Monday, November 12th
Tuesday, November 13th
She Builds Boston Launch | Malden | Free
Rebecca Obounou, founder of CHES, Inc and #She_Builds Boston Ambassador, and Genevieve Angelique, founder of Boston Come Through and #She_Builds Boston Deputy, invite you to our Launch event at the recently opened Haitian and Latin Caribbean restaurant Infused Kreyòl! Our featured guest speaker will be Chardline Chanel-Faiteau. Chardline is a lifestyle blogger and influencer, who also has an expertise in policy through her work at the Massachusetts State House. Her blog curates fashion & beauty trends, engages her audience in her fitness and health journey, gives interactive updates on her travels around the globe and promotes body positive spaces. Realizing the strength and breadth of her voice, she actively works to bring awareness to the underrepresentation of plus-size women in mainstream media and will continue to advocate on their behalf.
Make Our Voices Heard: Black Women’s Fight for Healthcare | Financial District | Free
This event is open to all. This event is designed to discuss the disparities that Black Women in America face during their experiences with the American healthcare system. Unfortunately, in the United States, Black women experience significant issues with healthcare. Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related deaths than any other race. African American women have nearly two times the risk of stroke than Caucasians, additionally, in African-American women over 20, 49% have heart disease. An American Cancer Society study showed the rate that black American women are dying from cervical cancer is comparable to that of women in many poor developing nations. Furthermore, black women are more likely to die at an earlier age when compared to women of other ethnicities. Dr. Sanithia L. Williams stated in the New York Times, “Actual institutional and structural racism has a big bearing on our patients’ lives, and it’s our responsibility to talk about that more than just saying that it’s a problem.” Therefore, how can black women protect themselves? How can they make their voices heard? How can we change this narrative? Join us for a roundtable discussion and educational health presentations!
Hearing on Gentrification and Displacement in Roxbury | Roxbury | Free
Boston City Councilor Kim Janey invites you to attend a hearing on gentrification and displacement in Roxbury. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard on this important topic! The hearing will begin at 5:30 PM on the 2nd floor of the Bolling Building (2300 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119). Public testimony will be taken.
Dr. Runoko Rashidi “Before the Days of Slavery” | Roxbury | Suggested Donation
Global African Presence: “Before The Days of Slavery” a lecture & slide presentation with many exclusive images never seen before & first time photographed.
Boston Magazine’s Taste 2018 | Financial District | $$$
Boston magazine celebrates the November Top 50 Restaurants issue with Taste, an iconic event highlighting Boston's local culinary scene. Boston magazine’s 8th annual Taste event will be a decadent evening of fine food, wine, beer, and custom cocktails.A portion of the night’s proceeds will benefit The Greater Boston Food Bank and their endless fight to support hungry families in our region.
Roxbury Innovation Center’s Fashion Innovation Night | Roxbury | Free
The fashion industry is constantly changing and trends are evolving, we want to share the ways in which Boston's best designers and business owners are thriving in the Fashion industry. On November 13th, the Roxbury Innovation Center will host Fashion Innovation Night from 5-9PM with resources, tools, and information for entrepreneurs and startups in fashion. This free event will include a hands-on workshop with vinyl cut and design, a Brick & Mortar info session with the City of Boston, and a panel discussion with Boston's leaders in fashion and design. Register now to secure your seat at this event.
Wednesday, November 14th
Building Black Wealth Monthly Series: How to Have a Cash Christmas | Roxbury | Free
It's no secret there is a huge disparity of wealth amongst races in the greater Boston area. Roxbury Community College has partnered with Our Village Initiative to bring some gold nuggets to Roxbury. We've decided to take the issue from conversation to action. Bringing tangible steps people of color can take to increase their networth. We've gathered industry experts to teach you what the 1% has done for centuries to solidify their wealth. Now these strategies are available to everyone. Every second Wednesday of the month, (with the exception of January) we will gather at RCC to learn different strategies on wealth creation. We encourage you to register as we will add webinar content between sessions to provide even more strategies. In this age of technology, we are not short of information, but how do we apply this information to our advantage? Well now... you'll know how! All sessions are free and open to the public. What's your excuse for not attending? Free parking, free admission, free blueprint to wealth!
Thursday, November 15th
Roxbury Post-Election Meetup | Roxbury | Free
Please join us at District 7 Tavern for this post-election meet up with the Reason to Believe PAC. We hope to reflect on all that we have accomplished in 2018 and to look towards the future. Our work has really just begun. The conversations we have during these meet-ups will ripple across the nation. In living rooms, coffee shops, and campaign offices across the country, people are asking “What's next?” By taking on the great responsibility of engaging people in discussion, we are taking the next step towards a bold and exciting future. Please join us to start the conversation about what's next.
Oprah Winfrey is a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress. She has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today. Oprah Winfrey, a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress, will participate in the latest event in the UMass Lowell Chancellor’s Speaker Series, which brings individuals at the top of their respective fields to speak to students and the community while raising funds for student scholarships. The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 PM at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell.
Boston’s Throwback Thursday at Slade’s | Roxbury | Free
If you are looking for a spot where the DJ keeps the music popping from beginning to the end this is the night for you. We have all the old school R&B, Reggae, Hip-Hop and slow jams you could want! Join us as one of Boston's premiere DJ Moe Dee plays all of your favorite roller skating song back in the day.
A Night with Syncopated Ladies | Randolph | $$$
This is a 90 minute Master Tap class with world renowned choreographer, dancer and Emmy award winner Chloe Arnold & Syncopated Ladies. The event will begin with a artist meet and greet followed by a 90 minute class. The event will end with a special showcase featuring syncopated ladies and friends.
MassQ On | Dorchester | Free
Find the art within your face in this powerful workshop with multimedia artist and Cross Cultural Collective member Daniel Callahan as he shares his captivating technique of MassQing - an artistic application of paint to the face used to reveal rather than conceal one’s inner state of being. Become a walking work of art and join Daniel and other members of the Collective to learn how to conceive, create, and embody your own MassQ.
Social/Lite Networking Series | Financial District | Free
This Fall, join us for Social/Lite, a special #LiteWorkAfterWork series curated by The Social Butterflies. Big thank you to everyone that came to part one of social/lite! We hope everyone can come to these next two mixers, as they’re both individually designed with decor, icebreakers and discounted food & beverage options.
2018 Eta Phi Chapter Black Excellence Awards | East Boston | Free
We invite you to join the Eta Phi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. as we celebrate Black excellence in Boston. Black Excellence is an event to educate the Boston public about the existence of distinguished merit and achievement among Americans of African descent in the greater Boston Area. Secondly, as a method to stimulate ambition in our youth to do great things in the community. Lastly to create connections among our leaders and aspiring leaders in the community. Awards are given in honor to individuals who have selflessly served the community.
Trauma Education Series | Roxbury | Free
The Cory Johnson Program Rev. Liz Walker and Colleen Sharka share new approaches to healing. Dinner and childcare provided.
EforAll Summit 2018: Entrepreneurial Ecosystem | Lowell | $$$
EforAll's annual Summit is an interactive, full-day convening designed for individuals and organizations interested in learning how to build thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems in their community, and desiring to walk away with an in-depth understanding of what it takes to get there. You will spend the day learning from and interacting with New England’s leading entrepreneurs, funders, city officials, and government leaders through workshops, panels and discussions. Panelists and Facilitators for the day are drawn from New England’s private, public, and non-profit sectors, funders, as well as government and city leaders.
Luxe Sip N Shop | Jamaica Plain | Free
Come and “wine down”, enjoy appetizers, book a beauty treatment and shop our fabulous vendors! We’ll have luxury skin care products, amazing jewelry, the latest in trendy apparel and more! Vendors include: I Love FGC, Buttah Beauty, Vizion Productions, Pop Up Mani by Dani and Sierra Madisen Cosmetics.
Friday, November 16th
Legends on Wheels | Dorchester | $
Warned Prophecy Records & Chez-Vous are coming together to make this night an unforgettable night. Come skate with the legends in music and the legends in roller skates on November 16th from 8 PM-12 AM. Tell your friends and family! $10 admission with skates included and there will be an open snack bar for you to buy great quality food! See you there!
508 Open Mic | Brockton | Free
Welcome to another installment of the 508 Open Mic which audience members who are amateur performers or professionals who want to try out new material or plug an upcoming show are given the opportunity to perform onstage.
The Founder’s Project Opening Reception | Roxbury | Free
We are excited to announce the opening reception for the Founders Project! We have been working hard to honor both Boston's Black and Brown youth and legendary ancestors of the African Diaspora. We invite you to join us in the celebration of African art-forms and our connections to the African past with night full of spoken word, food and community. Attendance is free. The Founders Project is a large-scale multimedia installation project headed by Boston-based artist and educator Stephen Hamilton. The project Re-imagines Boston Public School High-School students as the legendary founders of West and West-Central African ethnic groups, specifically those that are part of the ancestral base of the African diaspora. The life-size pieces incorporate painting, weaving, and sculpture art traditions from each of the spotlighted ethnic groups.
Saturday, November 17th
The Milli Blog Turns 1 | Somerville | Free
A year goes by fast when you are having fun and making an impact on millennials worldwide. join us for an evening of community building, selfie-taking, networking, and of course let us not forget to mention $5 drink specials. this event is free to every millennial and those who support them.
Paint Your Truth | Dorchester | Free
The third annual Paint Your Truth is a free painting event for sexual assault survivors. Hosted by Vie Ciné & Care Team, the purpose of the event is for those who need or want emotional hospitality (mental health & care professionals). Resource packets and individual consultations for those who need it will also be available.
Dudley VIllage Fall Farmer’s Market | Roxbury | Free
Enjoy this one-time fall farmers market on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 11 AM – 2 PM at the Dudley Greenhouse (11 Brook Ave., Roxbury). Find a wide array of unbeatable locally-grown, fall vegetables for sale including butternut squash, pie pumpkins, popcorn, apples, collards, carrots, onions, potatoes, and more (subject to change)! Credit, debit, cash, EBT/SNAP are all valid forms of payment. HIP eligible. Learn more about the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) here: http://www.mass.gov/agr/massgrown/hip.htm There will also be free soup and activities for kids!
Beautifully Broken | Canton | Free
Victory World Church International Virtuous Women’s Fellowship proudly presents Beautifully Broken hosted by our first lady Pastor Sogie Banks from 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Our worship leader will be none other than the amazing April Joy (Thompson) Mtyora, Jubilee Christian Church Boston and Nichelle Mungo, special guest vocalist/songwriter. This is a clarion call to women from all walks of life! You are invited to join us for a Saturday morning of empowerment. No matter where you are in your life, where you have been, or where you are going, you are beautifully broken! You do not want to miss this! This event is free. Doors open at 9:30 AM. Refreshments will be provided immediately following the program! Looking forward to seeing you there!
Possibilities of Participation: An N & T Accelerator Panel | Roxbury | Free
Participation was essential to the six dynamic, interactive public projects incubated through Now + There's first Public Art Accelerator this year. From planting sunflowers, telling a story, playing the drums, posing for a portrait, to resting and reflecting, these projects asked not only to be seen but to be used and experienced. Possibilities of Participation brings together the first cohort of Accelerator artists as well as project participants to explore the relationship between public art and experience. How do these projects shift our perception of our neighborhoods and city? What can we accomplish together through an interactive public art project that we couldn't otherwise? Who benefits from participation? And crucially, does experience equal art? Join us for a lively conversation as we survey each of the 2018 projects and talk about the potential of participation in Boston’s contemporary public art. Moderated by Now + There's 2018 critic in residence Leah Triplett Harrington, panelists include Sharon Amuguni, Katarina Burin, Luis Cotto, Ryan Edwards, Lina Maria Giraldo, Cynthia Gunadi and Joel Lamere, Stephen Hamilton, and Ekua Holmes. This panel is free but we ask you to let us know you’re coming so we can provide ample refreshments.
Family Paint Night | Dorchester | $$-$$$
Agekidscare presents the 2nd Annual Family Paint Night. This theme this year is Cookies and Canvas. It will be a paint battle between parents and kids. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Appetizers and drinks will be provided.
Rise | Roslindale | Suggested donation
The "Decolonize Now!" film series encourages audiences to contextualize and reflect on various resistance and liberation movements to imperial and settler-colonial governments, both past and present.
Night Market at the Black Market | Roxbury | Free
Join us as we shop local creatives! Enjoy a live food demonstration featuring Chef Elle Simone of SheChef Inc. and America's Test Kitchen. Enjoy beverages by Boston's best authentic Ginger Beer Company, Princi Pal (Rudy Weekes). Free entry to event. Baskets featuring items from the Night's vendors will be raffled off. Come Support and Network!
Unite Boston Community Dinner | Cambridge | Free
Join for a neighborhood dinner in Cambridge on Saturday November 17 at 6, hosted by Kiki Densamo from the Hope Fellowship Church. The goal for the dinners is to build relationships and to let our relationships inform our shared mission of revealing Jesus’ love within our communities. At this dinner, we will be focusing on unity and diversity in the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-31.) We will share about the churches that we attend and what is distinctive about our individual congregations, and then discuss how we can pray and support one another across our churches. All are welcome, and if you live in the Cambridge area, you’re especially invited to attend! This is a potluck-style dinner, so please bring your favorite side dish, drink or dessert. RSVP via email to Kelly at email@example.com and she will give you the details with the specific address and food sign-up link. At 8:00 PM, we will also be going to the OAK Season III Album Concert down the street, with a variety of local Christian artists!
Joe Malaika Excessive Fashion | Seaport | $$$
The social & fashion event of the fall season is happening yet again Saturday, November 17th at District Hall Seaport. Experience this year's edition of Excessive Fashion 2018 from fashion designer extraordinaire Joe Malaika. Proceeds from ticket sales directly support the Jimmy Fund, and Dana Farber cancer.
Liquid Dreams | Quincy | $
Liquid Dreams is an open mic and art show presented by The SelfMade Designs and Shellz. Free family portraits will be taken at the show!
The Haiti Initiative (SUD): The Impact of Climate Change in Arniquet | Cambridge | Free
This event aims to reconnect the Cambridge - Boston Haitian diasporic community to the current environmental circumstances in Arniquet, Haiti. The event will include food made by Marie Nirva Tancyl, an Arniquoise through and through. Also part of the event will include a report back with photos from our recent trip to Arniquet, video presentations from the commune government about the impacts of climate change, and a presentation on climate change from a member of The Haiti Initiative (SUD). So come learn about the impacts of climate change on Arniquet. Learn how you can get involved!
Toast Presents: The Empowered Black Woman’s Collaborative Brunch | Providence | $$$
Relax, indulge, and celebrate with the Queens of TOAST for our exclusive Pre-Thanksgiving Brunch and Mimosa Networking Soiree at the historical Renaissance Hotel. This experience is designed to engage women in powerful conversation, promote networking and collaboration opportunities, and for those who are striving for greatness in their business and personal endeavors. For the month of November, our focus will be, "Embracing Change", as we gain insight from three experts as they share their strategic approach to overcoming personal & professional challenges, and how to utilize our unique journey to enhance our individual personal brand. This discussion, facilitated by Pearl Farquharson of Designed by Delsie, is a powerful message for all who attend.
Sunday, November 18th
Join us for a special Wide Lens presentation of Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland with the film's directors, Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, in conversation with Dr. Raul Fernandez following our screening on Sunday, November 18 at 2:00pm. About the Film: In 2015, Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman from Chicago, was arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town. Three days later, she was found hanging from a noose in her jail cell. Though ruled a suicide, her death sparked allegations of racially-motivated police murder and made Bland’s case a rallying point for activists across the country. Featuring Bland’s passionate video blogs, the timely documentary follows her family and their legal team as they try to make sense of what happened, presenting a compelling look at her life as well as her death.
Print Ain’t Dead ft. Chloe Wong | Dorchester | Free
Print Ain’t Dead is a pop up bookstore featuring works written by people of color. All of our books are priced between $2-$5. Proceeds made from book sales go to our performer of the night! Get a book and put $$$ in a writer of color's pocket!
Creative Write-A-Thon | Cambridge | Free
Calling all poets, lyricists, creative writers and everything in between! Cornerscape is hosting a collaborative creative-writing session. Haven't had the time or lacking inspiration for your creative projects? Cornerscape will be offering a different prompt every 30 minutes as encouragement. Come hang and create!
Xperience Sessions feat. Avanti Nagral, Rebecca Zama & Genie Santiaga | Jamaica Plain | $$
Xperience Sessions provides an intimate experience with your favorite artists, be a part of their performance and journey. Join us at The Milky Way in Jamaica Plain November 18th for an all ages musical celebration. Tickets are $12 in advance/$15 day of show. Doors at 8 PM.