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Black Billionaires donate millions of dollars to the Smithsonian National Museum of African and African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The two largest individual donations came from software tech and investment expert Robert Smith giving $20M, and O Magazine publisher Oprah Winfrey giving $21M. Mr. Smith has been a background investor giving hundreds of millions to non-profits focused on preparing African Americans for the 21st century. He said African Americans should look at software as a path to wealth because it requires no overhead and is cheap to make. His gift enables the museum to digitize the complete Afro-American experience. contributed by:Blacksoftware, Inc.


Manhattan Transfer & Take 6
two concerts, two locations

Oct 6th, Cary Memorial Hall Lexington, MA
Oct 9th, Monomoy Regional High School Harwich, MA

Tickets $59 | $69 | $79
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Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 Boston area concerts

The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 will begin a special collaboration with their 2016 "The Summit" tour. The legendary Manhattan Transfer has won 10 Grammy Awards, been inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and continues to wow audiences with live performances throughout the world. Take 6, heralded by Quincy Jones as the ‘baddest vocal cats on the planet’, is the quintessential a capella group and model for vocal genius.


Youth & Family
Free Family Fun and Fall Programs at the Kroc!

KROC Center Dorchester family activities
Aquatics & Swim Lessons
Congregational Life, Culinary Arts
Dance & Performing Arts
Fitness, Sports & Recreation
Salvation Army Kroc Center Boston
650 Dudley Street, Boston, MA 02125




ORISHA DOMAIN: Photographs by Reginald Jackson



Explore the Orisha. Orisha are spiritual forces that manifest themselves through natural events and phenomena within the context of Yoruba cosmology. Learn about West African religious beliefs at the exhibit.
exhibit info link - now ongoing
Location:Museum of the National Center for Afro-American Art and Artists, 300 Walnut Avenue, Boston, MA 02119 (617) 442-8614 Tuesday-Sunday 1:00 pm-5:00 pm.


Roxbury Open Studios

October 1 and 2, 2016


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.


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


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Welcome to the mobile Online Guide to Black Boston, a mobile site offering info about affordable apartment rentals, complimentary passes to advance screenings, jobs and gigs, African American restaurants, churches, black businesses, nightlife, urban professional groups and news. Scroll down for more info. Please click to submit a comment if you don't see what you are looking for.

Medical and social researchers are recruiting people of color for paid and volunteer participation. join here

Jewish Vocational Services is hiring site visitors - link

All about the Roxbury Cultural District project. more info

Boston urban professional networking groups

Affordable rental apartments and homes for sale are here

BostonFab and LiteWorks events - listings appear here

Performance Theaters: ARTSEmerson, Huntington Theatre, Company One, Hibernian Hall - see schedule of performances at artsboston.org.

Jazz - all over town, local and national touring acts
see Jazzboston.org listings.

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Boston hotel room rates

Black Business Referrals


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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
PARENTS RESEARCH STUDY


African American Pentecostal research

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


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

Family Fun Nights at the Kroc
The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is hosting two Family Fun nights this fall, a trivia and karaoke night as well as a paint night. When: Trivia and Karaoke Night on October 14 & Paint Night on November 4. Free admission to all from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Where: The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 650 Dudley Street, Dorchester, MA 02125. More Info: Please call 617-318-6900

Black Nativity Open Cast Call for Adults and Children.
Seeking African Americans for stage production theater. audition web site

Coffee Hour
What: The Friends of Codman Square Branch Library are hosting a weekly coffee and conversation hour. Coffee and friends - the perfect combination! When: Wednesdays at 10:30 AM. Where: Codman Square Branch Library, 690 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02111. More info: Please call 617-436-8214

Immigration Consultants with Volunteer Attorneys
What: These consultations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call at least 1 week in advance for interpretations other than Spanish and/or disability accommodations. When: The first and third Wednesdays of every month from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Where: Boston City Hall, Room 806. More Info: Please call 617-635-2980

$1 Friday Nights at Boston Children’s Museum
What: Every Friday evening families can enjoy the entire Boston Children’s Museum for $1. The museum includes an Art Studio, Construction Zone, and more. When: Friday nights from 5:00 – 9:00 PM. Where: Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress Street, Boston
More Info on this web site.

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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.

    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.

    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.

    click to view company listings
    black owned business list


    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.


    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.
    Elma Lewis NCAAA Tower photo
    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

    boston attraction


    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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