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Light shed on charter ballot funds

The New York-based organization that last year bankrolled an effort to lift Massachusetts’ charter cap violated campaign law and will be dissolved, according to the office of Campaign and Political Finance. When Families for Excellent Schools—Advocacy funneled $15 million into ...

First African American stars as ‘Phantom’

Derrick Davis, who studied opera in college, is the first African American to play the legendary character on tour, and the third within the entire production, including Broadway.

What do you think it takes to make it in today’s economy?

Perseverance, ingenuity and collective work to change a rigged system.

Visual Virtuoso

“Richard Yarde: Portraits” is an intimate but dynamic exhibit of works by the Roxbury native and UMass teacher, who is known for his prolific, and expert, work of watercolor.

Mandela, MA and the bid to separate from Boston

In the late-1980s some in Boston’s black communities pushed to detach their neighborhoods from Boston and form a new city. The idea was formally posed in 1986, in the form of a nonbinding ballot question that drew fierce opposition from ...

Building a local economy

The Boston Ujima Project took a step forward last weekend with an inaugural assembly to launch its effort to build a new community-controlled economy in Boston’s neighborhoods of color.

Defying the odds: Dr. Thomas William Patrick and his successful school of pharmacy

In defiant disregard of late nineteenth-century racial attitudes and Boston’s racial demographics, Dr. Thomas William Patrick founded the profitable Patrick School of Pharmacy and wrote two highly regarded textbooks on prescription writing.

Re-writing Boston’s history of slavery

Dorchester activist Kevin Peterson wants Boston to remove Peter Faneuil’s name from the iconic building he built for the city in 1742. Roxbury activist Sadiki Kambon is calling for the city to strike the name “Dudley” from Roxbury’s commercial center ...

What does it take to re-energize Dudley Sq?

The replacement of a culturally-focused store on a prominent corner junction near the Dudley Square transit hub with a business that generally serves low-income clients with few other financial options raises questions about the shape Dudley Square’s business future will ...

Police end body-worn camera pilot

The Boston Police Department’s body-worn camera pilot program came to a close on Monday, with its future unclear. While activist Segun Idowu says the police could —and should—roll out a formal program,Mayor Martin Walsh declined to commit to full body ...

Police stops still focus on blacks

Black residents make up 25 percent of the city population, but in 2016 made up 70 percent of those targeted by police street-level observation, stops or searches, according to a new analysis.

Growing role for computers in Massachusetts school systems

When Boston students return to school this Thursday, most will sit in a circle or rows, facing a teacher and a blackboard. But across the country, a growing number of students are eschewing classrooms for computer screens as part of ...

District 1 candidates face off in East Boston forum

Candidates for the District 1 Boston City Council seat participated in a public forum in East Boston last week to answer constituents' questions about where they stand on local issues. Currently running for the seat are Margaret Farmer, Lydia Edwards, ...

Vegan vibe in Dorchester

Last week, Jahriffe MacKenzie and Nahdra Ra Kiros opened Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with stews, lentil dishes, sandwiches and wraps, smoothies, natural juices and teas.

Renovating Uncle Tom’s Cabin

“Ife Franklin’s Indigo Project #4: Slave Cabin, Praise House and Ring Shout” is open on Franklin Park, 1 Circuit Drive for Sept. 10-15. It’s a fully three-dimensional structure, made with fabrics dyed with traditional indigo processes.