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Greetings! As we open up GBE “Black Media Month” 2019, we sadly note the passing of New Jersey media commentator/activist, Kae Thompson Payne, former talk show host at WLIB. Sister Thompson died at age 83 of a cerebral hemorrhage. Our deepest condolences, to her family, friends and fans. Kae was a dear friend, accomplished colleague and a champion for New Jersey, who will be greatly missed.

THEATER 

“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: www.secureboxoffice.com.

“Black Angels Over Tuskegee” is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen: six men, together embarking upon a journey to become pilots in the United States Army Air Forces. Writer, director, actor Layon Gray. The play exposes the still incredible, heroic story and dedication of the men who exhibited the courage to excel, in spite of all the overwhelming odds against them. Actors Temple Theatre, 339 W. 47th Street, Manhattan. For information, call 212-239-6200 or visit: www.Theactors temple.org

“Sistas” produced by three-time Tony winner Hinton Battle and directed by Smash’s Kenneth Ferrone. Five women prepare to bury the matriarch of their family. The women discuss their family history and the history of African-American women through popular music, spanning from Billie Holiday to Beyoncé. St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W.46th Street, Manhattan. Saturdays & and Sundays at 4:30 p.m. For information, call 212-239-6200 or visit stlukestheatre.com/

“Native Son” Richard Wright’s groundbreaking novel of oppression, freedom and justice comes to life onstage in this timely adaptation. Playwright: Nambi E. Kelley. Director: Seret Scott. In South Side Chicago of the 1930s, Bigger Thomas struggles to create a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has left him with few opportunities. After taking a job in a wealthy white man’s house, he unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. The Duke on 42nd St., Manhattan. First preview: July 17. Opening: July 28 thru Aug. 24. For information, call 646-223-3010 or visit www. dukeon42.org/

MUSIC

The 2019 season of Capitol One City Parks Foundation SummerStage opens with nearly 100 free and benefit performances from 200 artists in Central Park and 17 neighborhood parks across NYC and featuring the best music from around the world. Capitol One City Parks SummerStage presents: Mighty Sparrow / CASYM Steel Orchestra Springfield Park Queens. Friday July 5 at 7 p.m. Ralph McDaniel’s and Friends Soul Jam with Blue Magic & DJ Hollywood, Springfield Park, Queens Saturday July 6 at 6 p.m. (FREE) For full schedule-location info, visit: cityparksfoundation.org/ calendar/

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

Naughty By Nature, Mix Tape Tour, July 5 at 7:30 p.m., Borgata Event Center. One Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. For information, visit ticketmaster.com

“An Evening With Earth Wind & Fire,” Saturday July 6 at 8 p.m. Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s Etess Arena, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401. For information, visit Tickets-center.com

“An Exclusive Conversation & Performance with Phillip Bailey” eight time Grammy Award winning recording artist, songwriter and producer, co founder of Earth, Wind & Fire. Monday July 8, as part of the Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center, 165 Mulberry St., Newark N.J. Phillip will perform songs from his solo album, “Love Will Find A Way.” Doors open 6:45; starting time: 7:30 p.m. For information, visit www. grammymuseumexp.org/philip-bailey.html

Earth, Wind and Fire performing their greatest hits live in concert Tuesday, July 9 and July 10 at The Beacon Theatre. Get your tickets now call 212-595-5841 or visit bit.ly/2u5jl8z

TV/FILM

“The Evolution of Rap.” The origins & history of hip-hop, a coast to coast journey through the roots of history from the beginning to present day. All the giants and amazing film footage. Nelson George, executive producer. Streaming on Netflix. (Check listings)

“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. Streaming on Netflix. (Check listings)

“When They See Us.” The gripping Ava DuVernay series, on The Central Park Five. Streaming on Netflix. (Check listings)

“Chasing The Dream, A Dream Deferred: The Broken Promise of New York City Public Housing.” This five-part digital docuseries offers an intimate look at the lives of New York City Housing Authority residents who are fighting for better conditions and accountability for themselves and their neighbors. New episodes stream every Tuesday through July 16 at 1 p.m. on WNET-Channel 13. (Check listings)

COMEDY

The “Ladies Night Out Comedy Tour” comes to Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, 1027 Flatbush Ave. Brooklyn, on Saturday July 13 with performances by Adele Givens, Sherri Shepherd, Kym Whitley. Hosted by Nene Leakes with special guest Loni Love. Visit: www.kingstheatre.com

COMMUNITY

The 48th Annual International African Arts Festival (IAAFestival) hosts its 48th annual event over four days, Thurs, July 4 to Sun, 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, NY, 11205 (between Park and Flushing Aves, near the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Manhattan Bridge in Downtown Brooklyn.) For admission information, a special pre-registration discount and further details regarding the symposium, 718-789-3264 or nakoinfogroup@yahoo.com

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 10 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.