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June 12, 2015

 Q-Tip, left, Phife Dawg and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Photo by Ernie Paniccioli, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

 

For his directorial debut, actor Michael Rapaport (“Bamboozled,” “Boston Public”), trained his lens on one of his first loves: hip-hop.

 

“For me, a Tribe Ca...

June 5, 2015

Chuck Brown is still performing live at age 75. All photos by John Shore.

 

After 49 years in the music industry, native Washingtonian Chuck Brown wanted to spend his recently celebrated 75th birthday doing what he’s become legendary for in his hometown: performing to a...

May 29, 2015

For over 70 years, Jimmy Carter — not to be mistaken with the former president — has been at the helm of the legendary band, the Blind Boys of Alabama. Formed as a gospel a capella group at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939, the group toured for almost...

May 22, 2015

 Audra McDonald started performing at her local dinner theater in Fresno, Calif., at the age of 9. By the time she was 16, she had memorized hundreds of songs and was performing daily in cabarets and musical theater. After graduating from the Juilliard School, where sh...

May 15, 2015

In May 1961, despite two Supreme Court decisions that mandated the desegregation of interstate travel facilities, African-Americans faced violent hostility and racism while traveling through the South. Interstate bus companies such as Greyhound prohibited black and whi...

May 8, 2015

 Renee Robinson performs in Alvin Ailey’s “Cry.” Photo by Christopher Duggan.

 

For more than three decades, taking in a performance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre meant not only experiencing some of the best of the art form, but also seeing the work of one da...

May 1, 2015

 

To hear Raphael Saadiq list his musical influences is like getting a rundown of the pantheon of 60s and 70s music. Sam Cooke. The Temptations. Earth, Wind & Fire. The Grateful Dead. The Mamas and the Papas. Bob Marley and the Wailers.

 

“I’ve only listened to the greats...

April 24, 2015

According to the Children’s Defense Fund, more than 400,000 children are registered in the foster care system in the United States, and less than one in four are adopted each year. 26,000 of these young people age out of the foster care system every year while still in...

April 17, 2015

“Nothing’s difficult. Everything’s a challenge. Through adversity to the stars. From the last plane to the last bullet to the last minute to the last man – we fight. WE fight! We FIGHT!”

That’s the mantra of executive producer George Lucas’ latest film “Red Tails” which...

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