Community Calendar 5/19 - 5/25

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 5/19/2016, 12:12 a.m.
Check out what's going on around the city this week!
Joe Morton

Greetings! Our deepest appreciation to everyone who participated in celebrating the 91st birthday anniversary of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, Malcolm X, lifting the iconic giant again for African Liberation Month.

The December 12th movement’s attorney, Roger Wareham, and organizer Jamal Johnson joined us to highlight the annual Malcolm X Harlem March-Shutdown and Forum on our Express Yourself WLIB-WBLS simulcast, along with Professor James Smalls, VP and executive director of the Eastern Region OAAU, leader of the annual pilgrimage to the gravesite of Brother Malcolm at Ferncliff Cemetery. Famed attorney-activist, publisher and producer Londell McMillan spotlighted the Shabazz family celebration of Brother Malcolm at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center in Harlem and underscored the work he and the Shabazz family are doing to support the intellectual and property rights legacy of Brother Malcolm. Visit


“Shuffle Along,” now on Broadway, starring six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald. The production is a musical revival of the 1921 sensation, featuring the original show’s music and lyrics by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, with choreography by Savion Glover. Music Box Theatre, 238 W. 45 St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-239-6200 or visit

“Turn Me Loose” a new comedic drama by Gretchen Law tells the story of comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory. Currently in previews, opening Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St., May 19. Starring Tony Award nominee, Emmy and NAACP Image Award winner Joe Morton, best known for his portrayal of Rowan Pope on the hit ABC drama, “Scandal,” as Dick Gregory. The play also features an original song by John Legend. Tickets are now on sale via or by phone at 212-239-6200. For more information, visit

“Eclipsed” written by Zimbabwean playwright and actress, Dana Gurira, directed by South African Liesl Tommy, featuring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o. Women brought together by upheaval in their homeland of Liberia. Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., New York, N.Y. For tickets and information, visit

“The Color Purple,” now on Broadway, featuring Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St., New York, N.Y.. For information, visit

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


Dance Africa Festival, 2016, “Dance of Ancient Futures,” featuring Yousou N’Dour for two evenings, with his longtime band Le Super Etoile de Dakar. Dance Music Film Bazaar, May 25-30, BAM, Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette St., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information,

Hot 97 Summer Jam, Sunday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m., MetLife Stadium, One MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford, N.J. For information, visit:

Beyonce—The Formation Tour, Tuesday, June 7 and Wednesday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m., Citi Field, Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing, N.Y. For information, visit:

MusiqSoulchild/LaLah Hathaway/Raheim DeVaughn, Friday, June 10 at 8 p.m., NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 888-466-5722 or visit