Things to Do, Black and Beautiful all over New England
50th anniversary performances of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater are coming up March 22-25 at the Boch Center Wang Theater. Alvin Ailey‘s 1960 masterpiece Revelations closes each Boston performance. See www.celebrityseries.org for program details.
Black Violin is lead by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin), and joined onstage by DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes.
The band uses their unique blend of classical and hip-hop music to overcome stereotypes while encouraging people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers.
The group has collaborated professionally or performed with multiple well known artists including Kanye West, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys.
Their most recent album release, Stereotypes, hit #1 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover chart and #4 on Billboard’s R&B Charts.
Keep an eye on the Big Black Boston event calendar
WorldMusic CRASHArts productions
Winter/Spring 2018 Concert Update fea. MUSIC AND DANCE FROM THE FAR AND NEAR CORNERS OF THE GLOBE
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 Eats, Soul Music, Jazz and Black-owned night clubs
Boston’s Wally’s Jazz Cafe on Massachusetts Avenue (casual) http://www.wallyscafe.com/index.html
For the New York Coltranish, Sonny Fortune, Grover Washington loving jazz stylists. 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, South End
A Boston award winning restaurant and business lounge popular with millennials and professionals alike. Features soul food, live jazz and entertainment, cocktail hours and more.
Slades Bar and Grill, South End
a great hang out place for all things soul and R&B. Full bar with sports TV, Wednesday Night Black Comedy Explosion, Saturday night parties, Club scene every night.
SAVVOY R&B Lounge on Lincoln Street in downtown Boston where you chill out downtown in style but never leave that soul vibe and food far behind.
Dorchester Fish Market in Codman Square for families is a working class stop offing 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 is a restaurant that received rave reviews for Boston sould food.
BRED Its customers say BRED is the best black-owned take out sandwich shop in Boston.
Coast Cafe in Cambridge’s Cambridgeport area off Memorial Drive near Harvard Business School was the 2018 TravelNoire web site Best Soul Food Restaurant in Massachusetts pick. web site www.coastsoulcafe.com
# art and culture
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
Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists
Massachusetts Historical Society ( slave collections )
educational: The National Black Doll Museum
of History & Culture – Mansfield, MA
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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.org – Boston 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.
NCAAA – National 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
Portsmouth, NH 03801
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