THE BEGINNINGS: Boston's first Blacks were carried here aboard the slave ship named "Desire" in 1638 according to historical records. We created the Black Boston classic T-shirt souvenir with a unique logo seal to mark our community's founding date.
The ship ran wine and rum up and down the New England coast until it took off across the Atlantic on an order from an investor and it returned here with human black cargo. Now, there are 153,000 Boston African American residents and another 100,000 or so Africans, Caribbean and other blacks among Boston's current population of 635,000 people. 9,000 blacks attend area colleges. Researchers have noted there is 400,000 African American person visits to Massachusetts each year - mostly on family business or tourism.
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.
Boston's India Street in black and white
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.
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:
recruiting blacks for surveys and studies
advertising or marketing your research study
accessing a list of market of potential study volunteers
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.
Affordable 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.
Scan the City of Boston Property Taxes by street address database here.
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.
Get your FREE legal guide to renting a Boston Apartment - here.
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.
Need tips on getting around Black Boston? We will answer your questions
A reader asked: Dear AboutBlackBoston.com,
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 CityofBoston.gov 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.
There is Plenty Going On! What day do you need something?
Download this free map of Roxbury, Dudley Square and points of interests you can get to on your feet using cheap public subway or bus travel.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or view the web page.
BLACK BOSTON TV is BASIC BLACK and more. The shows capture the stories, people, and issues that illuminate the African American experience in the Boston area and beyond. The episodes are also streaming LIVE online and viewers are encouraged to comment online in real time.
Black 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.
Coming 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.
Berklee College of Music hosted African-American software producer
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 wwww.hauinc.org
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.
Greater Boston Ghanian Association - http://www.gagb.org
Africans in Boston - web site coming
Boston Pan-African Forum - www.bpaf.org
Black Business Pages view our list of investors for businesses owned by people of color and locate black, minority, and women owned businesses enterprises in Boston ma and Massachusetts state.
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.
Boston Black Church Worship Services and Historical Info
CHURCH REFERRALS Follow our link to view the black Boston church referral list and see locations where all religious faiths gather in Boston.