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Darryl's Corner Kitchen and Bar Black-owned business

Better together: Black-owned restaurant and bar owners coalesce to stay afloat during pandemic

A couple of Black business owners launched the Boston Black Hospitality Coalition to ensure economic and social equity for Black-owned businesses and preserve "the few gathering spaces for the city's many Black residents."
Katie Mogg, Reporter April 21, 2021

Across the United States, thousands of restaurant doors closed for the last time. Main streets once busy with life became barren ghost towns and restaurants became hollow shells of the establishments they...

Dana Giordano

From Boston Children’s Hospital to the Olympic trials: How Dana Giordano got her life back on track after cancer

The 27-year-old Boston resident is one of 30 women in the nation to qualify for the June 18 Olympic Trials in the 1,500 meters and the 5,000 meters. To secure a spot on the US team, she must finish with one of the three fastest times.
Elena Plumb, Reporter April 16, 2021

The glaring sunlight poured through the windows, warming the living room of her grandparents' coastal cottage. It was a hot, August afternoon in Martha’s Vineyard, and 14-year-old Dana Giordano wanted...

A variety of house plants.

The grass is greener on the inside

To escape the pandemic blues, people are turning to buying and taking care of house plants.
Mariela Casellas, Reporter April 9, 2021

Beatriz Martínez-Godás' room is a jungle. Viewed on Instagram, almost every available surface is filled with a different size and shape and shade of green. Small succulents add a lively look to the coffee...

A pitch night event at the Roxbury Innovation Center.

This Innovation Center in Roxbury wants to help everyone start and grow a business

Ella Witt, Reporter March 22, 2021

In lower-income communities in Boston that have been historically left out of development efforts, residents may have less access to resources to start a business. Roxbury Innovation Center hopes to change...

Brookline Food Pantry.

Outpouring of community support keeps Greater Boston hunger relief organizations running during pandemic

Rachel Gore, Reporter March 19, 2021

When the Winthrop Community Food Pantry became critically low on supplies in October 2020, its director decided to place an advertisement in the town’s weekly newsletter asking community members for...

Blanket left by Sofia's Angels volunteers on a bench.

Sofia’s Angels provides hope during the pandemic with random acts of kindness

Lily Murphy, Reporter March 10, 2021

One of the most important things people need during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Cathy O’Grady, is compassion. O’Grady and her organization, Sofia’s Angels, have that in abundance. Sofia’s...

Toiell Washington.

Toiell Washington raises awareness about systems of oppression with games from The Master’s Tools 

Rachel Gore , Reporter March 1, 2021

When Toiell Washington arrived at the Black Lives Matter protest she helped organize in Boston last May, she was expecting to see a crowd of roughly 3,000 people. A senior majoring in sociology at Salem...

Daring to Dream: Stories of DACA recipients in Boston.

A new policy proposed by the Biden administration would offer a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Among those directly impacted by the policy are DACA recipients, people who were brought to the United States as children or teenagers. If passed, this plan would change the lives of many people, bringing them out of the shadows. DACA recipients in Boston share their stories, struggles and what it means to be a Dreamer.
Dalia Sadaka, Reporter February 22, 2021

After receiving death threats from a gang, Estefany Pineda left her home in El Salvador at a moment’s notice. Confused and afraid, 9-year-old Pineda and her family took a dangerous 22-day journey to...

Cooking meals at Rosie's Place.

Volunteering in the time of a pandemic

It is more important now than ever to be cognizant of all consequences of acts of service. As both volunteers and the communities they serve bear the negative impact of the pandemic, mindful community engagement can provide mutual benefit for both parties.
Annetta Stogniew, Reporter February 16, 2021

At the youth writing and publishing nonprofit 826 Boston, Volunteer Program Director Patti Wilder has spent months revising the organization’s volunteer services to adapt to safe social distancing practices...

As the future of local news remains uncertain, Boston area papers are changing to adapt

As the future of local news remains uncertain, Boston area papers are adapting

“Basically, I think our core function, which is to center the experiences of Blacks, Latinos and Asians and sort of look at news from their perspective of how it affects those communities, remains the same,” said Yawu Miller, senior editor of The Bay State Banner.  
Mihiro Shimano, Reporter February 15, 2021

Local newsrooms around the United States have been disappearing at a rapid pace in the past two decades, pressuring newsrooms all over to drastically change how they do business.  Media experts and...

Login screen of the popular online dating app Tinder.

Love in the time of coronavirus

Decisions need to be made before members of a couple (and members of both their households) can feel comfortable removing their masks and being in close proximity to one another. The social distancing effects of the pandemic might have altered the way people date, perhaps forever. 
Taylor Blackley, Reporter February 6, 2021
Dating during the COVID-19 era can be challenging or even frowned upon, but the situation also presents a silver lining.
Nubian station, formerly Dudley station in Roxbury.

Rediscovering Nubian: a changed name reveals overlooked histories

The name “Nubian,” while honoring Black Bostonians, also sheds light on racist aspects of the city’s past. Today, members of the community hope this symbolic name remains a sign of change in the way people talk about this racialized history.
Taylor Blackley, Reporter February 3, 2021

It’s been more than a year since the MBTA agreed to change the name of the former Dudley Station to Nubian Station, following the rechristening of the nearby the Nubian Square several months prior. This...

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