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A Taste of Boston, Massachusetts

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  1. Boston is the capital and largest city in Massachusetts, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Boston city proper had a estimated population of 645,169.

  2. With many colleges and universities within the city and surrounding area, Boston is an international center of higher education and a center for medicine. The city's economy is also based on research, electronics, engineering, finance, and high technology—principally biotechnology.

  3. The city was ranked number one for innovation, both globally and in North America, for a variety of reasons. Boston has been experiencing gentrification, and has one of the highest costs of living in the United States, though it remains high on world livability rankings, ranking third in the US and 37th globally.

  4. In 2002, Forbes Magazine ranked the Boston Public Schools as the best large city school system in the country, with a graduation rate of 82%. In 2005, the student population within the school system was 45.5% Black or African American, 31.2% Hispanic or Latino, 14% White, and 9% Asian, as compared with 24%, 14%, 49%, and 8% respectively for the city as a whole.

  5. Boston has a climate that is continental in nature but with maritime influences owing to its coastal location. Summers are typically warm, rainy, and humid, while winters are cold, windy, and snowy. Spring and fall are usually mild, but conditions are widely varied, depending on wind direction and jet stream positioning.

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Demographics of Boston, Massachusetts

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a touch of history

Phillis Wheatley
was the first published African-American female poet. Born in West Africa, she was sold into slavery at the age of seven and transported to North America. She was purchased by the Wheatley family of Boston, who taught her to read and write, and encouraged her poetry when they saw her talent.

 Phillis Wheatley
Frontispiece to Phillis Wheatley's Poems on Various Subjects...

This work is in the public domain -

First African-American Poet former slave Phillis Wheatley Oct 1, 1775



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Roxbury (January 30, 2017) – Charles Clemons Muhammad, a candidate for the Boston City Council's District 7, led a march and rally last Thursday in Boston to show solidarity with Boston's immigrant and Muslim communities.

Muhammad organized the rally in response to President Donald Trump's executive order reinstating the government's Secure Communities Program utilized by the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to target undocumented immigrants for removal.

"Many of our neighbors, children, friends, and loved ones are living in fear. Children are scared that their parents will be removed," Muhammad said to residents and Muslim leaders at the rally.

Bill Wright, campaign manager for Muhammad, said Bostonians need to defend immigrants, particularly recent immigrants.


"Boston - and America - was built by immigrants. We all have an obligation and a duty to stand up for new immigrants in our country - the greatest land of opportunity on this planet," he said.

Roxbury's population of nearly 60,000 residents is made up of over 25 percent immigrants.

Trump's order directs the state department to withhold visas or take other measures to ensure that nations agree to take back immigrants removed from the United States. The order also threatens to deny federal grant money to the nearly 300 Sanctuary Cities throughout the United States, including Boston, that provide a safe haven for undocumented immigrants and refuse to comply with government policies that tear apart families.

"We must not fear, but stand together. No child should be in fear of losing their parents and we must stick together with our Muslim Community," said Muhammad, who, in addition to his support for Boston's immigrant and Muslim communities, is advocating for affordable housing, quality education, community engagement, and Boston's elderly and senior citizens.

Muhammad, a former Boston Police officer, said he intends to open a district office in Grove Hall and train children to become civically engaged.

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Councillor Yancey cheers upcoming 42nd Annual Boston Caribbean Carnival Boston City Hall (August 26, 2015) – Boston City Councillor Charles C. Yancey today praised the Caribbean American Carnival Association and its president, Shirley Shillingford, for organizing the upcoming 42nd Annual Boston Caribbean Carnival.

The Carnival begins in Boston this Saturday, August 29, 2015, 1:00 p.m. at the intersection of Warren Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard and ends at Franklin Park along Blue Hill Avenue.

Yancey, who has attended nearly every Carnival since its inception, says he’s enormously proud of the increased revenue, global distinction, and Caribbean culture the annual Carnival brings to the City of Boston.

Yancey said the Trinidadian-style Carnival will transform Boston into a stream of colorful costumes and passionate Caribbean sounds.

“I urge you to come out this Saturday and enjoy the best of Caribbean art, food, dance, and entertainment,” he said.

The Boston Caribbean Carnival, founded by the late Ken Bonaparte Mitchell and Ivy Ponder in 1973, annually attracts more than 600,000 people to Boston and is one of the nation’s most successful and longest running carnivals.

Many Carnival traditions evolved from the intricate African culture of creating masks and costumes through painting, sewing, welding and applying feathers, sequins and glitter.

Other Caribbean Carnival events this week include the King and Queen of Carnival, Thursday, August 27, 2015, 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury; and J’ouvert on Saturday, August 29, 2015, 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the intersection of Talbot and Blue Hill Avenues in Dorchester.

Annual Boston Caribbean Carnival

Annual Boston Caribbean Carnival


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Businesses in Boston, Massachusetts

A small percentage of the businesses listed on may not necessarily be black owned and operated but have received favorable reviews from users who have visited the establishment, or from the owners themselves who warmly seek out African American patronage.


  1. A Little Rasta With Your Hair Cut -  Category: Barber -   - 777 Tremont St. (617) 247-7337 Boston, Massachusetts

  2. A1 Barber Shop -  777 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts (617) 247-7337

  3. Boston Hair Extension -  Specializing In Hair Care & Natural Hair Extensions.   176 Newbury St # 2, Boston, MA 02116

  4. Fresh Hair -  Voted best personal service in Jamaica Plain.   62 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 (617) 524-6867  - (visit website)

  5. G2O Spa and Salon -  338 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts (617) 262-2220   - (visit website)

  6. James Joseph Salon -  30 Newbury St, Boston, Massachusetts 02116 (617) 266-7222

  7. Liz Hair Care -  Liz Hair Care caters to clients with exquisite taste and a desire for quality.  1605 Tremont St., Boston, MA (617) 232-2705   - (visit website)

  8. Marlena's Unisex Hair Salon - 900 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801 (617) 817-0416

  9. Nanas Hair Braiding -  910 Huntington Ave Boston, Massachusetts 02115, (617) 277-3306   - (visit website)

  10. New Orleans -  1242 Washington St, Boston, Massachusetts (617) 350-3454

  11. Pigmenta Permanent Cosmetics -  Category: Cosmetics -  We provide the most natural looking permanent cosmetics and eyelash extensions in Boston with our personal attention and our Hand Method Application.  - 218 Newbury St Boston, Massachusetts (718) 535-1570  - (visit website)

  12. Salon Monet Inc. -  176 Newbury St., Boston, Massachusetts (617) 425-0009   - (visit website)

  13. Salon Red & Spa -  350 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts (617) 267-1800   - (visit website)

  14. Skin Deep Medical Spa -  Category: Laser Hair Removal -  Skin Deep Med Spa is a leading provider of laser hair removal in Boston. Our other popular med spa services include: Botox, Dysport, Juvederm, Perlane, Radiesse, Restylane, skin tightening, photo facials and vein removal.  - 231 Newbury Street Floor 2 Boston, Massachusetts (617) 266-7546  - (visit website)

  15. Sun & Snow in Palm Springs -  Indulge yourself in all that is the Salon Red & Spa treatment.   144B Newbury Street, Boston, MA (617) 267-1800  - (visit website)

  16. T & J Nail Design - 1045 Tremont St, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120-2137 (617) 442-2400



  1. Bay State Banner -  Category: African American Newspaper -   68 Fargo St #S811, Boston, MA, (617) 357-4900

  2. Leona Franklin, Ph.D. -  Category: African American Therapists -   - (617) 541-3790 Boston, Massachusetts

  3. Panopticon Gallery -  Category: Art Gallery -  Panopticon Gallery is one of the oldest fine art photography galleries in the United States.  - Inside Hotel Commonwealth, 502C Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215-2606 (617) 267-8929  - (visit website)

  4. Roxbury Technology Corporation -  Category: Retailer/Remanufactured -   3368 Washington Street, Boston, MA 2130 (617) 524-1020 - (visit website)

  5. The Black Library -  Category: Black Book Stores -   325 Huntington Ave., suite 83 Boston, MA 02115 (617) 442-2400 (617) 445-7514

  6. The Center for Multicultural Training -  Category: African American Therapists -   - 617-414-4646 Boston, Massachusetts Ask for LaVerne Blake.



  1. Cafe Dudley -  2306 Washington St, Boston, MA 02119 (617) 989-1118

  2. Chef Lee's II Soul Food -  554 Columbia Rd, Boston, MA 02125 (617) 436-6634

  3. Coast Cafe -  233 River St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (617) 354-7644

  4. Down Home Delivery -   Down Home Delivery & Catering; the best down home southern cooking.   31 Germania St., Jamaica Plain, MA (617) 288-0813  - (visit website)

  5. Heart & Soul Enterprise -  60 State St, Boston, MA 02109-1800 (617) 973-5766

  6. Ray's Soul Kitchen -  239 Dudley St, Roxbury, MA 02119 (617) 427-8400

  7. Slade's Bar & Grill -   Category:Bar & Grill   958 Tremont Street Roxbury, MA (617) 442-4600 -  Slade's Bar & Grill, is an award-winning bar & restaurant located in Boston, with the aim of further boosting the city's vibrant bar, restaurant and live music scene!  - (visit website)

  8. SoulFire -  Catering   (617) 301-8210 - Catering  - (visit website)

  9. The Hen House Wings 'n Waffles -  Categories: Chicken Wings, Southern   1033 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02118 (617) 442-9464



Boston Caribbean Carnival 2010 clips. A lil flava of how we do it in Boston MA.




  1. Bethel AME Church -  38 Walk Hill Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 (617) 524-7900 - (visit website)

  2. Columbus Avenue A. M. E. Zion Church -  600 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02118 (617) 266-2758

  3. Ebenezer Baptist Church -  157 W Springfield St, Boston, MA 02118-1403 (617) 262-7739 - (visit website)

  4. Grant AME Church -  1906 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118-3212 (617) 427-0117

  5. Mt. Calvary Baptist Church -  541 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02118-1401 (617) 247-8614 - (visit website)

  6. St John's St James Episcopal -  149 Roxbury St, Roxbury, MA 02119-1525 (617) 445-8843

  7. Timothy Baptist Church -  35 Highland Street, Roxbury, MA 02119 (617) 445-3820

  8. United Emmanuel Holiness Church -  65 Windsor St, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120-2246 (617) 442-4183



  1. Felt Nightclub -  Category: Nightclub -   533 Washington Street (Downtown) (857) 212-5660

  2. Mottley's Comedy Club -   61 Chatham St., Boston, MA 02109 (877) 615-2844

  3. Scullers Jazz Club -   400 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston, MA (617) 562-4111  - (visit website)

  4. The Black Comedy Explosion in Boston -   PO Box 200084 (617) 590-8334  - (visit website)

  5. Wally's Cafe Inc. -  The oldest family owned and operated jazz clubs in existence.   427 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA (617) 424-1408   - (visit website)



  1. Annual African American Ball
    Location: Campus Center, first floor, University Room terrace and street (Feb)

    1500 - 1600 people expected for this event.

  2. Boston Carnival
    317 Blue Hill Ave, Roxbury, MA 02121 (617) 442-7083 / (617) 642-5185    - (visit website)

    Stimulate your sensibilities with the writings of their writers and the paintings of their painters; and they nourish you with their cosmopolitan food. (Oct)

  3. The Annual Charles C. Yancey Book Fair
    One City Hall Square - Boston - Massachusetts - 02201 (617) 635-3131

    The Yanceys have distributed over 600,000 books to over 25,000 families in Boston since establishing the book fair in 1987. (Held in August)

  4. The Boston Natural Areas Network
    City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive in Mattapan   - (visit website)

    Celebrate the harvest season at the Annual Harvest Festival & Perennial Divide. Exchange, give away, or take plants as BNAN Master Urban Gardeners will be on hand to provide advice. (Oct)




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