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.

Berklee pays tribute to black artists

Drawn mostly from the last half century, the program highlighted artists like Morris Hayes, Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder, who paved the way for new genres and sounds.

Star-studded: ‘Family’ exhibit celebrates black tenacity

Giovanni DeCunto’s crafts his portraits of African American icons with a fascinating blend of techniques.

‘Grand Concourse’ characters embody the human condition

Four soup kitchen workers test, tempt and care for each other in a play that questions what it takes to lead a good life.

Photographer Linda Nieves-Powell portrays Afro-Latina legends

Nieves-Powell’s photos recreate iconic images of Afro-Latina trailblazers, highlighting the talent and heroism of these performers for the next generation.

David Oyelowo stars in ‘A United Kingdom’

Oyelow’s latest role is an African king who falls for a British commoner in “A United Kingdom.”

American Rep’s star-studded cast ruminates on life, atonement in ‘Night of the Iguana’

The rendition of Tennessee Williams’ play is light on laughs and heavy on theatric power and existential dread.

Past and present fight for control in Boston Ballet's ‘Artifact’

Boston Ballet’s “Artifact” delivers a chilling and refreshingly contemporary performance.

Steve McQueen’s ‘Ashes’ haunts Institute of Contemporary Art

The stunning visual exploration follows the life of a carefree young fisherman named Ashes and the unexpected and jarring fate that awaits him. McQueen layers the film with commentary on globalism, the economy and the way bodies can be defined ...

Temperamental teacher challenges nerdy colleague to duel in ‘Fist Fight’

Fist Fight is a kitchen sink comedy that revolves around the showdown between a high school’s intimidating history teacher and nerdy English teacher.

‘Black Is’ booklist provides cultural, political history

The Boston Public Library’s Black Is Book list reflects a collection of influential works by black authors that represent black history and experience of the past year. This year’s list is a blend of pop culture and politics and features ...

PBS’ ‘American Masters’ series broadcasts revealing retrospective about Maya Angelou

“And Still I Rise” is a reverential retrospective offering an intimate look at the life of the late poet, author, actress, director and civil rights activist and her unlikely path from abandoned street urchin to poet laureate.

Aisha Hinds finds Tubman a spiritual calling in 'Underground'

Actor Aisha Hinds talks about playing American icon Harriet Tubman on “Underground,” a docudrama about the Underground railroad and her role as Pastor Janae James on “Shots Fired” a debuting TV series.