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Gregory Porter’s jazz Grammy projects singer into national spotlights

The release late last year of "Liquid Spirit" was met with muted reaction by national listenership. No matter. Gregory Porter’s latest album is a tribute to high artistic quality seldom experienced today in American music, especially among its vocalist performers.

Can ‘12 Years a Slave’ change Hollywood’s race problem?

Admirers of "12 Years a Slave" are still basking in the Academy Awards’ afterglow. The fact that a film by a black screenwriter and black director — depicting a black man’s painful but ultimately triumphant true life story — won ...

"What's Hot" in the City March 11

What better way to get ready for spring than attend the Boston Flower & Garden Show which is one of our hot events this week.

Historic night at Oscars with trio of big victories

The 2014 Oscars marked a few rare wins for blacks in the white-dominated world of the Academy Awards: Best Picture for the Steve McQueen’s film “12 Years a Slave,” Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o, and Best Adapted Screenplay for ...

Jason Moran offers a jazz homage to legend Fats Waller

Jason Moran, the internationally known jazz pianist will be paying homage to the often-forgotten musical genius Fats Waller in "Fats Waller Dance Party: Smalls Paradise" at the Berklee College of Music Center on April 4 at 8 p.m.

Herbie Hancock discusses ‘70s soundtrack at Harvard Film Archive

Jazz legend Herbie Hancock, currently an artist in residence at Harvard University, spoke at a recent screening of "The Spook Who Sat By the Door" — a 1973 political action film depicting a black, ex-CIA agent who leads an armed ...

in the Mix: Comedian Michael Che talks stand-up, SNL writing gig

Laid-back, confident, comfortable, on the rise and funny are all words used to describe comedian Michael Che. Che has been performing stand-up since 2009, and in less than five years has shot up the ranks in the world of comedy.Che ...

Children’s fashion website scores with used couture

The quickest and most convenient way to start a business these days seems to be to do it online. This notion proved successful for Los Angeles-based fashionista and socialite CeCe Hendriks, founder of SPOILED! Fashionz, a high-end children’s clothing boutique, ...

Company One raises the curtain for student jobs

While many teens are forced to settle for retail and fast-food restaurant gigs for their first jobs, Shayna Bredbeck, 16, was able to land a position in Company One Theatre’s production apprenticeship program this school year because the theater expanded ...

Jazz musicians celebrate Newport Jazz Festival at 60

On Feb. 13, jazz guitarist Mark Whitfield brings his talent back to Boston as part of the Boston Celebrity Series recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival at the Berklee Performance Center.

What's Hot in the City this week, February 3rd

From concerts to theatre around the city, there’s a lot to keep you busy and warm this week. Here’s a look at what’s hot! Be sure to also check out our Black History Month section for events that focus on ...

UgandaProject spreads word with award-winning musical

In 2005, what began as a simple invitation from a group of friends in Los Angeles to volunteer in Uganda over the summer became a life-changing trip for then 23-year old Griffin Matthews. His experiences led him to found UgandaProject, ...

Hibernian Hall swings for the fences with Jackie Robinson play

Ohio-based performance troupe Mad River Theater Works is making its way to Roxbury to kick off black history month with "Everybody’s Hero: The Jackie Robinson Story" at Hibernian Hall on Feb. 4.

Boston artists’ collective gives self-taught painter first break

On Jan. 26, Tarra Louis-Charles will present her paintings and jewelry in Boston for the first time during this month’s RAW Boston showcase titled “Pixels.”

Golden Globes disappoint in snub of black Hollywood

Last Sunday’s Golden Globes may be considered a big night for the slavery epic "12 Years a Slave," which took home the award for best motion picture, drama. But it was not a big night for the film’s stars, director ...