Community Calendar 1/28 - 2/3

1/29/2016, 12:55 p.m.
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Greetings! Memorial services for Dr. Francis Cress Welsing, a brilliant educator and the author of “The Isis Papers: The Key to the Colors,” has been moved to March 19 due to the winter storm that struck the region and especially Washington, D.C. The location is to be announced. Pass the word and be there Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. EST for the 40th Day Ascension Rites Ceremony at Union Temple Baptist Church, 1225 W. Street, SE, Washington, D.C.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Cress Welsing Love Fund would be appreciated. Donations may also be mailed to: PO Box 55357, Washington, D.C. 20040. The Cress Welsing Love Fund is the only fundraising entity sanctioned by the Welsing family. Please direct inquiries to Anthony Browder at


“Dare to Be Black: The Jack Johnson Story,” a one-man play written and performed by Tommi J. Moore and directed by Rome Neal, takes place Feb. 4 to 21 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 3 p.m.). The opening night celebration takes place Friday, Feb. 5. Theatre for the New City, 155 First Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets. Call 212-254-1109 or visit

Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker stars in Eugene O Neill’s “Hughie” (Tony Award winner). Previews begin Feb. 8 for this strictly limited engagemnt. Visit or or call 212- 239-6200.

“The Color Purple,” now on Broadway, featuring Jennifer Hudson,Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St. Visit

In “Hamilton: An American Musical,” Lin-Manuel Miranda is the unlikely Founding Father at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St. For information, call 800-276-2392 or visit

“Sistas” tells of the struggles, the joy and the triumphs of being Black and being a woman in America, Saturdays and Sundays, now at St. Luke’s Theater, 308 W. 46th St., New York City. Call 212-239-6200 or visit


Lehman Center presents “Rock ’’ Roll Is Here to Stay,” Saturday, Jan 30 with Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, the Platters, the Coasters, the Chiffons and Shirley Alston Reeves of the Shirelles. Doors open at 7 p.m. Showtime is 8 p.m. The event takes place at the Concert Hall at Lehman College, Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, Bronx, N.Y. Call 718-960 8833 for more information. (Current tickets will be honored this weekend.)

Arrested Development, Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 9 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., New York City. For information, call 212-997-4144 or visit,

Lil Wayne’s “The Dedication Tour,” Friday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m., Toyota Oakdale Theater, 95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford, Conn. For information, call 203-265-1501 or visit

“Funky Fat Tuesday” with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St. For more information, call 212-997-4144 or visit

Babyface with After 7, Friday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m., One Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 888- 466-5722 or visit

Ladies Night R&B Super Jam featuring Jodeci, Faith Evans, Jagged Edge, SWV, the Lox, Carl Thomas, Blackstreet, Total and Black Rob, Friday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m., Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, visit

The ’70s Soul Jam Valentine’s Concert with the Stylistics, Dramatics, New Birth, Ray, Goodman and Brown and Enchantment, Saturday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m., Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway at 79th Street, New York City. For information, call 212-247-4777 or visit

“An Evening of Love: Valentine’s Show With Stephanie Mills and Will Downing,” Sunday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m., Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway. For information, call 212-247-4777 or visit

Maxwell and Nas, Sunday, Feb. 14 at 8p.m., Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, call 917-618-6700 or visit

Maxwell and Nas, Monday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m., Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 973-757-6600 or visit

“An Evening With Chaka Khan” with special guest Vivian Green, Friday, Feb. 19 at 9 p.m., Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, call 718-856-5464 or visit


Mike Epps: “Don’t Take It Personal,” Friday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m., the Theater at Madison Square Garden,

Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street, New York City. For information, call 212-465-MSG1 or visit

Valentine’s All-Star Comedy Show, Sunday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m., featuring Adele Givens, Bill Bellamy, George Wallace, Tony Woods, Smokey Suarez and host Ray DeJon, NJPAC, One Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 888-GO-NJPAC or visit


“Concussion” features Will Smith as accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovering the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play. Check local listings.

Spike Lee’s “Chiraq,” featuring Samuel L. Jackson and more, is now in theaters. Check local listings.


The annual CEMOTAP “It’s Your Table” event has been rescheduled. The new date has yet to be announced. Call 718-399 1768 for more information.

The Harlem Fine Arts Show at the Historic Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Ave., between 121st and 122nd streets, Feb. 4-7. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or follow #HFASNYC online.

New York City Parks and WNET present a free preview screening of “The Black Panthers,” Feb. 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Recreation Center, E 145th and St. Anns Avenue, Bronx, N.Y. The screening will be followed by a-community panel discussion with former Black Panther Party Members.

Hear Imhotep Gary Byrd on 107.5 WBLS-FM weekly with “Express Yourself,” Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and simulcast over WLIB 1190AM. The full show can also be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2 and at and iHeartRadio. IGB is also heard on WBAI-FM 99.5 with Radio GBE: “The Global Black Experience” and “The Global Beat Experience,” Fridays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Both shows are archived online at To contact us for bookings or to reach us about your event or for comments, email, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.