A message from Okwui Okpokwasili

A close look into Okwui Okpokwasili’s eyes at the end of a performance confirms how completely she commits to the message in her work.

Community Calendar June 22 - June 28

Greetings! A major Black music month 2017 highlight happened when Berry Gordy Jr., Jay Z, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. President Obama recorded a special message to Jay Z, ...

New production by award-winning playwright shines light on police brutality

National Black Theatre in Harlem is closing its 48th season with the world premiere of “Kill Move Paradise.”

Community Calendar: June 15 - June 22

Greetings! In celebrating Black Music Month 2017, a reminder to all that we are also celebrating National Caribbean Heritage Month 2017 in which we highlighted the anniversary passing of Pan-African giant, Marcus Garvey, noting the legacy of his global contribution ...

Tony Awards 2017

"Dear Evan Hansen" won "Best Musical" at the 71st Annual Tony Awards on Sunday.

Alvin Ailey Lincoln Center summer season lights up the night with fireworks

Robert Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, says there are a number of reasons folks should be excited about the company’s upcoming Lincoln Center summer season (June 14-18).


Greetings! Our GBE Black Music Month 2017 opens with a salute to the gentle genius Curtis Mayfield, who would have been 75 this year. Mayfield’s talent created the soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, climaxing with his ...

Dance Calendar June 2017

For nearly one year now, Kyle Marshall and dancers Oluwadamilare Ayorinde and Myssi Robinson have been in deep research, making his first full-evening work, “Colored.”

Tony-nominated Michelle Wilson talks ‘Sweat’

I recently had the opportunity to interview Tony-nominated Michelle Wilson for her role as Cynthia in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage’s “Sweat,” playing at Studio 54 on West 54th Street.

‘Sweat’ is moving theater

“Sweat,” Lynn Nottage’s latest work, is an intensely written and flawlessly performed drama. It will make you laugh and cry as it tells a real story of real people’s lives.

Vilaro’s Ballet Hispánico!

Though hard to believe, Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico, has held this role for seven years now.

Ailey II—Always a sure bet!

Ailey II, the revered junior company of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, presented their first season at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, March 29 through April 2.

Treat Mom to free theater at the Public

Treat your mother—hey, your whole family—to a free performance of the Mobile Unit’s “Twelfth Night,” directed by Saheem Ali at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater.

‘Hello Dolly’ is everything a musical should be

It’s so nice to have “Hello Dolly” back where it belongs—on Broadway! This classic musical revival is playing at the Shubert Theatre on 44th Street and stars the marvelous Bette Midler as Dolly Levi.

Tony Awards to honor James Earl Jones, ‘Jitney,’ ‘Sweat’

James Earl Jones will be honored at the 71st annual Tony Awards Sunday, June 11, at a live presentation at Radio City Music Hall. At the age of 86, Jones will receive a well-deserved Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement ...