Imhotep's Guide To Black Events 04/16-04/22

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 4/16/2015, 11:32 a.m.
Imhotep gives his weekly guide to Black Events.
Afrika Bambaataa (see EXHIBITION)

Greetings! Our GBE Family gives thanks for Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan and his work here on the earth plane, and we look forward to his new work, “In the Spirit!”

Our special thanks to Camille Rector, executive director of the Color of Autism, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocacy, awareness and knowledge among Black parents that connects families to local services and provides one-on-one support. It is National Autism Awareness Month. Visit thecolorofautism.org. (Also see: COMMUNITY)

THEATER

Catch “The Lion King” at the Minskoff Theatre, 1515 Broadway. 212-869-0550 or visit minskofftheatre.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.

“Kinky Boots,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Billy Porter, is at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. Visit broadway.com/ shows/kinky-boots.

“Aladdin,” featuring James Monroe Iglehart, the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Featured Actor, as the uniquely modern genie, is now playing at the New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St. Visit broadway.com/shows/aladdin-broadway.

“Sistas,” a true celebration of African-American women, highlights several musical genres and includes “Oh, Happy Day,” “Strange Fruit,” “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.,” “I Will Survive,” “Tyrone,” “I Am Not My Hair” and “Single Ladies.” St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 46th St. Saturday, April 18 at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, April 19 at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 25 at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 26 at 4:30 p.m. For information, call 800-276-2392 or visit boxoffice.broadway.com.

“Black Angels Over Tuskegee” is a story told in narrative of six men embarking on a journey to become pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps. The play explores their collective struggle with Jim Crow; challenging their intelligence, patriotism, brotherhood and dreams of an inclusive and fair society. The play goes beyond the headlines of popular stories and reveals the heart and soul of the Tuskegee Airmen, who exhibited courage to excel despite the overwhelming odds against them. St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 46th St. Saturdays, April 18 and April 25 at 1 p.m. For information, call 800-276-2392 or visit boxoffice.broadway.com.

MUSIC

At B.B. King’s in Times Square, Tower of Power appear Thursday, April 16; Friday, April 17, it’s Rufus; Freddie Jackson performs April 18 at 8 p.m.; Force MDs’ 30th anniversary will be celebrated April 18 at 11 p.m.; and Keith Sweat’s album release party takes place April 24. For prices and information, visit bbkingblues.com or call 212-997-4144.

The Blue Note Jazz Club presents Roy Hargrove now through April 19. Call 212-475-8592 or visit bluenotejazz.net. April 21 to 26, it’s the New York City premiere of Michel Camilo Three + Three. Call 212-475-8592 or visit bluenote.net.

The Tribeca Film Festival film “Mary J. Blige: The London Session” appears Thursday, April 16 at 8 p.m. at the Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway. For more information, call 212-465-6500 or visit www.beacontheater.

“An Afternoon with Audra McDonald” features the six-time Tony Award winner and two-time Grammy Award winner performing songs from Broadway and beyond, Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m. at the Prudential Hall at NJPAC, One Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 888-GONJPAC or visit www.njpac.org.