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African American Job Holdings in Massachusetts

African Americans hold 7.5% of jobs in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, but only 3.4% of computer, engineering, and science occupations. There is low participation among women, African American, and Hispanic individuals in Massachusetts when looking at tech-related occupations compared to the workforce as a whole.source: U.S. Census Current Population Survey, 2017; and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Tech Diversity Initiative

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The NAACP will hold its national convention in Boston

Niagara movement Wikipedia photo   10,000 or more will visit the NAACP 111th National Convention next year when NAACP members arrive for a week of meetings and activities. The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

The Boston NAACP branch held a historic 100th year observation of it's Niagara Movement roots. Meetings held in Boston 100 years ago helped create the NAACP organization. Download a keepsake copy of the program book from the 2007 centennial celebration held at Faneuil Hall.


Black Construction Businesses Drive Black Boston's Wealth Creation

Black Tech has yet to make any kind of dent in the wealth creation pastures of Black Boston. Roxbury holds down the center of African American culture in New England and the Dudley Square Nubian Square Block is a busy intersection of transit, construction development and public education policy management. Black builders have arrived and they are winning!


Cruz Companies will build affordable housing in Dudley Nubian Square

The proposed project in the video has resulted in a $100 million dollar deal. Sixty percent of the budget is designated for competitive Black-owned companies and minority developers who construct buildings.

The CRUZ Companies win is a WIN WN for residents as well. A plan for creating two buildings with 150 housing units was selected. According the the BayState Banner newspaper report, 50 units of rental housing is priced at 30 to 50 percent of Area Median Income. In today's dollars a family of three would need to make $30,600 to $51,000 for rent rate eligibility.

Another 100 condo units will be sold. Fifty condos are priced at 70 and 80 percent AMI levels. A family of three would pay $217,000 to $257,000 in today's dollars to own a condo at the property. 50 housing units will be sold at market rate where the sky is the limit.

270 parking spaces are planned for the property. Black Boston gentrification has been a tornado wiping out Black and brown people who have been there for years. The rent is too damn high in Boston. Kudos to the City of Boston and to BECMA, the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts for working in equity participation practices.
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Dudley Square Business Owners meet in Strategy Sessions

It has been recorded to video. Black business owners are having a hard time making ends meet in heart of Roxbury, the center of Black Boston. Listen and watch the conversation.

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Research study groups are recruiting Black people and offering compensation for your time.

Researchers in Boston's medical and social science communities are inviting African Americans and Blacks to participate with current research projects. Volunteers we recruit are compensated for their time. National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research lacks Black participation and Black researchers lack the funding they need Therefore, outcomes will continue to lack perfection for Blacks, until more Blacks are involved as primary researchers or become volunteer participants in the funded research.

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Black-owned Boston Architect and Construction Firms Score Big Wins. Black Boston Community GDP exceeds the $2B level

It was a good year for black-owned architecture and construction industry firms in 2018. Now, the trend continues in 2019 as recent parcel developments have been awarded by the City of Boston. This is a good deal for trade skilled electricians, cleaners, plumbers, brick masons and greenspace makers. The share-the-wealth plan is starting to materialize in Boston as a small group of black-owned firms have been winning big deals.
Remember 2011, when the Black Boston Community GDP was $2B. That will be surpassed by 2020, no doubt!

Black Boston scores political wins

The Black Political Revolution has been Televised and Boston's black political community took a bow for the successful election of Ayanna Pressley to Congress for District Seven that hovers over Harvard University, The Museum of Fine Arts, MIT, Northeastern Unversiity, Berklee College of Music, Cambridge, Somerville, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Randolph and very interesting parts of Boston.

Rachael Rollins is the new District Attorney-elect for Black Boston and Suffolk County.

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Ayanna Pressley, Rachael Rollins

Both women are experienced African American professionals who know their way, but they have been blessed by invisible forces active in Greater Boston's Black Twitter, Black Facebook, Black Instagram & Black produced Social Media channels surrounding them, but they may not know that. This explains why. When media analysts credit demographic trends that show more and more people of color in the voting population, they miss the native breeze powering Blacks to electoral wins because it is silent and electronic. This whispering impact can be traced to the problem Blacks in Boston solved for themselves when they were feeling isolated while living and working here. They solved a collective personal problem while Boston power brokers ignored them.

The Only One in the Room Syndrome Got Fixed

Five years ago, many Black Urban Professionals would burn out of Boston because of isolation from their people. "There is nowhere for blacks to go and be around blacks" they would tell this web site feedback form, but this is not the case today. Black people have fixed their isolation problem in Boston. By fixing this problem, black politicians who can make you believe they are "the one," have been benefiting with votes and cash contributions from Blacks who now feel better about their surroundings. You don't credit demographic trends for this. You credit the problem solving work of Black Boston Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, What's App and other messenging apps and Web Sites and Blogs catering to Black readers in Greater Boston, for they have long been the glue that directed Blacks to each other who didn't know each other.

Now it is easier for blacks to organize blacks than it ever was. Blogging software, Eventbrite and Facebook apps, combined with e-mail lists distribute the messages in a highly targeted fashion. Sustainable black organizations have formed and they are doing group events and activities on a regular basis. Each one has a unique purpose for being. Collectively, the groups exist for one goal and that is to fix the "isolated-while-Black-in-Boston" problem Black individuals had been feeling.

This problem still persist among black students at private universities such as Northeastern, Boston University, Harvard and others, since the BBSN - Boston Black Student Network failed, but the problem has been largely beem solved for Black urban professionals, artists, creatives and other workers of color. If you are new to the city, you may feel it but not for long, once you start looking around at activities we post and see what other blacks are doing. Black groups organize events for themselves. Of course, everyone is invited and a few whites will attend but these physical Black meetups are mostly a Black thang. So no more excuses about "I am Black in Boston with nowhere to go and nothing to do around people who look like me" Black people! You have choices now you have always wanted.

And that is why Black politicians are winning. On average, Black group meetups collect 30 to 100 people in person at a single event. That's enough to TAKE OVER the average size bar / restaurant / movie screening room, and it happens frequently. Black politicians are rarely invited to appear in a political role at them yet they benefit beause the events create an environment for people to think about what they gonna do about x, y, and z and agree to do it in solidarity.


Boston Police Matters

Boston Police Dept logoThe Boston police department is being lead by an African American for the first time since the city was chartered in 1630. William Gross, an African American, took charge in August 2018. Black Boston's community is hoping for better police protection, fewer unsolved crimes, better community relations with police department, more diversity on the police force, and more. In the Roxbury community, the intellectual and historical center of African American culture in Boston, it would be a great thing when citizens feel better about the Boston police department.

The Effort to Remove the Names of Slavers from Boston Building

Faneuil HallHistoric Faneuil Hall, a magnet for Boston tourists, has become the target of a boycott lead by the New Democracy Coalition, a non-partisan group of community organizations and clergy who have lobbied to have the name Faneuil replaced with Crispus Attucks, because Mr. Faneuil traded in slave cargo, while the mayor supports keeping the name intact while erecting a million dollar slave memorial that would resemble a slave auction block designed by a Mass College of Art professor. The NDC wants people to refuse to spend money there until the name changes. This year the Boston Red Sox changed the name of Yawkey Way at Fenway Park to Jersey Street out of similar concerns.

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Click to take a quick video tour of an Underground Railroad pathway used by Blacks escaping slave catchers on Beacon Hill in Early Boston. Still functioning today, you will travel to the entrance of MAAH.ORG - the Massachusetts African American History Museum on Beacon Hill.


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Today, Boston's African American community is a valuable part of Boston. Diversity is a featured highlight in the city's proposal to Amazon to become the host city for AMAZON HQ2. The first African American Governor of Massachusetts was elected in 2006. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and President Barack Obama attended Boston area universities.
African American and minority developers are building Tremont Crossing, a 1.2 million square foot commercial and cultural hub with residential space and a museum featuring for African American culture and the arts. The project was spearheaded by the Director of the Boston's National Center for Afro-American Artists.
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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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Blacks on TV and Museums


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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.
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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.

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  • The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice Boston is at www.lawyerscom.org

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

  • Lawyers of color gather at TheBostonLawyersgroup.com

  • For Legal Assistance, contact the Boston Bar Association Referral Line (617) 742-0625

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