Community Calendar: March 5 - March 11
Imhotep Gary Byrd | 3/5/2020, midnight
Greetings! Our GBE “Women’s HERstory Month 2020” opens up with the tragic news of the ever beautiful B. Smith, author, restaurateur, lifestyle guru and one of the country’s first high-profile Black models, has died after a seven-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 70. May she rest in peace.
Over 20,000 fans, celebrities, and pro athletes alike gathered at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to celebrate the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the seven other passengers who died last month in a helicopter crash. Kobe’s widow, Vanessa Bryant is suing the helicopter company involved in the deadly crash.
“50 in 50: Letters To Our Sons.” For the fourth year, in response to MacArthur “Genius” Dominique Morisseau’s curatorial statement, 50 original monologues––selected from hundreds of submissions from women of African descent from across the globe––will be read by renowned actors. Presented by The Billie Holiday Theatre at the Kumble Theater, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn; Sat, Mar. 14 at 3 p.m. | Sat., Mar. 14 at 7 p.m. | Sun., Mar. 15 at 3 p.m. For more information, visit: thebillieholiday.org/shows-and-events/
“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. Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th St., Manhattan. For more information, call: 844-379-0370 or visit: www.secureboxoffice .com.
“DWB” (driving while black) is a new chamber opera about racism, erasure, and the fear and love that Black parents experience when they send their kids out into a world that too often sees them not as a child, but as a threat. March 19-21 at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (25th St. between Third and Lexington Avenues), Manhattan. Tickets are $16-$36 and can be purchased online at : ci.ovationtix.com/1091/production/1014628.
“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., Manhattan. The ‘Queen of Rock n Roll,’ in performances now; Tony Award and Olivier Award nominee Adrienne Warren (“Shuffle Along”) is cast in the title role, (Nkeki Obi-Melekwe as Tina at select performances) Daniel J. Watts as Ike Turner. For more information, visit www.ticketmaster.com/lunt-fontanne-theatre-
“Chicken and Biscuits” A new comedy by Douglass Lynne with heart, soul and a little shade. Now through Mar. 22. Queens Theatre located at 14 United Nations Ave. South in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, directly under the iconic towers of the New York State Pavilion. Easily accessible by car, bus and subway. For tickets, call: 718-760-0064, or visit: queenstheatre.org
Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group and Williams Institutional CME Church present “It Is African,” a spiritual afternoon of African music and dance, on Sunday Mar. 8, at 5 p.m. This special Harlem premiere performance features Francisco Mora-Catlett and his New York-based Afro Horn jazz ensemble, and a dance performance by the extraordinary Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Dance company, co-founded by Mora-Catlett’s wife, Cuban dancer, international Afro-Cuban folk-lore performer, choreographer, teacher and dance ethnologist from Santiago de Cuba Danys “LaMora” Perez Williams Institutional CME Church is located at 2239 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard at 132nd Street, Manhattan. Admission is free. Reservations can be made through Eventbrite. For further information, call the New Heritage Theatre Group at 212-926-0104.