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    Things to Do, Black and Beautiful all over New England

    Tours, Black events and destinations.
    Scroll down, there is a lot of things to do.

    Keep an eye on the Big Black Boston event calendar

    Do by Feb 25, 2018
    (Boston) Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King are getting a permanent memorial installation in Boston and you can participate. A budget of $3-5 Million has been set aside. Public comment is being taken. An RFP for designers of the structure is available for teams to respond to. Go to www.mlkboston.org for info.

    Day of Service and Celebration


     Malcom X – the Lost Tapes film screening Feb 28th. Free. A showing by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and culture. sign-up at Boston’s Museum of African American History on Beacon Hill – MAAH.ORG 

    WorldMusic CRASHArts
    Winter/Spring 2018 Concert Update

    MUSIC AND DANCE FROM THE FAR AND NEAR CORNERS OF THE GLOBE
    617-876-4275 or visit www.worldmusic.org
    FEBRUARY
    LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO ~ Sun., 2/11, 3pm, Sanders Theatre
    BOSTON DEBUT CARLA BRUNI ~ Thu., 2/15, 7:30pm, Berklee Performance Center
    DIANNE REEVES ~ Fri., 2/16, 8pm, Berklee Performance
    Center
    TAO: DRUM HEART ~ Sun., 2/18, 7:30pm, Berklee Performance Center
    CRASHfest ~ Sat., 2/24, 5:30pm, House of Blues Boston
    MARCH
    ALLOY ORCHESTRA ~ Buster Keaton’s The General, Sat., 3/3, 4:30pm, Somerville Theatre
    BOSTON PREMIERE WORK ALLOY ORCHESTRA
    A Page of Madness, Sat., 3/3, 8pm, Somerville Theatre
    SOLD OUT WE BANJO 3 ~ Sun., 3/4, 7pm, The Rockwell
    2ND SHOW ADDED WE BANJO 3 ~ Sun., 3/4, 3pm, The Rockwell
    OPENER & AFTER-PARTY ANNOUNCED 
    RED BARAAT FESTIVAL OF COLORS ~ Fri., 3/9, 8pm, The Sinclair
    BOSTON PREMIERE WORK Flamenco Festival 2018: 
    BALLET FLAMENCO JESUS CARMONA ~ Sat., 3/10, 8pm, Berklee Performance Center
    BOSTON PREMIERE WORK Flamenco Festival 2018: COMPANIA EVA YERBABUENA
    Sun., 3/11, 8pm, Berklee Performance Center
    BOSTON DEBUT DANZABIERTA ~ Fri., 3/16, 8pm & Sat., 3/17, 8pm, The Institute of Contemporary Art
    RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA’S INDO-PAK COALITION featuring Rez Abbasi & Dan Weiss 
    Sun., 3/18, 7:30pm, The Institute of Contemporary Art
    ZAKIR HUSSAIN with RAKESH
    CHAURASIA ~  Fri., 3/23, 8pm, Sanders Theatre
    OMAR SOSA AND SECKOU KEITA ~ Sat., 3/24, 8pm, Berklee Performance Center
    LULA PENA ~ Thu., 3/29, 7:30pm, The Rockwell

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    Things to do any time this year

    MAGIC: Drive past maple leaves to the homestead of Richard Potter, Black Arts Magician and America’s first Harry Potter ( a black man ) of the highest distinction.  Richard Potter died on September 20, 1835. Location: Route 4 between Concord and Connecticut Highway 11 is Potter Place. He was the first professional American-born magician. The Amtrak train stops there too. Both his and his wife’s gravestones can still be seen there. Biography.


    New Hampshire:  Bookmark the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire Facebook page to keep abreast of events planned in 2018. See what’s going on with Black history and the African American experience in New Hampshire. Learn why we say the state of New Hampshire has made moves to honor our African ancestors in ways Massachusetts has yet to do. go to link.


    Boston’s Wally’s Jazz Cafe on Massachusetts Avenue (casual)
    http://www.wallyscafe.com/index.htmlFor the New York Coltranish, Sonny Fortune, Grover Washington loving jazz stylist. Wallys attracts Berklee College of Music players who in turn attract masters who come teach them, live, in front of you–the audience.. and there may be a cover charge when it goes down because you will not know they are coming when they come. Wally’s jazz Cafe is a small space, there are small number of tables. Live performers mount the stage. Its not crowded until night fall. Serving Guinness Beer and drinks.


    Boston Darryl’s Corner Bar and Grill,

    Slades Bar and Grill

    SAVVOY R&B Lounge on Lincoln Street in downtown Boston

    Dorchester Fish Market in Codman Square offers lunch sized sandwich meals and as much bulk fresh fish you may ever want to buy. The market was started by a school teacher.

    Nu Soul Food Cafe has received rave reviews for Boston sould food.

    BRED Its customers say BRED is the best black-owned take out sandwich shop in Boston.

     

    Cooper Gallery http://www.coopergalleryhc.org/about/
    features contemporary and historical exhibitions and installations of African and African American art organized by the gallery and will often feature guest curators, faculty, artists, students, and distinguished visiting scholars. It hosts a wide range of dynamic workshops, artist talks, symposia, lectures and performances that engage audiences with diverse art archives and cultural traditions from all over the world.


    The new ROXBURY CULTURAL DISTRICT  is a brand new earned arena for the part of Black Boston named Roxbury, where Dudley Square and Malcom X have a heart.  Go to the site and click links to see businesses, associations and arts and cultural programmers associated with buildup /of the Roxbury Cultural District.


    more Massachusetts cuts

    Museum of African American History – Beacon Hill
    www.maah.org

    Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists
    www.ncaaa.org

    Massachusetts Historical Society ( slave collections )
    https://www.masshist.org/

    educational: The National Black Doll Museum
    of History & Culture – Mansfield, MA

    Night Club list of the downtown Boston


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    MIDA RESTAURANT – The black-owned new kid of the block.    Mida  Restaurant is the first Black-owned Italian cuisine full liquor bar restaurant in Boston. Formulated by downtown restaurant investors and the influence of maven Liz Malia and the multicultural investor and capacity builder ACCELERATE BOSTON Incubator, MIDA is located in the South End. The four bar places mentioned above  are walking distance from Symphony Hall down Mass ave to Columbus and Tremont Street. They are bus accessible. The number #43 MBTA bus goes from Park Street station to there. When you are in this zone where the Black restaurants are, it is mostly residential with pizza, sub sandwich, chinese take out and ROTI making shops around.www.MFA.orgBoston Museum of Fine Arts has African American exhibitions and ancient Africa items

    Beantown Jazz Festival – The Beantown jazz Festival is 2017 has passed. Its a huge jazz event held outdoors on Columbus Avenue and Mass Ave near Ruggles Station where the Black restaurants and clubs are.   Check back in September 30, 2018 where 70,000 music lovers, free jazz, ethnic food are served at Mass Avenue and Columbus Road from noon to 6PM.

    Go www.jazzboston.org for current live shows.

    Phyllis Wheatley Stature Park -THE FIRST LADY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE is memorialized in Boston’s South End near the Simon Mall exit street and Charlies Sandwich Shop, a famous watering hole for breakfast and political talk. Her papers are at the Masschusetts History Society.

    Zoo – the Franklin Park Children’s Zoo and Golf Course is in Black Boston, Roxbury. The site and complex has White Stadium for Performing Arts and music concerts outdoors, picnic areas in the heart of Black Boston, flower gardens, the Olstead Emerald Necklace, rolling hills and open space, the Franklin Park Golf Course Club House, Children’s Zoo, ponds, walking trails, putting green and more.  Franklin Park is located in Black Boston hood of, in middle of Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Dorchester, Roxbury and faces the Kennedy Library area via Columbia Road.

    www.maah.org —  Museum of African American History, a National Parks Service site on Beacon Hill in Boston has exhibits plus The African American Meeting House. The Abiel Smith School and is on the Black Heritage Trail – an 18-point destination walking tour of famous people, places and  things in ancient and modern Black Boston.

    NCAAANational Center for Afro-American Artists & Museum,  The National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) is a private, not-for-profit institution was founded in 1968 by Dr. Elma Lewis who remained its Artistic Director until her passing. Edmund Barry Gaither serves as NCAAA’s Director and Curator of its Museum division. The NCAAA remains the largest independent black cultural arts institution in New England. It has forged an unbroken record of public service in the celebration of the world heritage of black people since 1968. Commitment to excellence in the arts and wholesome cultural development remain its hallmark.

    Portsmouth New Hampshire – The African Burial Ground video


    African Burying Ground
    http://www.africanburyinggroundnh.org/
    Chestnut Street
    Portsmouth, NH 03801
    (603) 610-7226

    Public Markets
    Black Market every other weekend in Dudley Square, Roxbury
    http://www.wbur.org/bostonomix/2017/06/15/dudley-square-black-market Middle-class and family priced products, crafts, Black-made items in Massachusetts vendors, a cultural scene, a shopping mall with music and entertainment, all the goods, the popcorns, beanpies and more.  Its Black Faneuil Hall in the heart of the hood.

    Black Radio  and Facebook streams and Blacks on Television
    Basic Black Television Series – is the longest running African American issues and affairs program on television and live streaming on the web there is in America. Produced in Cambridge at WGBH Public network studios.

    Bass of Boston Radio has New Edition Performers hosted live call in and DJ spin shows on the radio, on the Tunein App and over the internet. You’ll get interesting Hip Hop, R&B and some talk show news.

    Skippy Whites Gospel Hours and old time Motown Tunes are Saturday and Sunday morning from 8AM to 10ish on Touchfm.org on the internet

    Boston Praise Radio and TV is host to Black community politics, church and community resource/capacity building — it is on 24/7 on the internet and streams from Facebook and Google+.

    Boston Black Church Music and Gospel, and Ministering and Preaching http://www.churchline.com/ – the mission of Churchline.com is to providing a web based portal for Church Centered Events. Everything you would want to know about Black Churches in New England is there.


    Alvin Ailey Dance Performances
    March 22-25, Boston Boch Center
    Ticket information
    celebrityseries.org/ailey18/index.htm

     

     

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