Greetings! Our GBE Black Media Month 2019 opens up with a global sigh of relief, now that word has it that my longtime friend, beloved collaborator, brilliant multi Grammy Award winner and Motown icon, Steveland Morris aka Stevie Wonder, is successfully managing an apparent health challenge with his kidneys. Word at press time from the Wonder camp is that Stevie is in great spirits, handling the crisis and currently scheduled to meet touring commitments overseas. Wonder is also the proud owner of KJLH-FM radio in Los Angeles. Let’s keep him in the light and in our prayers.


“Black Angels Over Tuskegee” is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen: six men who, together, embarked 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 West 47th Street, Manhattan. For information, call 212-239-6200 or visit: www.Theactors temple.org /

“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. The Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street, Manhattan. Now through July 31. For information, call 844-379-0370 or visit: 


“Sistas” produced by three-time Tony winner Hinton Battle and directed by 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. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 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. The Duke on 42nd Street, Manhattan. First Preview: July 17/Opening: July 28 through Aug. 24. For information, call 646-223-3010 or visit:

www. dukeon42.org/


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.

The 2019 season of Capitol One City Parks Foundation SummerStage, with nearly 100 free and benefit performances from 200 artists in Central Park and 17 neighborhood parks across NYC featuring the best music from around the world. For full schedule-location info, visit: cityparksfoundation.org/ calendar/

The Brooklyn Honors Concerts Series at Wingate Park is back Tuesday, July 16, with an Afro Caribbean celebration honor featuring Baby Cham, Spragga Benz and a live band tribute to reggae icons Bob Marley, Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs. Hosted by actor Leon, and WBLS’s very own Dahved Levy and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Free admission for all. Gates open 6 p.m., showtime 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.


The legendary Queen Latifah at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY11590. Sunday, July14 at 8 p.m. For information, call 977-636-2544 or visit: www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/ theaters/capitalonebanktheatre/queen-latifah.php

Rhythm and blues legend Bettye Lavette brings her unique brand of soul Monday, July15 to the City Winery, 155 Varick St., Manhattan. Taj Mahal Quartet, July 23 (Sold Out) at the 212- 608-0555 or visit: www.citywinery.com

Lionel Ritchie brings his “Hello” tour to NYC and Radio City Music Hall, 1200 Sixth Ave., Manhattan, July 17-18. From his classic beginnings with Motown funk band, The Commodores, to his all-time classic ballads and award winning work as an electric solo artist, he has become a global pop-soul legend. For information, call 800-440-8539 or visit:


Amateur Night at the World Famous Apollo Theatre: “Show Offs” Wedmesday, July 17. Apollo “Teen Takeover” Friday, July 19. Visit:



“Chasing The Dream, A Dream Deferred: The Broken Promise of New York City Public Housing.” 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. Multi part series. New episodes stream every Tuesday beginning July 16 at 1 p.m. on WNET-Channel 13. (Check listings)

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


Emmy and Grammy Award winning comedy superstar Dave Chappelle of The “Chappelle Show” makes his Broadway debut, now through Saturday July 20 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater, 205 West 46th St., Manhattan. For information, call 888-486-8499 or vist:www.


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 featuring special guest Loni Love. Visit: 


Amanda Sykes “Smart, Funny, Black” at the World Famous Apollo Theatre, Harlem USA. Tues July 16 at 8 p.m. Visit:www.apollotheatre.org


Sickle Cell Thallasemia Patients Network and Emmaus Medical present “A Community Educational Forum on Sickle Cell,” Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 45 Wadsworth Ave., Third Floor (btw 175th & 176th St). For adults, children, families, friends and the extended community living with sickle cell. A light breakfast will be served. For more information and to pre-register, call 347-533-0485 or email info@sctpn.org

The “Go Africa-Harlem Street Festival” takes place on Saturday July 13 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on 115th St. btw 7th and 8th Aves. The Honorable Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President will serve as Grand Marshall for the event. For more information, call 646-502-9778- Ext.8001 or visit: GoAfricaCarnival.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 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.