6200 or visit telecharge.com.


Salt-N-Pepa, Thursday, July 16 at 8 p.m., BB King Club Bar & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York City. For ticket information, call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkingblues.com.

“All in the Xperience” featuring Keisha Cole, Friday, June 19 at 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., Stage 48, 605 W. 48th St., New York City. For information, call 212-957-1800 or visit stage48.com.

SWV, Friday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m., BB King Club Bar & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York City. For ticket information, call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkingblues.com.

Chrisette Michelle at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m., 237 W. 42nd St., New York City. For ticket information, call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkingblues.com.

En Vogue, Friday, June 26 at 8 p.m., B.B. King Club Bar & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York City. For ticket information, call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkingblues.com.

King Sunny Ade and special guest Wunmi, Friday, June 26 at 8 p.m., Kaufmann Concert Hall, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., New York City. For information, call 212-415-5500 or visit 92y.org.

Blue Note Entertainment presents Natalie Cole for the fifth annual Blue Note Jazz Festival, Sunday, June 28 at 8 p.m., Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., New York City. For ticket information, call 212-840-2824 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Jill Scott, Thursday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m., Toyota Oakdale Theater, 95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford, Conn. For information, visit ticketmaster.com or call 844-854-1450.

Jill Scott, Wednesday and Thursday, July 22 and 23 at 8 p.m., Kings Theater, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, visit kingstheater.com or ticketmaster.com.

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

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


“Earthquake and Friends Father’s Day Celebration,” Sunday, June 21 at 7 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, One Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 888-GO-N.JPAC or visit njpac.org.

Rain Pryor’s one-woman show “Fried Chicken and Latkes” offers the actress-writer-comedian’s funny take on her mixed race heritage and growing up the daughter of one of the world’s most beloved and iconic funny men, comic genius Richard Pryor. Shows takes place now through Sunday, June 28 at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre, located at 2031 Fifth Ave. in Harlem, N.Y. For ticket information, call 212-722-3800 or visit nationalblacktheater.org.


The office of Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson is sponsoring an amnesty program called “Begin Again,” an opportunity for local residents to clear their records of minor offenses, no questions asked, Saturday, June 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Fort Greene. A judge and court attorneys will be on hand to vacate (dismiss) all warrants that have resulted from summons for minor offenses. Erase that scar off your record! Begin again! Spread the word! For more information, call 718-250-3888 or visit www.brooklynda.org.

“Who Was Maurice Bishop and What Could He Teach Today’s Black Leaders?” featuring New York Assemblyman Bro Charles Barron, historian and scholar Dr. Tyrene Wright, broadcaster Bernard Wright and journalist Sister J. Adree Pennx Smith, Sunday, June 21 at 3 p.m. at Dr. John Henrik Clarke House, 286 Convent Ave., Harlem, N.Y. Call 347-907-0629 for more information.

The Rhythm & Blues Foundation will be hosting its first Black Music Month after-work fundraiser of the year, “Soul of the ’90s: An R&B Tribute,” at the luxurious Attic Rooftop Lounge in Times Square, Tuesday, June 23. Music mogul Michael Bivins, of Bell Biv DeVoe fame, will be anchoring a stellar lineup of special guest hosts that includes ’90s super groups. The event is open to the public 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the foundation’s Doc Pomus Fund and Operating Fund .For information, visit www.theattic-newyorkcity.com.

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 1190AM. The full show can also be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2 and at WBLS.com.WLIB.com 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 www.wbai.org. To contact us for bookings or to reach us about your event or for comments, email igbexp@gmail.com, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.