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Greetings! As we move on into our GBE Black Media Month, we sadly note the passing of Jackson family patriarch Joseph Jackson. The blowback over Papa Jackson has raised itself over the years and with his death a number of “trolls” are coming forward again in the midst of the family’s grief. For the Jackson family we offer these words:

May Joseph Jackson

rest in peace.

May the Jackson family

have release.

May the legacy of his gift

be appreciation

that will never cease.

—©Imhotep Gary Byrd 2018

We remember our ancestor Frederick Augustus Douglass named minister to Haiti on this date in 1889.


“Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” brings the music of iconic disco diva Donna Summer to Broadway. The musical 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

“On Kentucky Ave.,” created by Jeree Wade, written by Adam Wade and Ty Stephens and directed by Lee Summers, is a celebration of Atlantic City’s famed “Club Harlem.” July 12 to July 28 at Aaron Davis Hall, The City College of New York, 160 Convent Ave., at West 135th Street and Convent Ave., New York, N.Y. 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!” 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, is celebrating its 21st anniversary on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre, 219 W.49th St., New York, N.Y. For show information and tickets, 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. Limited run through Sept. 8, 2018, at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, 18 Bleecker St., New York, N.Y. 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


Blue Note Jazz Festival at Sony Hall, 235 W. 46th Street, New York, N.Y. For information on the full artist lineup, call 212-997-5123 or visit

KRS-1, Thursday, July 5, at 9 p.m., S.O.B.’s, 204 Varick St., New York, N.Y. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For information, visit

“The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” 20th Anniversary Tour, Sunday, July 15, at 6 p.m., Northwell Health Jones Beach Theater, 895 Bay Parkway, Wantagh, N.Y. For information, visit

Janelle Monae—Dirty Computer Tour, Wednesday, July 18, at 8 p.m., Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street, New York, N.Y. For information,

The Smooth Cruise sets sail with Russell Tomkins Jr. and the New Stylistics, along with The Delfonics, Friday, July 20, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Hornblower Infinity Pier 40, West Houston Street at West Side Highway, New York, N.Y. For information, visit

40th anniversary of Dance Fever, with Tavares, France Joli, The Trammps featuring Earl Young, Disco Unlimited, Cory Daye and more. Saturday, July 28, at 7 p.m., Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, 3052 W. 21st St., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, visit


Sinbad, Friday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 22, at 7 p.m., Nyack Levity Live, 4210 Palisades Center Dr. A-401, West Nyack, N.Y. For information, visit

Kevin Hart: The Irresponsible Tour, Saturday, July 28, at 7 p.m., Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark, N.J. For information, visit


The Rev. Herbert Daughtry’s House of the Lord Church invites you to the 40th anniversary of the Black United Front, Saturday, July 7, from 2 p.m. 5 p.m. at the House of the Lord Church, 415 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn N.Y. Call 718-596-1991 or visit

The Children’s Teens’ Back to School Fashion Show is casting for a fashion show for the 2018 Harlem Week Festival, July 17. Casting call for multiracial and international youth ages 5 to 17. Contact Ms. Sutton at 212-862-8477 or

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.