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THE BEGINNINGS: Boston's first Blacks arrived in the year 1638, says historians. Boston hosts 153,000 Boston African American residents and approximately 100,000 blacks from Africa, the Caribbean and other countries.

Race and Racism in Boston 2016

Who says Boston is racist

Race and racism in Boston #RaceinBoston conversations were held on WCVB 5 live television one night this month. Viewers, panelists and studio audience members described their experiences with Boston police and talked about what it is like being black or a person of color in Boston among white Bostonians. During the one hour on air broadcast, people posted comments online. They left thoughtful and productive opinions. Some posted racist thoughts.

According to most comments left by viewers, they were glad WCVB and the Boston Foundation had teamed to sponsor this No Commercial break town hall style discussion about race and racism in Boston.

The TV station presumably had huge profits from political advertisements during the year. With help from the Boston Foundation, WCVB invested in this. Perhaps this was their way of giving back to the community for they had to pay for the production, staff, and the air time advertisers would normally be paying for to make this broadcast happen. KUDOS WCVB! At one point 16,400 persons had clicked to stream the live video and the number continued to rise during the broadcast.

African American parents are invited to join this 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 Gift Card of $25 will be provided to participants.
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Yaa Gyasi is a writer's writer in that the work she does is revered by the best authors in the business. And we agree with them.

Her photo in a Wall Street Journal caught our eye and beneath it was a review of her new novel titled HOMEGOING. It obviously impressed the WSJ reviewer. The story said the novel was coming out June 7th and sure enough, I walk into a Barnes and Nobles in Braintree and there it was on a special shelf with about 10 other books marked "Books We are Talking About."

This was a good sign. I pulled it off that shelf and sat down to read it. Sure enough, it is a gold-plated gem. Yaa Gyasi was able to get back to explaining to us a lifestyle her African ancestors had before the dungeons in Ghana were filled to the brim with human slave cargo.

It is this lifestyle that many Africans in America, African-Americans and other Americans do not know anything about. That alone makes it worth reading this book, if diversity and inclusion really means what we live for it to mean.

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Blacks make up 45 different ethnic groups and have produced the world's most influential cultures (HLGates.) The "BLACK BOSTON zip codes 02119, 02120, 02121 and 02126 define borders for Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan neighborhoods.

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Research Study Recruiting

We provide marketing and outreach support to doctors, bio medical teams, scientists, social researchers and the research community who are actively recruiting Africans, Africans Americans and people of color for research projects. When people of color participate in National Institute of Health (NIH) sponsored research, we believe the outcome for new therapy, pharmaceuticals and techniques are made even more accurate by the involvement of Black people in the development. This writer has been a CAT ( computer axial tomography ) brain and whole body scan customer engineer and has had years of professional experience supporting IT systems in funded bio-tech startups in Massachusetts, whose mission was to create a more effective drug or component. Request a flat rate quote for:

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Boston Apartment Rental Leads

What if you want to rent a great apartment in Cambridge? CHROMA is a new 96-unit building at 240 Sydney Street in Cambridgeport. Their studio apartments rent for $2,350, 1BR for $2,650, 2BR for $3,350 .. so there you go. For income-restricted housing that cost 50% less and is just as good send us a note.

Movef.comAffordable Homes - When your household income is between $20,000 and $65,000, the Boston market offers income-restricted apartment unit rentals which may be studio apartments, 1BR,2BR,3BR in great neighborhoods.

Cheap apartments, cheap studios - First, we'll set your expectation that your rent for income restricted studio and apartment rentals begins at $7-900 (before Sec 8 voucher discounts if you have one) when you make at least but not more than $35,000 a year. There are cases where you can make a lot more and still qualify for income-restricted housing.

Click here to download our affordable apartment rental price sheets and brochures. To own, there are developments offering newly-built or land trust restricted houses beginning at $249,000 each.

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Room rental rates hover around $6-$800/month for short term stay in desireable neighborhoods.

Usually, you get a big room in a multi-room shared house environment. But lodging quarters are professional run HOSTELS offering limited stay from 1 day to 14 days max beginning at $40/night for bunk rooms or $90/night for privatfe space. This Boston HOSTEL web site give you more info - HI Boston hostel web site.

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Home Prices

Real estate prices for condos in Boston have moved ahead of the average price for single family homes in March 2016 according to Warren Group reports. Average CONDO prices were $320,000 compared to $315,000 for the median single-family home price. Close to Boston about 15 miles out are communities where single-family houses of equal if not more square footage than the Boston ones, are selling for $230,000 or $95,000 less than their city rivals.

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We will answer your questions
A reader asked: Dear, Where shall I take my 3 year old for fun activities where its likely that there are African Americans playing there?"

Answer: I first think of playgrounds and where we would take the kids outdoors. We would often drive around looking for playgrounds that were inviting and we found quite a few. Franklin Park and Boston Common are two really huge outdoor green spaces where there is plenty to see and do. Go to the Franklin Park zoo, go to Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain, visit the Children's museum, the Science museum, Google the Wheelock Family Theatre and Hibernian Hall - you'll find other local institutions like them oferring programs for kids, check out the web site Calendar of Events.

The Children's Museum, New England Aquarium and the Museum of Science cost big bucks to go often. The YMCA on MLK Blvd Boston and the one across from Cambridge City Hall or The KROC Center on Blue Hill Avenue offer good stuff free or cheap and at any one of these three institutions, we guarantee your child will meet diverse and multilingual persons to play with.

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Boston Diversity

You can Count On YPN - the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (ULEM) to fill a void in your networking life. YPN is the sweet spot for ethnics who are 19 to 45 and desire to meet people via networking. For more information about YPN email: or view the web page.

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a James Baldwin photo rendered on computer by artist Joe WilliamsBlack Boston History Destinations

The Museum of Afro-American History on Beacon Hill offers guided tours while exhibiting Colonial African American life in Boston.

The Robert Gould Shaw and U.S. 54th Regiment Memorial nearby has Civil War figures of Shaw and his decorated posse. Along the Black Heritage Trail is a stroll to the African Meeting House and beyond.... Condo develpment coverted Dr. Martin Luther King's apartment
on Massachusetts Avenue. His former apartment was used during his Boston University years. The apartment is located near the Massachusetts Avenue MBTA Orange Line stop and just around the corner from the Boston Pops and the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Symphony Hall acoustic hideway, which anchors the corner bounded by Huntington Avenue, New England Conservatory, the Huntington Theatre and Pizzaria Uno's.

The Malcolm X House is in Roxbury where he lived with his half-sister near the Grove Hall community. Around the corner from Grove Hall sits the National Center of Afro-American Artists castle and tourist magnet.

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Billions are spent on travel by African Americans every yearComing in via Logan International Airport? Our travel info page provides useful information for getting around town. View and download all MBTA public transportation routes and estimate taxi cab fares from Logan to over 300 towns in Massachusetts.

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WBGH Speaker Forum Photo of Dr. Henry Louis Gates of Harvard University
In a 1hr 21min video delinked by WGBH, Henry Louis Gates explained how he convinced Bill Gates to spend Microsoft's money creating the "Africana Encarta" multimedia software CD-ROM, and there was dRAMA. Wine. Dinner. Farrakhan. Fantasy! Money! BoJangles, in the conversation.

Haitian-Americans United, Inc. Mattapan

The Haitian-Americans United, Inc. (H.A.U.) is a non-profit organization founded in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Operations are in Mattapan, Ma. The organizations mission is to improve the quality of life for Haitians and Haitian-Americans through education, community empowerment and cultural development.

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African American Massachusetts Tourist Profiles (2003 stats)

Who Tours Boston? What BLACKS visits BOSTON MA?

Numbers are way up since 2003 when an official report commissioned by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) was released. The report shows 16 million visitors came to the state in 2003. Most arrived July through September. Ninety-three percent of these visitors and tourists to Massachusetts were white.

2.7% were African American (400,000 rounded). 2.3% were Spanish or of Hispanic orgin, and 1.3% were Asian, while other ethnic groups were represented by 2.2% of all travelers. Most drove their own cars to get here and fifty-six percent of all visitors were residents of other New England states according to the report. Last year in 2013, the Logan International Airport and CruisePort shipdock venues saw 30,000,000 passenger visits combined so you know the numbers have for the Boston area.

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