Community Calendar: 12/29 - 1/5

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 12/29/2016, midnight
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Dance Theater of Harlem Rahcel Neville

Greetings! As we prepare to say goodbye to the year 2016, we also say goodbye to a legion of outstanding personalities who have become ancestors. Among them, Muhammad Ali and his life photographer, Howard Bingham, Prince, Afeni Shakur, Fidel Castro, Billy Paul, Johnny Kemp, Colonel Abrams, Kashif Saleem, Ron Glass, Dr. Chika A. Oneyani, George Curry, Gwen Ifill and Maurice White. Having had my moment at the edge, let me say it is good to be alive, thanks to God and a host of prayers from many of you. With the New Year 2017 approaching, in the words of the late Maurice White, “Keep Your Head to the Sky.” The Griffith-Sandiford Family commemorated the killing of Michael Griffith and the death of Cedric Sandiford with a Memorial Service and Award Ceremony, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, 30 years to the day of the actual attack.

The Amsterdam News’ Herb Boyd and Lenny Greene of WBLS-FM were hosts. The 11 awards presented during the program are as follows: The Governmental Award to the Hon. David N. Dinkins, the Civil Rights Leader Award to the Rev. Alfred Sharpton Jr. and the Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry, the Civil and Human Rights Award to the Rev. Dr. C. Vernon Mason, the Journalism Award to Herb Boyd, Dominic Carter, Joseph P. Fried, Magee Hickey, Mary Murphy, Peter Noel and Sarah Wallace.


“Hamilton: An American Musical” continues to captivate audiences at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 800-276-2392 or visit

“Mother Africa: My Home,” Dec. 2, 2016, through Jan. 1, 2017, The New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St.

New York, N.Y. For information, call 646-223-3010 or visit

“The Color Purple,” a Broadway Tony winner, now featuring Tony winner Jennifer Holliday (“Dreamgirls”) Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St., New York, N.Y. For information, visit

“Sistas the Musical” Celebrating African-American women’s history, blending your favorite songs with a touching story of family, strength and perseverance. St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212- 947-3499 or visit


Gladys Knight, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at 8 p.m., The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 39 Norwich Westerly Road, Mashantucket, Conn. For information, call 800-200-2882 or visit

The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald and Ernie Isley, Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit

The New Stylistics, The Chi-Lites and The Delfonics, Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m., St. George Theatre, 35 Hyatt St., Staten Island, N.Y. For information, call 718-442-2900 or visit

Gladys Knight and The Whispers, Sunday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 888-466-5722 or visit

Isley Brothers, Sunday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m., NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, New York. For information, call 516-334-0800 or visit