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Community Affairs Calendar 11/20-11/26

Greetings! President Barack Obama has announced that Stevie Wonder, Meryl Streep, Tom Brokaw and 16 others will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House Nov. 24 for their achievements and accomplishments.

‘Brownsville’ captivating, moving theater

Lizan Mitchell opens “brownsville song (b-side for tray)” with one of the most moving, riveting and emotional monologues I have heard in a play in years.

Mosley’s ‘Lift’ expands beyond walls

Ironically, the setting of Walter Mosley’s tragedy, “Lift,” is within the confines of an elevator.

The Bessies: Be proud!

The dance scene in New York packed the Apollo Theater in droves to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the renowned award ceremony, the Bessies, which honor outstanding creative work in the field. Fittingly, New York City’s first lady, Chirlane McCray, ...

Billy Porter, family, cast discuss theatrical first

I recently had the pleasure of attending the opening night performance of “While I Yet Live,” playing at the Duke on West 42nd Street.

Palmer is perfect as Cinderella on Broadway

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” playing at the Broadway Theatre at 53rd Street and Broadway, currently stars Keke Palmer in the role of Ella, and this young lady is wonderful.

Multiple award winner Billy Porter talks new play

Q&A: Billy Porter, the Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning actor for his portrayal of Lola in “Kinky Boots,” in which he is still starring on Broadway, has decided to take a step in a slightly different ...

‘The 411’ Has a Lot to Say—and Youth need to Hear it!

“The 411” was adapted for the stage and directed by Juney Smith. The 85-minute production featured six inmates giving advice to youth, at times trying to frighten and inspire them.

‘Holler If Ya Hear Me’ was raw and profane Tupac

“Holler If Ya Hear Me,” a musical at the Palace Theatre that closed this past summer, showcased the songs of Tupac Shakur. The lyrics were raw and described the most negative sides of life.

Dance calendar for September 2014

Check out our September 2014 dance calendar.

Imhotep's Guide to Black Events: August 21-27, 2014

Greetings! We took a moment to celebrate Marcus Mosiah Garvey’s birthday and the 100th anniversary of Universal Negro Improvement Association, as noted in our Radio GBE. Several of our radio guests helped us remember, including Garvey performance artiste Ron Bobb ...

Joffrey Ballet’s ‘call for choreographers of color’

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, the official school of the Joffrey Ballet, has announced their fifth annual call for the “Winning Works: Choreographers of Color Awards” program. “The goal of the award is to recognize talented and emerging diverse choreographers ...

Harlem Week celebrates 40 years

Sunday July 27, the 40th annual Harlem Week festival begins. Crowds will be drawn uptown for events that showcase Harlem’s rich history and the achievements of African-American people.

Harlem Week kicks off with a ‘Great Day in Harlem’ on Sunday

Harlemites and visitors from around the world are invited to picnic on the grass and enjoy outdoor music and performance Sunday, the first day of the monthlong Harlem Week cultural celebration uptown.

Hair’itage the Play talks Black Hair, Love, and Race

Niccole Jeanette Nero-Gaines shares everyday salon experiences in her latest work “Hair’itage: The Journey of Sistahs with their Hair,” a down-to-earth production that explores the inordinate amount of attention placed on Black hair and the challenges Black women face.

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