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Boston duo reach Apollo Theater song competition finals, to compete live in Harlem 4/30

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April 9, 2014 – Harlem’s iconic Apollo Theater announced that a pair of Boston musicians – Berklee College of Music student Clifton Williams and Mattapan resident Daryl Brown – have been named the two finalists of their Amateur Night Song Competition.

The contest challenged musicians across the country to compose a new theme song for Amateur Night, the Apollo’s signature program. More than 10,000 votes were cast. And last week, Williams and Brown were flown to Harlem to record their compositions.

The final round of online voting is open from now until 7pm on April 30, when Williams and Brown will perform their songs live at a special edition of Amateur Night and the audience will cast their votes via cheers and boos.

The winner, to be determined by the results of the both voting platforms (each weighted at 50 percent), will receive $5,000 and their song named the official theme song of Amateur Night at the Apollo.

hear the songs by Williams and Brown

Interviews available.
Nick Balkin
Berklee | Media Relations
o 617 747-2247

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April 9, 2014 at 3:21 pm

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My New African-American Studies Course

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If 100,000 MOOC studies, took an African American studies course and paid $5 for it, then the professor would net $500,000 minus minor cost of producing the MOOCified material.

Originally posted on The Professor:

I presented this course syllabus to my amazing department chair for next year. I am not shocked by her endorsement and full support. I have spent a great deal of time doing the necessary research to make this course happen. Below is a draft proposed syllabus I presented to her; I will edit and address more specifics later about the daily approaches and readings. Because this is a full-blown seminar course, students will drive each meeting. Hence, there will be assigned discussion leaders, peer sessions, and unique focus settings empowering me in ways that my AP courses do not allow. Further, with my content knowledge and expertise in designing courses, I will be able to take students to levels they have yet to journey.

African-American Studies
Course Syllabus

Instructor: Edward Carson
History Department

Contact Information
Office: (978) 725-6300 ext. 4858 (Link building 306)

My website:

Student Recommendation:…

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March 26, 2014 at 10:26 am

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You’re invited to the African American Students Union at Harvard Business School conference and after-party Mar 28-30th.

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On the weekend of March 28th, you are invited to come to our conference and gain first-hand exposure to C-suite business executives across all industries through our networking sessions after each panel.

Come sharpen your business analyst skills by learning the The Case Method, taught by HBS Professor Andy Zelleke.

After conference events and networking winds down you should drop by the African-American HBS ( Harvard Business School)  After-Party experience. It features VH1’s master of the mix celebrity DJ B Hen.

African American Student Union at Harvard Busienss School

Keynotes Speakers are:

David A. Thomas - Dean, McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University and former H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School

David A. Thomas - Dean, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

David A. Thomas – Dean, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

Obie L. McKenzie - Managing Director BlackRock

Obie L. McKenzie – Managing Director BlackRock

Valerie Mosley - Chairwoman, Valmo Ventures and Former Partner of Wellington Management

Valerie Mosley – Chairwoman, Valmo Ventures and Former Partner of Wellington Management

The Bert King Award Recipient is  Carlton L. Guthrie

Lean Start-up Venture Competition:


Visit the AASU Conference website at for further information including the full schedule of events, presenters, or

Register Now

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March 12, 2014 at 3:13 pm

The Exodus Part I

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I can see the lines that brought my people here.

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Exodus 33:14 states: My presence will go with you. And I will give you REST. I will address the religious allegory associated with the Exodus theme and black migration later. Further, I feel that I should point to the problem of a seemingly reliance on this simple theme in historical and religious studies. But for now, I love this document:

In 1917, the Cleveland Advocate published its take on the Exodus of black folks from the South: “There is no mistaking what is going on; it is going on; it is a regular exodus. It is without head, tail, or leadership. Its greatest factor is momentum, and this is increasing, despite amazing efforts on the part of white Southerners to stop it. People are leaving their homes and everything about them, under cover of night, as though they were going on a day’s journey – leaving forever”.

As I told…

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March 12, 2014 at 1:48 pm

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Why fleeing beyond the suburbs to rural Massachusetts counties will change priorities to worry about.

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Zakim park Boston GardenDo you wonder why no one talks about moving to the country from the cities of Massachusetts where life will be greener and most likely be better?

Well, the Boston Federal Reserve Community Outlook Survey found that moving to rural Massachusetts from urban area changes what people worry about the most.

Make the move and the new list of concerns become: job availability, access to affordable housing, federal budget cuts, state budget cuts, and K–12 education. Also credit scores and home foreclosures appeared on the list of the top 10 challenges, displacing crime and vacant properties.  When cruising on the open roads where houses are spread so far apart I have thought about what is it that people do out here for a living.

For more detailed information read   more than a million people in rural Massachusetts or small town New England.

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February 27, 2014 at 3:23 pm

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Madison Park Development Corp adds new Hibernian Hall talent to bring in the bucks.

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Hibernian Hall Development Officer

Brooke Woodson, VP of Programs

ROXBURY, MA.  Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC), a community-based, non-profit organization focused on developing affordable housing for low and moderate income residents, is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Brooke Woodson as Vice President of Programs.

In his role at MPDC, Woodson will oversee operations at Hibernian Hall, government & media relations, and organizational administration.
Prior to joining Madison Park Development Corporation, Woodson served as Director of the City of Boston’s Small & Local Business Enterprise Office for 20 years.  In this role Mr. Woodson managed the City’s contract compliance program as it relates to business and construction employment opportunities. He was responsible for the second largest certification agency in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with a database of over 1000 businesses. He also oversaw compliance requirements related to over $2 Billion in private construction activity and $1.8 Billion in the City’s five year capital construction budget and served as Director of the Boston Employment Commission which oversees the Boston Residents Jobs Policy.  Prior to being SLBE Director, Brooke served as Chief of Staff to the late City Council President Bruce C. Bolling.

Madison Park Development Corporation’s CEO Jeanne Pinado said, “Brooke’s background and expertise will allow us to expand our community economic development work in Roxbury.”

“I am excited to be joining MPDC which is an exemplary organization doing outstanding work in so many fields,” said Woodson.  “As someone whose family comes from Roxbury, I truly appreciate MPDC’s work in rebuilding the community and I look forward to helping it move to even greater heights.”

Brooke is a graduate of Boston University with a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University.  Brooke currently resides in Boston with his wife and son.

For additional comments, Brooke Woodson can be reached at 617-849-6240 or

Jeanne Pinado can be reached at 617-849-6220 or

About Madison Park Development Corporation

Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC) was founded in 1966 when a group of community activists said no to the threatened destruction of their neighborhood. Over the past 46 years, MPDC has become a champion in revitalizing Lower Roxbury and saying yes to resident-led development and community empowerment. MPDC’s mission is to create quality, mixed-income housing, and to promote the renaissance of Dudley Square as a thriving neighborhood business district, recognized as a center of commerce and culture.


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January 15, 2014 at 10:59 am

African drums! Dance. Kicks. Stomps. Claps. Chants. Step Afrika! this week, ArtsEmerson live.

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If you liked STOMP then you’ll love the astounding energy of Step Afrika!

TICKETs and show brochure  Thurs – Sat |  Nov 7 – 9, Cutler Majestic Theatre

Like a tap without shoes, or a band without instruments, stepping is percussive dance that uses kicks, stomps, claps and chants – all linked to African and modern dance traditions.

As the first professional company devoted to stepping, the world-renowned Step Afrika! brings a high-energy performance to the stage in this feast for both the eyes and ears.

Step Afrika! reaches tens of thousands of Americans each year and has performed on many stages in North & South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.


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November 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm

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