imhotep's Guide To Black Events

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 8/7/2014, 12:53 p.m.
Greetings! The New York City Walk to Salute the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Bill celebrates historic Harlem Saturday, ...
Chaka Khan (see MUSIC)

Greetings! The New York City Walk to Salute the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Bill celebrates historic Harlem Saturday, Aug. 23, and is also a part of the 40th anniversary of Harlem Week 2014. The walk includes participants from throughout the five boroughs and the tristate region. For the full schedule of activities and cultural events in August, including “Uptown Saturday Night” and ”Harlem Day” and more, visit (see “Community”).


“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” a tribute to jazz legend Billie Holiday, features 2014 and multi-Tony Award winner Audra McDonald channeling Holiday’s classic moods and melodies, now through Aug. 10 at Circle in the Square Theater, 1633 Broadway. Call 212-239-6200 or visit for more information.

“Motown: The Musical,” with book by Berry Gordy Jr., is now playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., between Eighth Avenue and Broadway. For tickets, visit or

The world premier of “Angela’s Justice,” an adaptation of ”Antigone” and an homage to Angela Davis. Set in a fictitious place in 1970, Angela is determined, by any means necessary, to get her brother properly buried. Aug.17–Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. at the Dream Up Festival, Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. between Ninth and 10th streets. Call 212- 254-1109.


“Smooth Cruises” sails into a new night with Maysa Aug. 7; Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns, with special guests Gerald Albright,Richard Elliot and Mindi Abair, Aug. 14; Rachelle Farrell Aug. 21; and Boney James Aug. 28. Cruises depart promptly at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively.) The “Hornblower Infinity” departs from Pier 40, located at Houston Street and Westside Highway. Visit

A soulful extravaganza on the Hudson featuring Grammy Award-winner Regina Belle, “Gospel Show,” hosted by Neicy Tribbett, a live DJ and more Thursday, Aug. 7 on the Spirit of New York, located at Chelsea Piers at 23rd Street and the Westside Highway. The ship boards at 6 p.m. and returns at 10 p.m. Advance tickets only. Call 212-281-4887, email or visit

B.B. King Blues Club presents Morgan Heritage Thursday, Aug. 7. There will also be a James Brown tribute show at Lucille’s Bar and Grill featuring celebrated R&B vocalist Freda Payne Aug. 9. B.B. King is located at 127 W. 42nd St. in Manhattan. Call 212-997-4144 or visit

The Blue Note presents Earl Klugh Aug. 12–17. The Blue Note is located at 131 W. Third St. Call 212-475-8592 or visit

City Winery presents the Aaron Neville Duo Aug. 17. City Winery is located at 155 Varick St. Call 212-608-0555 or visit

Harlem Summer Stage 2014 takes place at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, 163 W. 125th St., every Thursday through Aug. 28, 5–8 p.m. For more information, visit

The Martin Luther King Concert Series presents “Reggae Night” with Gyptian Aug. 11. Aug. 18 is “Gospel Night” with Tamela Mann and the Christian Cultural Center Choir.

The amazing Chaka Khan, featuring 10 stacks of the Sting International Thunder Sound System, Saturday, Aug. 23 at 9 p.m at the Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St. For tickets, visit