Greetings! Decorated veteran Wendy Mclinton, president & CEO of Black Vets For Social Justice, joined us on “Express Yourself” over WLIB-AM/WBLS-FM to highlight Memorial Day 2019 in NYC, their annual parade in Brooklyn and to offer a reminder to Black Vets and their families of the wide range of services and networking resources available to our veterans. For more information, contact: Black Veterans for Social Justice, 665 Willoughby Ave., Brooklyn N.Y. 11206, or call 718-852-6004. Email: and

Our “Express Yourself and Radio GBE” will be on hiatus this weekend. Returning in June.


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., Manhattan and Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or visit: or

“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:

“BLKS” poet Aziza Barnes’ playwriting debut paints a 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 52nd St., Manhattan. Tues-Thursday: 7 p.m., Fri: 8 p.m., Saturday: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets 646-506-9393 or visit:

“The Day I Became Black” biracial 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 percent 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: (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.” May 23-June 6, Thursday-Saturday 7 p.m. or Sunday at 3 p.m. Call 718-288-8048 or visit:

“Much Ado About Nothing” The Shakespearean classic comedy features an all Black cast with award winning director Kenny Leon bringing his own directorial twist to the production at the Public Theatre’s Free Shakespeare in The Park Series, Delacourt Theatre, now thru June 23. Visit/Delacorte-Theater/.


The Isley Bros announce their “You Make Me Want To Shout” 60th Anniversary tour.For more information, go to

“’70s Soul Jam” Featuring: The Stylistics, The Emotions, Peaches and Herb, Eddie Holman Carl Carlton Saturday, June 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:

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic in New York, New York at CityParks Summerstage on Tuesday, 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


The “Father’s Day Comedy” show at Kings Theatre on Saturday 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:

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:


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).


Join Dr. Bob Lee WBLS-FM Radio-TV host and author at a book signing and conversation on his new book “People To Know in Black History and Beyond: Recognizing The People That Make The Grade” May 31 at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Express Care NYC Health & Hospitals/Elmhurst Queens.1st Floor A1-18. Get your copy signed/books will be available for purchase. Call 718-334-2051 for more details.

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

The Annual Juneteenth Festival titled “Back to The Future” taking you through the journey of the African-American experience using the lens of love. Going back and forth between old school (The Past) and new school (The Present). Saturday June 15 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Gershwin Park, Linden Blvd., Brooklyn. Juneteenth NYC originally started on Vermont and Jamaica avenues so this year we there will be a parade from the old location directly to the current home on Linden Blvd. and Vermont Street, only 2 miles away. Visit:

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, and NextRadio. IGB’s “Beat Experience” is heard Fridays 7 p.m. to 10 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.