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Black Nativity’ director Kasi Lemmons pays homage to Langston Hughes

A proven talent as an actress, writer and director, Kasi Lemmons continues to tantalize creatively with her thought-provoking body of work. Her work as an actress includes roles in "Silence of the Lambs" opposite Jodie Foster, and Spike Lee’s "School ...

Mary J. Blige delivers lackluster effort with holiday album

Mary J. Blige is not what she used to be. Over the two decades that she has been performing urban American music, Blige has gradually retreated from the edgy inner-city grooves of the neo-soul sound most popular in the middle-to-late ...

Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker comes to The Strand

The 26th annual production of Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker is ending its tour in Dorchester.

In the MIx 12/05/2013

Local events and nightlife in and around Boston.

Amazing Grace: Berklee student makes film debut in ‘Black Nativity’

Berklee College of Music student, Grace Gibson, makes her big screen debut in the Fox Searchlight Pictures film "Black Nativity." She plays two roles in the contemporary musical drama, which is based on Langston Hughes’ classic gospel play.

‘The Best Man Holiday’ is a sequel worth the wait

When released back in 1999, "The Best Man" was dismissed by some as merely an African-American variation on "The Big Chill," and by others as the black male answer to the sassy sisters dishing the dirt in "Waiting to Exhale." ...

India.Arie living her truth with new music

Back in the public eye after a four-year, self-imposed hiatus, India.Arie — known for the empowering songs "Brown Skin," "Video" and "I Am Not My Hair" — has given us a glimpse into her journey of self-discovery through her latest ...

In The Mix 11/07/2013

Nightlife and Local Happenings

Sweet Dreams: Documentary film examines all-female drumming troupe

One survivor of the Rwandan Civil War in 1994, theater director Kiki Katese, determined to do something to alleviate the suffering, asked, "How do you rebuild a human being?" So, she founded Ingoma Nshya (meaning "new drum, new kingdom"), an ...

Examining the beauty and harmony of Islamic artist Shirin Neshat

Beauty and harmony are paramount in Islamic art. These qualities are also integral to the photographs, videos and films of Shirin Neshat. Born in Iran in 1957, the New York-based artist engages the Persian aesthetic and cultural traditions of her ...

Lauren Keyandra Palmer talks about TLC biopic

Born in Harvey, Ill., on Aug. 26, 1993, Lauren Keyana "Keke" Palmer has been wowing audiences since the tender age of 9. Here she talks about her latest outing as Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas in "Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story," ...

Hub resident creates retail outlet for designers — The Haute House Design Studio

Boston resident Taneshia Camillo-Sheffey aims to uncover the fashion world’s best-kept secrets with her online retail store, The Haute House Design Studio.

Raw Boston closes out season with awards extravaganza

Sundays are good for lots of things — namely church, football, family dinner and catnaps. But if you’re looking to put a cherry on top, spend it with RAW Boston.

In the Mix

Beautiful black women of all shades swarmed to Hibernian Hall in support of the natural health and hair expo "Curls Gone Wild." Comedian Anjelah Johnson took to The Wilbur stage this past weekend bringing her character Bon Qui Qui to ...

On big screen, ‘12 Years a Slave’ adaptation is a sobering slave narrative

Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) was a black man born free in upstate New York in 1808. A skilled carpenter and fiddler, he and his wife (Kelsey Scott) settled in Saratoga Springs, where they were raising their children (Quvenzhane Wallis and ...