Black events calendar, June 2013
Imhotep Gary Byrd | 6/20/2013, 12:22 p.m.
Greetings! GBE Black Music Month 2013 opens up on a couple of happy notes and a few sad ones. The good news is, Motown record label founder Berry Gordy has been named the 2013 recipient of the Marian Anderson Award, which honors artists whose leadership benefits humanity. Gordy will accept the award on Nov. 19 at a black-tie gala at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
On a sadder note, condolences to all on the passing of the Dells' lead vocalist Marvin Junior ("Oh What a Night," "Stay in My Corner"), the passing of the Five Stairsteps' vocalist Clarence Burke Jr. ("Ooh Child") and the passing of former award-winning "Like it is" producer Helen Cash Jackson of the NYS Council of the Arts, also beloved wife of R&B legend Chuck Jackson.
- "An Evening with Whoopi Goldberg" comes to NJPAC on Thursday, June 6 at 8 p.m. Goldberg returns to NJPAC's Prudential Hall in Newark, N.J., for an evening of stand-up 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 is accessible by mass transit. Safe and secure parking is also available just steps from the door. For more information, call 888-466-5722 or visit www.njpac.org.
- "Sing Harlem Sing" presents its last performance on Saturday, June 8 at the Dempsey Theater at 2 p.m. 27 W. 127th St. between Lenox and Seventh avenues. Theater parties, group sales and discounts are available at the weekday box office. For more information, call 212-280-1045.
- The National Black Theatre hosts its "Founder's Day" and the fifth annual "Teer Spirit" Awards on Tuesday, June 18. This ceremony celebrates leaders in the Harlem Community. 2031 Fifth Ave. For more information, visit www.nationalblacktheatre.com.
- "Motown: The Musical," directed by Charles Randolph Wright and with book by Berry Gordy Jr., 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; purchase regular tickets at www.Ticketmaster.com and www.MotownTheMusical.com.
- "The Trip to Bountiful," the acclaimed hit TV and Broadway stage play, returns. It is directed by Michael Wilson and features Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Tony nominees Vanessa Williams and Condola Rashad and three-time Emmy award winner Cicely Tyson. Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. 43rd St. For more information or tickets, call 800-901-4092 or visit www.newyorkcitytheatre.com.
- "Kinky Boots" is playing at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. For more information, call 866-276-4887 or visit www.broadway.com/shows/kinky-boots.
- WBLS welcomes "Groovin in the Park," an evening of reggae, and rhythm and blues featuring Patti LaBelle, TGT, Barrington Levy, Sanchez, Toots and the Maytals and more. Sunday, June 30 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens. For more information, visit www.wbls.com.
- B.B. King Blues Club & Grill presents Wyclef Jean: "The Carnival Begins" on Wednesday, June 19 at 237 W. 42nd St. For more information, call 800-282-8485 or visit www.bbkingsblues.com.
- NYCB Theatre at Westbury presents the O'Jays, and Morris Day and the Time on Saturday, June 8. For more information, visit www.ticketmaster.com.
- BRIC hosts the free "Celebrate Brooklyn" at the Prospect Park Bandshell. See the free Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (for kids) with Wynton Marsalis on Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. Visit www.bricartsmedia.org for more information.
- The seventh annual Mafrika Music Festival kicks off on Sunday, June 9 from 12-7 p.m. Marcus Garvey Park, 120th Street and Fifth Avenue. This event is free. Visit www.mafrica.com for more information.
- There were be a special benefit concert for the induction of Chaka Khan into the Apollo Hall of Fame on Monday, June 10 at 7 p.m.,with appearances and performances by Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Holliday and Alexandra Burke. It will be hosted by Wayne Brady. For more information and tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
- CUNY hosts A Father's Day Weekend Celebration with Ramsey Lewis and his Electric Band on Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. Aaron Davis Hall, W. 135th Street and Convent Avenue, on the campus of the City College of New York. For more information, call 212-650-6900 or visit www.adhatccny.org.
- "Kings of the Mic Tour" featuring LL Cool J with Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul, comes to NJPAC on Tuesday, June 18 at 7 p.m. The performance may contain adult language and content. NJPAC is at 1 Center St. in Newark. For more information, call 888-466-5722 or visit www.njpac.org.