Community Calendar: May 2 - May 8

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 5/2/2019, 10:34 a.m.
Check out what's going on the community this week.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. (see COMMUNITY) Contributed

Greetings! Robert Ross Williams’ film documentary “The Apollo” kicked off the Tribeca Film Festival in Harlem with a premiere held at the World Famous Apollo Theater. The film celebrates the role and impact of the Apollo in changing Black culture, American life and entertainment. A celebration of past, present and future. Visit: www.apollotheatre.org.

THEATER

“Ain’t Too Proud” is the electrifying new musical celebrating The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Five guys-one dream with a sound that would make music history. Written by three time Obie award winner Dominique Morisseau, directed by two-time Tony award winner Des McAnuff (“Jersey Boys”), and featuring choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo (“Jersey Boys,” “On Your Feet”), now brings the untold story of this legendary quintet to irresistible life on Broadway. Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street, Manhattan. Now through July 31. For information, call 844-379-0370 or visit: www.secureboxoffice.com.

“A Walk Into Slavery” a multi-media meditation about reconnecting with one’s ancestors and redefining one’s purpose. While visiting Africa, Hollis King an international photographer encounters the slave dungeons of West Ghana—the final stop for many before their Trans Atlantic journey into slavery in the Americas. One week only! April 30 through May 4 presented by The Billie Holiday Theatre The New Dance Space, Restoration ART 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn.

MUSIC

Rock Solid Women: Nona Hendryx with Divinity Roxx and Special Guests, Thu, May 9 at 7 p.m., Gramercy Theater, 127 East 23rd Street, Manhattan. For information, visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Mavis Staples, Thu, May 9 at 8 p.m., Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th St. in Harlem, USA. For information, visit www.ticketmaster.com.

The Temptations & the Four Tops, Thu, May 9 at 8 p.m., Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood, NJ 07631. For information, visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Mother’s Day Music Festival with Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, Sat, May 11 at 7 p.m., 2301 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401. For information, visit www.OnlineCityTickets.com.

Keith Sweat, Saturday, May 18, at 8 p.m., NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road Westbury, NY 11590. For ticket information, call (800) 854-2196 or visit www.westbury-theatre.com.

DANCE

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, May 10 through May 12 at 8 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street, Newark, N.J. 07102. For ticket information, call (800) 854-2196 or visit www.performingartscenternewark.com.

FILM

“Amazing Grace.” The “Queen Of Soul” Aretha Franklin in all of her glory, captured in this historic film documentary is now in theatres for the world to witness. The historic live recording was filmed at The New Bethel Church in Watts, Los Angeles, in 1972. Check theaters.

COMEDY

Monique’s Mother’s Day Comedy Special Live at the World Famous Apollo Theatre. Sat May 11 at 8 p.m.—only NYC area appearance. The multi media stand up queen, Oscar winning actress hosts and evening with Tone X and Friends. For ticket information, visit www.apollotheater.org.

BOOKS

The Schomburg Center launch of “Black Is Beautiful” by Kwame S. Brathwaite: Tuesday, May 14, 6:30 p.m. The launch event will feature a conversation with Archive Director Kwame S. Brathwaite, author and historian Tanisha C. Ford, former Grandassa Model Eunice Townsend, and moderated by curator, writer and social activist Kimberly R. Drew. 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, in Harlem. For information, call 917-275-6975.

COMMUNITY

Live at The Schomburg Center: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: “Stony the Road” Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m. Historian, filmmaker, journalist, and cultural commentator Henry Louis Gates Jr. comes to the Schomburg to discuss his lifelong interest in the history of Reconstruction, Redemption and Jim Crow—and their lasting impact on American life—as captured in his recent documentary for PBS, “Reconstruction,” also a companion book, “Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow.”

All African People are invited to the CEMOTAP 32nd anniversary celebration on Saturday May 4, at 3 p.m. at Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center located at 172-17 Linden Boulevard near Merrick. Join Milton Allimadi, Nayaba Arinde, The Honorable Charles and Inez Barron,  Raymond Dugue, Betty Dopson, Dr. Tyrene Wright, Dr. James McIntosh,  and keynote speaker, Professor Runoko Rashidi as they celebrate CEMOTAP’s 32 years of media activism and education. Admission is free. For further information, call 347-907-0629. 

All Roads lead to: A fundraising tribute to revolutionary freedom fighter and currently ailing Don Rojas with Sir Hilary Beckles as guest speaker, Saturday May 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. Open to the public at House of the Lord Church, at 415 Atlantic Avenue and Bond St. The benefit tribute will be welcomed by the Reverends Herbert and Karen Daughtry, and such notables as Dr. Ron Daniels, Charles and Inez Barron, Dr. Brenda Greene, Dr. Todd Burroughs, and Viola Plummer will deliver testimonials, with a number of notable Pan-Africanists and activists from the Caribbean. For further information, call (718) 596-1991.

A One-Day Special!  Black Classic Press will donate to the Don Rojas Medical Fund Campaign, proceeds from the sale of any books in its online catalog on Friday May 10, 2019, between the hours of 10 a.m. –10 p.m. You must use code 51019.Visit:  www. BlackClassicBooks.com. 

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