Imhotep's Guide To Black Events
Imhotep Gary Byrd | 3/12/2015, 12:53 p.m.
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The Tribeca Film Festival spotlights the world premiere of “Mary J Blige: The London Sessions.” The new documentary chronicles the recording of Mary J. Blige’s 13th studio album and features behind-the-scenes footage of Blige recording with Sam Smith, Disclosure and Emeli Sande. Visit tribecafilmfestival.com.
The Negro Ensemble Company fundraiser, “NEC’s Year of the Woman: Plays in Reading,” featuring selected works of Nzotake Shange, J e Franklin, Subura Rashid and McKenya Dilworth, the Alice Griffin Jewell Box Theater, Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St. (between Ninth and 10th avenues). Sunday nights March 15 to April 12 at 7:30 p.m. Talk-back follows reading with reception in lobby. For tickets, call 212-279-4200 or visit 416 W. 42nd St. (noon to 8 p.m. daily).
“The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” a celebration of legendary performer and political activist Paul Robeson in song and story. March 22 to March 29, Tectonic Theatre Project. Written and performed by Daniel Beatty. Directed by Moisses Kaufman. Call 718-636-4100 or visit BAM.org.
“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 Igleheart, 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.
The Schomberg Center in Harlem, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., presents their 2015 Women Jazz Festival, curated by Toshi Reagon. The monthly schedule includes March 16, Terri Lynne Carrington’s “Money Jungle”; March 23, “Celebrate the Great Women of Blues and Jazz”; and March 30, Catherine Russell and Lakecia Benjamin. For member and non-member ticket information, visit schombergcenter.eventbrite.com.
Join WBLS in welcoming Angie Stone for a special performance at B.B. King Blues Club in the heart of Times Square, 237 42nd St. between Seventh and Eighth avenues, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.bbkingblues.com.
Dee Dee Bridgewater performs at the Blue Note, March 12 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The Blue Note is located at 131 W. Third St. Call 212-675-8592 or visit bluenotejazzclub.com.
B.B. Kings Blues Club in Times Square presents red-hot band DAT FunK in “Because of You: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder and Songs in the Key of Life.” Showtime is 11:45 p.m., Friday, March 13 at Lucille’s. Marcus Miller performs Wednesday, March 18, with shows at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. 237 42nd St. between Seventh and Eighth avenues. Call 212-997-4144 for information on tickets or visit bbkingblues.com
The Queen of Soul is coming! Legendary multi-Grammy Award winner Aretha Franklin brings her amazing chain of hits to NJPAC in Newark, N.J., Saturday, March 14. Call 888-GONJPAC or visit njpac.org.
Ledisi’s “The Ultimate Truth Tour” is coming with special guests Raheem DeVaughn and Leela James at NJPAC, Newark, N.J., Saturday, March 20. Call 888-GONJPAC or visit njpac.org.
The Blue Note presents Ms. Lauren Hill as part of her “Small Ax: Acoustic Performance Series.” Two shows have been added: live at the Cutting Room, Saturday, March 15 and Madiba Harlem at My Image Studios, Friday, March 20.
Don’t miss New Jack Swing 2015, March 28 at 8 p.m. with BlackStreet featuring Teddy Riley and Dave Hollister, Guy and special guest El DeBarge! New Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. Tickets are available at Marquee Concerts.com.
FILM & TV
“Half of a Yellow Sun,” which first premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, is director Biyi Bandele’s adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s award-winning novel “Half of a Yellow Sun.” Two glamorous twins, Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose), from a wealthy Nigerian family, with a British education, become caught up in the events of the 1960s Nigerian civil war. The movie, now streaming on Netflix, also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor.
The documentary “Roberta Flack: Killing Me Softly” follows the atypical path of singer Roberta Flack and her rise to fame, set against the turbulent backdrop of America’s Civil Rights Movement. Featuring interviews with Dionne Warwick, Johnny Mathis and Cissy Houston. The film is airing on Showtime now through the end of March. Visit showtime.com for more information.
Award winning journalist and author Herb Boyd reads from “The Diary of Malcolm X” (El-Haj Malik-El Shabazz), edited by Boyd and Malcolm’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz, Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m., at Revolution Books, 146 W. 26th St. Take the 1, N or R to 28th. Call 212-691-3345 or visit revolutionbooksnyc.org.
The UniverSoul Circus is back in the Bronx, located across from Gateway Center Mall, at 149th and Exterior. Don’t miss opening night Wednesday, March 18 and WBLS Night Tuesday, March 31. Get your tickets at ticketmaster.com.
March is also National MS Education and Awareness Month. For more information on the MS Foundation, call 800-225-6495 or 954-776 6805 or visit msfocus.org.
Coffee with New York Amsterdam News Editor Naya Arinde, Therapy Wine Bar, 364 Lewis Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y., Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
King Simon’s “Annual Women’s History Month Celebration: Conversation With the Elders,” Sunday, March 15, featuring the long-awaited return of renowned author Sister Shahrazad Ali with guest Abundance Child, Sister Keisha and poet and violinist Dread BlaQ. The National Black Theater, 2031 Fifth Ave. at 125th Street. Call 347-496-1022 for vending and ticket details.
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