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Here are revealing interviews with the USATF Indoor Championship athletes competing at Reggie Lewis Center this week.

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UCS Announcement

Jill Geer, USATF Chief Public Affairs Officer – On behalf of USA Track & Field, it’s great to be back here in Boston. It’s our first time back for the USATF Indoor Championships since 2009. We certainly have a rich history here. As we get ready to invite our athletes to speak about the competition, we wanted to take this opportunity to announce a new partner of USATF. 

Today, we announced that UCS has joined us as our official equipment supplier for USA Track & Field. It’s something we’re really excited about. You’ll see enhanced branding on crash pads for the pole vault and high jump, as well as cross promotion between brands. Perhaps most importantly, we’ll have free equipment for the USATF Indoor and Outdoor Championships, our Youth Outdoor Championships, our Masters Outdoor Championships and Junior Olympic Outdoor Championships. We are thrilled that UCS is our 10th partner announcement in the last 12 months, but even more so because this partnership benefits all of our constituencies from top to bottom in a really positive way.
 
Jason Schwartz, UCS Marketing & Sales Director – We’re a third-generation family business. We’re really excited to restart our partnership. 

We had a great experience working with USATF in the past and we’re looking forward to bringing championship experiences to new levels across the country.
 
Athlete Press Conference
Opening Statements
Sharon Day-Monroe – I’m really excited to be back in Boston. Haven’t been here since 2009 when USAs was here. Really excite dot be back at Reggie and new track. Looking forward to a great competition tomorrow. Hoping I can defend my title.
 
Natasha Hastings – I’m excited to be here. I was just here for the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix and had an opportunity to test out the new track. I’m ready to go out and have a good time and continue working for 2015.
 
Matt Centrowitz – I’m very excited to come back, I was also here for the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix and it was one of my best races of the season. The men’s mile [at indoors] is pretty deep this year. We have some of the top guys that will see each other in the outdoor season as well.
 
Mary Saxer – I’m really excited that nationals are here in Boston. I live a mile away and I train down the street, so it’s kind of like I’m on home turf. I competed at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix and was fortunate to win there. I hope it’s a good little warm-up and hope to defend my title from last year. We have a great lineup of vaulters and I hope it’s a great competition for everyone.
 
Treniere Moser – I was here a few weeks ago at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix and I’m super excited to be back and be competing in the 1,000 again. That was a great race for me and I’m looking forward to a great race on a fast track.
 
On his races post-Millrose Games
Matt Centrowitz – Before the season, we actually didn’t plan on going to Birmingham. After Millrose, when we didn’t run as fast I’d like, we thought it would be a good opportunity to go for an American record in the 1500. I adjust poorly going to Europe, so all week, I was only getting 4-5 hours of consistent sleep. By Saturday, I was absolutely tired. I felt like I was going to fall asleep on my shakeout. The takeaway is that I always need to give myself time to adjust regardless of how good of shape I’m in. It was a good field and I just couldn’t take advantage of it.
 
Matt Centrowitz – Treniere and I have been talking about how excited we are to take a break after indoor season. Indoors is so short that we’ve been able to travel around and take advantage of the good shape our team is in. We do two peaks a year, indoors and outdoors, and we’ll take 4-6 weeks off of racing after this.
 
On why she chose the 1,000m
Treniere Moser – For me, this indoor season we decided to work on my speed. So the 1,000 meters is a perfect distance. I ran a really great 800m at the armory invite. My speed is coming along really, really well. To end the season with the 1,000m, I’m looking forward to the spring and summer. I did a lot of longer high mileage in the fall, and then switched gears and did all speed indoors. I’m not sure when I’m opening up yet [outdoors], so we wanted to get through indoors and go weekend to weekend and focus on the indoor season. We’ll talk about the outdoor season in the coming weeks. I’m looking forward to the outdoor season after this weekend.
 
On if she thought about entering more than just the women’s 1,000m
Treniere Moser – Yes, I did [think about entering 2 races]. We talked about it on the phone with Alberto and just felt there was no reason for it. Maybe if there was a World Indoors to train for, but a lot of it is being safer than sorry. Staying healthy is the biggest battle right now. We just decided to focus on the 1 race because I end up being able to run rounds that will help me as well. I’m super excited. I’ve only run the 1,000 a handful of times. It’s just fun to break up the year.
I’m super excited. I’ve only run the 1,000 a handful of times.
 
On goals for the USATF Indoor Championships
Sharon Day-Monroe – One of my goals this weekend is to long jump well. I’ve had a couple breakthroughs in practice. Long jump is not one of my stronger events, so jumping well here is a goal, as well as breaking my American record.
 
Natasha Hastings – I ran the 300 here for the first time in 7 years a few weeks ago. So I’d like to lower my PR. The lower distance helps me work on my speed and prepare for the outdoor season to see what we need to adjust.
 
Matt Centrowitz – For me, the mile, I want to work on some tactics. With indoors, the middle distance is harder than outdoor track because it’s so tight and you have 12 guys on a tight track. It makes outdoor racing a lot easier when you can manage through. Getting in there and continue working on different types of ways to win races.
 
Mary Saxer – My coach and I entered indoor season with the goal of…I have a few new technical cues I’ve really been working on in practice and seeing how they transfer to competition setting. So just focusing on those and seeing what heights I can clear and up my season best.
 
Treniere Moser – I’m focusing on executing a great race and having that finishing speed. Just finishing fast.
 
On peaking indoors vs. outdoors
Matt Centrowitz – Outdoor peaking doesn’t affect you, because it’s a 2-peak system. Honestly, I think I’ve missed one indoor season due to illness and I noticed a difference. Coming from the collegiate system, we raced tough indoors and we would always be doubling up on races. We’d be racing 2s and 4s and I’ve been brought up that way and responding to that. As you race through, you get to race yourself into better shape. Sanya Richards-Ross mentioned a couple weeks ago, after your training you get to a new level of fitness. Indoor season helps reevaluate, is it working or not, and adjust to outdoor season.
 
On the importance of training both indoors and outdoors
Matt Centrowitz – When I was sick last year, I couldn’t race for six weeks and it’s just something you have to deal with. I didn’t know what to expect heading into the outdoor season. This indoor season, we’re planning to get 7 races in. You’re kind of playing catch-up a bit. I like to race and we respond really well off of it. We always compete well at world championships because of that.
 
On competing in the 1,000m without her Oregon Project teammates
Treniere Moser – We’re given race plans and they’re very individual. So we don’t depend on each other in the race. There is a comfort level when you’re racing with your teammates, though. I’ve raced with Mary a lot this indoor season. It is nice to have a teammate out there. There’s a comfort level and a good vibe when they’re out there. A lot of is based on the race plan, though, and that doesn’t change. Every time I get out there, I’d like to run faster than I did the last time. I’d like to come away with a PR but especially come away with a national title.
 
On running the 300m at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix
Natasha Hastings – Running indoors as a sprinter it’s a little tricky especially with the banks. My only race for the indoor season was here, so I feel more comfortable this time around. I got the cobwebs out. Got some good training after competing. I feel a bit more comfortable. I’ve run indoors all my life, growing up in NYC and going off to college. I’m pretty comfortable with running indoors. Sometimes you just have to shift things indoors.
 
On social media
Sharon Day-Monroe – I do have a twitter account. I’m not very active on twitter. I tweet when there are major events happening, with Asics or with USATF, or things like the Super Bowl. I would say I have a small following because I’m not as active as I could be. I don’t see it as a distraction, it’s just another additional thing to do.
 
Natasha Hastings – I have every social media account there is. When I post things, I link them all to each other so people see it on all of them. I have fun with it. I use it as a way for people to know what I’m doing. Let them know where I am and where I will be competing. It can be a distraction if you allow it to be. You have to find what works best for you. For me, I don’t like to do it on the day of a race or a few hours before I go to the track. It’s about creating and setting boundaries for yourself. Social media is a great way to connect to the fans. In the states, we want fans to be more engaged in the sport.
 
Matt Centrowitz – I have almost every social media outlet. Twitter is the best for me to interact with the fans and I do that. Sometimes I’m kind of streaky and respond to everyone or go MIA for a few days. I’m a social person and like to respond to everyone and everything. Whenever people accuse me or my team of doing drugs, I always respond with some kind of smart-ass comment, which my agent doesn’t like. I think it’s a great way to interact and engage and it’s the only way some of our fans can engage if they can’t go to a meet.
 
Mary Saxer – I have pretty much every form of social media. It started off as a way to keep my family and friends informed of what I’m doing. Now I kind of use it as a promotion for pole vault and track and field as a whole. I think it’s fun to keep people updated as to where I’m at and what I’m doing.
 
Treniere Moser – I have every social media. I think it’s a lot of fun. My fan base is a lot of high school runners. They’ll ask about training and I can use it as a way to connect. I love posting that I love collecting sneakers or behind the scenes stuff with practice. It’s a great way to connect with our fans.
 
On the difference between last year and this year
Sharon Day-Monroe – There is less pressure this year. Last year, it was a world indoor year and I focused on doing well and breaking the American record, which I did. This year, it’s kind of more like a gear-up, make sure everything is kind of working and make sure things are going well for outdoor. I’m in great shape and it’s my only pentathlon of the year. There’s less pressure and I want to have a lot of fun tomorrow. I’m excited to compete. There’s a small group of us, so it’ll be a quick day of competition. I just want to go out and have fun tomorrow.
 
On the Year of the Vault
Mary Saxer – There have been 2 collegiate women who have been jumping out of their minds. Sometimes pole vault isn’t the most recognized. I’ve never jumped against Demi before, so I’m actually really excited about that. There’s a lot of anticipation going into it. It’s always exciting to compete against Jenn (Suhr) and I’m looking forward to defending my title. There are only 10 of us, so similar to what Sharon said, it’ll be a quick competition but it should be great.
 
On the use of technology and data in training
Treniere Moser – You can let the data overwhelm you. Those things aren’t in my control so I try not to think about them so much. The biggest change I’ve seen, we’re a lot more accessible and it’s a positive for track and field. It’s a good way to promote the sport and our sponsors.
 
Mary Saxer – The data is good for the future of our sport and our event. My coach always says, let me deal with the data and you go out and have fun.
 
Matt Centrowitz – With field events, the data that is measured is more important. For us distance runners, we kind of go out and run. It’s come a long way in the last 5 years. There are a lot of ways you can convert things. It’s amazing how they’re so close.
 
Natasha Hastings – As long as you don’t let [the data] get to you, you can make sure it doesn’t get too overwhelming. Most of that stuff, we leave up to coach. He breaks it down and work with us on it. I don’t think I’m particularly overwhelmed but some of my training partners get really in depth with stuff like that, but it’s a personal thing. I like my coach to break it down.
 
Sharon Day-Monroe – It’s really personal for every person. Some people can be really overwhelmed with too much data or info and some people really absorb it. With USATF’s help, we have biomechanical analysis and training camps/summits where we have bio-mechanists come in and measure us. As a multi, looking at and breaking down different events and little ways to improve half a percentage point here and there. Looking at it from a bio-mechanist point of view, all of the improvements have been really helpful.

 

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February 26, 2015 at 7:31 pm

An Olympics African American family story you don’t want to miss. @seedandspark

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Olympic Pride, American Prejudice unites relatives of 1936 African American Olympic heroes at Chicago shoot

The Olympic Pride, American Prejudice Chicago shoot captured more than just never-before-heard interviews with the families of three of the African American Olympians who lived in Chicago.  The shoot proved to be the first-ever meeting of the families of 1936 Gold and Silver medalist Ralph Metcalfe, 1936 Olympian and first black woman to compete for the USA, Tydie Pickett, and 1936 Olympian John Brooks.  The three families by chance were on the set at the same time. Ralph Metcalfe, Jr. was interviewed first and decided to stay to meet Bernita Echols and Faye Walker.  The senior Metcalfe had been friends with Tydie Pickett, mother of Bernita and Faye and spoke of her to Metcalfe, Jr.

family photo of  three forgotten African American Olympians

photo families of three forgotten African American Olympians

 

Dr. Daria Brooks Terrell, a Chicago Orthopedic Surgeon, and daughter of John Brooks, arrived with her mother Wannetta Brooks before Ralph, Faye and Bernita departed.  The moment was magical, profound and heartfelt and certainly one that harkened back to the moment when their relatives joined each other on the deck of the U.S.S. Manhattan, unknowingly about to change history.

 

The daughters of Tydie Pickett had never met Daria, but they knew John Brooks was instrumental in Tydie Pickett’s career and decision to go the Olympic Trials in 1936.  After hugs, tears and lots of reminiscing, they exchanged numbers and planned to keep in touch.  Of course, they all look forward to seeing each other at the premiere of Olympic Pride, American Prejudice!

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There are 72 hours left in Black History Month.

Let’s make documentary history!

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February 25, 2015 at 7:27 pm

Looking to hire a Step On Guide for 1 day bus tour escort.

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AboutBlackBoston.com seeks to refer you  to a travel agency in needs of these services.

Position: STEP ON TOUR GUIDE  ( leave a comment if interested )

A Step On Guide is a person who will step on a  charter bus to meet and greet passengers from Maryland and take them around town to see Boston. They are interested in a Boston tour from 8 am to 3 pm. You’ll start at South Station at 8am and return to South Station on the bus by 3pm.

Person should have a comprehensive, organic knowledge of Greater Boston, speak loud and clearly over a bus PA system and should be able to configure a tour schedule in coordination with the tour firm.

Send a brief statement of qualifications and  interest to contact@blackboston.com or call 617 942-1301 to speak by phone.  Thanks!

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February 16, 2015 at 11:07 am

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Concert Cancellation: Hugh Masekela cancels Feb 24th Boston John Hancock Hall date

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Boston Feb 9th

Re: The Hugh Masakela Concert originally scheduled for Feb 24th at John Hancock Hall has been cancelled.

To Boston:
I regret to inform you that the Hugh and Vusi show in Boston has been canceled due to circumstances beyond my control. As far as I know, there is no reschedule date in mind ,

– AboutBlackBoston.com

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February 9, 2015 at 6:16 pm

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Berklee concert with Kim Burrell cancels due to #BOSSNOW

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there is a church near every soulThe Signature Music Series Presents Kim Burrell Meets Berklee on Thursday, February 12, at the Berklee Performance Center

Boston MA, January 22, 2015. The Signature Music Series at Berklee kicks off its Spring 2015 season on February 12 with Kim Burrell Meets Berklee, featuring the Grammy Award nominated pastor. Pastor Burrell’s dynamic, distinctive and powerful voice has captivated jazz, R&B and gospel fans, as well as her peers in the music industry.

     there is a church near every soul

Sorry folks, this concert has been cancelled due to weather conditions. A makeup date has not been decided yet. ( post updated 2/10 at 15:00 )

Taking to the stage with a student group, Burrell will perform songs from her career, including “Try Me Again,” “Yes to Your Will/Yes,” and “Victory.” Burrell will also sing a solo selection with self-accompaniment on piano. The student ensemble – composed of 10 vocalists and 7 instrumentalists – was selected for this concert through an audition process. Leading the group is musical director Rashad McPherson, a Berklee alumnus, and student band director Jamahl Smith.

Kim Burrell Meets Berklee takes place Thursday, February 12, 8:15 p.m., at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC), 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA. Reserved seating tickets are available for $12/$24 at the BPC box office or berklee.edu/bpc. The venue is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 617-747-2261.

The concert is part of the Africana Studies Music and Lecture Series, produced by Berklee’s Africana Studies and Liberal Arts departments.

Since releasing her first solo album, 1997’s Try Me Again, Pastor Kim Burrell has shared the stage with gospel greats such as Pastor Shirley Caesar, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin and Pastor Marvin Winans. She has also worked with secular artists including Missy Elliot, Stevie Wonder, George Clinton, George Duke, and Whitney Houston among others. Her albums include Everlasting Life, Kim Burrell Live (both on Tommy Boy Gospel), and No Ways Tired (Shanachie Records). Her most recent project, The Love Album,won a Dove Award and two Stellar Awards, and was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Pastor Burrell started her musical career with the Greater Emmanuel C.O.G.I.C. Choir of Houston. She has been featured on BET’s Celebration of Gospel, Lift Every Voice, and The Bobby Jones Gospel Show, and appeared at Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and other notable venues. Pastor Burrell exercises her gifts as a musician, writer, producer, orator, workshop facilitator, evangelist, and pastor through her ministry endeavor KB Crew Productions.

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February 6, 2015 at 12:13 pm

A really good list of Boston 2015 Black History month events compiled by WBUR.

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>View the list of Boston 2015 Black History month events compiled by WBUR.

Not only is this a great lead-in but the article fulfills it’s promising headline.

WBUR’s article opens with “BOSTON — Black History Month seems especially vital in 2015, as protests continue around the actions of police officers in black communities and questions remain about the upcoming #Oscarsowhite awards ceremony.

Art has and continues to play an important role in African-American history…… ”

Full story continues at link above

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February 4, 2015 at 11:38 pm

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March 20th, WHITE HOUSE CHEF is coming to RANDOLPH to cook, showcase and fundraise.

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NATIONAL BLACK DOLL MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND CULTURE ANNOUNCES ‘COOKING FOR CAUSE’ FUNDRAISER
Event to Feature Creations from Former White House Chef and Top Area Chefs

The National Black Doll Museum, presented by the Doll E Daze Project Inc., is a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization in Mansfield, Mass.

The National Black Doll Museum of History and Culture, in collaboration with International Special Events Society New England, will host a ticketed fundraiser “Cooking For a Cause: The White House Menu,” on Friday, March 20, at Lombardo’s restaurant in Randolph, Mass.

Former White House chef Sir Master Chef Ronnie Seaton Sr., along with top local chefs, will present original food and drink creations, including many White House selections from years past.

A cocktail reception and silent auction will precede the event. All proceeds benefit the National Black Doll Museum of History and Culture and its educational project, Doll E Daze.

VIP tickets, which ensure early admission and seating, cost $150 and general admission is $100.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.NBDMHC.org.

​“The ‘Cooking For A Cause’ event is an opportunity to celebrate a unique dining experience with our patrons and supporters, and we are grateful for ISES’s participation in ensuring its success,” said Debra Britt, Executive Director of the National Black Doll museum, “The event allows our advertising partners to reach and interact with the museum’s highly engaged, food-loving audience.”

Lombardo’s a founding ISES member, provides high-quality hospitality and cuisine with excellence and professionalism.

Founded in 1988, the ISES New England Chapter has supported its members and the industry at large, through cutting-edge educational programs, dynamic networking events and a peer-to-peer support system that helps members grow their businesses and their careers. In addition to monthly meetings, the chapter organizes philanthropic initiatives, scholarships and more. For more information, visit isesnewengland.com.

It is the first black doll museum in New England, the second in the country and the only doll museum in the world whose collection chronicles the history of African Americans through the eyes of a doll collector. For more information, visit http://www.NBDMHC.org.

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February 4, 2015 at 9:34 am

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