Imhoteps Guide to Black Events: August 9 - August 16, 2018
Imhotep Gary Byrd | 8/9/2018, 12:16 p.m.
Greetings! Our GBE “Celebrate Harlem Month 2018” also recognizes National Back to School Month, Children’s Eye & Safety Month and National Medic-Alert Month.
Spike Lee’s “Black Klansman,” which received a standing ovation at Cannes in France, hits theaters here in the USA at the same time the Ku Klux Klan marches this month through the nation’s capital (see “FILM”).
Brilliant author-playwright-activist Gloria Browne Marshall, who joins us in Radio GBE, points to the factors behind the rise of the Klan and the white “hate-wave” gripping the country today in her play “Class,” which has a special one-night reading coming up (see “THEATER”).
“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 Thursday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 W. 59 St., New York, N.Y. For ticket information, call 718-707-1253.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams invites all to the free Wingate Concert Series, which, with 107.5 WBLS-FM, will co-present Niecy Tribbett and “Gospel Explosion,” Wednesday, Aug. 15, featuring an evening of praise with live performances by J.J. Hairston, Charles Jenkins, VaShawn Mitchell, Jonathan Nelson, William Murphy, the Christian Cultural Center Choir and more surprise guests, as well as music from Stanley Brown.
The series finale will take place Thursday, Aug. 16, with live performances by Wyclef Jean, Slick Rick, Kool Moe Dee, Mr. Cheeks and more surprise artists, as well as music from DJ Scratch. The evening will be co-presented by 107.5 WBLS-FM’s Dr. Bob Lee and Fred “Bugsy” Buggs, with a very special presentation of “Big Daddy Kane’s Salute to Hip-Hop,” celebrating the 45th anniversary of hip-hop music.
All shows are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., with gates to the public opening at 6 p.m. All shows are free and subject to change. For more information on the 2018 Wingate Concert Series, visit wingateconcertseries.com.
“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.
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.