In session with the Amazon “Managing Big Data in the AWS Cloud” Kendall Square presentation.
Its about to start but where are all the Black Geeks? Looking around the room and NONE are here at Amazon HQ- Kendall Sq.
I guess they are working. And most likely not unemployed!
Most Afro- Americans in Boston ask that question when turning out for events like this.
If most aren’t asking it then Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook should be.
Berklee College of Music and the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s ParkARTS program present the Jaleel Shaw Quartet at the annual, free Jazz at the Fort concert, Sunday, August 3, 5:00 p.m., at Roxbury’s Highland Park.
Alumnus saxophonist Shaw is appearing in the midst of a busy summer of performances at jazz festivals throughout Europe and the United States with Tom Harrell’s Colors Of A Dream, and New York City nightclubs with the Roy Haynes Quartet.
Jazz at the Fort is part of Berklee’s Summer in the City series, made possible by presenting sponsor Natixis Global Asset Management, with musical performances by Berklee musicians in neighborhoods throughout Boston.
Entry ways to Highland Park are on Fort Avenue or Beach Glen Street in Roxbury. The park is wheelchair-accessible. Parking is available at Columbus Avenue and Cedar Street in the Roxbury Community College lot. The park is also a short walk from the MBTA Roxbury Crossing Station.
In the event of RAIN,the concert will move to Roxbury Community College’s Media Arts Center, 1234 Columbus Avenue.
For more information call 617 747-6057.
Shaw’s reputation as a composer and improviser got a boost when a concert he performed in the Checkout – Live at Berklee series was streamed global by NPR. His three CDs, Perspective, Optimism, and The Soundtrack Of Things To Come, earned praise by jazz critics at the New York Times.
Shaw is the recipient of an ASCAP Young Composer Award, and was named alto saxophonist of the year in a JazzTimes magazine’s Readers Poll.
Shaw received a full tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music, and graduated with a dual degree in music education and performance. He also earned a masters in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music.
Since 1997, the multi-faceted ParkARTS program has offered a wide variety of cultural offerings in Boston’s parks including performing, participatory, and visual arts.
By presenting programs in each of these three areas, ParkARTS ensures a broad variety of programming which appeals to many constituencies reaching all of Boston’s neighborhoods.
Berklee’s Office of Community Affairs and Campus Engagement (CACE) cultivates and manages institutional relationships, partnerships, and programs that advance the college, mobilize musicians as leaders, and contribute to the cultural, educational, and artistic development of the Boston area and our Jazz at the Fort is part of Berklee’s Summer in the City series, made possible by presenting sponsor Natixis Global Asset Management, with musical performances by Berklee musicians in neighborhoods throughout Boston.
MCCA is the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority operating Boston’s largest convention centers and conferencing arenas and overseeing their operations and expansion.
The firm is a quasi-government agency with excellent career options. Learn more about MCCA by visiting the web page links enclosed.
These positions are open. Apply now.
Provides office management support to the E&M department’s Director and Superintendents. Perform clerical and administrative work involving business details of a highly confidential nature.
To apply online please visit
HVAC Mechanic/ Refrigeration Techician
Perform preventative maintenance and repairs to the HVAC equipment. Perform regular and routine inspection, troubleshoot, and diagnose HVAC equipment and system related malfunctions in accordance with standard operation and maintenance procedures and policies.
To apply online please go to
Command Center Officer
The Public Safety Command Center (PSCC) Officer is responsible for routine operation of the Public Safety Command Center Handles routine and emergency calls for service; coordinates the response of appropriate MCCA Departments and various Public Safety service providers (police, fire, EMS, etc.) when required; records actions taken by him/herself as well as others in response to service calls; keeps various logs as assigned; effectively operates various computers, computer programs, CCTV programs; fire alarm monitoring, access control alarm monitoring, and radio equipment; Maintains harmonious work relations with large and diversified workforce. Maintains the confidentiality of the MCCA and the MCCA’s Public Safety Department operations.
To apply online please visit
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Kenyan blogger James Murua lists 10 Africanliterature rich blogs:
So you want to keep abreast of what’s happening in the African literature space. Want to get news and reviews from the books written by and about African experience? Try these ones listed in alphabetical order;
1. Authors in Africa – linked to page
This blog focuses on bloggers in the African continent without a focus on mainly writers from all over Sub Saharan Africa. The site gives reviews of books as well as interviews with authors, a section dedicated to poets and essayists, as well as book synopsis and short stories. The site is regularly updated.
2. Bookshy: An Africa book lover – linked page
This blog is managed by a London based book lover. The book contains news from the African literature scene as well as reviewed by the blogger. With over seventy reviews of some of the best books from the continent this is an important space to keep up with our scene. I especially like the “meet” section where the blogger interviews some really cool writers. The blog is updated every week or so.
3. Books Live linked from page
This is probably the most well managed blog out there for Afro lit. With reviews coming regularly as well as the keeping track of what your favourite authors are up to or what is being written about them this might be THE site to keep visiting. Based in South Africa, the blog is rich in content from the writers from Africa’s most southern most country but it also keeps you abreast of many from other parts. There is new content on this site daily. #Win
Other story in the African press:
Boy of Zambian Origin Is the First Student to Become a Microsoft Certified Professional.
They won’t think to show you the AMI (area medium income) designated properties unless you ask. There once was a a high school on a hill in Jamaica Plain. Its been converted to apartment condo homes and they are nice, very nice. A 2br is for sale for approximately $195,000 if you can get it. Its on Elm Street. There are 75 units there. Ask your real estate broker ( note: most apartment rental agents will not tell you about this ) for a list of choices that meet AMI home-buyer guidelines and you could find yourself sitting in front of a deal that’s hard to refuse because its cheaper than renting and you can own. AMI labeled properties are cheaper to rent too.
1) These homes are every bit as good as non-AMI designated homes. An AMI-designated home means the developer and the financing providers got together under government tax reduction policy when the construction deal was going down. They went to market selling enough units at regular price to be able to offer a few of the units at “income-adjusted” prices and they decided that any owner of those units can NEVER sellout for more than 5% over what they paid for it and they have to hold on to it for at least five years, no flipping!!
2) These house are for families and first time home buyers including single people. They are not for people who want to profit when real estate pricing in the neighborhood increases.
3) There are not a lot of AMI designated housing stock. To get one you must first participate in an official First Time Home Buyers Program and pass it. Your credit score must not suck. You need to make and show you made at least $38,000 last year. Your bills have to be low enough. Your income has to be ready enough. You should not make more than $38,000 if single and more if there are two W2 wage earners in the household. And in some cases, especially for brand new properties, you have to be a lucky winner among people like your financial situation is of the “pool” of potential buyers for the few reduced priced market rate units in that development.
And every development has different rules that ultimately can affect how much it cost to be there. There’s a list of all the Community Development Housing Corporations serving Boston on the AboutBlackBoston.com web site and its got phone numbers you can call there too.
4) Here’s what’s no so great about these AMI designated units. Well, you have to do the math. When major facility damage occurs, you will be assessed a flat rate amount over and above mortgage, taxes and condo fees, that you have no control over and so will everybody else with a unit in the development. This is because in some cases, the cost of repairing major damage to a building such as replacing its roof or rebuilding a damaged unit will be spread among the haves and the have not in that development.
MORE INFO like this is on the AboutBlackBoston.com Affordable Homes and Rentals web site page.
EVERY Boston First Time Home Buyer approved to purchase an AMI income priced home is likely to run into Jeffrey Atkins, Program Manager of the Homeowner / Homebuyer Services at the Boston Home Center, City of Boston. (617) 635-4663