Imhotep's Guide To Black Events Feb.27 - Mar. 4

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 2/27/2020, 12:35 p.m.
Greetings! As we approach Women’s History Month, Ja’ Net DuBois, known for her turn as Willona Woods on “Good Times,” ...
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Greetings! As we approach Women’s History Month, Ja’ Net DuBois, known for her turn as Willona Woods on “Good Times,” was found dead in her Glendale, Calif. home on Tuesday, Feb. 17. According to her family, the actress died unexpectedly in her sleep. She was believed to be 74. Dubois was a co-founder of Los Angeles’ Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF).

THEATER

“A Soldiers Play” Roundabout Theatre Co. presents Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece as it bursts onto Broadway, directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (“A Raisin in the Sun”), starring three-time Tony nominee David Alan Grier and two-time Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood. Now through Mar. 15. American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St. (btw. 7th and 8th Aves), Manhattan. For ticket information, call: 212-719-1300 or visit: www.roundabout theatre.org/get-tickets/2019-2020-season/a-soldiers-play/.

“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 West 46th St., Manhattan. The ‘Queen of Rock n Roll,’ in performances now; Tony Award and Olivier Award nominee Adrienne Warren (“Shuffle Along”) is cast in the title role, (Nkeki Obi-Melekwe as Tina at select performances) Daniel J. Watts as Ike Turner. For ticket information, visit: www.ticketmaster.com/lunt-fontanne-theatre-tickets-new-york/venue/24583.

“Ain’t Too Proud” celebrates The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, written by three-time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau. Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street, Manhattan. For information, call: 844-379-0370 or visit: www.secureboxoffice .com.

“Chicken and Biscuits” A new comedy by Douglass Lynne with heart, soul and a little shade. Feb.28–Mar.22. Queens Theatre located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, directly under the iconic towers of the New York State Pavilion. Easily accessible by car, bus and subway. For tickets, call: 718-760-0064, or visit: queenstheatre.org

“50 in 50: Letters To Our Sons” For the fourth year, in response to MacArthur “Genius” Dominique Morisseau’s curatorial statement, 50 original monologues––selected from hundreds of submissions from women of African descent from across the globe––will be read by renowned actors. Presented by The Billie Holiday Theatre at the Kumble Theater, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn; Sat., Mar. 14 at 3 p.m. and at 7pm | Sun., Mar. 15 at 3 p.m. For more information, visit: thebillieholiday.org/shows-and-events/

MUSIC

“DrumFolk: Step Africa.” When Africans lost the right to use their drums, the beats still found their way. From hambone to hip hop, an extraordinary ensemble of dancers, drummers and musicians takes us from West Africa to Washington, D.C., with hidden histories and resounding rhythms that transformed America. 3 weeks only! Now through Mar. 15 at the New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St., Manhattan. For more information, call: 646-223-3010 or visit: www.newvictory. org

Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble preforming “Songs of The Spirit” Sat., Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. Special guest Cyrus Chestnut. Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx.

Brilliant Harry Belafonte, entertainer-civil rights-human rights activist, 93rd birthday celebration with special guests, Sun., Mar. 1 at 7 p.m., at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. For more information, visit: www.apollotheater.org

Boyz II Men, Fri., Mar. 6 at 8 p.m., NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Westbury, NY. For more information, call: 516-247-5200 or visit: www.thetheatreatwestbury.com/venueinfo