Greetings! Summer 2019 is coming to its end. Harlem Week’s 2019 climax featured an unprecedented turnout for the Percy Sutton 5k Run and marked the debut of the Harlem Jazz & Music Festival, featuring indoor and outdoor concerts, gospel services at select houses of worship, jazz brunches, nightclub events at famous venues and much more. Visit: harlemmusicand

Brooklyn Labor Day Carnival 2019 was in full motion with the West Indian American Day Carnival Association celebrating its 51st year as one of the worlds biggest, most notable Carnival events. Visit wiadca.con. (see “COMMUNITY”)


“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. For information, call 844-379-0370 or visit:

“Hadestown—Where a Song Can Change Your Fate” From the pen of Anaïs Mitchell. Winner 8 Tony Awards, Tony winner Andre De Shields. Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 West 48th St., Manhattan. For more information, visit:

“To Kill A Mockingbird” The classic Pulitzer book by Harper Lee which became a movie, now through Thursday, Sept. 19 onstage at the Shubert Theatre, 225 West 44th St, Manhattan. For ticket information, visit:

“The Lion King” Minskoff Theatre, 200 W. 45th St., Manhattan. For ticket information, visit:

“Kinky Boots the Musical.” Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St., Manhattan. For ticket information, visit:


The 2019 season of Capitol One City Parks Foundation “Summer Stage” featuring nearly 100 free and benefit performances from 200 artists in Central Park and 17 neighborhood parks across NYC, with the best music from around the world. Free. For full schedule-location information, visit:

Savion Glover Sept.13-15 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102. For more information, visit:

The World Famous Apollo presents “Supreme Glamour: An Evening with Mary Wilson” Sept. 17. For ticket information, visit:

Mary J. Blige & Nas, Sunday Sept. 8 at 8 p.m., Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette Street, Newark, NJ 07102. For more information, visit:

Raphael Saadiq, Tuesday Sept.10 at 8 p.m., Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th Street, Brooklyn. For more information, visit:

Jazzmobile’s 55th anniversary! The annual free summer mobile concert series is in the parks and streets, in all 5 boroughs! Free. For more information, visit:

Chris Brown—“Indigoat” Tour 2019, Friday, Sept.13 at 6:30 p.m., Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette Street, Newark, NJ 07102. For more information, visit:

Chris Brown—“Indigoat” Tour 2019, Saturday, Sept.14 at 6:30 p.m. Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn. For more information, visit:

Savion Glover directs “The Tap Dance Kid,” Friday, Sept.13 through Sunday Sept. 15 at 7 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102. For more info, visit:

Charlie Wilson, Saturday, Sep 15 at 8 p.m., Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, 3052 West 21st Street, Brooklyn. For information visit:`

Sweet Honey in the Rock, Sun, Sep 22 at 7:30 p.m., South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. For information visit

Janelle Monae, Wednesday, Sep. 25 at 7:30 p.m., The Rooftop at Pier 17, 89 South Street, Manhattan. For information, visit


Dave Chappelle’s newest Netflix standup special “Sticks and Stones.” Check listings.


Back by popular demand, Sept. 6, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. the Schomburg Center Friday, is proud to present their fourth annual First Fridays: Labor Day “Carnival” edition, Celebrating 70+ years of Caribbean Culture and History with the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA). Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. For information, visit:

The African American Day Parade, Inc. (AADP)  celebrates 50 years in the legendary Harlem, New York on Sunday Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. This years’ parade theme is “Integrity & Transparency = Good Government” honoring African American excellence in the field of politics and government. For information, visit:

WBLS and WLIB present 2O19 “The Circle Of Sisters” Saturday, Sept. 7! At the Jacob K. Javits Covention Center, 655 W 34th St, Manhattan. Check out a variety of celebrity panel discussions, giveaways, over 200 vendors and of course the Gospel Explosion! Get your tickets now at and visit

Sickle Cell Thalassemia Patients Network presents its 2019 Annual Sickle Cell Walk. Saturday, Sept. 14, Central Park, Center Row (near the Band Shell). Registration begins at 9 a.m. Walk begins at 11 a.m. Registration fee required. For information, call 347-533-8485 or visit

The World Famous Apollo Theater to hold “Fall Amateur Night Auditions.” Contestants chosen will secure a spot in the Amateur Night at the Apollo 2019-2020 seasons, competing for a chance to win a Grand Prize of $20,000. Open auditions to be held at the Apollo Theater, Saturday, Sept.21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, Harlem. For information, visit:

The PILLARS will host a fundraising gala event (“Serenade to Sobriety”) 7-10 p.m. Saturday Sept. 21 at Symphony Space in recognition of National Recovery Month to provide resources for people who have been impacted by addiction and family members living with someone in active addiction. “Serenade to Sobriety” will pay tribute to parents who have lost their children to addiction and others who’ve placed their boots to the ground fighting against opioid overdoses. The headliner will be Grammy nominated, platinum jazz musician Najee along with two other local artists. Michael Colyar (African American comedian, actor and author) will be the host. For information, 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, IGB’s “Radio GBE” is heard Fridays 7 p.m. to 9 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.