Welcome to an African American oriented local information site in Boston. We provide things to do, places to go, and people to know. You'll see resources such as the Black-owned night club list, live jazz spot list, Black business directory, a listing of virtual events, arts and entertainment events, funds, foundations, free workshops and more.
Watch classic movies with great food, drinks, family and friends with at the Nubian Summer Drive-In from September 1st through September 26th at Bartlett Station (2565 Washington St. Roxbury, MA). The event space is a is a collaboration between Grove Hall NDC, the City of Boston, Madison Park Development Corporation, All Aces, Mass Vote, Friends of Melnea Cass.
STATE OF THE RACE Zoom Meeting
Sept 23rd at 7:30 ET virtual town hall
JOIN The State of Race discussion is about how racial inequities in Massachusetts school systems disproportionately impact Black people. This event is produced in partnership with the NAACP Boston Branch and GBH WORLD. FREE EVENT, rsvp slots are limited.
LISC offers cash grants to local small businesses. Learn more
$1,000 MAIN STREET Grant for Small Business - APPLY HERE.
AMPLIFY LATINIX / Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA) financial backing for local Black and Minority small businesses. link
Boston Black Executives raised $20 million to give to Black Boston causes, applications are not open yet.
African American Culture
About Nubian Drive Movie Nights
A Nubian Summer Black movie drive-in opened at 2565 Washington Street showing great Black movies on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday night. The adult movies film play weekdays while family fun movies are on the Weekend. You do games and trivia too. Movie titles were "The Equalizer," "The Great Debaters," and "Do the Right Thing." Popcorn, nachos, pretzels, ice cream and candy are sold. Admission is $20 per car on weekdays and FREE on Saturdays.
LOCATION: 2565 Washington St., until September 16th
Black events from the universities
The Hutchins Center of African & African American Research, at Harvard
The NUBIAN SQUARE COALITION is lobbying the Boston Public Library system to RENAME "ROXBURY LIBRARY." The organization seeks to install the name NUBIAN SQUARE LIBRARY at the branch which is located in the former Dudley Square. Library trustees have already voted NO, however; the governing board has decided to hold a Community Meeting to discover which way the community would like to see it go. These activities are ongoing. An important meeting is scheduled for August 6th among the managers.
Nubian Square is located in Roxbury, the heart of Black Boston, which is formed by zip code boundaries 02119,02120,02121,02124,01215 and 02126. NUBIAN SQUARE connects Warren Street, Blue Hill Avenue and Washington Street at its corners. The only Black-owned bookstore, Frugal Books is in Nubian Square. The urban business capacity builders ICCC, 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.
The word African American originated in the 1980s and appeared on U.S. Census forms as a racial category in the year 2000. This new phrase self-identifies the person as a member of the unified global struggle against domination by linking North Americans with Continental Africans and other African Diasporic Groups. The AA has a total or partial ancestry from any of the Black racial groups of Africa. The phrase generally refers to descendants of enslaved black people who are from the United States.
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
617-496-5777 - 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.
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Museum of African American History
Downtown, The African Meeting House
www.maah.org Beacon Hill
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 - www.masshist.org
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 - www.blackheritagetrailnh.org
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
A.R.T. American Repertory Theater
The LOEB Drama Center
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
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.