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From BET to billionaire — and beyond!

Robert L. “Bob” Johnson is the Founder and Chairman of The RLJ Companies, an innovative business network that owns or holds interests in businesses operating in hotel real estate, private equity, consumer financial services, asset management, automobile dealerships, sports and ...

Laurence Pierce creates conversation through art

A lifelong artist and director of the AfricanWinter Gallery in Dorchester, Laurence Pierce has more time to devote to his art these days. A former teacher and art specialist at the Head Start Program at Dimock Community Health Center in ...

Comedian Sasheer Zamata talks about her Saturday Night Live

Sasheer Zamata, who returns to SNL for her second season this September, will be performing stand-up comedy at Laugh Boston on Sunday, August 9. She recently spoke to the Banner about SNL’s 40th Anniversary celebration, meeting Beyoncé and how she ...

ICA exhibit piques viewers’ imaginations

Artist Arlene Shechet orchestrated the entire ICA exhibition piece by piece and room by room, a form of installation art that invites visitors to share her discoveries as she turns her materials—plaster, glass, porcelain, paper pulp and clay—into solid objects.

Cirque du Soleil brings ‘Varekai’ to Boston

The Cirque du Soleil troupe restaged a 15-year-old production entitled “Varekai, Tales of the Forest” that is engineered to suit such a space, where seating for 7,200 accommodates a crowd almost threefold larger than an audience for big top shows. ...

Floetry ‘Says Yes’ to reunion

On July 24, fans once again can enjoy the art of the English neo soul duo Floetry, performing together after disbanding several years ago. That surely will please those who have connected to their music and experiences on deep and ...

Nnenna Freelon returns home to perform at Cambridge Jazz Festival

It’s a homecoming of sorts for jazz singer Nnenna Freelon. The world-renowned composer, arranger, producer and actress, who was born and raised in Cambridge, performs at the second annual Cambridge Jazz Festival this Sunday, July 26 at University Park on ...

Meet the artists: Roxbury Rocks Music Festival

Meet the artists of the Roxbury Rocks Music Festival.

5 Questions: Fantastic Negrito

Singer-Songwriter Xavier Dphrepaulezz A.K.A Fantastic Negrito has finally found his way back to his musical roots. Back in February, Fantastic beat out more than 70,000 entrants to win the Tiny Desk Concert Contest for his raw and powerful sound. He ...

Danisha Danielle Hoston is ‘Home Free’

Danisha Danielle Hoston was born in Los Angeles where she was raised by a single father and a mother who was in and out of her life. After graduating from high school at 16, she matriculated at UCLA, earning a ...

Outside the box returns after a year hiatus

After making a splash in 2013, the Outside The Box Music & Arts festival took a year off in 2014 to “find the right formula,” says festival founder, philanthropist and arts enthusiast Ted Cutler in a recent conversation with the ...

State of Grace!

Born in Taiwan but raised in Australia, Grace Huang grew up to be fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. The emerging ingenue made her feature film debut in the 2010 thriller Overheard alongside Louis Koo and Daniel Wu.

Montreal embraces Festival De Jazz

From jazz and blues to pop and hip-hop and everything in between, last week’s 36th annual Montréal Jazz Festival offered a wide range of music for jazz aficionados, music lovers and festival-goers alike. With more than 35 shows a day, ...

Magic tWitch

Born in Montgomery, Alabama on September 29, 1982, Stephen Boss was always spinning and staying in motion as a child, which is how he earned the nickname “tWitch.” After studying dance at Southern Union State Community, he made his Hollywood ...

Somi’s album, The Lagos Music Salon, transcends geography

Jazz vocalist and songwriter Somi didn’t intend to write an album when she left New York for Lagos, Nigeria in 2011. “I think people assumed that I moved there specifically to go and write. I think I wanted a change. ...

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