Things to do and Black Boston highlights. Code classes, Night club list, Black Businesses, #BuyBlack shopping, Museums and more.
Things to Do
AFROFUTURISM at MAAH Friday & Saturday, Sept 21,21st
Lecture & conversations with Professor John Jennings on Black Comix begins at 6:30 p.m. Discussions and FREE workshops on Saturday about Afro-Futurism, graphic novels, and independent black publishing.
image by John Jennings REGISTER HERE(free) for the Saturday Workshops featuring: John Jennings "Vibrant Thing: Coloring Comics on the IPad Pro;" Barrington S. Edwards "Rendering the Future; Conceptual and Technical Methods;" Joel Christian Gill
"Semiotics, Storytelling, and the Language of Comic;" Cagen Luse "Black Nerds Unite! Social media publishing and networking in the digital age;" Jabari Asim "We Can't Breathe: Using Our Stories to Protect our Future;"
Jerry Craft "Representing our people: A creator's journey from self-publishing to the mainstream."
Oct 16th King Legacy Night gala tickets at MFA Boston are going fast!
400 of 600 have already been sold. The event raises money for the MLK Boston Common memorial art installation and long term community educational programming project. The event will bring iconic civil rights leaders - Harry Belafonte, Bakari Sellers, C.T. Vivian, as well as entertainment by the New England Conservatory of Music's gospel choir, four-time Grammy winner, Esperanza Spalding, a special performance by pop icon Taylor Dayne, and a concert performance by one of the top-selling musical groups of all time, Earth, Wind & Fire.
Tickets are $475 -- $1,000.00learn more
THE PECULIAR PATRIOT
a National Black Theatre and Hi-Arts Production
playing at ArtsEmerson
written and performed by LIZA JESSIE PETERSON
starts OCTOBER 17 – 28, 2018
ArtsEmerson, Boston’s leading presenter of contemporary world theatre, is thrilled to welcome the first U.S. tour of National Black Theatre and Hi-ARTS’s timely and urgent production, The Peculiar Patriot. Inspired by her decades-long work with prison populations, including on the notorious Riker’s Island, Liza Jessie Peterson’s one-woman show unpacks the human impact of mass incarceration in America.
The production runs two weeks at the Emerson Paramount Center’s Jackie Liebergott Black Box, located at 559 Washington Street in downtown Boston.
2nd Tuesdays of every month - Japanese/English Language exchange with THE JAPAN SOCIETY OF BOSTON from 5-7pm, $5, CIC Boston, Meridian Room, 5th Floor 50 Milk Street, Boston japansocietyboston.org
9/24 Intro to Machine Learning: FREE CLASS 10/8, 10/22, 11/5 - register
9/24 - BraveSpace: A Conversation on Diversity in Media & Communications -
9/26 - Intro to Lasercutting: Lasercut Puzzle Coasters! - link
9/26 - Fairmount Innovation Lab's Grand Re-Opening - more info
Royal House Slave Quarters Plantation
September 23rd, 2-4 p.m., Sunday,
GIVING VOICE Fundraising event
Hear remarks by Hasan Kwame Jeffries about his work with "Teaching Hard History: American Slavery," an educational initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance Project. Professor Jeffries is an advocate for greater understanding of how slavery shaped our nation, and the impact of slavery's legacies in contemporary America. "You really can't understand the American past or present," he writes, "without having a good grasp of the role that slavery played in this country."
The 2PM event is full. Guest are being accepted to view the museum. The Royal House and Slave Quarters Plantation located at 15 George Street in Medford, Massachusetts.
SYNOPSIS: Star Kevin Hart and producer Will Packer, who partnered for the hit Ride Along and Think Like a Man series, bring their signature style to Night School. The comedy from director Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip) follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance they’ll pass the GED exam. Co-stars Tiffany Haddish, Rob Riggle, Taran Killam and Romany Malco join Hart on-screen for the film that Hart produces for his Hartbeat Productions, and Packer via his Will Packer Productions.
September 29th 12-6 p.m. - BERKLEE BEANTOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL 2018
Go to the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Columbus Avenue or exit the Ruggles MBTA stop and walk right into the Beantown Jazz Festival. Music and people will be everywhere when you get to the area.
70,000 people turn out in the street for jazz in the south end. Three stages, professional, world-class jazz acts, vendors, festival environment.
The community has organized a list of thirty-five restaurants.learn more.
Broadway theatres in Boston
A.R.T. American Repertory Theater
The LOEB Drama Center
Huntington Theatre Company
Origination AFRICAN Dance
Shubert Theater Boch Center
Tony Williams Urban Nutcracker
National Black Doll Museum, Mansfield, MA
The National Black Doll Museum of History and Culture sponsored by the Doll E. Daze Project & Museum Inc., opened its doors in historic downtown Mansfield, Mass July of 2012. The museum celebrates black history through the eyes of a doll collector. Location: 288 N Main St, Mansfield, MA 02048.The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA)
Under the directorship of Edmund Barry Gaither NCAAA fosters and presents the finest in contemporary, visual and performing arts from the global Black world. Visitors info: 300 Walnut Avenue, Boston, MA 02119, (617) 442-8614. Hours Tuesday-Sunday 1:00 pm-5:00 pm.
African and Afro-American art, lecture topics, exhbitions
The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery for African and African American Art is directed by Henry Louis Gates, author, professor and host of the popular PBS Network TV shows "Finding your Roots," and "Africa's Civilization, " gallery activities are free and open to the general public. View contemporary and historical exhibitions and installations of African and African American art. Attend lectures presented by guest curators, faculty, artists, students, and distinguished visiting scholars. Hours Tu-Sat 10am - 5pm, Harvard Sq, Mt Auburn Street Cambridge, MA.Museum of African American History
The African Meeting House
www.maah.org Beacon Hill
Visit MAAH, a landmark site maintained by the National Park Service and experience its restored African Meeting House church. The Abiel Smith School is there. Its located on Beacon Hill a neighborhood that was the heart of 19th-century Black Boston in 1855. You can walk into the nation's oldest public school for African American children and learn from exhibit galleries, educational programs, a museum store and more. There is also a site on Cape Cod's Nantucket Island. Massachusetts Historical Society
The MHS collections are particularly well-known for extensive holdings of personal papers from three presidents: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. The collections contain many famous documents including Paul Revere's own account of his famous ride. In 1854, the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society sponsored a Fourth of July rally in Framingham, Mass. Noted abolitionists, including William Lloyd Garrison, Sojourner Truth, and Henry David Thoreau, addressed the crowd. Garrison burned copies of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law and the U.S. Constitution, which he called "a covenant with death and an agreement with hell." Black New England Heritage Trail
Telling New Hampshire’s forgotten stories, BHTNH covers the docks of Portsmouth, where merchants engaged in the trans-Atlantic slave trade unloaded their cargo, to the northern border with Canada where many escaping captives found their first moment of freedom and more. For more than 300 years, the lives of African people and their descendants have been a part of New Hampshire’s history. The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire works to open hearts and minds for a deeper understanding of who we are as a collective and to recognize that we share a uniquely American heritage.
calling all poets
Poet in Chief
Writer and Poet Danielle Legros Georges is the City of Boston's official Poet Laureate raising the status of poetry every day. Danielle is an advocate for poetry, language and the arts.
Danielle Legros Georges is a professor in the Creative Arts and Learning Division at Lesley University. Her areas of academic interest include arts and education, contemporary American poetry, African-American poetry, Caribbean literature and studies, and literary translation. Lizard Lounge Poetry Slam - Every Sunday. Doors open at 7:30pm with a poetry slam. The Lizard Lounge club and bar, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge.
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.