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Director Lee Daniels’ life reflected in Empire characters

After directing and/or producing such successful feature films as The Butler, Monster’s Ball [for which Halle Berry won an Academy Award], and Precious [for which Mo’Nique won hers], two-time Oscar-nominee Lee Daniels [for Precious] has set his sights on TV ...

Freedom Bound: Musical play arrives in Boston

Mad River Theater Works incorporated as a non-profit ensemble in 1978, in western rural Ohio, and primarily focuses on telling the stories of extraordinary people not often heard of. According to Chris Westhoff, managing director of Mad River Theater Works ...

Mark Morris Dance Group performs at Institute of Contemporary Art

Last week, the Mark Morris Dance Group performed five nights in the intimate setting of the Institute of Contemporary Art’s 325-seat theater.

What's Hot in the City this weekend?

Jadakiss, Shea Rose Chuck D and Grace Kelly - it's all about music this weekend!

Photos chronicle evolution of New West End

With images by photographer Lolita Parker, Jr., The New West Enders & Other Green Monsters documents the rapid-fire changes in Boston’s West End over the past 16 years. Set against a backdrop of Garden events, sports bars and endless construction, ...

MFA book highlights African American artists

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston introduced its spectacular new book, “Common Wealth: Art by African Americans in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.”

Back to Fort Scott

Aren Haas, curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has collaborated with the Gordon Parks Foundation to create an exhibition and catalog that juxtaposes the photographs Parks took during his trip to the Kansas town where he ...

Boston Children’s Chorus tackles race and ethnicity through music

Comprised of children and teens between the ages of seven and eighteen-years old, the Boston Children’s Chorus contains 500 singers representing over 50 of Boston’s inner-city and suburban neighborhoods and twelve different choirs in five locations: the South End, Allston-Brighton, ...

‘Empire’ has Shakespearean proportions

Luscious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is the ailing CEO of Empire Entertainment, a company he built into a music industry titan while his wife Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) was doing 17 years behind bars for a crime that he committed. Like ...

Jeff Chang explores evolving US attitudes on race, culture

Jeff Chang is a new sage thinker with his finger on the pulse of American culture. His first book, the critically-acclaimed “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation,” collected a cornucopia of honors, including the American Book ...

Director Ava DuVernay & the women behind Selma

Selma, Directed by Ava DuVernay and starring David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, the film (which was also produced in part by Oprah Winfrey and Harpo Films), also brings to light the ...

Russell Simmons reflects on Black Lives Matter, activism

Whether extracting a promise from N.Y. State Governor Cuomo to appoint special prosecutors in cases of police brutality, or defending Bill de Blasio after NYPD President Pat Lynch suggested the mayor has “blood on his hands,” Simmons has been an ...

Bill Bellamy opens up about keys to career success

Talented, stylish, and undoubtedly funny, Bill Bellamy has been making audiences laugh since he hit the national stage in the mid-1990s on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam where he coined the phrase “Booty Call.” Following the success of that special, Bellamy ...

What's Hot in the City this Christmas Weekend

Claude Monet at the Museum of Fine Arts, D.L. Hughley at the Wilbur and documentary Through the Lends Darkly at ICA Boston made our hot list this week.

David Oyelowo the “selma” interview

David Oyelowo is a classically-trained stage actor who is working successfully and simultaneously in film, television and theater, and has quickly become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents. He was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for his stirring performance ...

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