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.
RECLAIM ROXBURY -Sep 29th Meeting
Four parcels of land are up for grabs and the RECLAIM ROXBURY group is discussing what you want to do with it. You can attend if you want to be there. Its at Roxbury Community College on September 29th. Follow twitter.com/reclaimroxbury
The Smithsonian National Museum of African and African American History and Culture formally opened to the public on September 25th, 2016.
Jewish Vocational Services is hiring site visitors - see jobs list
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.
Oaks Bluff highlights
We're back from a week of beach play and blogging from the island of Oaks Bluff, Martha's Vineyard. Summer in August is good time to go. The island has black people from everywhere, African American film festivals, black comedy shows, the Harlem Fine Arts show and more. These are just a few photos from the "black beach" Inkwell and Highlands area.
The Cottagers are 100 black women who own property and homes on Martha's Vineyard and won't sell out! They celebrated their 60th anniversary this past August 11th. The Cottagers are an example of how African Americans can band together over property control and push back against the evil forces of gentrification. Full Story
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.
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: email@example.com 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.