Last month, we lauded playwright Alice Childress for being the first African-American woman to direct an off-Broadway play.
Greetings! A who’s who of celebrities have joined former First Lady Michelle Obama in a nonpartisan get-out-the-vote push. Launching earlier last month, the nonprofit effort, When We All Vote, is aiming to “spark a conversation about our rights and responsibilities in shaping our democracy.” The collection of famous celebrities includes actor, “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda; singer, model, “Hidden Figures” actress Janelle Monae; Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks; country music stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill; and NBA star Chris Paul.
“Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.” The Iconic Disco Diva Donna Summer comes to Broadway. The musical includes more than 20 well-known Summer hits. Starring Tony Award winner LaChanze, Anana Dubose and newcomer Storm Lever, who portray three different phases of her life and career. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y. Call 212- 379-0370 or visit luntfontannetheatre.tickets.com.
“Little Rock,” written and directed by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj. History called it heroism. They called it high school. The riveting true story of the Little Rock Nine, the first Black students to attend their city’s formerly segregated Little Rock Central High School three years after the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. Limited run through Sept. 8, 2018, at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, 18 Bleecker St., New York, N.Y. Visit littlerockplay.com or sheencenter.org.
“Class,” by author, playwright, educator, activist, attorney and media commentator Gloria J. Browne-Marshall. It’s life or death when an angry white student confronts his privileged Black professor. A one-night-only staged reading will take place on Thursday, August 16, at 7pm at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 W. 59 St., New York, N.Y. For ticket information, call 718-707-1253.
“Amateur Night at the Apollo,” every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. World famous Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., Harlem. Featuring WHCR DJs. Visit apollotheater.org.
70s Soul Jam, featuring the Stylistics, The Delfonics, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Heatwave, Carl Carlton and Ray, Goodman & Brown, Saturday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m., Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, 3052 W. 21st St., Brooklyn, N.Y. Visit fordampitheater.com.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sunday, Aug. 5 at 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call 1-888-gnojpac or visit www.njpac.org.
Boyz II Men, Sunday, Aug. 5, at 8 p.m., NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, N.Y. For information, visit: ticketmaster.com.
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary Tour, Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 6 p.m., PNC Bank Arts Center, Exit 116, Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, N.J. For information, visit ticketmaster.com.
Black Summer Night for Social Justice, featuring Maxwell, Fantasia and others, Saturday, Aug. 11 at 4 p.m., Forest Hills Stadium, 1 Tennis Place, Forest Hills, N.Y. For information, visit ticketmaster.com.
Anita Baker: Farewell Concert Series, Saturday, Aug. 18, at 8 p.m., 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, Conn. For information, visit ticketmaster.com.
Gladys Knight and the O’Jays, Friday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m., Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, 3052 W. 21st St., Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, visit ticketmaster.com.