Community Calendar July 12 - July 18

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 7/12/2018, 12:44 p.m.
Greetings! It’s GBE Black Media Month 2018, and we are saluting all the members and institutions that comprise today’s Black ...
Dianne Reeves Contributed

Greetings! It’s GBE Black Media Month 2018, and we are saluting all the members and institutions that comprise today’s Black Press, radio, TV, print, magazines, websites and social media. We acknowledge the reporters, commentators, publishers and people whose creativity and dedication to “telling our story” is in sync with the “voices” of our ancestors, committed to “lifting every voice” in the time honored tradition of the Black press. May we together create a powerful new vision for our people, empowered with all the new technologies we now have in our hands.

The month of July is also Minority Mental Health Month and National Black Family Month.


“Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” brings the music of iconic disco diva Donna Summer to Broadway. The musical includes more than 20 well-known Summer hits. Starring Tony Award winner La Chanze, Anana Dubose and newcomer Storm Lever, who portray three different phases of Summer’s life and career. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y. Call 212-379-0370 or visit

“On Kentucky Avenue,” created by Jeree Wade, written by Adam Wade and Ty Stephens and directed by Lee Summers, is a celebration of Atlantic City’s famed “Club Harlem.” July 12 to July 28 at Aaron Davis Hall, The City College of New York, 160 Convent Ave., at West 135th Street and Convent Ave., New York, N.Y. Visit

From the creators of “Mama I Want to Sing,” Vy Higginsen’s Mama Foundation for the Arts proudly announces the brand-new 30th anniversary production of their acclaimed musical, “Let the Music Play…Gospel!” Dempsey Theater in Harlem,127 W. 127th St., between Lenox and Seventh avenues. Tickets are available by calling 212-280-1045 or through OvationTix at For more information, please visit

“Chicago,” the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical, is celebrating its 21st anniversary on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre, 219 W.49th St., New York, N.Y. For show information and tickets, call 212-239-6200 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

JD Lawrence’s “Harriet, Rosa & Me” is a thought-provoking, inspiring and witty theatrical presentation written and directed by the NAACP Legacy Award recipient, 8 p.m. at Paramount Hudson Valley Theater,1008 Brown St., Peekskill, N.Y. Tickets are available at the door and on the website


“The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” 20th Anniversary Tour, Sunday, July 15, at 6 p.m., Northwell Health Jones Beach Theater, 895 Bay Parkway, Wantagh, N.Y. For information, visit

Janelle Monae—Dirty Computer Tour, Wednesday, July 18, at 8 p.m., Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street, New York, N.Y. For information,

The Smooth Cruise sets sail with Russell Tomkins Jr. and the New Stylistics, along with The Delfonics, Friday, July 20, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Hornblower Infinity Pier 40, West Houston Street at West Side Highway, New York, N.Y. For information, visit