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Benjamin Clementine approaches

Benjamin Clementine — the uncategorizable London-based singer-poet, pianist, and composer who won England’s coveted Mercury Prize for his 2015 debut album At Least for Now — has been compared to Nina Simone, Antony, and Édith Piaf for his striking, otherworldly vocal delivery.


Catch Benjamin Clementine at MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA WAY, NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247 on Saturday, October 15, at 8:30pm.


medical and social researchers are bringing it with paid and volunteer research studies you can join - link

Aug 17th, 7PM HANDS OF STONE movie starring USHER screens to guest list - link

WGBH 2 host Callie Crossley wins big at NABJ 2016 convention - link

Jewish Vocational Services is hiring site visitors - link

Madison Park and Hibernian Hall celebrate ROXBURY STRONG 50th with free theatrical performances - link




All about the Roxbury Cultural District project. more info


Join an interesting research study

African American women in Massachusetts or CT aged 20 or older who have attended a Pentecostal church and experienced depression are invited to participate in this research study being conducted by Dawn Davis, Ph D candidate.
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call Dawn Davis at (413)-233-7195 or email dawn.davis@waldennu.edu
volunteers recruited for research in Boston


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African American parents are invited to volunteer for a research study about culture and parenting practices. You might be eligible if you identify as African-American (Black American) and you have a child between the ages of 4 and 12. A $25 Gift Card is provided to participants. call (617) 358-2246 or e-mail gnking@bu.edu
African American Parents Study


The UMASS Trotter Institute is surveying black immigrants

The Trotter Institute at UMASS is conducting a survey of black immigrants to learn what you need in Boston. Enter survey online for chance to win a $25 Gift card.


way back black history of Boston

In 2006 the first African American Governor of Massachusetts was elected to office. Boston black community was established in 1638 when a group of Africans from Angola and West African nations were brought here on a ship. These black men and women, enslaved by dominant rivals in West African states, were traded out to Portuguese, Dutch, English and French merchants before arriving in Boston.

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Ongoing Events

Elma Lewis in the Park 2016 events

Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park 2016 every Tuesday thru August. Origination performs for children in the morning. In the evening, jazz and pop music artists perform on stage. Free all summer at Franklin Park and Golf Course.


FREE ADMISSION on Fridays to 87 museums and cultural sites. View the Fun Free Fridays Schedule.


Invisible: Imprints of Racism dance performance at Ramsay Park
An inner-city dance group produced by Anna Myer and collaborators, with a grant from NEFA, will perform "Invisible: Imprints from Racism" at Ramsay park basketball court and then at Franklin Field House Development outdoors in the hood. The show features Boston’s leading hip hop and modern dancers, and poets. In making the piece, diversity was intentional to ensure "Invisible" includes a wide variety of viewpoints and personal experiences regarding racism. Mayor Walsh is expected to attend. Contact Jennifer Effron, 917-494-4417 for more info.


Who's Hiring -- >
Wyman Gordon Engineering Accts Payable department
employers seeking people of color

Salsa clases - salsa classes will be held at White Stadium in Franklin Park. Info available from FranklinParkCoalition.org. Lessons are free.


BostonFab and LiteWorks events - various events coming up.


ARTSEmerson | Huntington Theatre | Company One | Hibernian Hall performance theater - see schedule at artsboston.org.


Jazz - live shows all over town, local acts and touring jazz stars in clubs, restaurants and outdoors See Jazzboston.org listings.


1,000 family events are listed in the COB Summer in the Parks Program Guide.


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Black Museums

  • On Beacon Hill in downtown Boston, the National Parks Service hosts the Museum of African American History. You can do walking tours, hear guest speakers and learn about Boston's African and African American history.

  • Visit the Massachusetts Historical Society for the collections of writer and activist Phillis Wheatley, the gallery of Boston's Slavery and Freedom history and attend free onsite events at the building on 1154 Boylston Street, Back Bay Boston.

  • the Malcom X home in Roxbury is a historic treasure. The house had fell into disrepair but historians took note and new development is ongoing. The grounds were recently excavated, artifacts were found, the objects are in production for future exposition while sponsors are developing the house to become a destination and attraction.

  • The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists brings the best of the Black art world to you. Location: 14 Walnut Street, Roxbury MA. ncaaa.org

  • Soul food restaurants

    • Down Home Delivery and Catering in the heart of Black Boston is operated by the Webster family out of Macon, GA. The restaurant offers full breakfast and dinner menus containing mouthwatering homemade delicacies - http://www.downhomedelivery.com.


    • DCKB Soul Food restaurant has crispy fried catfish strips, sweet and sticky peach chili wings, lightly battered Rhode Island calamari, and other DCBK appetizers and cocktail at DCBKBOSTON.COM soul food.


    • Jamaican, Caribbean and Hispance and Latino restaurants line the streets on Dorchester on Washington Street in clusters. Another cluster is in Hyde Park. Request directions and restaurant names using the form below and we'll show you the way there.


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    Affordable Apartments and Housing

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    Boston black church tip

    On radio, there is Boston Praise Radio on the dial at WBPG-LP 102.9 FM. See a list of Boston black churches here. AboutBlackBoston.com church reviews.



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    Minority Business Enterprise
    Boston directory of MBEs

    Over $300 million annual dollars transfers to the black business community from state and local governments buying from black owned companies registered in the state of Massachusetts.

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    Purchase the Directory for $12.95
    a digital database of firms operating in Massachusetts.


    The Black Business Startup Community

    Startup-company accelerators and incubators and their cooperative investors are actively developing business ideas submitted by people of color who live in Roxbury and throughout the region. There are a numerous organizations offering these services.

    On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, Mayor Martin J. Walsh signed an Executive Order to ensure that minority and women entrepreneurs are afforded fair and equitable opportunities when competing for City contracts.

    Some wonderful advocacy and networking orgs help connect contracts and corporate diversity officers to minority enterprises. They are: SDO the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office, the City of Boston Minority Business Enterprise Department, and GNESDC the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc., a non-profit affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

    The ROXBURY INNOVATION CENTER (RIC) is offering classes and workshops to people who want to start and grow a business. Modeled after entreprenurial start-up boosters in Cambridge and Boston's Innovation District, the RIC is a place to learn customer development and company building.


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    Black Lives Matter Cofounders photo
    #BLM co-founders Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi.
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    Here's that thoughtful Obama speech transcript about what he said when he spoke in Selma, Alabama on the 50th Anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” Civil Rights March.


    AboutBlackBoston.com Social Media Channels

    The @blackBoston Tweets channel has 1,929 followers as of 4/16/16.

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    Black Boston Population Counts

    Boston has 150,437 black persons. Go West and there are 34,073 in Springfield. The town of Brockton has 29,276. Worcester has 21,056, the 12,308 black residents of Randolph represent the highest percentage of black residents per total population among a Massachusetts city or town. Cambridge has 12,253 blacks, Lynn has 11,540, Malden has 8.796, Milton has 3,872, Everett has 5,962. source: New England Blacks in Philantrophy / UMASS Trotter Inst study


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    Massachusetts history is deep and complete.

    Boston History sites
    Monuments stand proud thoughout the Commonwealth. Black History attractions are well-kept, shined and nutured. Ten million of the most educated tourists in the world visit Boston's Faneuil Hall area each year for Boston attractions and Cape Cod scenery.


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    AboutBlackBoston.com sources, curates and shares info with its readers and e-mail listers. And we love sending you deals too good to be true like free movie tickets and offers to attend music and theater. The @blackboston Tweets Twitter Channel complements the AboutBlackBoston.com web site with networking and knowledge trade.


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    JOBS CAREERS

    There is a lot of opportunity in Boston. Blacks add two billion dollars annually to Boston's $380B economy.

    Wyman Gordon Engineeering is hiring

    Visit AboutBlackBoston.com/careers

    Employers are aggressively hiring people of color


    While a majority of blacks live in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan, which is referred to as Black Boston, the richest blacks have lived outside these borders, but that may change with the gentrification of Dudley Square well underway.

    Boston Ma is a majority-minority city where 53% of the population are people of color.

    Your opportunities are endless here.

    Boston Attractions

    Black history is no mystery in Boston. Here's how we got here.

    The first Africans arrived in Boston aboard the slave ship named "Desire." Puritans from Boston England had settled. Together, they fought British rulers for independence. Black Yankees built a church and a school back in the day that still stands on Beacon Hill. Managed by the National Park Service, the Museum of African American History, the Abiel Smith School, and the original African Meeting House an church are at 20 Joy Street.

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    Guitar Man on the Ferdinand
    Black Blues Guitarman on the Ferdinand Building
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    artist mural on the Ferdinand Building (2005)


    Boston Afro-Artists have plans for a new museum with entertainment complex.
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    of the Tremont Crossing Parcel 3 development.


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    statue of Phyllis Wheatley
    America's first black poetess
    co-founder of the black literature genre

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    Boston Sports

    Celtics great Bill Russell
    in bronze at City Hall Plaza

    Bill Russell Celtics basketball great closeup photo of statue at City Hall Plaza

    Love for sports and the teams add to the city vibe. The pre-Marathon Red Sox games with Toronto gave fans something to cheer for. The Red Sox won the Friday night game by 5-3. Local sports media coverage of the Red Sox, the New England Patriots, the Boston Bruins, the Celtics and The New England Revolution often dominates TV news. Head out to a park, bargain for a ticket on the street if they're sold out and experience a game live. Its great!


    Investors are Here

    We're excited to connect you to investors who fund businesses lead by people of color. Startup companies are the rave! And if you are already seeing revenue for your products, web site or creative, that's a good thing because you can get more capital to hit another milestone.

    AboutBlackBoston.com lists investors who fund and mentor early stage companies with seed capital and advice.


    Business CONNECT

    Black and Minority Business Owners are encouraged to SIGN-UP for future referrals.

    Homeowners, construction contractors, people seeking health counseling, tree removers, accountants and others are taking a look at our online referral database when looking for places to spend money and you can be there, its a free listing!




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