IMHOTEP'S GUIDE TO BLACK EVENTS
Imhotep Gary Byrd | 6/13/2019, 11:35 a.m.
Greetings! We add “Caribbean American Heritage Month” and “Gun Violence Awareness Month” to “Black Music Month”/“African-American Music Appreciation Month,” along with “Pride Month” to our June GBE.
The Temptations were installed into the Apollo Walk of Fame, and represented by founder Otis Williams. While the Broadway musical, “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg: The Life & Times of The Temptations,” won just one award for Best Choreography after scoring 12 nominations.
“Ain’t Too Proud” celebrates The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Written by three time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau, choreography by 2019 Tony Award winner Sergio Trujillo. It’s Motown come to life at The Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street, Manhattan; now through July 31. For information, call 844-379-0370 or visit www.secureboxoffice.com.
“Oo-Bla-Dee” follows Evelyn Waters and the Diviners, all-Black, all-female jazz band, as they travel from St. Louis to Chicago to set up a record deal following the end of World War II. Written by Golden Globe Award winner Regina Taylor (“Crowns,” “I’ll Fly Away”),featuring original songs by Taylor and Obie Award-winning composer. Diedre L. Murray (“Running Man,” “Eli’s Comin”) directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Now through June 30 at Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, N.J.
Harlem Stage gives voice to the unique experiences of Southern Black Gay Men in its second annual Pride event. E. Patrick Johnson will discuss his collection of oral histories for his book, “Sweet Tea” and how he adapted the book to a stage play and then to a documentary film. WBAI’s Illustrious Blacks aka Manchild Black and Monstah Black present a gravity-defying performance and DJ set. Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Avenue, Manhattan; Saturday, June 15, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Call the Box Office at 212-281-9240 or visit harlemstage.org/ becomeamember.
“Much Ado About Nothing” the Shakespearean classic comedy features an all Black cast with award winning director Kenny Leon bringing his own directorial twist to the production at the Public Theatre’s Free Shakespeare in The Park Series. Delacorte Theater, now through June 23. Visit www.publictheater.org/ Delacorte-Theater/.
The Hall of Fame winning Isley Bros announce their “You Make Me Want To Shout” 60th anniversary tour. For more information, visit www.theisleybrothersofficial.com.
The iconic Wu-Tang Clan come to Coney Island’s Ford Amphitheater, 3052 W. 21 St., Brooklyn June 16 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their legendary “36 Chambers” album. Visit www.kingstheatre.com/.
Sony Hall presents multi Grammy Award winner Keb Mo at the Blue Note Jazz Festival, 235 W. 46 St., Manhattan. Monday, June 17, at 8 p.m.; call 212-997-5123, SONY Box Office or visit www.sonyhall.com /shows/list/.
Earth, Wind and Fire performing all their greatest hits live in concert on Tuesday, July 9 at The Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, Manhattan. Get your tickets now call 212-595-5841 or visit https://www.msg.com/calendar/beacon-theatre-july-2019-earth-wind-fire.
Earthquakes “Father’s Day Comedy” show at Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, on Saturday, June 15, with performances by Earthquake, Cedric the Entertainer, D’Lai, Deon Cole and Chic Bean. Get your tickets now! Visit www.kingstheatre.com/.
Earthquake’s “Father’s Day Comedy Show” also comes to N.J. Sunday, June 16, to NJ PAC New Jersey Performing Arts Center, One Center St. in Newark, NJ. Call 973-642-8989 or visit www.njpac.org.