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Early America: Africans from Angola and West Africa were brought to Boston in 1638. It was a small group of black men and women. A black community was born. It gained prominence through the 17th, 18th and 19th century. From 1950 to about 1970, redlining and racism caused Blacks to take root and displace the Irish and Jewish people living in the Boston communities of Mattapan, Dorchester and Roxbury. This disruption created a four zip code "Black Boston" part of town.

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Who knows where a black-owned bed and breakfast is in Cambridge, MA? Who has AirBnB rentals in Greater Boston? To make your suggestion, click here to send it..

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Research study professionals want you. They are paying for your time. We list active projects targeting people of color. Each one pays at different scales. Some are surveys while others are physically participatory. Click to Join a Study or to request more info about them.


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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Affordable housing deals save dollars. You'll see rental rates 50% below market rate. You'll see homes for sale at 30-45% below market rate. Incomes as low as $41,000 qualify for condo and single-family house purchases. Find out where you stand.
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AboutBlackBoston Online Viewer Demographics

Viewers reflect Greater Boston's diverse population. Africans, African Americans, Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Latinos, Brazilians, Portuguese and all people of color come. How do we know? We get out and have conversations, receive photos in email, share social media profiles, conduct advance movie screening seat fills and we're talking to visitors at our digital front doors. 78% during a measurement period are new visitors. A majority are referred by organic SEO.

30% of our viewers are ages 18-24, 38% are 25-34 years old, 18% are 35-44, 17% are 45-54 years old, 15% are 55-64 years old and 4% are 65+. Teens are visiting in small numbers.

The top ten places sending people are: 59% from Boston, 6.81% from Cambridge, Randolph sends 6.59%, Brookline sends 1.98% and a collective 7% arrive from Framingham, Quincy, Malden, Watertown, Milton and Stoughton combined. The Top Five States we get traffic from are: Massachusetts contributes 70%, New York sends 7.23%, California 3.08%, Washington DC District of Columbia 1.69%, and Georgia delivers 1.54% of all viewers to the site. (source: Google Analytics tagged pages, March 15, 2017.)


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Black business owners submitted their contact info and we're sharing the list. A list of minority-owned MBE and DBE vendors, contractors, trades and professionals is also here.

Business list types:

1- Black owner list submittals
2- state certified MBE business list
3- Our black business The Business Sign-Up for Referral Form

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CHAT LIVE. Click the chat feature button to start one with the producer during your visit. Thanks for visiting an AboutBlackBoston Online site. Others include BlackBoston.com, Smallwall.net, AboutBlackBoston.com, @BlackBoston Tweets and the Facebook.com/abbinfo page.

MEDIA - Television and Black Museums


Blacks on TV
BLACK BOSTON TV offers local, and regional programming choices. The WGBH Basic Black series show is the longest running public affairs television program in Boston. BNN-TV Channel 23 is Boston's Public Access tv station offering a full slate of programming by people of color.

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.

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K-12 class Sizes by race and ethnicity

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Community Outreach
AboutBlackBoston Online content is rated good for the whole family. Young internet users will find a teen resume guide, community activities and announcements. You'll see mentions about mentoring and development organizations who work with youth.
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Airport Taxi Pools
Taxis wait at terminals 24 hours a day. Hotel shuttles are your best bet, then LYFT, taxis or private cars-for-hire.
Transportation for hire
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Take a quick look at the low hotel room rates quoted to convention planners.

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$35 via LYFT will take you from the airport to a suburban hotel that charges $100 less than Boston rates per night. Many hotels offer shuttle service to the airport.
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Another great Butlerian odyssey of one woman who is twice as feeling in a world that has become doubly dehumanized in the year 2025. by Octavia Estelle Butler, novelist.

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