Black Native Americans beginning to assert identity

African Americans claiming Native American ancestry have begun to assert their identity more openly. In July, more than 400 attended the inaugural meeting of the National Congress of Black American Indians in Washington.

Year 2014 brought sweeping changes to Boston

A change of mayoral administrations, rapidly rising real estate values, looming threats of gentrification and the redevelopment of Dudley Square were among the major stories of the last year.

U.S. small businesses got a boost from rising economy

Small businesses had much to celebrate in 2014 as all indicators continued to point to the steady rise of the U.S. economy out of the shadow of the Great Recession — led by growth in hiring and the increasingly effective ...

Henry Louis Gates Jr. finds rich history in genetic code

Henry Louis Gates’ Finding Your Roots series provides interesting insights on the genetic makeup of Americans.

Tax prep centers help residents with Earned Income Tax Credit

Every year, many lower- and moderate-income Bostonians miss out on what could be a substantial benefit: the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Race and racism stayed in national spotlight in 2014

At the dawn of 2015, issues of race and racism are front and center in the national conversation. Demonstrators are taking to the streets and taking over shopping malls with Black Lives Matter protests that echo the Civil Rights Movement, ...

In the news: Maicharia Z. Weir Lytle

The Board of Directors of United South End Settlements announced last week the selection of Maicharia Z. Weir Lytle as the organization’s next CEO.

BRA approves MassDOT plan to construct new transportation bldg. in Roxbury

The Board of Directors for the Boston Redevelopment Authority and Economic Development Industrial Corporation revised the tentative designation for Parcel P-3 in Roxbury so that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation can develop nearly one million square feet of space for ...

Governor announces over $5 million in tax credits

Continuing the Patrick Administration’s commitment to encourage new economic opportunities for low- and middle-income households throughout Massachusetts, Department of Housing and Community Development Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein today announced over $5 million in Community Investment Tax Credits to 44 community organizations ...

Community Kwanzaa celebration schedule

Schedule for the upcoming Community Kwanzaa Celebration, sponsored by the Black Community Education Center.

Life Sciences Center grants $100,000 for diversity study

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center — a Waltham-based organization that supports life sciences innovation, research and development — is giving $100,000 to The Partnership to take a look at the state of diversity in the industry and develop a professional ...

Fund to boost affordable housing near transit lines

A coalition of nonprofits and foundations has teamed up with state officials to launch a $5 million fund aimed keeping housing affordable in public transit-accessible neighborhoods.

Summit examines Patrick administration criminal justice reforms

A summit last week highlighted Governor Deval Patrick’s record of criminal justice reforms and provided a forum for conversations on best practices for prisoner re-entry and the use of data to support and sustain reforms.

Airport cleaners protest health, safety problems

Logan airport service workers along with service union representatives and other supporters rallied Dec. 17 to protest continuing hazardous and unsanitary working conditions for employees of ReadyJet, a cleaning contractor used locally by several airlines.

Black and Latino caucus members discuss police reform legislation

With police practices facing scrutiny across the U.S., Massachusetts Legislative Black and Latino Caucus members are poised to push for a package of criminal justice system reform legislation aimed at promoting greater transparency and accountability in the state’s law enforcement ...