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Colette Greenstein

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‘Get Over It!’

Iyanla Vanzant’s tour offers an evening of healing and restoration

The New York Times best-selling author and spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant comes to Boston in her first solo tour in 18 years, called “Get Over It!: An Evening with Iyanla Vanzant.” The 17-city tour began on April 5 in Akron, Ohio, and lands at The Boch Center Shubert Theatre this Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m.

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Paige Tolmach’s film ‘What Haunts Us’ gives voice to the voiceless

“What Haunts Us,”which had its world premiere at the Boston Film Festival this past September, reveals the sexual abuse that took place at the Porter-Gaud School in Tolmach’s hometown of Charleston, South Carolina in the 1970s and early 1980s.

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All about the music

Alice Smith performs at the rise music series

Filling Calderwood Hall from the floor to the rafters with her singular and powerful voice, Alice Smith made it clear that she came to perform last Thursday night at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

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Documentary tackles the topic of food waste

Anna Chai and Nari Kye co-directed ‘Wasted! The Story Of Food Waste’

Co-directors Anna Chai and Nari Kye set out to imbue a sense of optimism in their documentary about the issues of food loss and food waste. Despite the bleakness of the statistics and the reality of what is occurring globally, Wasted! also offers some promising and realistic solutions, and the hope that food waste can be reduced on an individual and collective level.

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‘Marshall’ sets stage for litigator’s rise

Reginals Hudlin’s legal thriller focuses on early case in Thurgood Marshall’s ascendancy to the U.S. Supreme Court

The film, utterly engaging from beginning to end, is set up as a legal thriller as opposed to a cradle-to-grave biopic, Hudlin says. It was his intention to make Marshall less iconic and more relatable

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Joanna James ‘A Fine Line’ doc screens at GlobeDocs Film Festival

“I didn’t care about money ‘cause I knew I was going to make it. I believed in myself. Why shouldn’t I do what I love?” says Valerie James in the documentary “A Fine Line” which closes the third annual GlobeDocs Film Festival on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Codeblack Films’ Quincy C. Newell pens inspirational book

‘Insights: If Boys Never Learn, Men Won’t Know’ geared toward young African

Newell’s book covers lessons the author learned growing up without a feather and how he has used those lessons as a guide to becoming a man. A husband and a father to four children, he began writing the book two years ago because he wanted to make sure his son Taja would have a document to remember him by.

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Haitian painter/designer Colette Brésilla discusses her work as a feminine artist

The Haitian artist has created numerous thought-provoking, bold, provocative and colorful paintings. Her artwork has been showcased extensively in numerous American and international institutions, including galleries, museums and universities and are housed in a variety of permanent corporate and private collections. Many of her works have concentrated on the female figure, specifically the Japanese geisha.

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Paula Dofat of ‘Step’ discusses her journey and passion for education

Paula Dofat, director of college counseling at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, is one of the subjects of “Step,” the uplifting and feel-good movie of the summer. Dofat considers her own unconventional path of attending six different colleges — including community college, state and Ivy League schools — as a blessing in disguise. Her personal college setbacks and successes enable her to better relate to her students and to understand what they’re going through financially, academically and emotionally.

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Film review: ‘Step’ offers hope and inspiration

There’s drama, action, comedy, conflict and suspense. It has all the elements of a great movie but here’s the thing: It’s not just a movie. It’s a true story based on a year in the lives of real people that will leave you wanting more.

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‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ offers hope, possible solutions to climate crisis

The dramatic follow-up on “An Inconvenient Truth” follows former Vice President Al Gore as he crisscrosses the globe, training an army of climate champions.

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Melissa Etheridge, Joss Stone electrify audience at 38th annual Montreal International Jazz Festival

Etheridge, who hadn’t performed at the Montreal International Jazz festival in 28 years, more than made up for the lost time during her electrifying nearly two-hour performance.

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Gilgamesh Taggett stars in national tour of ‘Annie’

At the age of 45, Taggett was cast as Oliver Warbucks in the national touring production of the musical “Annie,” and according to him, it was worth the wait. Despite taking place during the Great Depression,"Annie" continues to resonate with audiences today “because the story is truthful. It is honest,” says Taggett.

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Documentary about life of James Baldwin examines race in America

Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson as the voice of James Baldwin, the documentary uses the words, images and interviews of the influential author, playwright and social critic to explore and analyze the issues of race in America.

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‘Hidden Figures’ sheds light on NASA’s ‘human computers’

Author Margot Lee Shetterly, whose book is the basis for the film “Hidden Figures,” sat down with the Banner to talk about Dorothy Vaughan and the legacy of these pioneering women.

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Actors Russell Hornsby, Jovan Adepo star in film version of August Wilson’s ‘Fences’

“Fences” is the story of Troy Maxson, a married sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh, who once dreamed of being a professional baseball player, but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. Frustrated by the lack of opportunities and regulated to the role of garbage man, Maxson lashes out at those closest to him, and makes a decision that threatens to tear his family apart.

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Medford-born sisters launch all-natural skin care products line

What began three years ago as the blog Brown & Coconut, has since morphed into a natural skin care company of the same name. Created by sisters Letisha and Zeena Brown, the 100% plant-based, non-GMO, cruelty-free and unisex skin care line, Brown & Coconut, was officially launched after three years of research and development in May of 2016 at the Mall Street Market at the Natick Mall. It’s an indoor market featuring artisans and foodies from the New England area.

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‘Father Joseph’ documentary highlights work of Haitian priest Father Joseph Philippe

Jeff Kaufman came to Boston recently to screen his documentary “Father Joseph” at The Boston Foundation in conjunction with The Haiti Development Institute, The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, and the Raising Haiti initiative on October 7.

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Shea Rose reflects on her life and music on her new album, ‘D.T.M.A.’

Rose’s album explores the struggles and the ups and downs of being an artist.

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Loni Love inspires women through laughter

Comedian Loni Love’s Café Mocha was created exclusively by and for women of color.

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Newcomer Sasha Lane captivates in coming-of-age film ‘American Honey’

Lane, who relishes in letting life take its course and in being free to think and feel, was able to channel that into her character, Star, who is also on her own path of figuring out her life and who she is.

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Historian and scholar Deborah Lipstadt discusses film ‘Denial’

Opening this Friday in theaters nationwide, “Denial” is a film based on true events in the life of author, historian and scholar Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta.

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Amel Larrieux opens second season of the RISE Music Series

The RISE music series kicks off its second season with a sold out show featuring Grammy-nominated singer Amel Larrieux on Thursday, October 13 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall.

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‘Jersey Boys’ actor David LaMarr talks about dreams, forging your own path

LaMarr plays Barry Belson in a musical that tells the true story of four blue-collar guys from Newark, New Jersey, who became one of the biggest musical acts of all time.

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Comedian talks about healing through laughter

Ms. Pat to play Laugh Boston

Ms. Pat creates visually compelling and engrossing stories that cross gender, ethnicity and economic status through her stand up and uses comedy to bring audiences into her world.

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Joshua Marston discusses new identity, reinvention in new film ‘Complete Unknown’

The film examines the concept of identity and reinvention through the life of one woman who takes on a new name, career and life every few years.

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‘When The Bough Breaks’

Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall reunite in psychological thriller

Morris chestnut and Regina Hall star as John and Laura Taylor, who, after many years of desperately trying for a baby, decide to go the surrogate route. But they soon learn that the woman they hire is not what she appears to be and become entangled in a web of lies and an obsession that endangers them all.

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Markees Christmas shines in ‘Morris from America’

Los Angeles native Markees Christmas, making his film debut, gets to live out his dream as a rapper (albeit in a small way) in Hartigan’s feel-good coming-of-age tale “Morris From America.” In a breakout performance, Christmas stars as 13-year-old Morris Gentry who relocates to Heidelberg, Germany with his widowed dad, Curtis, played by Craig Robinson.

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Deborah Riley Draper’s ‘Olympic Pride, American Prejudice’ to screen at Vineyard film fest

Named earlier this year by Variety magazine as one of their “Top 10 Documakers to Watch,” Deborah Riley Draper is driven by passion to tell the stories of the numerous unsung African American trailblazers and heroes whose achievements and lives have been either ignored or buried in our collective history.

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‘Don’t Think Twice’ goes behind-the-scenes in the world of improv

Set in New York City, Don’t Think Twice is a warm, funny, engaging and insightful look into the lives of six improv performers — Jack (Keegan-Michael Key of “Key & Peele”), Sam (Gillian Jacobs from HBO’s “Girls”), Allison (Kate Micucci of the comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates); Lindsay (Tami Sagher, writer/producer on “Inside Amy Schumer”); Bill (Chris Gethard, host and star of Fusion’s "The Chris Gethard Show”); and Miles (Mike Birbiglia, “Trainwreck” and “Orange is the New Black”) — who after 11 years of hitting the stage together nightly in hopes of making it big, are faced with the realization that not all of them will be able to make their dreams come true.

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Tamyra Gray talks about music and her role in the musical ‘If/Then’

Gray spoke to the Banner about her role as elementary school teacher Kate in If/Then, being on American Idol and how discovering Prince helped her grow up.

Malik Yoba stars in TV One’s ‘Bad Dad Rehab’

Yoba spoke with the Banner about “Bad Dad Rehab,” his entrepreneurial spirit, and the lifestyle company and innovation studio he co-founded called iconic 32.

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Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘Kurios — Cabinet of Curiosities’ a show for all ages

Kurios is a magical universe set in the Victorian era where the imagination has no boundaries, and all is possible.

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Roxbury International Film Festival Celebrates global voices

RIFF will screen approximately 54 films, shorts and documentaries from across the globe in a wide array of genres. The current slate of films reflect and explore a broad range of topics from racism and diversity, to bullying, family dramas and relationships, to living one’s dream and fatherless homes.

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Actor Teyonah Parris stars in TV One’s ‘The Miki Howard Story’

The actress tackles the title role of Miki Howard in TV One’s first ever bio-pic “Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story” airing this Sunday and starred in Spike Lee’s film “Chi-Raq” last October. She spoke to the Banner about prepping to play Howard, filming Chi-Raq in Chicago and what #BlackGirlMagic means to her.

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A story for all ages

‘Matilda The Musical’ comes to the Boston Opera House

Esther M. Antoine spoke to the Banner about her path to musical theater and her role in “Matilda the Musical,” a production based on a book from popular children’s writer Roald Dahl.

Anthony Weiner film plays at Kendall

Josh Kriegman talks about the making of his documentary

Josh Kriegman, who served as Anthony Weiner’s chief of staff for two years when he was in Congress, knew that the former U.S. Representative would be a great subject for a documentary.

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One-on-one with News One Now’s Roland Martin

In a career that includes print, radio, television, and digital, Roland S. Martin has continually pushed the envelope for excellence in journalism by asking the tough questions and pushing for answers, doing the research, and challenging those who simply throw out facts without being able to back them up. Named Journalist of the Year in 2013 by the National Association of Black Journalists, Martin is host and managing editor of TV One’s first national daily news program, News One Now. The program presents issues and stories from the world of politics, entertainment, sports and culture that have an impact on the African American community.

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‘TRI’ movie goes the distance

Jensen Jacobs was in Boston for the screening of “TRI,” the drama she stars in, at the Boston International Film Festival. She spoke to the Banner about tackling the role of Natalie, training for the film and why she’s inspired by The Rock.

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‘Sing Street’ actors discuss starring roles in coming-of-age film

Shot in Dublin, Ireland and inspired by Carney’s life and love of music, “Sing Street” tells the story of 14 year-old Conor in 1980s Dublin who’s looking for a way to break free of his strained family life, while trying to adjust to a new and tough inner-city public school.

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Ekua Holmes’ ‘Deeply Rooted’ on display

Exhibit depicts South and Fannie Lou Hamer

Painter and collage artist, Ekua Holmes has long championed the beauty, the uniqueness, and the history of Roxbury and its residents through her collages and paintings. In her latest exhibit titled, “Deeply Rooted,” the Roxbury native includes collages of civil rights activist/leader Fannie Lou Hamer, her grandfather, Comado Hendrix, as well as her father’s family members.

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Bostonians celebrate urban improv fundraiser ‘Banned in Boston

Urban Improv’s major fundraiser “Banned in Boston” was a resounding success, with laughter taking place both on and off the stage.

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Simmons Leadership Conference celebrates ‘Women Leading Change’

Authenticity and owning your power were two of the central messages at this year’s 37th Annual Simmons Leadership Conference. The conference’s official theme was Women Leading Change.

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Actor Elimu Nelson talks about his new films ‘Bleed’ and ‘In Extremis’

Hailing from Milton, Mass., actor Elimu Nelson has been steadily making his mark in Hollywood for the past 10 years. He spoke with the banner on his latest film projects.

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Terence Blanchard on teaching the next generation of musicians

Since the fall of 2015, Blanchard has been a visiting scholar at Berklee College of Music; he took time to speak to the Banner about the progress of the students and what he’s learned from them over the course of the year.

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Morgan Stanley executive shares secrets to success

Carla Harris to speak at Simmons Women’s Leadership Conference

Named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America,” Carla Harris has been blazing trails for more than 30 years. The financial powerhouse is the vice chairman of Wealth Management and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley.

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RISE Music Series presents singer/songwriter Goapele at the Gardner Museum

Artist blends R&B, soul, jazz and hip-hop

Once called the “spiritual love child of Sade and D’Angelo” by Rolling Stone magazine, singer and songwriter Goapele (pronounced gwa-puh-lay) brings her smooth blend of R&B, soul, and jazz and hip hop music to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on March 31 as part of the RISE Music Series.

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Journalist Kim Barker discusses memoir-turned-film ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’

The film, out now in theaters nationwide, stars Fey, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina, Margot Robbie and Billy Bob Thornton, and is based on Barker’s autobiography “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” The memoir chronicles her experiences as a first-time foreign correspondent reporting on the war in Afghanistan, beginning in 2002 for The Chicago Tribune, “shuffling” between Afghanistan and Pakistan, navigating the politics of both countries and the U.S. military — all the while learning to understand the culture and figuring out her life and her place in this new and unpredictable world.

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Ron Funches from NBC’s ‘Undateable’ performs stand-up at Laugh Boston

Ron Funches stars as the loveable, sweet and happy-go-lucky character Shelly on the NBC sitcom “Undateable,” about a group of friends trying to figure out life, love and relationship. The actor, comedian and writer brings his unique delivery, quick wit and laid-back demeanor to Laugh Boston tonight through Saturday.

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Lawrence native Belen Pereyra returns to Boston in Alvin Ailey masterpiece

Pereyra, who began her formal dance training at the Boston Arts Academy, joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2011, and is a featured dancer in all of the Ailey premieres this season. She is set to perform in several works when the world-renowned dance troupe returns to Boston March 17-20 at the Citi Performing Arts Center — as part of the 45th presentation by the Celebrity Series of Boston.