Yawu Miller

Senior Editor


Yawu Miller began his career in journalism with the Banner, serving as a staff reporter in 1993. He became managing editor in 1996. After leaving the Banner in 2006, he continued with the paper as a freelance writer and photographer. He has also written freelance articles for Commonwealth Magazine, the Baltimore Afro American and the Boston Irish Reporter. Miller graduated from Dartmouth College in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in English.

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A Cape Verdean-English dictionary

Dorchester man captures evolving language

Dorchester resident Manuel Da Luz Goncalves has compiled a 40,000-word Cape Verdean Creole-to-English dictionary, working over the last 10 years with the literature, folklore and music of the West African archipelago to determine standard spelling and meaning for the words.

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Restaurateur commits to $15 wage

Says move will help attract, retain workers

If all goes according to plan, by 2018 all of the workers in Bon Me’s six trucks, five restaurant locations and central kitchen facility will earn $15 an hour, according to co-founder Ali Fong.

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Controversial project raises abutters’ ire

Neighbors question developer’s ties to Inspectional Services Dept.

Last week, City Realty Group proposed a total of 39 units at 50 and 56 Cedar Street — zoned for nine and three units of housing, respectively — sparking concern among neighborhood residents. Adding fuel to the neighbors’ worries is the architectural firm the developers brought into the deal: Roache Christopher Architects LLC, a firm co-founded by Inspectional Services Division Commissioner William “Buddy” Christopher and now managed by his son James Christopher.

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Councilor explores housing, small business issues in Rox.

Meets with homeless students, Madison Park staff

Anissa Essaibi-George toured Roxbury two weeks ago, looking into issue of homelessness and small business development. Although the Dorchester native hasn’t spent much of her career working in Roxbury, she became familiar with the issue of homeless students during her 12 years at East Boston High.

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Somerville mayor confronts racism

‘Black Lives Matter’ banner is part of year-long conversation on bias

A “Black Lives Matter” banner has hung from Somerville’s City Hall building throughout the last 12 months, a provocative statement at a time when people around the country are debating the role of race in law enforcement and the criminal justice system. The controversy heated up two weeks ago when police officers from across the state gathered in front of the building to protest the sign, with a contingent displaying a blue and white “cops’ lives matter” banner. Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, who had the banner installed, said he was heartened by the counter-demonstration of Somerville residents who outnumbered the officers.

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Closing the food loop: A compost firm grows

CERO helps local farms produce healthy vegetables

Every day as tons of Boston’s food waste gets hauled off to landfills, two garbage haulers with the acronym CERO divert a small portion to a farm in South Hamilton. There, microbes do the hard work of breaking down orange peels, onion skins and wilted lettuce into compost. After a year of microbial digestion, the CERO trucks return, load up and bring that compost to Boston farms, which in turn supply local consumers with fresh vegetables.

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Effort underway to rein in sober homes

Legislation paves way for certification

State officials hope a voluntary certification system governing the operation of sober homes in Massachusetts will help increase safety and curtail abuse in the unregulated market for the group homes. But a group of Roxbury neighbors who turned out for an information session on the new standards for the homes were less optimistic.

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Dorchester man puts neighbors to work

Sheet metal worker teaches locals how to perform restoration work

Like many blacks in the building trades, T. Michael Thomas struggled to balance his love for his work and his antipathy for his union. As one of a handful of non-white members of the Sheet Metal Workers Local 17, Thomas found that he was often passed over for jobs in favor of less-qualified whites.

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Freedom House marks progress on new bldg.

Renovations to be completed by early next year

Long housed in a building directly across Crawford Street from the old Grove Hall Library building, Freedom House moved in three years ago. It now is operating out of a set of trailers while the 8,400 square foot library building undergoes a $1.5 million renovation.

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Thousands march in Roxbury against police brutality

Protesters numbering in the thousands took over the streets of Roxbury yesterday demonstrating against police violence against blacks in the United States.

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