Community Calendar May 16 - May 22

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 5/16/2019, 5:08 p.m.
Check out what's going on around the city this week.
India Arie

Four-time Grammy award winner India Arie brings her “Worthy Tour” to the Beacon Theatre on June 9th. Get your tickets now at


Netflix presents the Academy Award nominated director Ava Duvernay’s series on The Central Park Five “When They See Us” streaming May 31 (check listings).


“The EAST 50th Anniversary Cultural Extravaganza” will be held Saturday, May 18, from 2-7 p.m. at the Historic Masonic Temple, 317 Clermont Avenue, Brooklyn and will feature a dynamic roster of jazz greats. The EAST ALL STARS will round out the ensemble. The day’s festivities will offer face painting by Saeeda Banks, a 28-year veteran participant of the International African Arts Festival, children’s entertainment, an EAST Authors’ Book Mart, vendors, a memorabilia display and a slide show. Advance tickets for adults are available at the IAAF Office 718-638-6700 or Little Sun People Day Care 718-789-7330, both in Restoration Plaza.  Youth tickets and children’s tickets will be available at the door. Dinners, desserts and drinks on sale by community vendors. For more information, call 718-638-6700.

The New York Chapter of The National Association of Kawaida Organizations (NAKO) and the Int’l African Arts Festival present the “50th Annual Malcolm X Black Unity Awards” Sunday, May 19 from 3-5 p.m. Skylight Gallery third floor, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St., Brooklyn. Program includes speakers, film awardees to unsung heroes and heroines who have sacrificed so much during their lifetimes to educate, and build unity and empower the global African community. Min donation required. For information, call 718-789-3264 or 718-638-6700 or visit:

Join a celebration of the life and legacy of Malcolm X in the streets of Harlem! Sunday May 19, 2019, marks the 94th anniversary of the birth of our Black Shining Prince, El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, Malcolm X. All 125th street businesses will SHUT DOWN from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in a commercial moment of silence to honor our hero. Assemble at 12 p.m. at the Harlem State Office Bldg. on the corner of 125th St. and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd in Harlem. Theme: “Harlem to Zimbabwe-End the Sanctions and Ethnic Cleansing of Black People.” For more information contact December 12th Movement at 718-396-1766.

Join the Annual Malcolm X Pilgrimage organized by Professor James Small and his team paying homage to our beloved ancestor Malcolm X. The pilgrimage will travel to Ferncliff cemetery 30 minutes north of New York City. Sunday, May 19, 2019, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Gathering uptown leaving Sunday morning from the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Bldg. on 125th St. Call Brother Ricardo: 917 -501-4217. Be Early.

Also: Visit The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, 3940 Broadway, Manhattan.

CEMOTAP will host its regular monthly meeting Sat, May 25 from 2 p.m. at CEMOTAP Center, located at 135-05 Rockaway Blvd in South Ozone Park, Queens. Topics will include a discussion of actions to take regarding the banning of Minister Farrakhan from Facebook, film showing and discussion of “Thunder Soul” (about the power of one committed Black teacher). For directions, call 718-322-8454.

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