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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 ...

New MFA Boston gallery offers rare view of ancient Edo culture

With a diverse crowd of over 250 people, it was no ordinary evening at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. At the opening of the Benin Kingdom Gallery, many gathered to celebrate and witness the history, art and culture of ...

Welcome to the jungle: ‘The Jungle Book’ play is a joyful dream at Huntington Theatre

Author Rudyard Kipling transformed the 19th-century colonial India of his childhood into a realm of adventure in "The Jungle Book." In turn, Walt Disney recast Kipling’s dark tales into a high-spirited 1967 animated musical movie. Now onstage at the Huntington ...

God Save McQueen!

Artist and filmmaker Steven Rodney McQueen talks about his latest film, "12 Years a Slave," which recently won the People’s Choice Awards for Best Film and Best Director at the Toronto Film Festival.

Going All the Way: Theater cast immerses completely in President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s world

In the stirring first minutes of ‘All the Way,’ at the American Repertory Theater’s Loeb Drama Center in a sold-out run through Oct. 12, actor Bryan Cranston stands in a pool of light and becomes President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

‘Sleepy Hollow’: A new day for race on network TV?

Back in 1820, when Washington Irving penned “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” most black folks were in chains, women were little more than decorative chattel and a headless horseman turned out to be a practical joke formed out of a ...

Houston native Brandon J. Dirden tackles the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in ‘All the Way’

Houston native and actor Brandon J. Dirden returns to Boston in the much-talked about drama All the Way, from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, which chronicles President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s tumultuous first year in office in 1964. The production stars ...

This Forest Whitaker is on Fire!

A versatile talent, Forest Whitaker is one of Hollywood’s most accomplished performers, receiving such prestigious honors as an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Last King of Scotland, as well as a Best Actor at the ...

In the Mix 08/29/2013

“In the MIX” looks at the recent Jay Z and Justin Timberlake concert, the 2013 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, the Pomodoro restaurant and several upcoming music events around Boston.

Restaurant GEM glimmers in Downtown Crossing

Big Night Entertainment Group has brought high-end venues like Shrine, Red Lantern and Empire to the city’s most high-traffic neighborhoods. One of the group’s latest projects is GEM Restaurant & Lounge, located just outside of Beacon Hill. The vamp-style supper ...

Two-time Oscar-nominee talks about his latest film Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’

Lee Daniels is best known for directing and producing the Academy Award-winning film Precious which was nominated for a half-dozen Oscars in 2010, including his two for Best Picture and Best Director. Now he talks about his latest movie Lee ...

On the Go with Ato Essandoh!

After hypnotizing audiences as D’Artagnan, the slave who was mauled to death by dogs in Django Unchained, Ato Essandoh now stars as Dr. Matthew Freeman in the second season of BBC America’s highest-rated series premiere ever, Copper. Born in Schenectady, ...

In the Mix: The Rise of Ryan Coogler

Born and raised in Oakland, Calif., Ryan Coogler has been on a whirlwind schedule since his debut film Fruitvale Station, starring Michael B. Jordan, was selected for the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab in 2012.

A Heart to Heart with movie star, comedian Kevin Hart

Born in Philadelphia on July 6, 1980, Kevin Hart is one of the most versatile comedic actors in both television and film. He’s recently delivered memorable performances in Think Like a Man, which grossed over $90 million in theaters, as ...

Conversation in modern art

The pleasures of art and its power to bear witness animate the exhibition of African American art on display through September 2 at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. Entitled "In Conversation: Modern African American Art," this vibrant sampling ...