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Greetings! We add “Caribbean American Heritage Month” and “Gun Violence Awareness Month” to “Black Music Month”/“African-American Music Appreciation Month,” along with “Pride Month” to our June GBE.

The Temptations were installed into the Apollo Walk of Fame, and represented by founder Otis Williams. While the Broadway musical, “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg: The Life & Times of The Temptations,” won just one award for Best Choreography after scoring 12 nominations.


“Ain’t Too Proud” celebrates The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Written by three time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau, choreography by 2019 Tony Award winner Sergio Trujillo. It’s Motown come to life at The Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street, Manhattan; now through July 31. For information, call 844-379-0370 or visit

“Oo-Bla-Dee” follows Evelyn Waters and the Diviners, all-Black, all-female jazz band, as they travel from St. Louis to Chicago to set up a record deal following the end of World War II. Written by Golden Globe Award winner Regina Taylor (“Crowns,” “I’ll Fly Away”),featuring original songs by Taylor and Obie Award-winning composer. Diedre L. Murray (“Running Man,” “Eli’s Comin”) directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Now through June 30 at Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, N.J.

Harlem Stage gives voice to the unique experiences of Southern Black Gay Men in its second annual Pride event. E. Patrick Johnson will discuss his collection of oral histories for his book, “Sweet Tea” and how he adapted the book to a stage play and then to a documentary film. WBAI’s Illustrious Blacks aka Manchild Black and Monstah Black present a gravity-defying performance and DJ set. Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Avenue, Manhattan; Saturday, June 15, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Call the Box Office at 212-281-9240 or visit becomeamember.

“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. Delacorte Theater, now through June 23. Visit Delacorte-Theater/.


The Hall of Fame winning Isley Bros announce their “You Make Me Want To Shout” 60th anniversary tour. For more information, visit

The iconic Wu-Tang Clan come to Coney Island’s Ford Amphitheater, 3052 W. 21 St., Brooklyn June 16 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their legendary “36 Chambers” album. Visit

Sony Hall presents multi Grammy Award winner Keb Mo at the Blue Note Jazz Festival, 235 W. 46 St., Manhattan. Monday, June 17, at 8 p.m.; call 212-997-5123, SONY Box Office or visit /shows/list/.

Earth, Wind and Fire performing all their greatest hits live in concert on Tuesday, July 9 at The Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, Manhattan. Get your tickets now call 212-595-5841 or visit


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

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


“The Black Godfather,” the story of the legendary Clarence Avant, ultimate, uncensored mentor and behind-the-scenes rainmaker in music, film, TV and politics. Directed by Reginald Hudlin. On Netflix (check listings).

“When They See Us,” the gripping Ava DuVernay series about The Central Park Five. On Netflix (check listings).


The “Doing Business in Africa & the Caribbean Symposium,” June 19-20, at the African Union Mission, 1640 Wisconsin Ave., N.W. in Washington D.C. Attendees will enjoy two days of intensive presentations, networking andoken word, gospel mimes, line dancing, African dance, live music, a fashion show, and a tour of key nearby spots on the Underground Railroad. Sat., June 15, from 12 noon to 6 p.m., Cuyler Gore Park, Fulton Street and Greene Ave., Brooklyn. FREE!

The Annual Juneteenth Festival titled “Back to The Future” takes you through the journey of the African-American experience using the lens of love. Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Gershwin Park, Linden Blvd., Brooklyn. “Juneteenth NYC” originally started on Vermont and business opportunities. To register, visit www.

The 19th annual Juneteenth celebration in Fort Greene presented by The Cooperative Culture Collective, Pride and positivity underlie this festival, with an awards ceremony, recognizing grassroots groups, community organizations, and individuals for trailblazing and uplifting. Other activities: a vendors market, stilt walking, face painting, sp Jamaica avenues, this year join the parade from the old location directly to the current home on Linden Blvd. and Vermont Street, only 2 miles away. Visit:

Iyanla Vanzant, internationally acclaimed author-spiritual life coach, is coming to Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn June 19. “Acts of Faith Remix Tour.”

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The 48th annual International African Arts Festival (IAAFestival) hosts its 48th annual event over four days, Thursday July 4 to Sunday July 7.The Festival also hosts the 30th Annual Symposium on Culture, Community and Struggle, Saturday, July 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the symposium will be held across the street from the IAAFestival grounds at PS 287, 50 Navy Street in Brooklyn (between Park and Flushing Aves, near the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Manhattan Bridge in Downtown Brooklyn). For admission info, a special pre-registration discount and further details regarding the symposium, call 718-789-3264 or

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 0 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.