Welcome to our neighborhood THE BEGINNINGS: The first Blacks arrived in Boston aboard a slave ship named "Desire" in 1638 when the city was young with Puritans from Boston Lincolnshire England. Today there are approximately 138,000 who checked the African-American census box in Boston. A majority of black people live in zip codes 02119,02120,02121 and 02126 where Roxbury, Dorchester and the Mattapan are. The UMASS/Trottter Institute defines these four zip codes as "Black Boston." Boston continues to be a majority-minority city with 53% of the population non-white or Hispanic and 47% white non-Hispanic. Clubs & Events | Businesses | Employment | Hotels | Church referralsReceive site updates -- Join our e-mail list
FAST FORWARD to the 19:19 mark to hear what the Boston Public School system is doing to increase the number of African American, Hispanic and Asian male teachers. There are very few male teachers of color currently employed.
Job seekers will want to be as diverse as possible. The new diversity is the bilingual nerd. Learn Chinese or program some code and build something. We're pointing African-Americans in the right direct of positions they deserve and it hasn't been easy for some to get them. Qualifications, Experience, Competition are factors affecting every job seeker. But some receive job offers faster than they can toss their graduation caps in the air.
The CEO of a black-owned company with 3,500 employees said its your passion that will get you up and going when nothing else will. Make sure you're going after something you love to do and that may mean creating a job for yourself. Keep the faith.
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Boston Real Estate Sales Prices
Here's a look at the cost of homes in Boston during 2011.
In the high-foreclosure neighborhoods these were the average transaction ranges for homes: Dorchester $255,000 - $244,450; East Boston $252,750 - $245,000; Hyde Park $242,000 - $239,000; Mattapan $233,000 - $215,000; Roxbury $250,000 - $230,000; Citywide $369,500 - $362,000 dollars. source:CityofBoston.Gov/DND
Here's a list of average condominimum sales prices in 2011 per neighborhood.
$122,500 MATTAPAN (black boston, lots of houses) $148,500 ROXBURY (black boston families, young guns, Community College, Dudley Square) $175,000 HYDE PARK (diverse) $212,500 DORCHESTER (black boston and white Boston and new Bostonians) $227,500 EAST BOSTON (latino/hispanic, some italian left) $258,200 ALLSTON-BRIGHTON (hipster,students, and AEROSMITH) $260,000 ROSLINDALE (Rozy) $263,750 WEST ROXBURY (the burbs) $309,000 FENWAY/KENMORE (urban mixed packed by Fenway Park) $326,500 JAMAICA PLAIN (urban, mixed, green lifestyles, pond full of fish) $380,000 SOUTH BOSTON (traditional Boston, lots of Guiness and Bud) $421,625 CHARLESTOWN (traditional Boston and the townies) $555,578 SOUTH END ( the intelligensia ) $602,500 CENTRAL (Downtown? NorthEnd? Chinatown? then financiers, Italians & Asians.) $665,000 BACK BAY BEACON HILL (higher average household incomes)
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Obama's First African-American community planThe President has been very careful about positioning policies before the African-American community but he's right to have one. In fact, its important for the White House administration to have specific objectives for every unique group in America because its the best way to address their needs in most instances. This is hard to do but doable. Read President Obama's first African-American community plan.
First Lady Michelle Obama's Letís Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity in a generation so that kids born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Read the fact sheet.
WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS - By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, to restore the country to its role as the global leader in education, to strengthen the Nation by improving educational outcomes for African Americans of all ages, and to help ensure that all African Americans receive an education that properly prepares them for college, productive careers, and satisfying lives, it is hereby ordered as follows ... read more.
Black Boston funding organizations
Boston Rising has seeded the Grove Hall Trust (GHT) with $250,000. Now, GHT is issuing micro-grants of up to $2,500 each to local residents with great ideas they will implement in the community. www.BostonRising.org
The Roxbury Trust Fund still has over $500,000 to dispense. Grants are made on a rolling basis throughout the year.
The MassMentors.org MOC campaign aims to create awareness around the need for mentors of color, identify and provide recruitment opportunities, and offer training and consultations.
@MassSDO is a Twitter account for the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office. The SDO promotes access to lucrative supplier/vendor contracts to black Boston businesses and ethnic business owners seeking certification.
TOUR BOSTON virtually with the Play Button. Black neighborhoods receive equal play with the Boston waterfront, Boston museums and restaurants in this African American hosted video tour of Boston.
Mapping your way thru Black Boston? ABB is taking questions.
Here's a new question from a reader.
Dear AboutBlackBoston.com: Where shall I take a 3 year olds for fun activities where its likely that there are African Americans playing there?"
ANS: We are still looking. Consider the Plaster and Play shops for fun hands-on activities parents and their kids can enjoy. And the Franklin Park Coalition offers different programs and outdoor activities connected to the Franklin Park Zoo and the Emerald Necklace green space. Chucky Cheese was suggested.
The Boys Clubs of America on Blue Hill or Talbot avenue are strongly recommended for their programs. Look over the Boston Parents Paper, its online, and consider the Boston Common playground near the frog pond and Beacon Hill.
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 see event listings.
Black Boston | networks | There are African American owned business enterprise profiles online at BlackPagesOnline.com; Collette Phillips produces GET KONNECTED! networking events turning out 300 to 600 people; the BDPA Metro West and MassSDO host business networking events.
The Partnership creates corporate connections for young people of color.
The Boston Black Student Network (BBSN) recruits hundreds of black students from 20 area colleges and universities BBSN. Boston, the walking city, is a networking town.
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.
COLOR magazine highlights professionals of color and is published by Color Media Group, LLC 781-433-6975.
The 2012 Boston Latino TV Access Awards will be held at the Royale Boston night club located at 279 Tremont St, Downtown Boston. Boston Latino TV is targeted to those who have an interest in Latino culture, opinions, ideas and lifestyles.
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.
Boston Public Schools Department hires African American woman for Superintendent of Public School gig for 2008, and beyond!. VIEW ALL AFRICAN AMERICAN K-12 CURRENT STATS recorded by every public school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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
VIDEO FILES (1hr 21min video): In this video, the speaker, Henry Louis Gatesexplains how he convinced Bill Gates to spend Microsoft's money to make a software program named "Africana Encarta" and there was DRAMA. Wine. Dinner. Farrakhan. Fantasy! Money! BoJangles, and the conversation...
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Who Tours Boston? 16 million visitors visited Massachusetts during 2003 - trends may be up or down since then, and most arrive in July through September. Ninety-three percent of these visitors and tourists to Massachusetts were white, 2.7% were African American, 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. Fifty-six percent of all visitors were residents of other New England states.