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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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You’re In Demand. Volunteer With Sole Train!

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Sole Train: Boston Runs Together, a program of Trinity Boston Foundation, is a community building and mentoring program that deconstructs impossible by using running as a vehicle for setting and achieving previously unimaginable goals. As a supportive community of caring adults and peers, Sole Train champions young people as they realize their capacity for greatness.

TWO opportunities to connect with Sole Train:

  1. Run with Sole Train! Commit to 1-2 hrs/wk of weekday practice time and 5 weekend races/community building events, throughout the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.

Sole Train’s adult runners are affectionately called Old Soles, but they’re young in spirit and consistently meet our youth every step of the way. Old Soles are enthusiastic, dedicated, and committed to being part of a community that learns, supports, and grows together. You don’t have to like running to love Sole Train! Our Old Soles embody the Sole Train commitment of creating an inclusive community that reflects the diversity of our participants. Volunteer with Sole Train!

  1. Volunteer and/or participate in the Sole Train 5k!

Come on out and join Sole Train at Jamaica Pond on Saturday, October 15th at 9:30AM to lead and cheer on runners of all ages, shoe sizes, and speeds in what may be the most spirited 5K around. Come out for a great energy-packed fall morning in one of the area’s premier parks. And know that your participation helps support Sole Train youth to (de)construct (im)possible.

Registration is live!

I hope that you will consider volunteering and help spread the word about these amazing opportunities to your co-workers, friends and other Boston networks.  If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me at

If you’d like to learn more about Sole Train please visit:

Many thanks!Herna, Ahmad, Quay & Lucas


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August 11, 2016 at 2:24 pm

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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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A really interesting piece about Boston Public School students at Newport Jazz Festival.

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Natixis Global Asset Management Announces George Wein Jazz Ambassador Scholarship Winners, Celebrates the Next Generation of Jazz at the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival

Sponsors jazz workshop for students from Boston Public Schools

On July 29, Natixis will again host students from Boston Public Schools at the festival to experience the many talented artists performing. 

In addition, Natixis has arranged for the students to participate in a workshop hosted by “Dr. Wes” Watkins, Ph.D., founder of The Jazz & Democracy Project® (J&D). 

J&D is a music integrated curriculum linking the arts (music, particularly jazz) and the humanities (U.S. history, government, civics and culture).

Natixis to present scholarships to William Evans and Samuel Atallah at the Festival

 BOSTON, July 26, 2016Natixis Global Asset Management today announced the winners of this year’s George Wein Jazz Ambassador Scholarships are William Evans of Rehoboth, MA and Samuel Atallah of Needham, MA. 

Natixis created the scholarships six years ago to help enable student musicians to pursue their musical and academic dreams. 

John Hailer, CEO for the Americas and Asia at Natixis Global Asset Management, will present the scholarships at the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival, where Natixis has been the presenting sponsor since 2011.

 The festival takes place July 29 through July 31 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI.

 Natixis, one of the world’s largest asset managers, [1] awards the two $5,000 scholarships annually to two aspiring college-bound musicians as part of its broader commitment to music education and to fostering the next generation of jazz musicians and fans.

 The scholarships are named in celebration of George Wein, the founder of the Newport Jazz Festival and one of the original jazz ambassadors, who has spent his life working to bring people together through the power of jazz.

“Every year we look forward to awarding these scholarships to a new generation of talented young musicians who embody the spirit and energy of jazz and of George Wein, and we hope it will help them become part of the rich culture of jazz for years to come,” said Hailer, who joined the Newport Festivals Foundation board of directors last year. ”

We are proud to celebrate another year sponsoring the Newport Jazz Festival and the vibrant history, creativity and unique ability of jazz to bring different cultures together.”

 Both of this year’s scholarship recipients will study music at colleges in New England this fall. 

Will Evans, a graduate of Wheeler School in Rhode Island, is a pianist for the Rhode Island Senior All-State Jazz Ensemble who appreciates jazz as “something that brings people together who otherwise would never meet and inspires new lines of thinking.” He intends to study music at Brown University in the fall. “I’m really excited to go into college and learn more about the history of [jazz] and the culture behind it.”

 Sam Atallah, who graduated this year from Needham High School, is a trumpet player for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association All-State Jazz Band. 

He describes playing at the Newport Jazz Festival as “the absolute high point of my summers and of my high school music career.” Atallah will apply his Natixis scholarship to major in music with a concentration in jazz at the University of Vermont.

   “Natixis is inspired to support opportunities that encourage today’s youth to explore the lessons of jazz – innovation, diversity and a commitment to collaborate as an ensemble – and we are thrilled to partner with the Newport Jazz Festival to make jazz accessible to all audiences for generations to come,” said Hailer.

Natixis also expanded its music sponsorship program globally this year through a partnership with National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) in the U.K. NYJO, a world-class orchestra, was formed 50 years ago for skilled musicians up to the age of 25 to perform nationally and internationally. Natixis’ music initiatives are part of its Together for Better philanthropic outreach program which creates important and lasting change, combining our resources, our passions, and the power of change-making community partners. Child by child, family by family, community by community we are changing the world. Together for Better.

About Natixis Global Asset Management

Natixis Global Asset Management serves thoughtful investment professionals worldwide through its Durable Portfolio Construction® approach: applying risk-minded insights to empower more intelligent investing. 

Uniting over 20 specialized investment managers globally ($884.9 billion AUM2), Natixis is ranked among the world’s largest asset management firms.

3 The firm spreads its thoughtful, innovative ideas in the global community by sponsoring programs that help enrich the lives of individuals and preserve the cultural experience for future generations through music.

About Newport Festivals Foundation

The Newport Festivals Foundation was founded by George Wein in 2010 to build and continue the legacies of the famed Newport Jazz Festival® and Newport Folk Festival®.

 Under the auspices of the Foundation, the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals present performers who respect and honor jazz and folk music traditions, and at the same time reflect the changes in today’s musical trends. 

In addition, the Foundation presents programs to educate young people about jazz and folk music as presented at the annual festivals.

 For more information, please visit

2 Net asset value as of March 31, 2016. Assets under management (AUM) may include assets for which non-regulatory AUM services are provided. Non-regulatory AUM includes assets which do not fall within the SEC’s definition of ‘regulatory AUM’ in Form ADV, Part 1.

3 Cerulli Quantitative Update: Global Markets 2016 ranked Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. as the 16th largest asset manager in the world based on assets under management ($870.3 billion) as of December 31, 2015.


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July 26, 2016 at 5:11 pm

KickBack Boston fuses millennial socialization with eats, drinks and crowdsourced turntable choice.

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 / KickBack Boston was founded by two visionary, creative and passionate Bostonians, with one main mission – bringing together like-minded individuals who are tired of the same-old routine nightclub environment with long lines, overzealous VIP crowds and the monotonous Top-40 Serato-filled play lists.

But instead, The KickBack cultivates an organic and unpretentious space where a gathering of chill millennials can eat, socialize, take back a few drinks and vibe-out to a diverse rotation of live DJs.

The KickBack Boston events are hosted on a Wednesday evening in premier and emerging locales throughout the city of Boston.

The KickBack is only a 3hr event from 8p-11pm, and the agenda follows as such: 8pm – Party Starts // 9pm-10pm – People’s Choice // 10pm-11pm – DJ Set // 11pm – Party Done. Our People’s Choice segment is a list of songs our guest request to hear when they RSVP to The KickBack.

The DJ sets the backdrop and creates a mix blend with the selected songs. The choice to request a song closes 7 days prior to the event date which gives the DJ ampule time to curator a vibrant mix.

The first installment of KickBack parties was held on December 23rd, 2015 at Harborside Lounge. The event attracted roughly 220 local Bostonian professionals in various industries including, but not limited to – fashion, music, media, and art.

Since then we hosted our second installment at Vintage Lounge on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 (8p-11p) which was also well attended with 150 guests.

This 2nd installment was our first themed event titled #gotthefeels RnB KickBack edition. We held our 3rd installment on April 20, 2016 and had another solid turnout of 170 in attendance at Ultra Lounge at Ascend Boston.

Here’s a quick rundown of how DJ’s are picked… our guest DJ’s are hand selected by the KickBack Boston founders. We carefully scour the city, and region to seek out emerging talented curators of sounds from electronic Hip Hop to alternative, contemporary hipster R&B vibes.

All events are open format except for our themed editions. For our launch we had Collective Boston’s DJ Yvng Pavl share his vibes with us and our second installment was emerging female DJ Guru Sanaal from Knights of The Round-tables. We hosted our most recent KickBack with Michael Christmas’ DJ, DJ Fresco and  DJ Normz of SuperSmash Broz.

On June 22nd KickBack returns back to Ultra Lounge at Ascend Boston to host our 4th KickBack with DJ Real Politikz.

KickBack Boston is anticipating roughly 150-200 patrons to attend. Please share this event with all like-minded individuals who are interested. We really want to build relationships early on with tastemakers to grow the KickBack vibe. We thank you for your time and hope to hear from you soon.

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May 28, 2016 at 1:00 am

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The Friends of Roxbury Community College want deficient employees to go.

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April 1, 2013
The Time Is Now To Take Immediate Action!!!!!

Well, the suspense is now over. The investigative process involving serious problems at Roxbury Community College has been completed. The investigation which was led by Attorney Wayne Budd and his colleagues from the law firm of Goodwin Procter has revealed some very damaging information that strongly suggests that some immediate changes need to be made in order to serve the best interests of the college. In releasing the results of the investigation, there were names mentioned and clear cases of incompetency and possible borderline criminal activity.

There has been an aura of silence as the community has constantly been told that “no statements can be made until the results of the investigation have been revealed.” Well, that time has arrived and actions to remedy the situation need to be taken. There is no more speculation as we now have documented evidence to identify the individuals who have contributed to what we the “Friends Of Roxbury Community College” have described as a “culture of negativity” that has contributed to the many problems that exist at Roxbury Community College.

A national search is underway to identify a new college president with the hopes that the new individual will come in with a new vision and spirit to turn the institution around in order to become the gem of academic and social excellence that we know it has the potential to be.

However, it would be an injustice and a dis-service to the college for a new incoming permanent president to inherit and depend upon some of the individuals who have been identified in the investigation and could be a detriment to the viability and growth of our college.

Dr. Linda Edmonds-Turner has been serving in the capacity of interim president and has attempted to make some positive changes at the college. However, her role is more in line with being a caretaker until the permanent president is chosen. But, in that role, Dr. Turner, with the support of the Roxbury Community College Board of Trustees, currently under the leadership of Mrs. Kathy Taylor, can make the bold move of taking immediate action by activating proceedings to terminate those individuals in the investigation who have been identified as contributing to the “negative culture”. This will give the new incoming permanent president a fresh start.

This would not be setting a precedent as one individual named in the investigation was the president of Pine Minor College. That person was put on administrative leave, pending the results of the investigation. The Board of Trustees of Roxbury Community College should adopt the same policy.

The results of the investigation should dictate immediate action that would hopefully contribute to lifting the “dark cloud hovering over the college.” The community is watching this situation very closely and looking for the commitment needed to take the steps required to bring a new day and a renewed spirit to our college and its students.

We know that it has been noted, that there are problems on the campus ranging from the RCC Student Center to the Reggie Lewis Track And Field Center. However, this institution is of such vital importance to our community and to the “Friends Of Roxbury Community College” that we are prepared to play whatever role required to contribute to turning the situation around.


However, it starts with the leadership at the college and we strongly suggest that the Board of Trustees convene an emergency meeting in April of 2013 to report to the community what steps have been or will be taken to remedy the situation identified in the investigative report.

This is our college and the new president will be unfairly confronted with numerous problems that must be addressed and eliminated. It would seem logical and fiscally prudent to take whatever actions needed to assess, identify and remove as many obstacles as possible in order to clear the administrative path of deficiencies for the new president. We remain confident that our college has a bright future and will play a key role in contributing to the future stability of our community.

In education,

Sadiki Kambon, Convener
The “Friends Of Roxbury Community College”

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April 1, 2013 at 3:35 pm

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