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Feds Busted Boston Latin School! Ortiz found Title IV Civil Rights Violations listed here.

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Groups Behind Federal Complaint Urge City to Use Agreement to Improve the Racial Climate of Every Boston School

Boston, MA: Today, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz found that Boston Latin School (BLS) violated federal civil rights law in responding to school-based racial harassment and announced a resolution agreement with Boston Public Schools (BPS) to improve the racial climate of the school.
The U.S. Department of Justice found BLS violated Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the same law it has used to litigate scores of school desegregation cases. It is not often that Title IV is violated so far from the South. That the Department of Justice brought it to bear here validates the concerns first raised by students and families at Latin. This violation reminds us that we, as a city and nation, still have work to do to ensure that all students are safe and welcome to pursue their equal right to education.

We have always asserted that Latin is not the only school in Greater Boston or the Commonwealth to have issues with racial isolation and racial hostility. However, the very public discussion of harassment at BLS has raised significant awareness of these issues across Boston’s public, charter, and private schools. And the U.S. Attorney’s findings should put every school system in the Commonwealth on notice of their federal duty to address racial harassment. Transparency, accountability and communication with parents, community stakeholders and our elected and appointed officials is absolutely critical to making sure that our schools are equitable and accepting of every student, no matter their race, color, gender or creed.

The start of the 2016–2017 academic year brings great potential and a new beginning for the students returning to BLS, and it provides an opportunity for the City of Boston, BPS, and BLS to set the example for the nation. We will monitor implementation of the resolution agreement with the expectation that BPS and the City of Boston will use it to address these systemic issues across the district. Boston should be sending a clear message that we know how to educate every child and provide unfettered access to all at our most prestigious academic institutions.

We also note that Boston cannot fully address the harms of racial isolation until it has established an exam school admissions policy that enables BLS to better reflect the diversity of our city. We urge the City of Boston to follow the mandate of its Opportunity and Achievement Gap Policy and expeditiously review its exam school admissions policy.

This statement is jointly issued by:

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice

Boston Branch of the NAACP

ACLU of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Advocates for Children
The full statement is available at

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January 7, 2017 at 1:33 am

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Living Legends Awards Gala – Museum of African American History Dec 4th

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Save the Date | Living Legends Awards Gala
Sunday | December 4 | 2016
4:30pm | Four Seasons Hotel Boston

Four Seasons Hotel | Boston | 4:30pm

Salute extraordinary trailblazers

whose remarkable accomplishments uphold the legacy

of 18th and 19th century black patriots and their colleagues who

distinguished themselves on behalf of freedom and justice.

Stay tuned for more details to be announced.

For information on sponsorship
opportunities and tickets, please click here!

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January 7, 2017 at 1:32 am

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Open Cast Call for the Black Nativity production- adults and children

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OPEN CAST CALL for Black Nativity October 3, 6 & 12, 2016 / Children: 4-6 pm / Adults: 7-9 pmWeb site link: 

Location: James E. Timilty Middle School, 205 Roxbury Street, Roxbury, MA 02119 

The production company is seeking African American children and adults between the ages of six and ninety years old for its 2016 production.

 If you cannot make the Open Cast Call but want to be considered for the show, contact Betty Hillmon, Registrar, at 617.549.0205 or

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September 20, 2016 at 9:13 pm

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NUBIAN SQUARE not Dudley. The rename petition. An idea whose time has come.

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Black Community Information Center logo

August 20, 2016

Re: A Petition To Change The Name Of Dudley Square To “NUBIAN SQUARE”

Boston is often promoted as having a small abolition community during slavery. However, what is not widely known is the fact that slavery was heavily practiced here in this city at that time. This resulted in the naming of numerous streets in honor of notorious slave owners. Examples of this are Warren Street, Dudley Street, Codman Square, etc. In the last couple of decades, the Black Community Information Center Inc. has taken a leading role in combatting this hypocrisy by having the former Washington Park and New Dudley Street renamed “Malcolm X Park” and “Malcolm X Boulevard” respectively. However, that is only the tip of the iceberg as many contradictory symbols remain in the Afrikan/Black community in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. A clear example would be Dudley Square in Roxbury, which is named after a family of major slave owners.

Our goal is to have Dudley Station renamed “NUBIAN STATION,” a name that would reflect the culture and heritage (Afrikan/Black) of the people who live in the surrounding community. We will officially launch the name change petition at the tribute for A Nubian Notion on Sunday, August 21, 2016 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury, Mass.

We are calling on our community to be soldiers and collect the necessary petition signatures. Petition forms will be available for signing at the tribute and there will be copies of the petition available to those who wish to help us collect signatures in the community. If you are unable to attend the tribute on Sunday, you can pick up a copy of the petition at A Nubian Notion, Inc. at 41 Warren Street or at the NAACP/Boston office located in the Washington Park Mall at 330 Martin Luther King Boulevard. (You may also click here to view and print copies of the petition). The deadline for petition signature collection and submission is Friday, September 2, 2016 at 12:00 noon.

Full community participation in this important effort is urged.

For further information, call 617-427-2522 or go to

Sadiki Kambon, Director
Black Community Information Center, Inc.

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August 23, 2016 at 1:42 pm

The sneaker movie KICKS screens at AMC Boston Common Sept 15 #free

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The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute will be hosting the Boston advance screening of feature film KICKS at AMC Boston Common 19 on Thursday, September 15 at Harvard ( watch movie trailer at HHA).

 KICKS Recently premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. KICKS is the directorial debut for Oakland native Justin Tipping and the semi-autobiographical story of a young man hunting for his “kicks.”

Fifteen-year-old Brandon, played by up-and-coming breakout star Jahking Guillory, longs for a pair of the freshest sneakers that money can buy; assuming that merely having them on his feet will help him escape the reality of being poor, neglected by the opposite sex and picked on by everyone — even his best friends. 


Free AboutBlackBoston ticket signup link / and casting call benefits.

Working hard to get them, he soon finds that the titular shoes have instead made him a target after they are promptly snatched by local hood, Flaco (Kofi Siriboe). Seemingly the embodiment of menace, Flaco harbors complexities of his own that will be revealed when Brandon goes on a mission to retrieve his stolen sneakers with his two best friends in tow.

Boasting a strong ensemble cast, and featuring a memorable lead performance, the film transcends a deceptively traditional hero’s journey to deliver a “… 21st century tale about inner city masculinity and the feelings of isolation and loneliness that often plague us during adolescence. 

It’s a film about manhood and the cycles that continue to spiral through generations, flattening many Black men while others barely escape the carnage,” (Aramide A. Tinubu, IndieWire). Sam Eifling of Sole Collector explains, “the kids are relatable, the score is moody and dreamy; the soundtrack is a playground of hip-hop. 

And its world feels authentic in a way that most features don’t, in part because it grew out of a real milieu.”

Visually and thematically rich, with an amazing soundtrack of both hip-hop classics and Bay Area favorites, KICKS creates an original, true-to-life portrait of a young man drowning in the expectations of machismo.

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August 18, 2016 at 9:39 am

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Funeral Services for April Davis – Monday, August 8th

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Information about April Davis’ memorial service. 
 April Davis recently passed away. April’s niece sent out an update yesterday about her memorial service. Services will be Monday, August 8, 2016 from 6pm-8pm.

Unity Funeral Chapels Inc

2352 Frederick Douglass Boulevard

New York, NY 10027


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August 7, 2016 at 9:54 am

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Scheduled black community activities plus something for everyone around town till 8/31.

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A compilation  by Diane Williams, STEM producer with inserts from XBlackBoston site submittals

Aug 9th-13th Boston Caribbean Fashion Week  – view scheduled activities

Every Mon & Wed thru 8/31 – Free co-working mornings in Cambridge

Soul in the Square: The Highland Park Music Festival will be held Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 12:00 Noon to 8:00 p.m. on the grounds of the First Church in Roxbury, John Eliot Square, Roxbury, MA. This outdoor music fest will feature Brooklyn, New York’s Rich Medina and Roxbury’s own DJ Chris Grant. There will be local artists producing live art, vendors and food trucks. Festival attendees will be able to set out picnic blankets and chairs on the spacious First Church lawn while enjoying musical tributes to some of R&B’s most celebrated artists. A beer, wine and rum garden will be available for anyone 21 years and older. Soul in the Square bridges the musical gap between the Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X and Baby Boomers. This is a FREE event.

The Makanda Project will perform on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the South Street Housing Development, 125 South St., Jamaica Plain, MA and from 6:45 to 7:45 PorchFEST at the Lawn on D, 415 Summer St., South Boston, MA;

Saturday, August 13 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam St., Roxbury, MA; and Saturday, August 20 at the Dudley Jazz Festival, Mary Hannon Park, Dudley and Howard Sts., Dorchester, MA. For more information, visit This is a FREE event.

Managing Your Finances Workshop Series

First Republic Bank, Boston Career Mixer 2016

8/9 and 8/23

Summer Jazz and Blues Concerts will be held at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., Boston, MA. There will be seven to nine musicians, including three vocalists on the final night. For more information, visit This is a FREE event.

August 9 – Grits ‘N Gravy: A Soulful Evening of Jazz and Blues with Pat Loomis, Antonio Loomis, Rusty Scott and Benny Benson

August 23 – Let’s Groove Tonight: A Funky Dance Party featuring Ivory Jones and White Chocolate, Antonio Tha Great, Sarah Soulchild, Jimmy Dow-Dow, Stevie Q, Tommy Bounce, Thunderfoot and surprise special guests.

The Building Pathways Information Seminar will be held Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond St., Dorchester, MA. Building Pathways is a six-week program designed to prepare qualified applicants for an apprenticeship in the building trades, the pathway to a rewarding career in construction. This is a FREE event.



Twitter for Business will be held Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Central Library in Copley Square (Commonwealth Salon), 700 Boylston St., Boston, MA. Hosted by Kirstein Business Library, Twitter for Business is one of the most popular digital marketing classes. Entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses and nonprofits will learn how they could benefit from having a better  understanding of Twitter. In this class, you’ll learn how to use community-related methods on Twitter to increase online awareness of your business and find new clients. To register, visit This is a FREE event.


Interneighborhood Ride/IBikeBoston Relaunch Campaign!


From Sunday, August 14 through Friday, August 19> and Sunday, August 21 through Friday, August 26, 2016, restaurant-goers can enjoy gourmet prix-fixe dining at top Boston area restaurants at Summer Restaurant Week Boston 2016. Participating restaurants will offer three pricing tiers for each meal period. Lunch menus are available for $15, $20 or $25 and dinner menus are priced at $28, $33 and $38. Price and number of courses vary by restaurant. For more information, visit


2016 Boston MBA Forté Forum for Women

Datadog Sales Meet + Greet

Redefining Beauty: Celebrating What Makes Us Unique

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August 5, 2016 at 2:52 pm

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