Boston artist connects African tradition to the present day

Stephen Hamilton transforms ordinary people he has met in his travels into deities of Yoruba spiritual traditions.

Darkness exposed: Mark Bradford shines the spotlight on racist comedy

Through July 30, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is displaying Mark Bradford’s heart-wrenching video installation “Spiderman.” The six-minute piece offers the visual of a red spotlight on the floor accompanied by an audio track and running text of Bradford’s ...

Face chicory flavor head-on with radicchio

This simple combination pairs the bitterness of the radicchio with the different kind of bitterness of grapefruit, creating a continuum of bitter that has the effect of dulling the flavor’s edge. The olive oil balances the grapefruit’s acid, which results ...

Aldis Hodge stars in ‘Underground’ and ‘Hidden Figures’

Here, Aldis Hodge talks about playing Levi Jackson in the Oscar-nominated “Hidden Figures” and about reprising the role of Noah on “Underground,” the television series about the Underground Railroad that started its second season recently on the WGN America network.

1696 Heritage Group rewrites Newport’s Gilded Age African American History

Books and movies frequently illustrate the Gilded Age in Newport, Rhode Island with lavish mansions, summering Vanderbilts and champagne-littered parties. It’s the lifestyles of the white, rich and famous. History gurus Theresa Guzman and Keith Stokes created the 1696 Heritage ...

Seacoast scavenger: A road-trip guide to the coastline arts scene

Along the New England seacoast lies a cultural font of African American history and art.

A Parisian feast

During a year spent living out a classic dream, I developed a love/hate relationship with Paris. Yes, its history, fashion, food and scenery stole my heart. But, at the same time, the reality of wading through bureaucratic red tape to ...

Independent film highlights humor, activism in ‘Tickling Giants’

Bassem Youssef, a surgeon in Egypt noticed during the 2011 protests of President Hosni Mubarak that the content on the news didn’t reflect what he saw on the streets. He began an internet show shedding satire and light on the ...

Christal Brown production showcases Muhammad Ali

The all-male “Opulence of Integrity” gives “a kaleidoscope view of what black masculinity means,” Brown says.

‘Life’ an outer space screamfest

The ship's crew in "Life" finds themselves in a desperate race against time to return to Earth before the mushrooming monster devours them all, one-by-one.

Jose Mateo tackles taboo conversation of race in dance

On Sunday, March 19, the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre hosted its third “Talk About Dance” panel discussion in a series that focuses on race and racism in the dance community. Moderated by Klare Shaw, national director of programs at Liberty ...

Toshi Reagon’s operatic novel adaptation hits stage

Through March 26, ArtsEmerson presents a powerful musical rendition of Octavia E. Butler’s science fiction novel, “Parable of the Sower.” Written by Toshi Reagon and her mother, singer, scholar and activist Bernice Johnson Reagon, the performance explores race, gender and ...

Suzan-Lori Parks’ play, ‘Topdog/Underdog,’ delivers tough truths

In her brilliant, Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Parks creates two characters that have been dealt a poor hand. She turns three-card monte into a metaphor for the struggle of Booth and his older brother, Lincoln, for power and self-esteem. It is ...

Feminist posters tout equality

“Women’s Rights are Human Rights,” on display at Northeastern’s 360 Gallery through April 17, provides a heart-wrenching look at present-day gender politics. The 44-poster exhibit, curated by Elizabeth Resnick, professor emerita of graphic design at the Massachusetts College of Art ...

‘Precious Little’ combines drama and droll humor

Madeleine George’s beautifully written play combines droll humor and drama as it follows Brodie into new, uncharted terrain of the heart.