Community Calendar: June 20 - June 26

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 6/20/2019, 12:29 p.m.
Check out what's going on around the city this week!
The cast of "Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations” David Goodson photo

Greetings! With June 2019 being Gun Violence Awareness Month, it was more than appropriate that our “GBE-xpress Yourself” broadcast spotlighted the great piece Josh Barker wrote in the AmNews on the recent meeting of a coalition of dedicated community organizations which we highlighted and discussed on air with Josh and Atty Michael Hardy of the National Action Network.

The Rev. Dr. Karen Smith Daughtry coordinator of the Randolph Evans Scholarship Fund and her husband, legendary activist, “Peoples Preacher” the Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry, national presiding minister of the House of The Lord Church, joined us to commemorate their 40th annual event which has resulted in over 350 scholarship awards to assure that Evans’ murder by police will never be forgotten.

The World Famous Apollo Theater presented “Climate Speaks 2019” highlighting high school students from across New York City, who performed a thrilling spoken word concert on the climate crisis. Young people are stepping up to confront inaction on climate change, gun violence, racial injustice, and a host of other urgent social problems. 

Our congratulations to the brilliant André De Shields, who has won his FIRST Tony Award, after 50 years in the business, as “Best Featured Actor” in a musical, for his role as Hermes in “Hadestown” (which has won eight Tony Awards).

THEATER

Woodie King’s New Federal Theatre has set four plays for the June 2019 edition of its Annual Ntozake Shange Readings Series. The series will run four Tuesdays during June 2019, with all readings at Castillo Theatre, 543 W. 42nd Street, Manhattan. Admission is free and donations will be gratefully accepted. Box office is www.castillo.org; the box office number is 212-941-1234. For complete information, visit www.newfederaltheatre.org.

“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.

“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 Theatre. Now through June 23. Visit: www.publictheater.org/Delacorte-Theater/Come hear these transformative voices.

“Choir Boy.” The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical Black men. One talented student has been waiting for years to take his rightful place as the leader of the legendary gospel choir. But can he make his way through the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key? Music filled work on Broadway. Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Moonlight” and a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship Grant. Trip Cullman directs (Murder Ballad).

“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 Ave., Red Bank, NJ 07701.