Greetings! In the spirit of Black Music Month 2015, celebrate the life of late jazz great Ornette Coleman Saturday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, between West 120th and 122nd streets. Afterward will be the internment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Webster Avenue and East 233rd Street in the Bronx. The repast will be held at Mist Madiba Harlem, 46 W 116 St., 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Join the family for food and togetherness. For more information, visit www.theriversidechurchny.org.
“Black Angels Over Tuskegee” is the story of six men embarking on a journey to become pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Going beyond the headlines of the popular stories of the Tuskegee Airmen, it exposes the men who exhibited the courage to excel despite of the overwhelming odds against them. St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 46th St. Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 at 1 p.m. For information, call 800-276-2392 or visit boxoffice.broadway.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 such as “Strange Fruit,” “Society’s Child” and “Taint Nobody’s Business,”. Saturday, June 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.
Classic Soul, Saturday, June 27 at 8 p.m. featuring the Manhattans, the Dramatics, Blue Magic, Black Ivory and more. Doors open at 7 p.m., Resorts World Casino, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, N.Y. (next to JFK Airport). For information, visit rwnewyork.com or call 718-215-2828.
Gloria Gaynor (“I Will Survive”) and Maxine Nightingale (“Right Back Where I Started From”) and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Saturday, July 11, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Resorts World Casino, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, N.Y. (next to JFK Airport). For information, visit rwnewyork.com or call 718-215-2828.
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.
“Masters of Ceremony” returns to Radio City Music Hall, Friday, June 26 at 8 p.m. The talented lineup features DMX, Shabba Ranks, the LOX, Rakim, Ma$e, Pete Rock and CL Smooth, Brand Nubian and Das EFX (lineup subject to change). Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York City. For information, call 212-465-6741 or visit radiocity.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“What Happened Ms. Simone?” by Liz Garbus is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone. Premiering on Netflix, Friday, June 26. Hear Simone’s voice telling her story and hear never-before-heard recordings as well as her best known songs and see rare archival footage.
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 International African Arts Festival is back in Brooklyn, July 4 weekend at Commodore Berry Park with a Black Music Month encore, featuring Living Colour, Talib Kweli, Norman Connors and more! Visit iaaafestival.net.
The New York chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations, in conjunction with the International African Arts Festival, hosts its 26th annual symposium on “Culture, Community and Struggle” Saturday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The symposium brings together outstanding scholars, intellectuals and activists to discuss and go over solutions to the myriad of challenges confronting the global African community. P.S. 287, located at 50 Navy St. in Brooklyn, N.Y. (between Park and Flushing avenues, near the Manhattan Bridge in downtown Brooklyn). For further information and admission requirements regarding NAKO’s symposium, call 718-789-3264 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.
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