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Sat. July 4th - The Boston Black Lives Matter Say Her Name rally march to lift All Black womxn starts at Nubian Square and ends at Boston Common.

All are welcome to join a celebratory rally with music, food, and arts. #BLACKLIVESMATTER

black historyReading Frederick Douglass

The 4th of July needs Frederick Douglass now more than ever. The Museum of African American History is holding a Boston reading of one of his most famous speeches as a live virtual event.

July 2, 12:00 pm.
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On June 15th, the SBA EIDL loan portal re-opened to accept applications thru June 30th. See the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) aand PPP options and apply to Funds are available until they are all gone.

    Deadline: JULY 8. APPLY HERE.
    Grants for individual Local Artists who are 14 years of age and up. All artists of color can apply.
  • Local Farm-Grown Food Sources, CSA shares and SNAP food dollar doublers.
  • The Black Boston Covid-19 Coalition updates on video:
  • SBA SCORE free online Webinars for entrepreneurs.
  • LISC offers grants to local small businesses. Learn more
  • Pandemic Unemployment $600 per week Assistance benefit for freelancers. link
  • Click to file a weekly Pandemic Unemployment Claim link
  • Local CDL driver job starts at $45/hr prevailing wage. link
  • Local Coronavirus Relief Cash Grants for Individuals and Organizations - link
  • AMPLIFY LATINIX / Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA) financial backing for local Black and Minority small businesses. link

  • Arts and Entertainment

  • ART Gallery Shows and Museum Exhibitions Online - link

  • The Museum of Fine Arts ( announces a $500,000 Diversity Initiative response to the incident with Helen Y Davis Leadership Academy of Roxbury student trip. The Lawyers for Civil Rights and the NAACP Boston branch were influential in this. The museum is closed for live public programs and internal special events through August 31 due to the coronavirus.
  • when the museums open again

    Museum Directors for the MFA Museum of Fine Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, MIT Museum, and the ICA Institute of Contemporary Art held an informational webinar today. They explained what users will have when museums open June 7th. You will get timed ticketing, exhibit labels to read digitally, online ticketing for admissions, extreme social distancing measures, small audience performance events, more diverse local artists who can walk over and hang an exhibit because shipping cost are expensive, more spaces between display features, more small room exhibitions, very limited audience sizes, and other post Covid-19 impacts.

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    African American Culture Connections in Academia

    The Hutchins Center of African & African American Research, at Harvard

    • Project on Gender and Race papers.
    • Professor Henry Louis Gates discusses coronavirus with Black students. listen in

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    Somnyama Ngonyama exhibit at COOPER GALLERY
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    Nubian Square News

    Nubian Square intersections, the heart of Boston's African American cultural, civic and political legacy, is in Roxbury. Further up on Blue Hill Avenue, Pure Oasis, the first Black-owned cannabis retail store Boston opened in Grove Hall. AboutBlackBostonOnline offers Black heritage tours. We print listings of things to do, places to go free workshops, Black sightseeing tours, Black night clubs, Black museums, Black-owned restaurants, theater venues, dance show listings and news about Blacks in Boston who are making moves.

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    Black Museums and Art Galleries

    The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA)
    Roxbury, (617) 442-8614

    300 Walnut Avenue, Boston, MA 02119.

    Under the directorship of Edmund Barry Gaither NCAAA fosters and presents the finest in contemporary, visual and performing arts from the global Black world. Update 4/2019 news - Abbotsford, the 19th century mansion that houses The Museum, was awarded $850,000 toward the $1,135,500 needed to replace its roof and perform urgently needed flashing and masonry repairs. Donations to the restricted fund are encouraged. Donate to NCAAA.

    COOPER GALLERY Cambridge
    - New HOURS! Mon-Fri 11AM-6PM.

    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
    Downtown, The African Meeting House Beacon Hill
    (617) 725-0022

    Museum of African Amerian History in Boston
    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.

    Africa Gallery Cambridge
    African wildlife captured centuries ago
    Harvard Museum of Natural History
    26 Oxford Street
    Cambridge, MA

    Massachusetts Historical Society
    BOSTON Back BAY -

    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
    New Hampshire -

    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.

    Broadway Theaters in Boston


    New Repertory Theater

    Hibernian Hall

    A.R.T. American Repertory Theater

    The LOEB Drama Center

    Company One

    Huntington Theatre Company


    Origination AFRICAN Dance

    Shubert Theater Boch Center

    Tony Williams Urban Nutcracker


    Poet in Chief
    The new City of Boston official Poet Laureate is Porsha Olayiwola. Congratulations.

    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.

    Boston Haitian Community Connections
    contributed by artist and educator Rhea Dunn

    • Haitian American Chamber of Commerce web site

    • Association of Haitian Women in Boston - web site

    • Haitian Cultural and Non-Profit Resources - web site

    • BostonFETE web site

    • HAITIAN EVENTS weekly updates - web site

    Black Media and Television


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    Our local television networks have African American hosts, producers, directors, and technical personnel working at them. The employment numbers have fell over the years. Here's the longest running..

    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.

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