Imhotep's Guide to Black events May 20 - June 5, 2013
Imhotep Gary Byrd | 6/6/2013, 10:49 a.m.
Greetings! As we close out African Liberation Month, we give a fond farewell of appreciation to the late, brilliant scholar-educator-author Dr. Barbara Adams and Pan-African activist, educator and cultural impresario the late Baba Jitu Weusi (see COMMUNITY). Both have joined the ancestors after a job well done for our people.
We also begin Black Music Month 2013 with special memories of another ancestor, "The Godfather of Black Radio," Hal B. Jackson, whose life we celebrate after his passing one year ago.
- Coming: NBT Founder's Day and the fifth annual Teer Spirit Awards, Tuesday, June 18, celebrating leaders in the Harlem community. Located at 2013 National Black Theatre Way (Fifth Avenue) in Harlem. For more information, visit www.nationalblacktheatre.com
- "Motown: The Musical," based on a book by Berry Gordy Jr. and directed by Charles Randolph Wright, is playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St. (between Eighth Avenue and Broadway). For group sales, call 212-339-6262 or 800-432-7780. Regular tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com and at www.MotownTheMusical.com.
- "The Trip to Bountiful," the acclaimed teleplay and Broadway stage play, directed by Michael Wilson and featuring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Tony nominees Vanessa Williams and Condola Rashad and three-time Emmy Award winner Cicely Tyson, returns. The Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. 43rd St. For more information or tickets, call 800-901-4092 or visit www.newyorkcitytheatre.com.
- "Kinky Boots" is now at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. For more information, call 866-276-4887 or visit www.broadway.com/shows/kinky-boots.
- "An Evening with Whoopi Goldberg," Thursday, June 6 at 8 p.m. Goldberg returns to NJPAC's Prudential Hall, Newark, N.J., for an evening of standup comedy, followed by a provocative, entertaining Q-and-A with the audience. This performance may contain adult language and content. NJPAC is at 1 Center St. in Newark and accessible by mass transit. Safe and secure parking, also available just steps from the door. For more information, call 888-GO-NJPAC (888-466-5722) or visit njpac.org.
- "Sing Harlem Sing" presents its last performance on June 8 at 2 p.m. at the Dempsey Theater, 27 W. 127th St. (between Lenox and Seventh avenues). For more information, call 212-280-1045
- B.B. King Blues Club & Grill presents Mint Condition, Tuesday, June 4 at 237 W. 42nd St. Call 800-282-8485 or visit www.bbkingsblues.com for more information.
- NYCB Theatre at Westbury presents the O'Jays, Morris Day and the Time on Saturday, June 8. Visit www.ticketmaster.com for more information and tickets.
- BRIC hosts "Celebrate Brooklyn" at the Prospect Park Bandshell. There will be a free opening night concert with Betty Griffin on Wednesday, June 5 at 8 p.m. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (for kids) will perform on Saturday, June 8 at 4 p.m. with Wynton Marsalis. For more information, visit www.bricartsmedia.org.
- The seventh annual MAFRIKA Music Festival, Sunday, June 9 from 12-7 p.m., at Marcus Garvey Park,120th Street and Fifth Avenue in Harlem. Free. Go to www.mafrica.com for more information.
- A special benefit concert for the induction of Chaka Khan into the Apollo Hall of Fame takes place Monday, June 10 at 7 p.m., with appearances and performances by Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Holliday and Alexandra Burke. Hosted by Wayne Brady. For more information and tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com.
- A Father's Day weekend celebration featuring Ramsey Lewis and the Electric Band will take place Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. The jazz master will perform at Aaron Davis Hall for the first time, performing classics and new works from his latest CD, "Taking Another Look." Aaron Davis Hall is located at West 135th Street and Convent Avenue on the campus of the City College of New York. Call 212-650-6900 or visit www.adhatccny.org.
- "Kings of the Mic Tour": LL Cool J with Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul, Tuesday, June 18 at 7 p.m. This performance may contain adult language and content. NJPAC is located at 1 Center St. in Newark and is easily accessible by mass transit. Safe and secure parking also available steps from the door. For more info, call 888-GO-NJPAC (888-466-5722) or visit njpac.org.