An activation during ds4si's inPUBLIC--a festival of public art making. For our offering we're activating the "stairs to nowhere" in Downtown Crossing as a giant stoop--complete with altar making, jumprope, hair care, music and more. Through this work, we are reclaiming our right to be black, be tender, and experience collective joy #inPUBLIC. Event is free and open to the public, our stoop is interactive and we invite people of color to come join! first row of stoop and games stage are accessible.
We view braiding and greasing each other’s scalps as an act of intimacy and care. Through this work, we are reclaiming our right to be black, be tender, and experience collective joy #inPublic. We’re looking for collaborators to help bring this vision to life.
September 13 and 14
The Steps @ Downtown Crossing
555 Columbia Road, Upham's Corner
Boston Caribbean Carnival 2019
All photos taken in 20 minutes at the Boston Caribbean Carnival
August 24, 2019
Afro-Indigenous Arts + Healing Festival
Empowered by the Ancestors and enlisted by the powers to be, Black Market and a group of COMMUNITY CREATIVES have been tapped to take-over the blighted lot (across from the Haley House next to Black Market) for an ARTS + HEALING Festival!
This is an opportunity for us to enliven and activate a space that has been vacant for over 50 years in the center of Dudley Square, Roxbury! Join us for the ART + HEALING TAKE-OVER! Change the VISUAL + SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION of our community by participating in this incredible event!
LIVE ART- Paint the Block! -Bring your own Art Supplies and Create your own mural! We supply the canvas! HEALING STATIONS- SIsters of Calabash | ILE ASE (Ritual, Prayer, Reiki, Tarot and more!)
Part I of BLACK AUGUST weekend! MUSIC- Afro-Beats + Afro-House!
Live DJ's, Drummers and performances by local Artists of FAMILY FAMOUS + MILKSHAW BENEDICT and Friends!AN AFRICAN ART SALE- Over 500 Masks, Shields, Yoruba Sashs, Statues, Textiles and more!
AN INTERACTIVE FASHION RUNWAY- Curated by Joelle Jean-Fontaine (Founder of fashion brand: I am Kreyol)
A ROYAL ROUND TABLE SESSION- Curated by Jessicah Pierre (Founder of Queens Company)
CURL WORLD- Hair as Art and Culture- Curated by OMG! which stands for OBSERVE MY GREATNESS; aiming to create a place for DIVINE SPIRTS to enjoy and embrave the essence of our energy! (Founder Komeal Hullum)
If you are not a writer, you will be a writer for the night! Trust us!
Poems & Pizzas is an event that happens only a few times a year, originated and led by Sam.
This workshop is for beginners, those that are interested in creative writing for the first time, poets, spoken word artists, poetry lovers, writers, lyricists, and of course fans of written and vocal artistic expressions of freedom. All are welcome to learn, to build, and to give feedback to one another. This is simply a meet up for fun, poetry, and collaborative efforts and supporting our wellness.
Sam has found a great love for writing ever since she was in high school. Most of her work has to do with biblical references and religion and how that impacts the black community's psyche as well as pieces on women empowerment and the development of personal growth and leading a satisfactory/purposeful life. She loves to give whatever she feels the audience needs at that moment. She believes that poetry and spoken word creates an atmosphere in which people can truly relate to what is being said and can provoke a certain emotion to encourage people to really think about certain issues that we're not always as comfortable to discuss during casual, everyday conversations.
Poems/Pizza is Free and open to the public. Pizza provided. We encourge to to bring a yooung women 15-25 to this Summer Vibes!
Summer Vibes is a collaborative initiative of ABCD Sister2Sister with artists, makers and creatives to offer wellness strategies to supporting women's and girls self-care
ABCD’s Sister2sister is about meeting young women where they are. We’re in the community and work with young women 15-25 one on one. In a 60 to 90 minute session, we’ll teach you vital information, develop a personalized prevention plan to help keep you healthy and safe, and connect you with other resources fir additional supports.
Sister2Sister is also about special events that bring young women like you together for overall wellness. There’s talk, food, fun, and critical information that’ll help you today and in the future.
Sign up for a private and confidential judgment-free Sister2Sister conversation. When you complete the session, you’ll get a $25 gift card.
So many factors impact your life and how you live it. We have an evidence-based curriculum, meaning that we use proven practices that can help you become aware of potential risk factors and learn how to change actions and reactions that don’t serve you. You’ve got the power. We’re here to help you access it Sister2Sister. Find out more by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
STATEMENT OF USE: PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY
By attending this event, you grant permission to Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) to use your name, image, and/or voice in any of its electronic, print, or multimedia publications (including but not limited to internal or external publications or media sources via newspaper articles, television coverage, online/web content, social media outlets, and any other print or electronic publications by ABCD) and agree that you will make no monetary or other claim against ABCD relating to this use of your name, image and/or voice.
Please notify the photographer or videographer or an event staff person if you do not want to be photographed or filmed.
“at the tender table ‘Yes’ is an unclassifiable pleasure.
Tender Table seeks out stories about traditions with food, the restaurant industry, food’s impact on the body and body image, and everything in between our sweet, savory, sour, bitter relationships to food.
Tender Table is a storytelling platform for women, trans, and nonbinary folks who are black, indigenous, or people of color. We seek out narratives about the sweet, savory, sour, and bitter relationships to food and its connections to identity, memory, and community.
At Tender Table, all are welcome — expect to be immersed in stories, and sample delicious food prepared by the speakers. “
For those of us who live at the shoreline standing upon the constant edges of decision crucial and alone for those of us who cannot indulge the passing dreams of choice who love in doorways coming and going
in the hours between dawns looking inward and outward at once before and after seeking a now that can breed futures like bread in our children’s mouths so their dreams will not reflect the death of ours;
For those of us who were imprinted with fear like a faint line in the center of our foreheads learning to be afraid with our mother’s milk
for by this weapon this illusion of some safety to be found the heavy-footed hoped to silence us For all of us
this instant and this triumph We were never meant to survive. And when the sun rises we are afraid
it might not remain when the sun sets we are afraid it might not rise in the morning when our stomachs are full we are afraid of indigestion when our stomachs are empty we are afraid we may never eat again when we are loved we are afraid love will vanish when we are alone we are afraid love will never return and when we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed but when we are silent we are still afraid
So it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive.