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Lexington Players tackle bold, important performance in ‘Who Will Sing for Lena?’

The one-woman show is based on the true story of Lena Baker, an African American made who was wrongfully convicted of murdering her white employer and became the first, and last, woman executed by electrocution by the state of Georgia. ...

Nari Ward drops truths about identity, citizenship at ICA

A native of Jamaica’s Saint Andrew Parish, Ward imbues the exhibit with timely pieces on his immigration to the United States, his life in New York and what he left behind.

‘Objects of Witness and Resistance’ small MFA exhibit speaks to cultural crises worldwide

The MFA is showing a small collection of objects and art that bear witness to efforts to erase, displace and silence people.

Nicole Heaston debuts at BLO with a mid-century spin on Mozart

Heaston brings an imposing resume to the performance, with credits at the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, the Houston Grand Opera and Deutsche Opera am Rhein in Dusseldorf, among many others.

‘Matisse in the Studio’ MFA exhibit focuses on artist’s ‘working library’ of artifacts

The fascinating exhibition on view through July 9 at the Museum of fine Arts Boston explores the artist through his life-long relationship with a collection of objects — mainly African, Islamic and Asian artifacts.

Leadership conference speakers deliver powerful wisdom

More than 3,000 attendees gathered at the Seaport World Trade Center on Thursday, April 13 to hear the wisdom of some of the country’s most successful women, who spoke at the Simmons Leadership Conference. The Conference was started by Simmons ...

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 ...