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Separate, friendless, and clueless

Lately, there seem to be a lot of white Americans pleading for people of color, especially black people, to please stop talking about racial issues.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  August 30, 2013

Memphis tears down the house at PPAC

There are worse concerns in America's history of racial inequities than a white DJ getting eyerolls for playing black music. Nonetheless, the musical Memphis will tick you off about the foolishness anyway.
The soul of a city
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 07, 2012

The big loser: Race relations

As I write this column, we are literally in the final stretches of the 2012 presidential election and it seems to be a dead heat.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  November 09, 2012

A racial duet at Dramatic Rep

Their father meant nothing particularly serious when he named his sons, African-American like himself, Lincoln and Booth — in fact, Booth tells his little brother, the names were kind of a joke.
Brothers in arms
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 02, 2012

Pingree and Michaud hope to keep their seats in Maine’s Congressional races

For someone who is skeptical of the Occupy movement, claiming that anti-corporate agitators are "taking young people for a ride . . . [and] using them for political purposes," Jon Courtney is quite conscious of perceived elitism or sense of entitlement.
The status quo ain’t so bad
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 19, 2012
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Review: Butter

Any real-world comparisons between the Sarah Palin-like Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner) and her African-American opponent, Destiny (Yara Shahidi), are encouraged in this over-churned movie that presents itself as a "cutthroat story of greed, blackmail,

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 12, 2012


Will race tip the balance?

Any hope that Barack Obama's election would usher in a "post-racial" politics was, of course, naïve. Race is the great American problem. The great American obsession.
Research from a Brown University professor points to an intriguing answer
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 21, 2012

Encounter with a racist

I've never really liked racists. Today, I see a little value in them after all.
Human Relations
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 29, 2012

Let them talk

I have often joked as a Black woman that I kind of like white racists.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  June 22, 2012

Photos: Run For Your Lives Zombie 5K

Run For Your Lives participants braved a 5K obstacle course while being chased by zombies through Amesbury Sports Park on May 5-6, 2012.
Amesbury Sports Park | May 5-6, 2012

On racelifting

Of all the groups of people from among the wide array of demographics to choose from, I never expected the world of nerd-dom to generate my eleventh-hour inspiration for a column topic, much less one about ingrained racism in society.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  April 27, 2012

Russian protesters can use your help

Back on February 21, Pussy Riot, a group of Russian artist-activists, staged a "punk prayer" to the Virgin Mary, dancing, singing, and chanting at the altar of Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral, in an effort to promote human rights in Russia, which
Eastern movement
By CHRIS STIEGLER  |  April 27, 2012
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Review: Undefeated

Dan Lindsay and T. J. Martin's Oscar-winning documentary about an underequipped high-school football team competing against big-time programs across Tennessee offers a potent contemplation on race and opportunity.
Reflections on race and opportunity
By TOM MEEK  |  March 16, 2012
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Photos: Boston Urban Iditarod 2012

Boston Urban Iditarod teams took over Cambridge roadways during the annual shopping-cart street race (which includes a costume contest, food drive, and bar crawl) on March 3, 2012.
Boston Urban Iditarod | March 3, 2012
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  March 09, 2012

Back to the old days

I love the show Mad Men . Love the attention to period details. Love the acting. Love the characters. Love the fashions the women rocked.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  March 02, 2012

End Black History Month

It's that time again! Let's roll out the black history materials and talk about African-Americans as if most people really care about them, during the shortest month of the year.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  February 03, 2012

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Review: Joyful Noise

There's not much joy but there's plenty of noise of the rafter-rocking gospel singing variety in Tony Graff's musical dramedy.
Rafter-rocking gospel singing
By TOM MEEK  |  January 13, 2012

I’ll miss you, Herman — sorta

The news just a few days ago that Herman Cain was dropping out of the race to become the Republican nominee for the 2012 presidential race kind of made me sad.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  December 09, 2011
Being Elmo: Short Take

Review: Being Elmo

Just in time for the release of The Muppet Movie on November 25 comes Constance Marks's look at the man behind the pilly-fabric Sesame Street character.
A moving portrait of an unheralded artist
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 18, 2011
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Review: Drive

Nicolas Winding Refn's sleek heist flick offers more quiet moments than you'd expect with a title like Drive .
A lot going on below the surface
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 16, 2011
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Review: Attack the Block

As a group of teenage thugs approach their intended victim (only their eyes are visible as they glare at the trainee nurse who's walking the cold south London streets alone on the way home from her shift), you'll be forgiven if you recall the recent wave
London crawling
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 19, 2011

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Review: Point Blank

Samuel (Gilles Lellouche), a student nurse, gets sucked into a quagmire of murder and corruption when a thug kidnaps his pregnant wife, Nadia (Elena Anaya), to blackmail him into springing Hugo (Roschdy Zem), a wounded prisoner held by the police at the
Diminishing returns
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 12, 2011
Boston Convention Center - Urban League

With the Urban League conference coming next week, Boston's movers and shakers are scrambling to project a progressive racial image

After years of trying to convince groups with large minority membership that the Hub is now a welcoming, friendly destination for African-Americans, this is the first big organization to test the theory.
Showtime for New Boston
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 22, 2011

Review: Perishable's emotionally transfixing 1:23

Two things about Carson Kreitzer's 1:23 , which is getting a phenomenal production at Perishable Theatre (through May 7).
Crimes of the heart
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 22, 2011

Class (warfare) is in session

In case you haven't heard yet, the US Census Bureau just announced its findings from the 2010 Census, and even a small state like ours saw a noticeable darkening of the population.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  April 01, 2011

LePage’s numbers

This week, we introduce a regular feature, Gubernatorial Scorecard. We'll evaluate Governor Paul LePage's recent moves.
Gubernatorial scorecard
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 11, 2011


artist: Tricia Rose, Brown University’s hip-hop scholar, discusses rap’s creative crisis

Some 40 years in, rap is nothing less than a cultural juggernaut. But it has not lost its power to provoke.
Keeping it unreal
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 21, 2011

Fusing porn with high art

Porn in the form of prose and poems, along with sexy and graphic illustrations and photos, fill the pages of Salacious , a new magazine dedicated to erotic art and literature, the likes of which you may never have seen — at least not compiled in one pla
A Q-and-A with Salacious founder Katie Diamond
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 14, 2011

'Sorry' was the wrong word

I’ve waited a long damn time for this state to become less white. Now, I can see at least a few people of color every day without breaking a sweat, when nearly nine years ago I could go days upon days without seeing a single non-white face.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  September 17, 2010

Review: Skin

"The definition of a white person is a person who in appearance obviously is a white person . . . or who is generally accepted as a white person and is not in appearance obviously not a white person."
Love will tear us apartheid
By LANCE GOULD  |  January 15, 2010