Greetings! It was a historic “Black is beautiful” night at the Tony Awards with the stunning, 88-year-young TV, film and theater icon Cicely Tyson winning her first Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for “The Trip to Bountiful.” Courtney Vance received Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for “Lucky Guy,” featuring Hollywood icon Tom Hanks. The delightful Patina Miller nabbed her Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for “Pippin,” which also won Best Musical Revival.
Billy Porter took Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance as drag queen Lola in “Kinky Boots.” “Kinky Boots,” which had its score written by Cyndi Lauper, won a treasure trove of awards. Valisia LeKae, who channels Motown diva Diana Ross in “Motown: The Musical,” was nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, and Charl Brown was nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for his “re-creation” of Motown legend Smokey Robinson. Congrats also to the Black producers who are making their mark on what used to be the “Great White Way.” As the song says, “The neon lights are bright on Broadway.”
In addition to Black Music Month, remember that June is Men’s Health Awareness Month. For men’s health tips and a chance to win an American Express gift card, visit hfhealth.org.
“Motown: The Musical,” directed by Charles Randolph Wright and with the book written by Berry Gordy Jr., features 2013 Tony nominee Valisia LeKae as Diana Ross and Tony nominee Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson. 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 www.ticketmaster.com and at www.motownthemusical.com.
“The Trip to Bountiful,” directed by Michael Wilson and featuring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Tony nominees Vanessa Williams and Condola Rashad and legendary three-time Emmy Award winner and 2013 Tony Award winner Cicely Tyson, is now playing. Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. 43rd St. For more information or tickets, call 800-901-4092 or visit www.newyorkcitytheatre.com.
“Kinky Boots,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Billy Porter, is playing at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St. For more information, call 866-276-4887 or visit www.broadway.com/shows/kinky-boots.
“Pippin,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Patina Miller, is dazzling on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St. For more information, call 212-239-6200 or visit www.pippinthemusical.com.
“Lucky Guy,” featuring 2013 Tony Award winner Courtney Vance and Hollywood icon Tom Hanks, is playing at the Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St. (between Eighth Avenue and Broadway). For more information, call 212-239-6200 or visis www.shubertorganization.com/theatres/broadhurst.asp.
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill presents a Nina Simone tribute on Saturday, June 22 at Lucille’s Bar & Grill at 8 p.m. with magic man Sam Waymon at 237 W. 42nd St. For more information, call 800-282-8485 or visit www.bbkingsblues.com.
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 on Sunday, June 30 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens. For more information, visit www.wbls.com.
The 2013 Smooth Cruises are coming. Gerald Albright and Alex Bugnon join New York City’s premier summer jazz series on Wednesday, July 3, on the Spirit of New York at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at Pier 61, Chelsea Piers. For more information, visit www.wbls.com.
“After Earth,” starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith and produced by Will and Jada Smith, is out in theaters everywhere.
The Human Rights Film Festival is running now through June 23 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, located at 144 W. 65th St., and the IFC Center, located at 323 Sixth Ave. at West Third Street. Among the featured films are “The Baobob Tree,” “Deep South,” “Fatal Assistance,” “The New Black” and more. For schedule, information and tickets, visit www.filmlinc.com/films.
The Board for the Education of People of African Ancestry invites the community to see a riveting film titled “Magabe: Villan or Hero” on Sunday, June 30 at 3 p.m. at the Dr. John Henrik Clarke House, 286 Convent Ave., Harlem, New York. Admission is free!
The Metroplitan Museum of Art celebrates the spirit of Juneteenth with its new exhibits, “Photography and the American Civil War” and “The Civil War and American Art.” Open seven days a week, starting July 1, and runs through Sept. 2. All exhibitions are free with admission. For more information, visit www.metmuseum.org.
Dr. Yaba Blay, renowned teacher-scholar of Africana studies, will be a guest speaker at the Center for Law & Social Justice on Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m. 1534 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. (between Lincoln Place and Eastern Parkway). For more information, visit www.clsj.org.
It’s Harbor Day! Enjoy free kids’ games, giveaways, performances, food, face painting and more on Saturday, June 22 from 11-4 p.m. at 104th Street between Fifth and Madison avenues. Come see what the harbor has to offer!
Renowned activist and historian Dr. Ronoko Rashidi has traveled the world photographing children of the African Diaspora. As CEMOTAP’s guest on Saturday, June 22 at 2 p.m., he will provide photographs and a compelling lecture on the roles and responsibilities of children around the globe. Parents, children, guardians, educators and others are urged to attend. CEMOTAP is located at 135-05 Rockaway Blvd., S. Ozone Park, N.Y., one block off the Van Wyck Expressway. Admission is free. For additional information, call 718-322-8454.
Doctor Bob Lee’s Make the Grade Foundation presents its annual golf classic, “Get Tee’d Off for Education” on Wednesday, June 26 at 8 a.m. at the Philip J. Rotella Memorial Golf Course, 200 Thiells Mt. Ivy Road, Thiells, N.Y. For more information, visit www.makethegrade.org.
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 7-9 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 5-7 p.m. We are archived online with both shows at www.wbai.org. To contact us for bookings or to reach us about your event, email firstname.lastname@example.org, find Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @GBELIFE or call 212-592-3279.