Community Calendar October 11 - October 17

10/11/2018, 2:16 p.m.
Check out what's going on around the city this week!
Debi B. Jackson living life after Hal Jackson

Greetings! Our GBE Black Arts Month puts the spotlight on Chew Entertainment, led by husband and wife producer team Ray Chew and Vivian Scott Chew, and Carnegie Hall, who are proud to announce the return of one of New York’s premiere events, A Night of Inspiration 2018, staged at the world famous Carnegie Hall Saturday, Dec. 15. Confirmed artists for this year’s A Night of Inspiration are Richard Smallwood, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Iyanla Vanzant, J.J. Hairston, Israel and Adrienne Houghton, Travis Greene and many more to be announced. For more information, visit (see MUSIC).

On my way to the Queen City of the Great Lakes, my hometown, Buffalo, N.Y., to be inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, Class of 2018.Truly honored by the recognition of my musical contributions as well as the broadcasting history. We’ll come back with our “Golden Buffalo.” Visit


“Once on This Island” is the story of a fearless peasant girl who takes a remarkable life journey for love. Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 W. 50th St., New York, N.Y. A Tony award winner. For more information, call 800-447-7400 or visit

“Smokey Joe’s Café,” an all new incarnation of the record-breaking Broadway hit, returns to New York City. Featuring 40 of the greatest soulful songs of the past century. Stage 42, formerly the Little Shubert Theatre, 422 W. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. For information, visit

“Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” brings the iconic disco diva, Donna Summer, to Broadway. The musical includes more than 20 well-known Summer hits. Starring Tony Award winner LaChanze, Anana Dubose and newcomer Storm Lever, who portray three different phases of Summer’s life and career. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., New York, N.Y. Call 212-379-0370 or visit


“Amateur Night at the Apollo,” every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. World famous Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., Harlem. Featuring WHCR DJs. Visit

An Evening with Wyclef Jean, Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, visit

So So Def 25th Cultural Curren$y Tour, featuring Jermaine Dupri, Xscape, Anthony Hamilton, Jagged Edge, Da Brat and more, Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m., Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave. (at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue), Brooklyn, N.Y. For information, visit

Say It Loud—I’m Black and I’m Proud at 50! Saturday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m., Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., New York, N.Y. For information, call 212-531-5305 or visit

Staten Island Jazz Festival 31, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Snug Harbor Cultural Center Music Hall, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, N.Y. For information, visit

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary Tour, Monday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark, N.J. For information, call or visit

The Whispers, Saturday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m., Newark Symphony Hall, 1020 Broad St., Newark, N.J. For ticket information, visit

Tyrese & Tamia, Friday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m., Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. For ticket information, call 718-856-5464 or visit

Chew Entertainment and RCA Inspiration Present the Voice Your Inspiration Contest. Auditions can be submitted by sending videos to Artists can submit videos until Oct. 15. The winning artist will be chosen by public vote and announced Nov. 2, netting a singles deal from RCA Inspiration, as well as the opportunity to perform on the Carnegie Hall stage at Ray and Vivian Chew’s A Night of Inspiration.


American Dance Guild honors two dance luminaries, Jane Comfort and the late Eleo Pomare, in four days of performances by 32 multigenerational artists from across the United States (Oct. 25-Oct. 28) at Ailey Citigroup Theater.


Netflix presents “Quincy,” a new documentary (streaming now) written and directed by Quincy Jones’ actress daughter, Rashida Jones and documentarian Alan Hicks. Check listings.


Shawn Wayans, Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Nyack Levity Live, 4210 Palisades Center Dr. A-401, West Nyack, N.Y. For information, visit


Watch and listen to Serena Williams singing a touching message for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Visit

The Fourth Madiba Humanitarian Awards: Celebrating the Legacy of Nelson Mandela will be at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn, N.Y., Saturday, Oct. 13, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This year would have been Madiba’s 100th birthday. The event honors Ruth E. Carter, the costume designer for the “Black Panther” movie, as well as James Shaw, who foiled the gunman at the Tennessee Waffle House. Visit

Debi Jackson exhibits her works in the Sandy Bennett Art Gallery in the Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood, N.J. Jackson is the former co-host of Hal Jackson’s Sunday Classics on WBLS. All proceeds from the sales of her photography are donated to the Youth Development Foundation, Inc. The Sandy Bennett Gallery is on the mezzanine level of the Bergen PAC and is open to the public 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call 201-816-8160. 

Calling All Africans! It’s Your Table, CEMOTAP’s annual luncheon. Dr. Umar Johnson speaks Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m., Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center,172-17 Linden Blvd. Jamaica, N.Y. Food, drink, live band, dancing and edutainment. Admission is free. For information, call 347-907-0629.

Imhotep Gary Byrd’s “Express Yourself,” Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and simulcast over WLIB 1190AM. The full show can also be heard on HD radio at WBLS-HD2 and at, and NextRadio. IGB is also heard on WBAI-FM 99.5 with Radio GBE: “The Global Black Experience” and “The Global Beat Experience,” Fridays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Archived online at For bookings or to reach us about your GBEvent or for comments, email co-editor Nyerere,, find us at Imhotep Gary Byrd on Facebook or call 212-592-3279.