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Kassmin Williams

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826 Boston and Northeastern University work together to host College Essay Boot Camp

College-bound students have the opportunity to get help with college essays during 826 Boston’s College Essay Boot Camp Saturday at Northeastern University.

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Roxbury woman blazes her own path in graphic design field

When Sydney Janey found it difficult finding work in Boston’s white-dominated graphic design field, she opened her own firm, turning adversity into opportunity.

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Theater company focuses on women’s roles, on and off stage

Maiden Phoenix, a female-centered theater group, emphasizes the role of women in theater on and off stage

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Aesthetician trades shop for online skin care business

Aesthetician Rosaline Lowe closes shop, opens skinversity.com

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Boston Fisheries Foundation to hold annual seafood Fest on the Pier’s 100th anniversary

The Boston Fish Pier is turning 100 and the Boston Fisheries Foundation is holding its third annual seafood festival at the location in honor of its centennial.

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Eastern Bank awards Banneker $5,000 grant for summer program

Eastern Bank has presented the Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School with a $5,000 grant to help support the STEM elementary school’s summer program.

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Cambridge’s Benjamin Banneker Charter School holds STEAM fair

Cambridge school holds science, technology, engineering, arts and math fair.

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ARCK aims to restore love for arts with A HeART for Art event

The organization’s mission is to empower students with high quality arts education

Art Resource Collaborative for Kids is teaming up with Haley House and local businesses and to raise awareness and advocate for arts education in Boston Public Schools.

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Doula turns passion for women’s health into new business

Boston based labor coach Shawnda Walker can’t promise an easy birthing process for her clients, but she can guarantee tears forming in her eyes upon each baby’s arrival.

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‘Guided Tour’ brings audience on roller coast ride of emotion

Peter Snoad’s "Guided Tour" demonstrates love’s ability to drive a person to extremes in its honor.

Get Konnected, Eastern Bank & ALPFA Hold Forum on Board Diversity

The event is titled "Women and People of Color: The Missing Link on Corporate Boards" and will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 27 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston on 600 Atlantic Avenue.

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Burke High School students reflect on Central America work

Earlier this month, Jeremiah E. Burke High School students spoke about a recent 11-day community service project trip to Panama and Costa Rica and all had similar feelings — before the trip they were not sure if it would have an impact, but after they were all impacted personally and saw the effect of helping others.

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Haley House - changing lives through food

Jeremy Thompson gained a new career through the Transitional Employment Program

“Prison is not good for anybody, but I think it gave me a lot of clarity on my life, on what I should be doing and how I should I be going about doing it,” Thompson said. “I would never say prison is a good thing, but I made the best of the worst situation.”

Nine Roxbury studio artists selected for three-month exhibition at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

The art collection being featured at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center starting in June showcases an eclectic mix of paintings, photographs, drawings and mixed media collages from 9 Roxbury artists.

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Young Black Women’s Society of Boston focuses on leadership development

When Alicia Canady founded the Young Black Women’s Society of Boston along with four of her friends, it was because the then 23-year-old saw a need for an organization and network that catered to young women of color emerging in their careers.

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Boston South End shop purveys homemade delicacies

When Sofi Mercedes Madison opened Olives & Grace in 2012, she intended to spread her love and respect for homemade products within the entire Boston community. As the store moves through its second year and to a new location, that goal remains the same.

ArtsBoston encourages teens and kids to partake in the area artscene with spring program

The program includes 50 percent ticket discounts for 50-plus performances.

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CitySprouts introduces urban youths to gardening, nature

Starting in 2012, Cambridge-based nonprofit CitySprouts has worked with Boston Public Schools to bring classroom learning outdoors with its Classroom to Garden Program.

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Women’s group fosters business connections

Anna Foster’s experience launching accessory boutique Fleur De Lis created a yearning to help others keep their small businesses afloat and led to the launch of the Women We Made It Events, a network that celebrates the personal and professional achievements of women.

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The Fire This Time Festival hits Boston stage

Hibernian Hall is bringing a sample of the annual The Fire This Time Festival to Boston. The Fire This Time Festival is presented by Horse Trade Theater Group and serves as a platform for early-career African and African-American playwrights.

Tank Design captures Boston Marathon Bombing events in new book through iconography

Designers at the Cambridge-based design firm Tank have joined hands to create a book documenting the events of the Boston Marathon Bombing last April that tells the story in iconography.

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Boston organization introduces youth to design field

Korn Design owner Denise Korn has been working for more than a decade to provide Boston students a way to tap into their creativity and then transform that creativity into a career with her organization, Youth Design.

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Vintage fashion site touts mixing-n-matching styles

As a child, Boston resident Vanessa Lundy had a fascination with her mom’s clothing. She would go in to her mother’s closet and try on jackets, skirts and high heels. But as she grew up that fascination became more teasing with her and her sister sometimes laughing at her mother’s choice in outfits.Today, Lundy runs her own vintage blog site, VanaVainVintage.com

The Professional Women of Color Network Meet Up

WOCN invites woman to The Blarney Stone for a career and business speed networking event

MCCA Neighborhood Art Program to showcase Roxbury and Mattapan Studio Artists

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority will feature artwork from Roxbury and Mattapan artists in its rotating Community Arts Program.

Boston Naturals Meetup brings Bravo TV Reality Star Demetria L. Lucas, A Belle in Brooklyn, to Boston

Boston Naturals Meetup brings Bravo TV Reality Star Demetria L. Lucas, A Belle in Brooklyn, to Boston

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Company One raises the curtain for student jobs

While many teens are forced to settle for retail and fast-food restaurant gigs for their first jobs, Shayna Bredbeck, 16, was able to land a position in Company One Theatre’s production apprenticeship program this school year because the theater expanded its education program to provide jobs to students during the school year.

Freedom Trail Celebrates Black History Month with African-American Patriots Tour

The Freedom Trail Foundation is celebrating Black History Month with tours led by 18th century costumed guides that will allow visitors to view history through the eyes of revolutionary figures like Crispus Attucks, Phillis Wheatley, Prince Hall, Peter Salem, and others.

Low-income families can benefit from free tax clinics throughout the city

The Mayor’s Office and its non-profit, corporate and community partners have joined to launch the Boston Earned Tax Credit Campaign to provide free tax clinics to low-income residents.

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Hibernian Hall swings for the fences with Jackie Robinson play

Ohio-based performance troupe Mad River Theater Works is making its way to Roxbury to kick off black history month with "Everybody’s Hero: The Jackie Robinson Story" at Hibernian Hall on Feb. 4.

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Thousands take on climbathon challenge to battle heart disease

Brigham and Women's Hospital's Climbathon participants will be taking the stairs of Exchange Place to promote a healthy lifestyle. Stairs are an easy way to incorporate exercise into your daily return.

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Boston artists’ collective gives self-taught painter first break

On Jan. 26, Tarra Louis-Charles will present her paintings and jewelry in Boston for the first time during this month’s RAW Boston showcase titled “Pixels.”

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Pine Street Inn benefits from Eastern region of Jack and Jill of America’s

The hub’s Pine Street Inn benefits from Jack and Jill’s hunger initiative

The BASE: Hub program aims to connect students and colleges with a college fair

The Boston-based youth program The BASE, is holding the free college fair from 10 a. m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Melnea Cass Recreation Complex, 120 Martin Luther King Blvd., in Roxbury

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Boston-based nonprofit uses dance, diet to fight obesity

Hub resident Destiny Edwards, now 13, made the decision to lead a healthier lifestyle and joined ShapeUp with Shaumba in 2012 to help.

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Roxbury R&B artist Lovely Hoffman lead in SpeakEasy’s ‘Color Purple’ Musical

When Roxbury native Lovely Hoffman walked into the first audition for the upcoming musical “The Color Purple” back in June, she went in without any expectations for the role she would play.

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Dorchester resident to hold gala event to support Haiti

Boston resident Leah Beidler couldn’t walk away from the hardship she saw Haitian children dealing with after living and working in Haiti for one year as a teacher for four adopted children.

Goodwill offers training for human services work

Those looking to break into the human services field can start working towards their goal in Goodwill's two-month training program.

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Annual art exhibit unites Boston South End neighborhood

United South End Settlements aims to bring together South End artists, reflect diversity and increase access to art in the neighborhood with its fifth annual Community Colors exhibit. The exhibit is being displayed at the Harriet Tubman House on Columbus Avenue until Jan. 3.

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Franklin Park Zoo gives kids a chance to ‘Be a Veterinarian’

In an effort to create a unique zoo experience for children, Franklin Park Zoo is inviting children of all ages to its "Be a Veterinarian" event being held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday in January in the zoo’s tropical forest building.

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Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker comes to The Strand

The 26th annual production of Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker is ending its tour in Dorchester.

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Partners HealthCare and Thrive in 5 Work Together to Ensure School Readiness

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Children’s earliest life experiences shape the architecture of their brain, which can have a profound impact on their health and well-being throughout their lives. That’s why Partners HealthCare has committed to a partnership with Boston’s Thrive in 5 to ensure that children’s earliest life experiences allow for bright futures.

Boston organizations aim to fulfill holiday wishes with gift drives

The holiday season is a cheerful time of year for most, but for some it can be a reminder of their struggles. A number of Boston-based organizations are hoping to ease the burden for families in need this year by holding gift drives and fulfilling wishes for children who may otherwise go without.

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Heart & Sole: Roxbury native Theodore Green mixes passion, artistry in shoe business

Roxbury artist Theodore Green has made it his business to explore a variety of mediums throughout his career, gaining expertise in many art forms including drawing, painting, illustration and sculpting.

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South Africa’s Baxter Theatre set to take over the Paramount with ‘Mies Julie’

The fourth season of Arts Emerson’s The World On Stage continues with the South African Baxter Theatre Centre’s “Mies Julie.”

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The Hutchins Center and ART team up to revive long lost African-American plays

The American Repertory Theater at Harvard University and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research have joined forces to revive plays written by underrated African American playwrights.

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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ winner Russell Ferguson to star in ‘Urban Nutcracker’

"So You Think You Can Dance" season six winner Russell Ferguson may be known across the nation for his krumping skills as the first krump dancer to win the competition show, but the Boston native will prove he’s more than a hip-hop dancer when he takes the stage as a star in this year’s "Urban Nutcracker."

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MassQed Man: Boston artist uses the face as a canvas in new work

For a month straight, Roxbury resident Dan Callahan spent a few hours each day sitting in a chair in his room, painting a pattern known as a "MassQ" on his face. He documented the experience in short video vignettes and titled it "Month of the MassQ." He has begun an expanded version of the project titled "Year of the MassQ"

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Step Afrika! visits Boston for a colorful three-night run

Professional stepping company Step Afrika! is bringing the noise to the Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College and the company expects the audience to return the favor.

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Bounty-Ful: A Local Wine and Artisan Cheese Tasting event for social cause

Cheese lovers and wine enthusiast are invited to a wine and cheese tasting event that will entertain and support a social cause.