Welcome to Black Boston Commons
In Early America a small group of Africans were brought to Boston from Angola and the Caribbean on a cargo ship named "Desire." In 1638, they stepped into Boston as slaves owned by Bostonian merchants.
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The first Africans in Boston assimilated with conservative Puritan culture while reaching out to each other, no matter how far apart the masters had placed them. Black men and women bonded. Families joined to form the first Black Boston community. They settled around Beacon Hill. For so long, Black people have been at the nucleus of Boston's explosive development since the city was chartered in 1630. Our contributions continue to impact the area.

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Only one Black Middle Class
Cluster is in Boston. OMG!

Its in Hyde Park. Two are in Stoughton, a suburban town near Boston. One is in Milton in the burbs. There are more than 500 White middle class clusters in this region compared to four Black middle class neighborhood clusters. The Cluster is where blacks are 15% of the population with household earnings of $75,000 annually and a college degree. So there you go, that's today's middle class look. What do you tell a Black person when they ask you where to live in Boston? Ans: Tell them go where the housing cost is about 35% of income where its safe to be.

Middle Class and Upper Middle Class and RICH and POOR BLACK BOSTON PEOPLE are scattered all over Boston Proper. Few are bunched in middle class clusters. This creates a lack of power and influence situation in politics and clout brokerage. The Black mayoral candidate in 2017 failed to carry the Black commumity majority. In White communities, it was virtual washout. He lost 65 points to 30 something. Blacks had the numbers to elected him. We #failed.

In a recent newspaper series examining critical quality of life issues for Blacks in Boston, it has been determined that Boston sucks! in how well Blacks are doing in 2017, when compared to other cities of similar size and scope. (BOSTON GLOBE SPOTLIGHT TEAM article series titled RACISM. IMAGE. REALITY. 2017)

Nationally, 21% of Africans Americans make $75,000 a year. Black billionaires around the country have come out of the closet. We've seen them making software products, running coding camps for minority kids, teaching baseball skills to juniors, supporting our cultural and heritage institions and participating in Black empowerment.

But, studies found the financial strength of the average African American household is worse today than it was in the year 2000. Imagine that!

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Our smallwall.net affordable housing finder site list properties designated for income-restricted households who typically have less than $68,000 per year in annual income.

The applicants qualify for modern, new apartment rentals, older mixed use rentals, and homes and condos sold below the market rate. A lottery determines who gets the unit. These apartments have fixed priced rents. An average new Studio or 1BR apartment rents for $700-$1,100, depending on location. Individuals with Section 8 vouchers and other types of housing subsidy pay just 30% of their monthly income for properties only available by entering the lottery.

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Black Business Finance

Summary: Black Business owners receive millions of Massachusetts government spending dollars from bid wins, contracting and consulting. The numbers add up under MBE or Minority Business Enterprise participation.

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Highlights are as follows:

- there are at least 2,866 minority-owned firms
- they won 11% more govenment dollars over last year
- nearly 1,000 MBEs and minorities bill the Commonwealth

The Black Boston GDP (gross domestic product).

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View Local Black Owned Shops not usually found in MBE directories.
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Black Travel in New England
OGBB Travel is our online Black travel guide to New England. We places to go in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.Click here for travel tips, flights and hotels.

Blacks on TV and Museums


Television personalities
Soledad O'Brien started her career under Sarah Ann Shaw whom she gave tribute to during the Urban League's State of Black Boston reunion 2014.

Local television outlets have many brown faces these days. Old timers say there used to be more than there are now. TV news reporters and on air hosts show off the diversity of what a majority-minority city is. It is a Pan African mix. African Americans are not the majority group on air. The public affairs show format is a mainstay anchor for the Blacks on TV category. Karen Holmes hosts CityLine Sunday mornings, Callie Crossley does Greater Boston and Basic Black on Friday nights - she is on daytime GBH radio too, and Byron Barnett brands the Urban Update TV show on Sunday mornings.

Basic Black produced by WGBH is the longest running public affairs television program in Boston. The Comcast public affairs station BNN-TV Channel 23 showcases producers of color from Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan.
The Museum of Afro-American History on Beacon Hill offers guided tours while exhibiting Colonial African American life in Boston.
An important Civil War stature of African Americans is the U.S. 54th Regiment Memorial across the street from the Capitol building on Beacon Hill.

Massachusetts public school statistics

Massachusetts school district race and ethnic demographics.

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  • Discrimination complaints start with MCAD - mass.gov/mcad

  • Lawyers of color formed - TheBostonLawyersgroup.com

  • Boston Bar Association Referral Line is (617) 742-0625
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