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Greetings! As we come to the crescendo of May 2019 with GBE African Liberation Month/Day, Malcolm X Day, the birthday of Stevie Wonder and passing of Robert Nesta Marley, we send our deepest appreciation and acknowledgement to all who have participated in the events and our on air presentations that marked the celebration of these amazing icons.

We remember another iconic figure in our GBE this weekend, Lorraine Hansberry, the dramatist and author of the Broadway classic “A Raisin in the Sun,” born the same day as Brother Malcolm.

Whitney Houston’s Estate Executor Pat Houston is reported as saying that a “Whitney Houston Hologram Tour” may be in the pipeline, with new music, a Broadway musical and more.


“Ain’t Too Proud” is the electrifying new musical celebrating The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Five guys-one dream with a sound that would make music history. Written by three time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), and featuring choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo (“Jersey Boys,” “On Your Feet”). The untold story comes to life at the Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street, Manhattan. Now through July 31. For information, call 844-379-0370 or visit: www.secureboxoffice.com.

The World Famous Apollo Theater, The Baltimore Center Stage and Congo Square Theatre Company in association with Mosaic Theatre Company present the premiere of “Twisted Melodies” a powerful play honoring the artistic legacy and personal struggles of genius vocalist and composer, Donny Hathaway (1945-1979) May 30-June 2. Performances will be Thurs-Fri-Sat at 8 p.m. with matinee performances at 3 p.m. Sat-Sunday (Ask about the Apollo 50 percent “Half Off For Harlem” ticket price for Harlem residents with proof of residence or work i.d.) Tickets available at the Apollo Theater Box Office 212-531-5305, 253 West 125th St. and Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or visitww.ticketmaster.com or:www.apollotheatre.org.

“BLKS” poet Aziza Barnes’ playwriting debut paints picture portrait of a day in the life of four young women of color in New York City, exploring the joy and anguish of growing up and out.

Starring Marié Botha, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, Alfie Fuller, Paige Gilbert, Chris Myers, and Coral Peña. Robert W. Wilson MCC theatre Space/Newman Mills Theatre. 511 West 52ndSt. Tues.: 7 p.m., Wed: 7 p.m., Thurs.: 7 p.m., Fri: 8 p.m., Sat.: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets 646-506-9393 or visit: www.mmctheater.org.

“The Day I Became Black” Bi-racial comedian Bill Posley grew up happily identifying as both Black and white. But at age 10, he learned the world does, in fact, judge a book by its color and, even though he’s half white, he’s labeled 100 % Black. Does a young comedian have to get rid of his whiteness in order to be the color he’s “supposed” to be? Soho Playhouse,15 Van Dam St., Manhattan. For scheduled shows including “talk back” after the show. Phone: 212-691-1555 or email: Boxoffice@sohoplayhouse.com. (Box office hours 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Tues-Sun).

Nuyorican Poets Café and Ishmael Reed present a World premiere: “The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda,” a two act play by Ishmael Reed about a playwright misled by a historian of white history into believing that Alexander Hamilton was an abolitionist. The ghosts of those slaves who were trafficked by Hamilton attempt to educate Miranda, including Harriet Tubman who teaches him about “The Underground Railroad.” May23-June6, Thurs.-Sat. 7 p.m. or Sunday at 3 p.m. Call: 718-288-8048 or visit: www,nuyorican.org.


The Isley Brothers announce their “You Make Me Want To Shout” 60th anniversary tour. For more information, go to www.theisleybrothersofficial.com.

“’70s Soul Jam” featuring The Stylistics, The Emotions, Peaches and Herb, Eddie Holman, and Carl Carlton. Sat Jun 1 at 8 p.m. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road Westbury, NY 11590. For ticket information, call 800-854-2196 or visit: westbury-theatre.com.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic in New York at CityParks Summerstage on Tues., June 4. City Parks Summerstage is located at 14 E 71st St.; Central Park in Manhattan.

Grammy Award winner India Arie brings her “Worthy Tour” to the Beacon Theatre on Sun, June 9. Get your tickets now at Ticketmaster.com.


The “Father’s Day Comedy” show at Kings Theatre on Sat. June 15 with performances by Earthquake, Cedric the Entertainer, D’Lai, Deon Cole and Chic Bean.  Get your tickets now! 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn. Visit: www.kingstheatre.com/.

The “Father’s Day Comedy Show” also comes to New Jersey Sunday, June 16, to NJ PAC New Jersey Performing Arts Center, One Center St. in Newark, N.J. Call: 973-642-8989 or visit: www.njpac.org.


Netflix presents the Academy Award nominated director Ava Duvernay’s series on The Central Park Five “When They See Us” streaming May 31 (check listings).

The 73rd annual Tony Awards will be broadcast over Ch.2/CBS-TV/All Access, Sunday July 9, at 8 p.m. live from Radio City Music Hall, 8 p.m. Visit: www.cbs.com.


CEMOTAP hosts its regular monthly meeting Saturday, May 25, from 2 p.m. at CEMOTAP Center, located at 135-05 Rockaway Blvd in South Ozone Park, Queens. Topics will include a discussion of actions to take regarding the banning of Minister Farrakhan from Facebook, film showing and discussion of “Thunder Soul” (about the power of one committed Black teacher). For directions, call: 718-322-8454.

The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling presents two of the Museum’s signature summer programs: “Nights at Sugar Hill” and “Sugar Hill Mornings” presented in collaboration with the Jazz Foundation of America and celebrating the longstanding history of musical genius inherent to Sugar Hill. The programs provide families in Harlem, Washington Heights and throughout New York City entertaining, educational experiences to enjoy together from May through August. All performances are free of charge. For more information, please visit www.sugarhillmuseum.org.

Listen to Imhotep Gary Byrd’s “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 NextRadio. IGB’s “Beat Experience” is heard Fridays 7 p.m. to 0 p.m. Archived online at www.wbai.org. For bookings or to reach us about your GBEvent or for comments, email co-editor Nyerere, nyerere1@aol.com, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or call 212-592-3279.