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A view of the Boston Harbor from the Seaport district in 2019.

Boston’s climate initiative and its obstacles to implementation

Bela Omoeva, Reporter June 16, 2022

  In the coming years, Boston will face extreme flooding from rising sea levels and larger rainstorms. Much of Boston is built on low-lying, marshy land. Some neighborhoods could see a tenfold...

Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong, NY -based artist and trained architect, sitting on her latest installation, YEAR OF THE TIGER, at Mary Soo Hoo Park in Chinatown, Boston on May 14, 2022.

Pao Arts Center celebrates five years, new installation comes to Mary Soo Hoo Park

Lex Weaver, Editor-in-chief May 18, 2022

  Mary Soo Hoo Park in Chinatown has been reactivated with a site-specific public art installation, “YEAR OF THE TIGER,” by Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong, a NY-based artist, commissioned by Pao Arts...

Tom Grennan and his band taking a short break in between songs during their performance at Brighton Music Hall.

‘A new wave of joy:’ How Boston’s live music scene has made its post-pandemic comeback

Colette Pollauf, Reporter May 17, 2022

  There aren’t many places that provide a greater sense of community than live music venues: hundreds of people crammed into a small room together, singing their hearts out with total strangers...

The Duty-Free Paradise (DFP) project, a series which includes performances, photos, video and augmented reality was recently on view at 10b in Jamaica Plain. Local artist Lani Asuncion was compelled to perform the work as a response to the nearby Dole House, putting Doles ties to the industrialization, militarization and colonization of Hawaii on full display.

A work in progress: Developing equitable spaces for artistry to flourish in Boston

Taylor Blackley, Reporter May 9, 2022

  Creative professionals generally require money and connections to fuel their practice regardless of their sources of inspiration and motivations for sharing their work. But in Boston’s competitive...

Local pastor alters the coverage of Bostons Black community

Local pastor alters the coverage of Boston’s Black community

Simya Dickson, Reporter May 4, 2022

In Boston’s large media market, many prominent news organizations fail to cover anything besides the hardships of the surrounding Black community. Boston Black News, an up-and-coming broadcast news organization...

Judith Foster outside her mothers home in Dorchester.

More free and more human – community college reimagined in Dorchester

Sophia Paffenroth, Assistant Editor May 3, 2022

  After surviving an abusive relationship, a nearly paralyzing accident and the murder of her son, Judith Foster found herself reading Frederick Douglas near Boston’s 54th Regiment Memorial in...

Museum of Fine Arts Boston visitors view La Japonaise (Camille Monet in Japanese Costume), a large-scale figure portrait of the artists wife painted in the Impressionist style by Claude Monet in 1876. The painting also makes references to Orientalism, a growing movement within 19th century society, where Eastern people and cultures were depicted based on how white Europeans imagined them to look. Oriental subjects became so popular that a French Society of Orientalist Painters was founded in 1893.

Curating a culture of belonging: How Boston’s art museums are reimagining a more inclusive future

Taylor Blackley, Reporter April 20, 2022

Visual artists have long been using their craft to call for social and racial justice. Now, the time has come for institutions to answer. Visual art is a forum for the public to come together to evaluate...

(Left to Right): Brandie Blaze (Photo by ShotsXDJL); Red Shadyez (Photo by Kristen Higgins Photography); Cakeswagg (Photo by Inside the Maze);  DJ WhySham (Photo by Jen Vest Photography); Amanda Shea (Photo by Kay Piazza); Vintage Lee (Photo by Marika Belamarich); MonaVeli (Photo by JustBeSnappin LLC)

Black Girl Magic: Black women rise to the top of Boston’s hip-hop scene

Dakotah Kennedy and Katie Mogg March 1, 2022

  In 2018, Dorchester and Roxbury-based trap feminist MC Brandie Blaze predicted that women and nonbinary artists would run Boston's hip-hop scene. Four years later, Black women are commanding...

The first generation to grow up with HPV vaccine reaches adulthood

The first generation to grow up with HPV vaccine reaches adulthood

Danica Jefferies and Sophia Paffenroth February 7, 2022

Madeline Olsen was a freshman in high school when Gardasil, the first FDA-approved HPV vaccine, was introduced to the public in 2006. In fact, Olsen attended boarding school with the children of George...

Waves seen climbing higher than normal and spilling on to Route 145, which runs through East Boston to Winthrop, on Winthrop Parkway.

In the race to solve Boston Harbor’s coastal flooding problem, who calls the shots?

Elisabeth Hadjis, Assistant Editor January 24, 2022

  On Nov. 30, at 8:30 in the morning, Heather O’Brien pulled out her laptop and logged into a packed Zoom call.  The participant list included attendees from every neighborhood on the Boston...

Photo of the LGBTQIA flag outside of the Boston Public Library.

Boston’s Generation Z population want somewhere to be queer

Matt Yan, Reporter January 5, 2022

  Kester Messan, 23, didn’t come out as gay until he arrived at Williams College in 2017.   Born in Togo, he and his family moved to Boston when he was six years old, first settling in Roxbury,...

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