Community Calendar: 9/15/11-9/21/11 (36386)

Greetings! GBE Black Music Month 2013 opens up on a couple of happy notes and a few sad ones. The good news is, Motown record label founder Berry Gordy has been named the 2013 recipient of the Marian Anderson Award, which honors artists whose leadership benefits humanity. Gordy will accept the award on Nov. 19 at a black-tie gala at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

On a sadder note, condolences to all on the passing of the Dells’ lead vocalist Marvin Junior (“Oh What a Night,” “Stay in My Corner”), the passing of the Five Stairsteps’ vocalist Clarence Burke Jr. (“Ooh Child”) and the passing of former award-winning “Like it is” producer Helen Cash Jackson of the NYS Council of the Arts, also beloved wife of R&B legend Chuck Jackson.


  • “An Evening with Whoopi Goldberg” comes to NJPAC on Thursday, June 6 at 8 p.m. Goldberg returns to NJPAC’s Prudential Hall in Newark, N.J., for an evening of stand-up comedy, followed by a provocative, entertaining Q-and-A with the audience. This performance may contain adult language and content. NJPAC is at 1 Center St. in Newark and is accessible by mass transit. Safe and secure parking is also available just steps from the door. For more information, call 888-466-5722 or visit
  • “Sing Harlem Sing” presents its last performance on Saturday, June 8 at the Dempsey Theater at 2 p.m. 27 W. 127th St. between Lenox and Seventh avenues. Theater parties, group sales and discounts are available at the weekday box office. For more information, call 212-280-1045.
  • The National Black Theatre hosts its “Founder’s Day” and the fifth annual “Teer Spirit” Awards on Tuesday, June 18. This ceremony celebrates leaders in the Harlem Community. 2031 Fifth Ave. For more information, visit
  • “Motown: The Musical,” directed by Charles Randolph Wright and with book by Berry Gordy Jr., is playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St. (between Eighth Avenue and Broadway). For group sales, call 212-339-6262 or 800-432-7780; purchase regular tickets at and
  • “The Trip to Bountiful,” the acclaimed hit TV and Broadway stage play, returns. It is directed by Michael Wilson and features Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Tony nominees Vanessa Williams and Condola Rashad and three-time Emmy award winner Cicely Tyson. Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. 43rd St. For more information or tickets, call 800-901-4092 or visit
  • “Kinky Boots” is playing at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. For more information, call 866-276-4887 or visit


  • WBLS welcomes “Groovin in the Park,” an evening of reggae, and rhythm and blues featuring Patti LaBelle, TGT, Barrington Levy, Sanchez, Toots and the Maytals and more. Sunday, June 30 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens. For more information, visit
  • B.B. King Blues Club & Grill presents Wyclef Jean: “The Carnival Begins” on Wednesday, June 19 at 237 W. 42nd St. For more information, call 800-282-8485 or visit
  • NYCB Theatre at Westbury presents the O’Jays, and Morris Day and the Time on Saturday, June 8. For more information, visit
  • BRIC hosts the free “Celebrate Brooklyn” at the Prospect Park Bandshell. See the free Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (for kids) with Wynton Marsalis on Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. Visit for more information.
  • The seventh annual Mafrika Music Festival kicks off on Sunday, June 9 from 12-7 p.m. Marcus Garvey Park, 120th Street and Fifth Avenue. This event is free. Visit for more information.
  • There were be a special benefit concert for the induction of Chaka Khan into the Apollo Hall of Fame on Monday, June 10 at 7 p.m.,with appearances and performances by Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Holliday and Alexandra Burke. It will be hosted by Wayne Brady. For more information and tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit
  • CUNY hosts A Father’s Day Weekend Celebration with Ramsey Lewis and his Electric Band on Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. Aaron Davis Hall, W. 135th Street and Convent Avenue, on the campus of the City College of New York. For more information, call 212-650-6900 or visit
  • “Kings of the Mic Tour” featuring LL Cool J with Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul, comes to NJPAC on Tuesday, June 18 at 7 p.m. The performance may contain adult language and content. NJPAC is at 1 Center St. in Newark. For more information, call 888-466-5722 or visit


  • “After Earth,” starring Will and Jaden Smith and produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, is the ultimate Father’s Day gift. Playing in theaters everywhere.


  • The Black Men’s Holistic Health Expo is back on Saturday, June 15 at the Ausar Auset Cultural Center at 626 Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn, New York. The program features Dr. Kamau Kokayi, Dr. Ur Aua Khem Men, Dr. Lance Webb of Chicago and other medical practitioners. Topics range from using qigong to transcend mental health stressors to using Bazi astrology to facilitate wellness as well as holistic approaches to prostrate cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, pain management, homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, male physiology and hormonal and botanical intervention. Shekhem Ur Shekhem, founder of the Ausar Auset Society International and renowned author of numerous books on spirituality, health and qigong theory and practice, will deliver the keynote address. A business networking session and a youth roundtable will occur in the afternoon. The program begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. with a vegan breakfast and lunch that will be served to attendees. For more program information, visit or or call 718-469-3199.
  • “Doctor” Bob Lee’s Make the Grade Foundation presents its annual “Get Tee’d Off for Education” golf classic on Wednesday, June 26 at 8 a.m. at the Philip J. Rotella Memorial Golf Course, 200 Thiells Mt. Ivy Road, Thiells, N.Y. Find out more information at

Hear Imhotep Gary Byrd on 107.5 WBLS-FM daily with “Imhotep’s On-Air Guide to Black Events” and “Express Yourself,” Sunday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m., and on WLIB-AM with “The GBE Mind Flight,” Sunday evenings from 9 p.m. to midnight. The full show can be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2. IGB is also heard on WBAI-FM 99.5 with Radio GBE: The “Global Black Experience” and “Global Beat Experience,” Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. We are archived online with both. To contact us for bookings or to reach us about your event, email, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.