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imhotep's guide to black events 5/17-23/12

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 5/16/2012, 5:39 p.m.
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We forever remember...Malcolm!

THEATER

  • Tennessee Williams' classic "A Streetcar Named Desire," featuring Blair Underwood, Nicole Ari Parker, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Wood Harris. Sixteen weeks only. At the Broadhurst Theatre, 253 W. 45th St. For tickets and more information, call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com or www.streetcaronbroadway.com.
  • "Black Angels Over Tuskegee," the story of the pioneering first African-American fighter pilots, now playing at the Actors Temple Theatre, 339 W. 47th St., between Eighth and Ninth avenues. The show is closing May 27. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.
  • "Sistas the Musical," a joyous musical celebration of African-American women from Bessie Smith to Mary J. Blige, produced by three-time Tony winner Hinton Battle, written by Dorothy Marcic and directed by Kenneth Ferrone. At the St. Luke's Theatre, 308 W. 46th St. Performances Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com or www.sistasthemusical.com.
  • "Platanos Y Collard Greens," David Lamb's hilarious hit romantic, comedic Off-Broadway play is at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave. at 25th Street. For show schedules, call (212) 352-3101 or visit www.platanosandcollardgreens.com. For group sales, call (646) 522-4348.

MUSIC

  • B.B. King's Blues Club presents Rahsaan Patterson on May 18 and Kenny Lattimore on June 3. Both showtimes at 8 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. B.B. King's Blues Club and Grill, 237 W. 42nd St. For more information, call (212) 997-4144 or visit www.bbkingblues.com.
  • Brian McKnight and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, May 16-19 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The Duke Ellington Orchestra performs without McKnight on May 19. The Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St. For more information, call (212) 475-8592 or visit www.bluenotejazz.com.
  • The Whispers bring the love, with special guest legendary vocalist-songwriter Valerie Simpson, in a special tribute to Simpson's late husband, Nick Ashford, Sat., May 19 at 8 p.m. at the Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway and 74th Street. Get your tickets at ticketmaster.com.

FILM

  • The 19th New York African Film Festival presents "21st Century: The Homecoming," at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAMcinematek May 25-28. For more information, visit www.africanfilmny.org.

COMMUNITY

  • The Harlem and tristate communities will celebrate Brother Malcolm X at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem on Fri., May 18 5-8 p.m.
  • "Eating Together to Unite our Community." The young people of the Bob Law Respect Yourself Saturday Academy invite you to a hearty community fellowship breakfast on Sat., May 19 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Historic First Church of God in Christ, pastor, Dr. Joseph D. Clemmons Sr., 221 Kingston Ave. at the corner of Park Place in Brooklyn. Hosted by Bob Law and the Men's Ministry of Historic First Church. For more information, call 718-774-0960.
  • The Shabazz family and the recently revived Malcolm X Foundation will host a daytime block party on Sat., May 19 to both honor and celebrate El-Haj Malik El Shabazz's 87th birthday, declaring "May 19 as Malcolm X Day!" The event will celebrate Malcolm X with poetry, speeches and celebrations. Local elected officials, community and educational leaders and others will participate, and various vendors will be on site. The event will be held on West 165th Street between Broadway (Dr. Betty Shabazz Way) and St. Nicholas Avenue, commencing at noon and ending at 5 p.m.
  • The December 12th Movement presents the "Malcolm X Black Power March & Rally: SHUT 'EM DOWN!" Sat., May 19 from 1-4 p.m. at 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. May 19 marks the 87th anniversary of the birth of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz/Malcolm X. Commemorate his legacy with this annual Black power march and rally. In solidarity with the community, there will be a "commercial moment of silence" along 125th Street; all businesses will close in honor of one of our greatest national heroes, Malcolm X. For more information, call (718) 398-1766.
  • "Celebrating the Life and Legacy of a Master Teacher" at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, located at 3940 Broadway (between West 165th and West 166th streets) Sat., May 19 at 4 p.m. The keynote speaker for the day will be Baba Zak Kondo, Ph.D., with performances by Darrick Johnson, El Shabazz Djembe Orchestra and Autumn Ashante. The facilitator will be Malcolm associate and brilliant journalist A. Peter Bailey.
  • That evening at the Shabazz Center will be "Riffs on Race and War," an original work performed by Karen D. Taylor on Sat., May 19 at 7:30 p.m. The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center and Taylor present this fundraiser for the Shabazz Center, so all are encouraged to honor the legacy of Malcolm X by supporting it. Early bird tickets are just $15; $20 at the door. Purchase tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com.
  • "Black Journalists in the Tradition of Malcolm X: Telling It Like It Is," Sat., May 19 from 5-8 p.m. The Malcolm X Museum presents an evening of tribute and discussion celebrating Malcolm X's birthday and honoring the late, great Gil Noble. Featuring Dami Akinnusi, video documentarian; Nayaba Arinde, editor at the Amsterdam News; A.Peter Bailey, editor of the OAAU newsletter; and Les Payne, former senior editor of Newsday. At the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture's Langston Hughes Auditorium, 515 Malcolm X Blvd.