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Musical adaptation carries on weighty legacy of ‘The Color Purple’

Celie, the lead character in the musical "The Color Purple," which is playing in Boston at the Speakeasy Theater until Feb. 8, is stuck throughout most of her life in a suffocating reality. She comes from an uncomfortable past — ...

Gabrielle Union thrives in ‘Being Mary Jane’

Gabrielle Union might as well be a unicorn or a leprechaun or some other mythical creature. She is stunning and petite and warm and kind — all things that actresses of her stature and beauty aren’t supposed to be. And ...

American Repertory Theater’s ‘The Heart of Robin Hood’ adds romance to classic tale

A state of wonder sets in even before the actors appear in the deliriously enjoyable American Repertory Theater production of “The Heart of Robin Hood” at the Loeb Drama Center in Harvard Square through January 19th.

Roxbury R&B artist Lovely Hoffman lead in SpeakEasy’s ‘Color Purple’ Musical

When Roxbury native Lovely Hoffman walked into the first audition for the upcoming musical “The Color Purple” back in June, she went in without any expectations for the role she would play.

Millenium Choir lauds Christmas with harmonic gospel style

Glorifying God as well as the power of the African American gospel music tradition, the New England Conservatory Millennium Choir captivated its audience on Friday night at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston with a high-spirited celebration of the Christmas ...

In The Mix 12/19/2013

Upcoming Social events in and around Boston

Annual art exhibit unites Boston South End neighborhood

United South End Settlements aims to bring together South End artists, reflect diversity and increase access to art in the neighborhood with its fifth annual Community Colors exhibit. The exhibit is being displayed at the Harriet Tubman House on Columbus ...

Boston’s ‘Black Nativity’ four-decade run is a holiday treasure

"Black Nativity," Langston Hughes’ 1961 musical and theatrical treatment about the birth of Jesus Christ, is an American masterpiece. The play has become a holiday staple in Boston.

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 ...