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Greetings! Pass the word and join us this weekend at Harlem Week 2015 for “Summer in the City: Our Lives Matter,” Saturday, Aug. 15, presenting a special GHCC salute to the National Action Network and our Radio GBE, with performances from Alvin Ailey Dance Company, the Last Poets, Nona Hendrix, Impact Repertory Theater, Vy Higgensen’s “Gospel for Teens” and a very special guest. I’ll also be your host from noon to 3 p.m. at the 135th Street stage between St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. For the full schedule of Harlem Week events, visit www.HarlemWeek.com or call 212-862-8477. See you there.

THEATER

Taye Diggs (“Private Practice,” “The Best Man,” “Rent”) returns to Broadway in the Tony Award-winning, genre-bending, fourth wall-smashing musical sensation “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” now through Oct. 11 at the Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St., between Broadway and Sixth Avenue. For information, visit www.hedwigbroadway.com.

The Riant Theatre brings its 28th season of the Strawberry One-Act Festival to Harlem, with over 30 plays from mainstream to multicultural, Aug. 5 to 23 at the Tato Laviera Theatre, 240 E. 123rd St. For more information on all events, visit www.therianttheatre.com or call 646-623-3488.

“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. Sunday, Aug. 16, 23 and 30 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, Aug. 8 and Sunday, Aug. 15 to Sept. 19 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.

“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. nederlander.com.

Tyler Perry’s “Madea On the Run,” Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 5 at noon., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway. For information, call 212-465-6500 or visit beacontheatre.com.

MUSIC

Gospel Explosion featuring Mary Mary, Tamela Mann and Tasha Cobbs, Friday, Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m., NJPAC, One Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 973-642-8989 or visit njpac.org.

Earth, Wind & Fire, Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m., Nikon Jones Beach Theatre, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, N.Y. For information, call 516-221-1000 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Najee, Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Smooth Cruise on Hornblower Infinity, Pier 40, W. Houston Street at the West Side Highway, New York City. For more information, visit ticketweb.com.

Tamia, Thursday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m., Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Plaza, New York City. For more information, call 212-777-6800 or visit venue.irvingplaza.com.

Chris Brown’s “One Hell of a Night” tour, Sunday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m., Webster Bank Arena, 600 Main St., Bridgeport, Conn. For information, call 203-345-2400 or visit websterbankarena.com.

Larry Graham and Graham Central Station, Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St. For information, visit bbkingblues.com, ticketmaster.com or call 212-997-4144.

Chris Brown’s “One Hell of a Night” tour, Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m., PNC Bank Arts Center, Exit 116, Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, N.J. For information, call 732-203-2500 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Rachelle Ferrell, Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., Smooth Cruise on Hornblower Infinity, Pier 40, W. Houston Street at the West Side Highway, New York City. For more information, visit ticketweb.com.

Gladys Knight, Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m., the Grand Theater at Fox Woods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, Conn. For information, call 800-369-9663 or visit foxwoods.com.

Oleta Adams, Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York City. For ticket information, call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkingblues.com.

Keith Sweat, Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m., NJPAC, One Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 973-642-8989 or visit njpac.org.

Chris Brown’s “One Hell of a Night” tour, Sunday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m., Nikon Jones Beach Theatre, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, N.Y. For information, call 516-221-1000 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Freddie Jackson, Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Smooth Cruise on Hornblower Infinity, Pier 40, W. Houston Street at the West Side Highway, New York City. For more information, visit ticketweb.com.

Shirley Caesar, Sunday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m., the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Seventh Avenue at 32nd Street. For information, call 212-465-MSG1 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Diana Ross, Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m., NJPAC, One Center St., Newark, N.J. For more information, call 973-642-8989 or visit njpac.org.

“The Best of the ’90s” featuring Boyz II Men, EnVogue and Coolio, Sunday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena, One Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, Conn. For information, call 860-862-4988 or visit ticketmaster.com.

FILM

“Invasion 1897” Produced and directed by the highly acclaimed Nollywood Director, Lancelot Imasuen Sunday, August 23 $30 (Adults) $20( children and students), 6-7:30 PM, After Party/Meet & Greet w/ the cast and director till 10 PM Red Carpet Event starts at 5PM Queens Theatre— 14 United Nations Ave S, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

Call 929-434-5487 or 631-870-9057

COMEDY

Kevin Hart’s “What Now?” tour, Friday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m., Nikon Jones Beach Theatre, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, N.Y. For information, call 516-221-1000 or visit ticketmaster.com.

COMMUNITY

The CEMOTAP forum “The More Things Change, the More They Remain the Same: The History of Lynching and Police Violence in America” with Dr. William Seraile will expose how history is repeating itself. Saturday, Aug. 22 at 2 p.m., CEMOTAP Center, 135-05 Rockaway Blvd., S. Ozone Park, Queens, N.Y. For information, call 347-907-0629. Admission is free!

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.