Author probes spirit of black expatriates

A book review of The Spirit of Josephine

Sweet Honey in the Rock celebrates decades of song

The concert on Sunday night at Boston Symphony Hall began with the mellifluous signing of "I’m Going to Stand," which is a fitting statement for the a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. The powerfully performing feminist group is ...

Forest Whitaker shares wit, wisdom in discussing latest film

Forest Whitaker is a distinguished artist and humanist, involved with a number of organizations for peace and also an award-winning actor. He talks to the Banner about his latest movie, "Repentance," a psychological thriller co-starring Anthony Mackie, Sanaa Lathan, Nicole ...

Luminous cast fuels "Witness Uganda" American Repertory Theater run

From the moment that Griffin Matthews steps on stage at the start of "Witness Uganda," in its world premier at the American Repertory Theater’s Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge through March 16, it becomes apparent that the show is about ...

Kevin Hart spearheads raunchy remake of ‘80s romantic romp

Loosely based on the original “About Last Night,” starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore, a just-released raunchy remake of the same name is a romantic comedy ostensibly serving as a vehicle for popular comic-turned-actor Kevin Hart.

Danilo Perez weaves jazz tapestry of Panama past and present

Pianist Danilo Perez’s music presents complexity, exuberance and a definitive sense of place expressed through tone and rhythmic authority.

Artists infuse work with comments on social injustice

Two contemporary artists — William Kentridge and Nick Cave — whose works are on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston through May 4 have more in common than might readily meet the eye.

Roxbury-set play “Stop and Frisk” explores black men and the law

For those possessing any insight into the sort of fiction that details the utter bitterness of being young, black and male in a large American city, Johnnie Peterson — the protagonist of Robert Johnson’s play, "Stop and Frisk" is reminiscent ...

in the Mix: Calif. artist brings her mixed heritage themed works to Hub

"The beauty of art is the ambiguity," says sculptor Alison Saar discussing her current exhibit "STILL…" showing at the Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Alice Walker reflects on a life of writing

Alice Walker has been defined as one of the key international writers of the 20th century. She made history as the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction as well as the National Book Award in 1983 ...

Luciana Souza revels in bossa nova during show at Harvard

Luciana Souza, who performed to an enthusiastic audience at Harvard University’s Sanders Theater last Saturday night, is perhaps bossa nova’s reigning queen — a brilliant interpreter of rhythm, tune and vocal phrasing.

in the Mix

Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan’s soft-touch delivery mixed with his everyman persona has helped him rise to the top in the world of comedy. Headlining The Wilbur for seven sold-out shows Gaffigan, in preparation for taping his upcoming special, discussed one ...

ArtsEmerson play a compelling story of colonialism

A troupe of six young actors decides to stage a theatrical presentation — not quite a play — about a little known historical event: the extermination of a tribe in Namibia by the country’s German occupiers.

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 ...