Greetings! After 35 years, the classic boy band New Edition has changed its name. Four of the groups original members—Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell and Michael Bivins—are heading out on tour under a new identity, which is RBRM. The new name is the first letters of each member’s names: Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Michael.

Speaking of change, the $46 million biracial Royal Wedding of Meghan Markel and Prince Harry was watched by some 30 million here in the USA, with Black music-culture taking center stage as Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir performed the Ben E. King classic, “Stand by Me,” along with “This Little Light of Mine” in St. George’s Chapel.

New Federal Theatre Chairman Cliff Frazier joined us on “Express Yourself” to highlight a celebration of “Franco the Great”—Harlem’s Picasso at the Dwyer Cultural Center uptown.


‘Looking Through the Stained Glass Window” is a one-woman play by Evie Rhodes, acclaimed Black woman novelist turned playwright-director. The production is about trauma, AIDS and the rise of hip-hop. Coming to The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y., between Eighth Avenue and Broadway, in Black Music Month, June 14 to June 17 and June 29 to July 1. Show times, 7:30 p.m. Visit rhodesenterprise

The music of iconic disco diva Donna Summer comes to Broadway in “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.” The performance includes more than 20 well-known Summer hits. Starring Tony Award winner La Chanze, Anana Dubose and newcomer Storm Lever, who portray three different phases of Summer’s life and career. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y. Call 212-379-0370 or visit

From the creators of “Mama I Want to Sing,” Vy Higginsen’s Mama Foundation for the Arts proudly announces the brand-new 30th anniversary production of their acclaimed musical, “Let the Music Play…Gospel!” Now playing at the Dempsey Theater in Harlem,127 W. 127th St., between Lenox and Seventh avenues. Tickets are available by calling 212-280-1045 or through OvationTix at For more information, please visit

“Chicago,” the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical recently celebrating its 21st anniversary on Broadway, welcomes legendary singer-songwriter Valerie Simpson, making her Broadway debut in the role of Matron “Mama” Morton, at the Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th St. For show information and tickets, call 212-239-6200 or visit

“Sistas: The Musical,” St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W. 46th St. (between Eighth and Ninth avenues), New York, N.Y. Now through June 24, 2018. For information, call 212-239-6200 or visit

“Little Rock,” written and directed by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj. History called it heroism. They called it high school. The riveting true story of the Little Rock Nine, the first Black students to attend their city’s formerly segregated Little Rock Central High School three years after the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. Performances are set to begin Wednesday, May 30, for a limited run through Sept. 8, 2018, at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (18 Bleecker St.). Opening night Thursday, June 14, at 7 p.m. Visit or

JD Lawrence’s “Harriet, Rosa & Me” is a thought-provoking, inspiring and witty theatrical presentation written and directed by the NAACP Legacy Award recipient, 8 p.m. at Paramount Hudson Valley Theater,1008 Brown St., Peekskill, N.Y. Tickets are available at the Door and on the website 


WBLS-FM is celebrating Black Music Month in June and kicking off 107 days to Circle of Sisters with the Eras of Music BMM Celebration. Come out for a night of music and dancing and celebrate the rich history of music though the eras of sound with various DJs. Cielos, 18 Little West 12th St., New York, N.Y. Call 212-654-0051 or visit There is a nominal door charge to get in, and the first 107 people through the door get a free pair of tickets to Circle of Sisters, so get there early. Visit

Smooth soul and message funk from the elements of the universe! The legendary band Earth, Wind and Fire bring their greatest hits live June 4 and June 5 to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark, N.J. Visit

Catch Jilly from Philly as Jill Scott hits the stage live June 27 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark, N.J. Visit


“Acrimony,” a faithful wife (Taraji P. Henson) tired of standing by her devious husband is enraged when it becomes clear she has been betrayed. A Tyler Perry film. Check listings.

The New York African Film Festival presents its landmark 25th anniversary event, honoring African cinema from Africa and the Diaspora, with programs at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Maysles Cinema and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. More than 70 titles from 25 countries. Visit

“Film Africa,” May 25 to May 29 (five days, eight films co-presented by the New York African Film Festival). This cinematic companion to the annual DanceAfrica celebration features the best narrative and documentary films from across Africa and beyond, with a special focus on Guinea, the home of this year’s visiting company.

“Avengers: Infinity War” unites Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest to battle their most powerful enemy yet—the evil Thanos. The Marvel Blockbuster places its third act in the Black Panther’s homeland of Wakanda, with “Panther” star moments in the story. Check listings.


The Off Color Comedy Tour features Keenan Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Tommy Davidson, David Alan Grier and Brooklyn Mike. Saturday, June 9, at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, 3052 W. 21st St., Brooklyn, N.Y. Ford box office open noon to 6 p.m. Charge tickets by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit


An event “Honoring the Memory of Brother Gil Noble, Sister Kefa Nephthys and Brother Jack Felder.” Speakers are Camille Yarbrough, Chris Noble, Nova Felder and Lading Kaliba. May 26 at 2 p.m. Cemotap Center, 135-05 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park, N.Y. Free admission. Call 347-907-0629.

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, 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. Archived online at For bookings or to reach us about your GBEvent or for comments, email co-editor Nyerere,, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or call 212-592-3279.