Community Calendar August 23 - August 29

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 8/23/2018, 5:48 p.m.
Check out what's going on around the city this week!
Bel Biv DeVoe at the Apollo Theater Shahar Azran/Apollo Theater photo

Greetings! The Queen of Soul is dead! Long live the Queen! Millions of fans, celebrities and superstars around the world are in mourning and celebration of Soul Sister No. 1, Aretha Franklin, who passed Thursday Aug.16. Our “Radio GBE” and “Express Yourself” broadcasts were blessed to be joined by classic soul legend Chuck Jackson, urban soul diva Alison Williams and esteemed theatrical event producer and VP of Harlem week Voza Rivers. Another Motown legend, our own Herb Boyd, author of “Black Detroit: A Peoples History of Self Determination” took us into the world of Detroit royalty and shared powerful insights into the amazing generosity of Miss Franklin. We also got to play some of her last CD, called “A Brand New Me,” featuring a fully orchestrated remixed version of her classic anthem, “Respect,” and other brilliant Aretha classics.


“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

“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 or


City Parks presents SummerStage and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Admission is free. For more information, visit

“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

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

Smokey Robinson, Friday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m., NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, N.Y. For information, visit

Gladys Knight and the O’Jays, Saturday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m., The Rooftop at Pier 17, 89 South St., New York, N.Y.

Circle of Sisters R&B live show. See Bell Biv Devoe, Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike, Tamia, Brandy, Dru Hill, Stokley of Mint Condition and 702. Sept. 30, Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark, N.J. Tickets on sale now at Ticketmaster or the Prudential Center box office.

KEM, with special guest Marsha Ambrosius, Saturday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, visit

The Memory Lane Tour, featuring R. Kelly and Tank, Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m., Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Seventh Avenue at 32nd Street, New York, N.Y.

Bell Biv DeVoe and Bobby Brown, Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m., Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, 3052 W. 21st Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, visit