James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson in "The Gin Game" (168322)
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Greetings! GBE Black Arts Month 2015 is in full blast mode. Please visit “Community” for a very important announcement!


The Gathering UPHI 2015, featuring Kelly Price, seven-time Grammy-nominated gospel and R&B singer and songwriter, Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. United Palace House of Inspiration, 4140 Broadway at 175th St. For information, call 212-568-6700 or visit unitedpalace.org.

In “Hamilton: An American Musical,” Lin-Manuel Miranda takes the stage as the unlikely Founding Father determined to make his mark on a new nation that’s as hungry and ambitious as he is. The production is an astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind, taking place at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St. For information, call 800-276-2392 or visit boxoffice.broadway.com

“The Gin Game,” featuring James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, at the John Golden Theater, 252 W. 45th St., Previews run Oct. 1 to 3, with the run ending Oct. 31. For information, call 800-BROADWAY or visit broadway.com.

A rare New York revival of “In White America,”—the 1963 Drama Desk Award-winning documentary play on the history of Blacks in America from slavery through the Civil Rights Movement—will be presented by Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre at the Castillo Theater, 543 W. 42nd St., Oct. 15 to Nov. 15. Opening night for the limited off-Broadway engagement will be Oct. 29. Performances run Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Group sales are available. For tickets, call 866-811-4111 toll-free or visit www.castillo.org. For more information, visit www.newfederaltheatre.com.

Emmy-nominated journalist, civil rights activist, founder of the nonprofit RARIA and former Chicago broadcast journalist Janet Langhart Cohen’s timely play “Anne & Emmitt” is taking place at MIST Harlem, 46 W. 116th St., New York City, Friday, Oct. 23. The one-act play is an imaginary conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till, both victims of racial and religious intolerance and hatred.

“Sistas” tells of the struggles, the joy and the triumphs of being Black and being a woman in America, Saturdays and Sundays, now through Oct. 31 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.

Tyler Perry’s “Madea on the Run,” Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 21 at noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, call 718-856-5464 or visit ticketmaster.com.


The world famous Apollo Theater kicks off its 2015-2016 season with “Amateur Night,” “Apollo Music Cafe” and “Breakin’ Convention,” an international festival of hip-hop theater and more. Visit www. apollotheater.org.

Patti LaBelle, Friday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. at the State Theater, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, N.J. For more information, call 732-246-7469 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Join Martha Wash, Linda Clifford and Evelyn Champagne King, the “First Ladies of Disco,” as they discuss their recent Billboard Top 10 hit “Show Some Love” and their debut appearance at Joe’s Pub, Oct. 16 and 17 .Visit joespub.publictheater.org/en/tickets/calendar.

Circle of Sisters 2015, presented by AARP and in association with AT&T and COBA, brings you “R&B Live,” Saturday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, located at Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street. Taking the stage will be the legendary Chaka Khan, alongside R&B sensations Tamar Braxton and Avant. Visit ticketmaster.com to purchase your tickets today!

Musiq Soulchild, Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, 237 W. 42nd St. For information, visit bbkingblues.com or ticketmaster.com or call 212-997-4144.

Raheem DeVaughn and Leela James present “The Love & Soul Experience,” Friday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m., Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St. For information, call 212-531-5305 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Mint Condition, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St. For information, visit bbkingblues.com or ticketmaster.com or call 212-997-4144.

Mary J. Blige, Sunday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich Westerly Road, Mashantucket, Conn. For information, call 800-200-2882 or visit


Stevie Wonder, in a historic, one-night-only event, presents “Songs in the Key of Life,” Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m., Madison Square Garden, Seventh Ave. and 32nd Street, New York City. For more information, call 212-465-MSG1 or visit ticketmaster.com.


Martin Lawrence performs Sunday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich Westerly Road, Mashantucket, Conn. For more information, call 800-200-2882 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Whoopi Goldberg performs Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. at the St. George Theater, 35 Hyatt St., Staten Island, N.Y. For information, call 718-442-2900 or visit



The three oldest not-for-profit Black theaters in New York City were defunded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Panel Process—a so-called “panel of their peers.” If you have attended a production in one of their theaters, you are know their collective reputations and the role they play in presenting and producing first-class theater for their multiracial, multicultural audiences. Most importantly, they are the anchors of Black theater in New York City and across the country.

They need your support. Please write to express your concern regarding the drastic cuts to the funding of New Heritage Group, Negro Ensemle Company and New Federal Theatre.Their history is New York history. Write to Edwin Torres, Acting Commisioner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, 31 Chambers St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10007. For copies of the petition, email vorivers@aol.com.

Hear Imhotep Gary Byrd on 107.5 WBLS-FM weekly with “Express Yourself,” Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. 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.