Greetings! September 2019 opens up our GBE “African ReEducation Month,” highlighted by the “African American Day Parade,” “The Annual Sickle Cell Walk,” a NAKO program focusing on “1619 to 2019” and more. (See “COMMUNITY”).

Showtime debuts “Hitsville: The Making of Motown” at the same time that aspiring songwriter Berry Gordy made his U.S. chart debut back in Sept.1957 with his hit song “Reet Petite” for the legendary R&B superstar entertainer, Jackie Wilson,who also recorded several other Gordy hits,including “To Be Loved” (see “TV FILM)


“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, 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 classic movie, now through Thurs., 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 informaiton, 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 free and benefit performances from 200 local and global artists in Central Park and 17 neighborhood parks across NYC. Free. For final schedule-location 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 info, visit:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Janelle Monae, Wed. Sept. 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.


“Hitsville: The Making of Motown” A new documentary featuring Motown co founders -legends, Berry Gordy and Smoky Robinson with Motown greats and vintage footage. Showtime. Check listings. Visit: presents a screening of “Mama Africa” by Benito “Ifayemisi” Márquez, Sept. 19, from 5:30 pm to 9 pm, Amarachi, 189 Bridge Street, Brooklyn. For information, visit: or


The African American Day Parade, Inc. celebrates 50 years in the legendary Harlem, New York on Sun. 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:

Sickle Cell Thalassemia Patients Network presents its 2019 “Annual Sickle Cell Walk.” Sat., Sept. 14, in 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 NYC Chapter of NAKO (Natl Assn of Kawaida Organizations) with the Int’l African Arts Festival hosts a Community Forum: “What Has Changed from 1619 to 2019?: Response and Remedy to Centuries of American Terror: Struggle.” Marking four historical events: 1) The 1619 arrival of indentured Africans in Ft. Monroe, Jamestown, Virginia. 2) The 1919 Red Summer in which hundreds of African Americans were killed in white rioting and racial violence. 3) The launching of The Black Star Line by Marcus Mosiah Garvey that same year and 4) The 64th anniversary of the Emmett Till murder and trial (1955). Keynote Speaker Dr. Julius Garvey, son the Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey. From 3pm to 5 pm on Sept.15 in the Multipurpose Room of Restoration Blaza,1368 Fulton St, Brooklyn NY.A minimum fee is req. For info: (718) 789-3264 or 718 638-67OO or visit nakoinfogroup

The World Famous Apollo Theater holds “Fall Amateur Night Auditions.” Contestants chosen 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 at the Apollo Theater, Sat. Sept.21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, Harlem. For info, visit:

The PILLARS host a fundraising gala event (“Serenade to Sobriety”) 7-10 p.m. Sat. Sept. 21 at Symphony Space in recognition of “National Recovery Month” to provide resources for people who 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.