Community Calendar May 30 - June 5

5/30/2019, 9:49 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! Decorated veteran Wendy Mclinton, president & CEO of Black Vets For Social Justice, joined us on “Express Yourself” over WLIB-AM/WBLS-FM to highlight Memorial Day 2019 in NYC, their annual parade in Brooklyn and to offer a reminder to Black Vets and their families of the wide range of services and networking resources available to our veterans. For more information, contact: Black Veterans for Social Justice, 665 Willoughby Ave., Brooklyn N.Y. 11206, or call 718-852-6004. Email: and

Our “Express Yourself and Radio GBE” will be on hiatus this weekend. Returning in June.


The World Famous Apollo Theater, The Baltimore Center Stage and Congo Square Theatre Company in association with Mosaic Theatre Company present the premiere of “Twisted Melodies” a powerful play honoring the artistic legacy and personal struggles of genius vocalist and composer, Donny Hathaway (1945-1979) May 30-June 2. Performances will be Thurs-Fri-Sat at 8 p.m. with matinee performances at 3 p.m. Sat-Sunday (ask about the Apollo 50 percent “Half Off For Harlem” ticket price for Harlem residents with proof of residence or work i.d.). Tickets available at the Apollo Theater Box Office 212-531-5305, 253 West 125th St., Manhattan and Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or visit: or

“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”). The untold story comes to life at the Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street, Manhattan. Now through July 31. For information, call 844-379-0370 or visit:

“BLKS” poet Aziza Barnes’ playwriting debut paints a picture portrait of a day in the life of four young women of color in New York City, exploring the joy and anguish of growing up and out.

Starring Marié Botha, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, Alfie Fuller, Paige Gilbert, Chris Myers and Coral Peña. Robert W. Wilson MCC theatre Space/Newman Mills Theatre. 511 West 52nd St., Manhattan. Tues-Thursday: 7 p.m., Fri: 8 p.m., Saturday: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets 646-506-9393 or visit:

“The Day I Became Black” biracial comedian Bill Posley grew up happily identifying as both Black and white. But at age 10, he learned the world does, in fact, judge a book by its color and, even though he’s half white, he’s labeled 100 percent Black. Does a young comedian have to get rid of his whiteness in order to be the color he’s “supposed” to be? Soho Playhouse,15 Van Dam St., Manhattan. For scheduled shows including “talk back” after the show. Phone: 212-691-1555 or email: (Box office hours 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Tues-Sun)

Nuyorican Poets Café and Ishmael Reed present a world premiere: “The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda,” a two act play by Ishmael Reed about a playwright misled by a historian of white history into believing that Alexander Hamilton was an abolitionist. The ghosts of those slaves who were trafficked by Hamilton attempt to educate Miranda, including Harriet Tubman who teaches him about “The Underground Railroad.” May 23-June 6, Thursday-Saturday 7 p.m. or Sunday at 3 p.m. Call 718-288-8048 or visit: