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Imhotep's Guide To Black Events

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 7/17/2014, 12:33 p.m.
Greetings! With our GBE “Black Media Month” as the backdrop, we note preparations for the upcoming United States-African Leaders Summit ...
“Holler If Ya Hear Me” to close July 20 (see THEATER) (Joan Marcus photo)

Greetings! With our GBE “Black Media Month” as the backdrop, we note preparations for the upcoming United States-African Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., in August. The Africa Union Commission will be organizing two town hall meetings in Washington and New York City as side events to engage the diaspora media as a vehicle for building a comprehensive stakeholder community within the African Union that involves and engages all sections of the African community in African Union activities. Contact HabibaM@africa-union.org or YambouE@africa-union.org.

THEATER

“Holler If Ya Hear Me” is closing July 20. Kenny Leon (“Fences,” “A Raisin in the Sun”) directs this musical inspired by the late rapper Tupac Shakur’s music and lyrics. It’s now playing at the Palace Theatre. For more information or tickets, call 212-730-8200 or visit palacetheatreonbroadway.com.

From the producers of “Best Kept Secret,” “The Dwelling Place” is a production where nothing is at it seems. With lives in the balance and heavy consequences, it will make you laugh and cry. Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19 at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre, 2033 Fifth Ave., between 124th and 125th streets.

“Aladdin,” featuring Tony Award winner James Monroe Igleheart as the uniquely modern Genie, is playing now at the New Amsterdam Theatre, located at 214 W. 42nd St. Visitbroadway.com.

“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 ticketmaster.com or motownthemusical.com.

“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 ladydayonbroadway.com for more information.

Tyler Perry presents “Hell Hath No Fury, Like a Woman Scorned,” coming to the Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway (between 74th and 75th streets) ‎in October 2014. Call 212-465-6500 or visit beacontheatre.com for more information.

MUSIC

B.B. King’s presents Rahaan Paterson, July 19, and Alexander O’Neal, July 26. B.B. King’s is located at 127 W. 42nd St. in Manhattan. Call 212-997-4144 or visit bbkings blues.com.

The Blue Note presents the Wallace Roney Quintet with Lenny White and Buster Williams plus a special guest July 24-27. Harvey Mason Chameleon performs July 28-30. The Blue Note is located at 131 W. Third St. Call 212-475-8592 or visit bluenotejazz.com.

Harlem Week begins Sunday, July 27 from noon-8:30 p.m. with “ A Great Day in Harlem.” The musical theme is “It’s a Celebration!” featuring Kool and the Gang. The schedule is as follows: Part 1, 1-3 p.m.: an “International Cultural Showcase” featuring local, global and choral groups; Part 2, 3-4:15 p.m.: a “Gospel Celebration” featuring inspirational music; Part 3, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: a “Fashion Fusion Showcase” showcasing the best in urban fashion; Part 4, 5:45-8:30 p.m.: “A Concert Under the Stars” featuring Ray Chew and the Harlem Music Festival All Stars with special guest performances. Performances take place at Grant National Memorial Park, 122nd Street and Riverside Drive. Visit harlemdiscover.com for more information.