Greetings! July is our GBE “Black Media Month,” saluting the pioneers and innovators of the Black media world.


“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 the overwhelming odds against them. St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 46th St. Sundays, now through July 26 at 1 p.m. For information, call 800-276-2392 or visit

“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.” Saturdays, now through July 25 at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays, now through July 26 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Theater, 308 W. 46th St., New York City. Call 212-239-6200 or visit

“Amazing Grace,” based on the true story of the beloved song, follows John Newton, a willful and musically talented young Englishman torn between following in the footsteps of his father—a slave trader in Britain’s international empire of slavery—or embracing compassion. Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St., New York City. Call 212-821-8000 or visit www.


Salt-N-Pepa, Thursday, July 16 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

Jill Scott, Thursday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m., Toyota Oakdale Theater, 95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford, Conn. For information, visit 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 or

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

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

George Clinton and Parliament-Funkedelic’s “Shake the Gate” tour, Sunday, July 19 at 9 p.m., the Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, N.Y. For ticket information, visit, or call 630-673-7300.

Nicki Minaj’s “The Pinkprint” tour, Friday, July 24 at 7 p.m., PNC Bank Arts Center, 116 Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, N.J. For information, call 732-203-2500 or visit

Nicki Minaj’s “The Pinkprint” tour, Sunday, July 26 at 7 p.m., Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, call 917-618-6100 or visit

Steele Pulse, Thursday, Aug. 6 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

The Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series offers free R&B and gospel music during July and August at Wingate Field, located opposite Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn. Monday, July 27, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., it’s Morris Day and the Time. The annual Gospel Night, Monday, Aug. 3, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., features Ricky Dillard and New G and the Christian Cultural Center Choir, 600 Kinston Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, visit


The film “What Happened, Ms. Simone?” by Liz Garbus is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone. currently on Netflix. 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.


Damon Wayans Jr., Thursday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 31 and Saturday, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Carolines On Broadway, 1626 Broadway. For information, call 212-757-4100 or visit

Paul Mooney and Dick Gregory, one night only, Friday, July 31 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, 237 W. 42nd St. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit


Support the STEP Inc.’s Rites of Passage Manhood Development Organization on its 15th anniversary celebration and fundraiser. Show your love for the brotherhood and the young men who have chosen the path of serving our people. Join doctors, lawyers, husbands, fathers and much-needed future leaders of the righteous cause. Please come and celebrate Saturday, July 18 at 4 p.m. at the Marion Bolden Center, 230 Broadway, Newark N.J. For information, visit

The Million People’s March Against Police Brutality, Racial Injustice and Economic Inequality will take place Saturday, July 25 at noon, starting at the Lincoln Monument, located at the intersection of W. Market Street and Springfield Avenue in downtown Newark, N.J. The event is sponsored by the People’s Organization for Progress and endorsed by New York City Councilwoman Inez Barron and New York Assemblyman Charles Barron, as well as 100 community, labor, student and progressive organizations. For more information, contact the People’s Organization for Progress at 973-801-0001.

The Board for the Education of People of African Ancestry will pay tribute to professor John Henrik Clarke Sunday, July 26 at 3 p.m. during the month of the 17th anniversary of his transition. The event will feature special guest speakers and be held at the Church of the Gethsemane at 1012 Eighth Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y., which is pastored by the Rev. Diane Lacey. Admission is free. This program will begin at 3 p.m. sharp because of time constraints and will end at 6 p.m.

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 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.