The African American oriented Online Guide to Boston.
Black Boston News Highlights
Boston Police Department Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross will be our next Police Commissioner. Named interim Commissioner by Mayor Marty Walsh upon the revelation that the current boss is retiring from the department Aug 4th, Mr. Gross has the distinction of being the first African American Police Interim Commissioner of Boston. The offical statement from City Hall acknowledged he is the first first person of color to lead the department. Boston's Black community has been critical of the police department. Boston Black history and heritage guides teach that Boston created the first police department ever in the United States. It was formed in Early Boston to catch runaway slaves.
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Historic 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.
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.
MBE enterprise projects
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.
Where the Blacks Are in Boston
Beacon Hill Blacks left the hill when it became overcrowded with immigrants. Some say whites forced the blacks off of Beacon Hill. When touring the Black Heritage Walking Trail we learned about the flood of immigrants from Europe who settled in Beacon Hill. As the population grew from 600 Black households to over 2,000 new arrivals, Blacks felt overcrowded and moved. At the time, Beacon Hill was next to the sewage infested Charles River. It was dirty water, a cesspool of garbage and mess dumped by everybody in Early Boston. Air quality was poor. When black families had had enough they left Beacon Hill for cleaner air and more comfortable living space. And there were other factors.
Blacks transferred to a young Roxbury and Dorchester. Today, the absolute CENTER of African American Culture in Greater Boston is Roxbury, because Malcom X, Martin Luther King, Lous Farakhan, The New Edition and countless significant others made it so. Lower Roxbury connects to Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill and the South End. Roxbury is bordered by Dorchester and South Boston. If you were a black moving into Boston in the 1900s from the South you would mlikely move to a Roxbury address. A year ago, the Massachusetts designated the Roxbury Cultural District and an organization by the same name was formed with a mission to develop the neighborhood's cultural assets and arts.
You'll find Roxbury in zip code 02119. view Roxbury population stats and demographic reports.
In Early America (1638), a small group of Africans were brought to Boston from Angola and the Caribbean on a cargo ship named "Desire." They stepped into Boston as slaves owned by Bostonian merchants.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. We do not know if any of the original Africians have descendants living in Roxbury today. If there are, we'd like to know more about this.
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.
Enter your contact info with a list of keywords that describe your company separated by commas. People are looking to buy from companies listed here. We take their calls. And many want to #buyblack. Requests come from contractors, buyers, vendors, homeowners and management agents.
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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Affordable Apartment Rentals
Cheap Apartments by Lottery
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.
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.
A small group of Black Africans made Boston's first Black community. Carried as cargo by merchant traders, a group of African men and women came to town aboard the ship named Desire in 1638, 17 years after Pilgrims founded Massachusetts Colony.
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.
Logan airport taxi pool cabs are there at any time. 0People departing very early in the morning or arriving very very late can find a taxi if no other ride is available. Taxis work great for short distances. Car service from a smartphone apps is cheaper for going longer distances. A Boston taxi cab metered rate is $5.40 cents per mile. Suburban taxis charge $4.00 for the first mile and $3 for each additional mile. Boston taxis use a Flat Rate Chart based on $3.40 per mile for long distances. <
A city bus cost $2. The Logan Express Shuttle bus is $5 from stops around Boston Back Bay and center Boston. A taxi to the airport runs $35. The airport taxi pool is open 24 hours a day seven days a week. Ask cab drivers about the $35 flat rate to Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Quincy and other towns. Airport taxis to hospitals in the Longwood area run $35. Foxwoods Football stadium is $95. Fenway park is $35. The Boston College Football stadium is approximately $60 in a taxi from the airport.
Airport Taxi Pool
The airport taxi pool comes in handy for early morning flights and arrivals after midnight.
Logan International Airport processes over 11 million passengers a year. The airport is across from Boston on the other side of Boston Harbor. Its in East Boston. Inexpensive shuttle buses go there. UBER and LYFT go there. Boston Taxi Cabs are convenient.
Boston Blacks and African Americans are growing in numbers. There is an influx of new Boston residents. New housing and office tower construction, and AirBnB rentals are pressing city issues.Facebook Page