Lyric Stage comedy dishes sobering material in ‘Barbecue’

The show is highly entertaining, laced with stellar acting and a rich comedic script. It also spotlights the discrepancies in portrayals of race in movies,and satirizes whitewashing by flipping it on its head.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Rise Concert Series features Ysaye Barnwell and Esperanza Spalding

Last Wednesday’s RISE concert featured two musical guests of worldwide acclaim: Ysaye Barnwell, co-founder of the iconic African-American a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, and four-time Grammy Award-winning bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding.

The Nile Project: Musical group advocates for ecological sustainability

The group brings together artists from the 11 Nile basin countries to create music that blends the diverse cultures of some of the earth’s oldest places. With the show, performers also aim to raise awareness of the project’s activist work ...

Jacob Latimore stars in ‘Sleight’

Jacob Latimore has been hailed by Variety, Indiewire and The Wrap as a young breakout star. Having emerged as one of the most promising talents of his generation, his upcoming films are by Academy Award-winning directors and writers and he ...

Cassandra Wilson is Harvard’s Jazz Master in Residence

Renowned vocalist Cassandra Wilson settled down with Harvard’s Ingrid Monson for a conversation on Wilson’s career and development as an artist.

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...