Thursday, March 2
An American Photography Experience
Photographer Khabeer Sultan’s An American Experience celebrates the brilliance and complexities of black men and men of color, while challenging stereotypes in American history and mainstream media. His work has been profiled in The Boston Globe, Bay State Banner, and Metro. The exhibit will run throughout the month of March in the T. Ross Kelly Family Gallery behind the Reference desk on the 2nd floor of the library.
Rewriting Your Story: Practical Faith Workshop
“Rewriting Your Story” is an interactive, faith-based workshop focused on self-love and exploring how your past experiences influence your current mindset. Through storytelling, applied resources, biblical references, and facilitated dialogue, you’ll learn to identify how your “old story” impacts your daily emotions, behaviors, decisions and relationships. Most importantly, you will learn practical strategies to implement Christian principles (e.g., self-worth, forgiveness) to enhance the spiritual process of renewing your mind and “rewriting” your narrative to reflect God’s love for YOU!
Beyoncé’s Original All Female Band: A 10 Year Anniversary Concert
Beyoncé’s original all-female band celebrates its 10-year anniversary at Berklee, led by Tia Fuller, a professor in the Ensemble Department. The band will include original members Nikki Glaspie ’04 (drums), Rie Tsuji ’02 (keyboard), Bibi McGill (guitar), Brittani Washington (piano), Divinity Roxx (bass), Katty Rodriguez (tenor saxophone), Crystal Torres (trumpet), Marcie Chapa (percussion), and students in Berklee’s Beyoncé Ensemble. In addition, current Beyoncé dancer Ebony Williams ’05 will choreograph and perform with students from Boston Conservatory at Berklee on select songs and current Beyoncé background vocalist Crissy Collins will perform with the ensemble.
Jazz By Any Means
Join Haley House as they bring back “First Thursday!” Fulani Haynes and The Jazz Collaborative tickles the human senses with live jazz performances while Haley House provides the food. No cover!
Friday, March 3
First South End Gospel & Spoken Word Event
Where all my saints at?! A Christian themed gospel and spoken word event just for you. For more information, call (617) 966-9594.
How to Grow Your Tribe & Build Your Community
BostonSpeaks invites you to join their monthly panel breakfast series for entrepreneurs! Learn, network and get inspired every month as they invite some of the most exciting entrepreneurs and top thought leaders in Boston to discuss tricks-of-the-trade in their fields and the success principles they gained along the way! First Friday, Every Month! Free breakfast, free coffee and free tea! Join our community here: www.bostonspeaksseries.com
Know Your Rights Youth Forum
The Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and Boston Police Department host present their 3rd annual “Know Your Rights” Youth Forum. Does your child, nephew, neice, cousin, friend know what to do in case they were pulled over? Do they know their rights? Come out to this event for the community to address these questions and more! Food, refreshment and prizes will be provided!
Saturday, March 4
Sanaa With Friends at the Dorchester Winter Farmer’s Market
Come through and join Sanaa with Friends multicultural paint experience at the Dorchester Winter’s Farmers Market. They will be recreating ‘Sunday Morning’. Doors open at 11am painting begins promptly at 11:30am.
Women With Purpose: Professional Development Seminar
Women with Purpose strives to connect, cultivate and empower women who identify themselves as minorities by enhancing professional and leadership skills to help women thrive personally and professionally. We do this by providing a series of seminars, with topics ranging from (but not limited to) negotiation skills, personal branding and financial literacy. Our goal is to empower our participants to achieve their greatest potential by providing unparalleled opportunities for professional development and skill building.
5th Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference
The 5th Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC) is designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a resilient and thriving Urban Farming sector. The UFC is a multi-sector stakeholder forum designed to share information regarding what is currently happening in Massachusetts. The UFC fosters solutions, sustainable networks and business relationships. If you have any interest in farming, land trust, policy making, commercial buying, investing, etc. this is for you!
Open Mic Night by The National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture
The mic is open! Poetry, prose or spoken word, drop a beat or spit a rhyme – you’re invited to join The National Black Doll Museum as they kick-off their open mic series! Whether it’s the readings from our ancestors or the new humorous, edgy and provocative voices of today if you have something to say speak up, speak out and speak loud. Whether performing or listening, come enjoy a night of great vibes! Doors open at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 7 pm.
Sunday, March 5
Sunday Slay Dance Work Out
he mission of The Boss Chick Dance Workout is to create a space for women with an interest in improving or maintaining their health and fitness through a fun, sexy, and challenging dance workout. The workout aims to empower women to feel sexy, inspire women to take charge of their health by tapping into their inner diva, and provide a challenging dance workout exclusively for women to let loose.
Schooled Day Party
LiteWork Events, Boston’s premiere brand for urban young professionals, is hosting their bi-annual SCHOOLED event! You’re invited to a casual yet high energy brunch/day party reminiscent of your college days! Throw on your college gear and take a trip down memory lane over late brunch and great vibes to the sounds of DJ Hypatonez! No cover this time, but make sure to RSVP!
The Hangover Brunch & Day Party
The Hangover is a day party powered by music, food, fashion, art and a dope group of people. It’s hosted by VH Style Lab and J&S ENT, music by DJ Bobby Bangers, live music by Nathalie & Jeffandy Alltogether Band and an art exhibit by Miss Paris Aja.
Tuesday, March 7
Okwui Okpokwasili Master Class
New York-based writer, performer, and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili will teach a master class titled Embodied Practice: How does the body make a narrative? How does one build a movement vocabulary around the psychic condition of a character? Using text as an initial generating tool, participants will work individually and in groups to explore an emergent narrative through the building of a gestural vocabulary. No movement experience necessary! Courage, imagination, and a willlingness to fail are paramount. The class is open to writers, performers, dancers, musicians, object art makers, art lovers, and all curious and committed people. Participants must be age 18 years or older. Observers welcome. Participation is free, but due to limited class capacity, online registration is required for both participants and observers.
Our Village Initiative Presents Financial Literacy Workshops
Join Our Village Initiative as they empower you to take action on your journey to financial empowerment. They’re offering four free information packed sessions from improving your credit score, building wealth through home ownership, investing and personal finance and leaving behind a financial legacy for the next generation. Every Tuesday starting March 7.
SOUP’ed Up Poetry Slam! BlackER History Month Edition
Black a’ dee Black Black Black! Black history continues right through the month of March and beyond! The theme for this event is dashikis, medalians, Black empowerment slogans, leather, or anything you want to wear that expresses your Black identity. Get in formation!
Tuesdays are for twerking! Come join me at the Z Spot for regular scheduled sessions of the Boss Chick Dance Workout. We will be twerking our way to better fitness every Tuesday night this Winter. The workout features hip-hop, dancehall, soca, and afrobeats music. This is a LADIES-ONLY class, so feel free to let your Boss Chick loose. RSVP Required.
Wednesday, March 8
You’re invited to this shared space for women to come through and truly build on a social level. Debrief, check in and participate in small group discussions, guided meditation, story telling, writing and sharing. And because it’s Women’s History Month this month’s theme is “Self Image & Body Positivity.” This meet up is RSVP only and seats are limited. Refreshments will be served!
Thursday, March 9
Africana Studies Presents: Black Music Matters
This concert will celebrate songs from the black music tradition. Guest performers will include Patrice Rushen ’05H, successful composer, music producer, music director, music educator, pianist, and singer-songwriter of “Forget Me Nots,” among other songs; Morris Hayes, the former music director for Prince who has also worked with Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, and George Clinton, among others; and Stokley Williams, lead singer and drummer for long-running R&B group Mint Condition, a 2017 Grammy nominee.
Smarter in the City Pitch & Demo Night
Passionate about Entrepreneurship? Startups? Want to hear about the latest innovations? Thinking of pursuing your own idea? Come out to the Smarter in the City Pitch & Demo Night and see local innovative startups demo and pitch their business for the opportunity to win $10,000+ in prizes. You help decide the winner! It’s a great opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurs, investors and community leaders.
BPS Opportunity & Achievement Gap Speakers Series: Dr. Joy DeGruy
The Office of Opportunity and Achievement Gaps Speaker Series (OAG Speaker Series) focuses on issues pertinent to and pressing for “urban education” and the sound instruction of students who have been historically marginalized. The goal of the series is to serve as a window through which we can engage Boston Public Schools’ diverse stakeholders, brand Boston as a school district dedicated to progressive change, and begin a historic stride towards true equity and the elimination of opportunity and achievement gaps. The speaker for this evening is Dr. Joy Degruy, author of the book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome – America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing.
Friday, March 10
Mujeres Gallery Show
To commemorate Women’s History Month, you are invited to see Latina artists to showcase their works at La Galería. These Latin American, women artists to showcase their creative talents with our community. Come to admire and support the unique creations of these undiscovered artists – they could be your mother, sister, friend, or neighbor – during our Mujeres exhibit.
BPS Opportunity & Achievement Gap Speakers Series: Michel DeGraff
The Office of Opportunity and Achievement Gaps Speaker Series (OAG Speaker Series) focuses on issues pertinent to and pressing for “urban education” and the sound instruction of students who have been historically marginalized. The goal of the series is to serve as a window through which we can engage Boston Public Schools’ diverse stakeholders, brand Boston as a school district dedicated to progressive change, and begin a historic stride towards true equity and the elimination of opportunity and achievement gaps. The speaker for this evening is Michel DeGraff, a Haitian linguist, MIT professor and founder of the The Creole Academy.
IAMBECUZWEARE: The Co11ective
“Our history is embedded in the very streets that we walk upon so, is a month really enough to cover our ground?” IAMBECUZWEARE invites you to come explore the beauty of US! Don’t miss out on IamBecuzWeAre: The Co11ective presents: BLACKOUT on March 10th from 9-12am, as they pay homage to Boston’s black history by showcasing the rich and artistic culture of Boston through poetry, fashion, food & drinks.
Soiree 6: Keep It 100
Live music, performances, networking, beautiful people, drinks, and food! The Soirée is an electric, influential, and dynamic gathering of interesting people with natural passions. No matter where you find yourself, events are a great way to bring communities together and generate creativity. We bring the Soirée in the city of Boston to socially and personally uplift entrepreneurs, originators, creators, and anyone with an artistic attitude of a get-up-and-go and follow your dreams mentality.
I Am Not Your Negro
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, “Remember This House.” The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.
Saturday, March 11
60th Ghana Independence Day Celebration
The Ghana Association of Greater Boston presents 60th Ghana Independence Day Celebration! Join them for a special guest of honor, traditional Ghanaian cultural performance, a special raffle drawing and other fun attractions. Delicious Ghanaian dishes will be served, drinks are available for purchase and of course, DJ Kojak spinning the African tunes!
Voices of Sisterhood Presents: Visual Art & Creative Writing
Voices of Sisterhood is a program using visual art and creative writing as tools to empower women and girls of color in the Roxbury and Dorchester communties and provide them a voice in a safe place. These conversations are then transposed into visual art and creative writing projects.
‘Can We Talk?’ Learning from Boston’s Busing/Desegregation Crisis
Screening of documentary about the Boston busing crisis. The film will be introduced by Horace Small, founder and Executive Director of the Union of Minority Neighborhoods, who commissioned the film, to talk about why they commissioned it, and how it was received. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, March 12
SOWA Vintage Market
SoWa Vintage Market is a lifestyle vintage market located in the basement @ 450 Harrison Ave. Boston Ma. SOWA is open Sundays 10-4 weekly (closed Christmas & Easter) all year round and for special events. What you may find at the market: vintage and designer fashion, accessories, art, jewelry, furniture, lighting, vintage vinyl, “mantiques” and other things you didn’t realize you need to have. What you won’t find: tube socks, dvd’s, laundry detergent etc. If you’re in search of a great vintage outfit, a killer 1950’s Rhinestone brooch or that 1970’s Steeley Dan album, you’re in the right place.