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Boston Carnival Village photo gallery: 2014 Caribbean Parade rolls on Blue Hill Ave Aug. 23rd

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August 21, 2014 at 4:26 pm

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When do Black Geeks attend info-tech seminars?

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In session with the Amazon “Managing Big Data in the AWS Cloud” Kendall Square presentation.

Its about to start but where are all the Black Geeks? Looking around the room and NONE are here at Amazon HQ- Kendall Sq.


I guess they are working. And most likely not unemployed!

Most Afro- Americans in Boston ask that question when turning out for events like this.

If most aren’t asking it then Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook should be.


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August 19, 2014 at 2:45 pm

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Saxophonist Jaleel Shaw featured on free Aug 3rd Roxbury Jazz at the Fort concert

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Berklee College of Music and the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s ParkARTS program present the Jaleel Shaw Quartet at the annual, free Jazz at the Fort concert, Sunday, August 3, 5:00 p.m., at Roxbury’s Highland Park.

Alumnus saxophonist Shaw is appearing in the midst of a busy summer of performances at jazz festivals throughout Europe and the United States with Tom Harrell’s Colors Of A Dream, and New York City nightclubs with the Roy Haynes Quartet.

Jazz at the Fort is part of Berklee’s Summer in the City series, made possible by presenting sponsor Natixis Global Asset Management, with musical performances by Berklee musicians in neighborhoods throughout Boston.

Entry ways to Highland Park are on Fort Avenue or Beach Glen Street in Roxbury. The park is wheelchair-accessible. Parking is available at Columbus Avenue and Cedar Street in the Roxbury Community College lot. The park is also a short walk from the MBTA Roxbury Crossing Station.

In the event of RAIN,the concert will move to Roxbury Community College’s Media Arts Center, 1234 Columbus Avenue.

For more information call 617 747-6057.

Shaw’s reputation as a composer and improviser got a boost when a concert he performed in the Checkout – Live at Berklee series was streamed global by NPR. His three CDs, Perspective, Optimism, and The Soundtrack Of Things To Come, earned praise by jazz critics at the New York Times.

Shaw is the recipient of an ASCAP Young Composer Award, and was named alto saxophonist of the year in a JazzTimes magazine’s Readers Poll.

Shaw received a full tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music, and graduated with a dual degree in music education and performance. He also earned a masters in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

Since 1997, the multi-faceted ParkARTS program has offered a wide variety of cultural offerings in Boston’s parks including performing, participatory, and visual arts.

By presenting programs in each of these three areas, ParkARTS ensures a broad variety of programming which appeals to many constituencies reaching all of Boston’s neighborhoods.

Berklee’s Office of Community Affairs and Campus Engagement (CACE) cultivates and manages institutional relationships, partnerships, and programs that advance the college, mobilize musicians as leaders, and contribute to the cultural, educational, and artistic development of the Boston area and our Jazz at the Fort is part of Berklee’s Summer in the City series, made possible by presenting sponsor Natixis Global Asset Management, with musical performances by Berklee musicians in neighborhoods throughout Boston.


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August 2, 2014 at 12:52 pm

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Another day and the NABJ.

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Plenty of black and brown people going about their day in Boston are not aware that the National Association of Black Journalists are holding their annual convention in town this week. #NABJ14

But it’s not just another convention for them.

Bus riding with an addressable large audience.


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July 31, 2014 at 2:58 pm

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Summer Reading Tip: 10 African Literature Blogs to read

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( @blackboston Tweets ) received a tip in the channel today and here’s that share.

Kenyan blogger James Murua lists 10 Africanliterature rich blogs:

So you want to keep abreast of what’s happening in the African literature space. Want to get news and reviews from the books written by and about African experience? Try these ones listed in alphabetical order;

1. Authors in Africa – linked to page

This blog focuses on bloggers in the African continent without a focus on mainly writers from all over Sub Saharan Africa. The site gives reviews of books as well as interviews with authors, a section dedicated to poets and essayists, as well as book synopsis and short stories. The site is regularly updated.

2. Bookshy: An Africa book lover – linked page

This blog is managed by a London based book lover. The book contains news from the African literature scene as well as reviewed by the blogger. With over seventy reviews of some of the best books from the continent this is an important space to keep up with our scene. I especially like the “meet” section where the blogger interviews some really cool writers. The blog is updated every week or so.

3. Books Live linked from page

This is probably the most well managed blog out there for Afro lit. With reviews coming regularly as well as the keeping track of what your favourite authors are up to or what is being written about them this might be THE site to keep visiting. Based in South Africa, the blog is rich in content from the writers from Africa’s most southern most country but it also keeps you abreast of many from other parts. There is new content on this site daily. #Win
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June 8, 2014 at 9:08 am

Things most Boston real estate brokers won’t tell you

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They won’t think to show you the AMI (area medium income)  designated properties unless you ask. There once was a a high school on a hill in Jamaica Plain. Its been converted to apartment condo homes  and they are nice, very  nice. A 2br is for sale for approximately $195,000 if you can get it.  Its on Elm Street.   There are 75 units there.    Ask your real estate broker ( note: most apartment rental agents will not tell you about this ) for a list of choices that meet AMI home-buyer guidelines and you could find yourself sitting in front of a deal that’s hard to refuse because its cheaper than renting and you can own. AMI labeled properties are cheaper to rent too.


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buy me


Here’s why.

1) These homes are every bit as good as non-AMI designated homes. An AMI-designated home means the developer and the financing providers got together under government tax reduction policy when the construction deal was going down. They went to market selling enough units at regular price to be able to offer a few of the units at “income-adjusted” prices and they decided that any owner of those units can NEVER sellout for more than 5% over what they paid for it and they have to hold on to it for at least five years, no flipping!!

2) These house are for families and first time home buyers including single people. They are not for people who want to profit when real estate pricing in the neighborhood increases.

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any suburban town Boston

3) There are not a lot of AMI designated housing stock. To get one you must first participate in an official First Time Home Buyers Program and pass it. Your credit score must not suck. You need to make and show you made at least $38,000 last year. Your bills have to be low enough. Your income has to be ready enough. You should not make more than $38,000 if single and more if there are two W2 wage earners in the household. And in some cases, especially for brand new properties, you have to be a lucky winner among people like your financial situation is of the “pool” of potential buyers for the few reduced priced market rate units in that development.

And every development has different rules that ultimately can affect how much it cost to be there. There’s a list of all the Community Development Housing Corporations serving Boston on the web site and its got phone numbers you can call there too.

4) Here’s what’s no so great about these AMI designated units. Well, you have to do the math. When major facility damage occurs, you will be assessed a flat rate amount over and above mortgage, taxes and condo fees, that you have no control over and so will everybody else with a unit in the development. This is because in some cases, the cost of repairing major damage to a building such as replacing its roof or rebuilding a damaged unit will be spread among the haves and the have not in that development.

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shot from across the street


MORE INFO like this is on the Affordable Homes and Rentals web site page.

EVERY Boston First Time Home Buyer approved to purchase an AMI income priced home is likely to run into  Jeffrey Atkins, Program Manager of the  Homeowner / Homebuyer Services at the  Boston Home Center,  City of Boston.  (617) 635-4663


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May 12, 2014 at 4:33 pm

About the Wake up the Earth Festival in JP 2014. It’s starting now.

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Lying dormant in the winter, this yellow bush will wake up in Spring year after year all by itself, as long as we treat the earth right.

There is always a diverse, large, lively and well mannered crowd attending the Wake up the Earth Festival held at the Stony Brook T stop area in Jamaica Plain on the

This 20 plus year tradition is a victim of its own success for all the right reasons. The action begins weeks before parade and festival day when organizers ask the communities of Jamaica Plain and Dudley Commons to start making creative to showcase. Donations help defray the cost of labor and material.

There is corporate and community support behind this, because some parts in this production, like the main concert stage, will cost a small fortune to have there.

The entire Pre-K to Adult diaspora pitches into this creative collective. Their artwork become part of the parade or will be installed at festival park.

The parade first populates the festival exhibition area with people who were in it,

Then from mid-afternoon to dusk, people from all around come streaming on festival ground by the thousands to buy food and goods, explore performing artists and enjoy the fun, family, entertainment and networking atmosphere.

Common Thread/Dudley Square Coalition in partnership with Spontaneous Celebrations and Egleston Square Parade


The Second Annual Dudley Square Parade to the Wake Up the Earth Festival at Stonybrook Park in JP!

(Rain date Sunday May 4, 2014)

10:30 AM Parade assembles at Edward O. Gourdin Veterans Park (Across from B2 Police Station)

Parade Starts at 11:20 AM Sharp!

Calling All Community Partners – Come and Bring the Noise!
Do you have any issues you want to bring to the streets?

March! Walk! Drum! Bike! Be Heard! Have Fun!

Sponsored by:
Spontaneous Celebrations
Common Thread/Dudley Square Coalition
City Feed and Supply
Mt. Washington Bank
Massachusetts Cultural Council


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Madison park Development Corp | 184 Dudley Street, Suite 102


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May 3, 2014 at 8:17 am

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