Reviving ‘The Mikado’ in a Balancing Act of Taste

A staging of this Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, set in an imaginary 1880s Japan, hopes to please fans while not being offensive.

The Year in Style 2016: Afrofuturism: The Next Generation

In 2016, an Afrocentric sci-fi vision infiltrated the mainstream, powering up for uncertain times.

Critic’s Notebook: The Rise of the Internet Fan Bully

A member of the group Fifth Harmony was cyberbullied into silence, showing how celebrity fandom can quickly curdle into hate.

An ‘Otello’ Without Blackface Highlights an Enduring Tradition in Opera

That leading opera houses have continued to use blackface into the 21st century may be more surprising to many people than the news that the Met is ending it.


Nicki Minaj: Black Women ‘Rarely Rewarded’ for Pop Culture Contributions

The singer set off a debate when she reacted to a snub from the MTV Video Music Awards by pointing to racism in the music industry.