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May 10th – Clennon King Leads a special 90-minute MLK walking tour

Discover 10 landmarks where Coretta Scott and Martin King met, fell in love, lived, worked, played, worshiped, sang and studied between the fall of 1951 to the spring of 1954 in Boston. Date: May 10th at 6 p.m. go to www.tourblacknewengland.com/Tour for details.


BASIC BLACK TURNS 50

The celebrations starts Friday, May 11, 6:30-9:30pm at WGBH Studios, One Guest Street, Boston, MA. Join in for a special evening celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Basic Black. The show, which was originally called Say Brother, was created in 1968 during the height of the civil rights movement as a response to the demand for public television programs reflecting the concerns of communities of color. Tune in to WGBH Channel 2 or go to www.wgbh.org


The Roxbury Cultural District Celebrates Year 1

May 18th Gala Announced! Visit roxburyculturaldistrict.org. The inaugural gala reception for the one year designation anniversary of the Roxbury Cultural District is being held at The Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building at 2300 Washington Street Roxbury, MA 02119 on May 18, 2018 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. 


Backstage capital raises $36M to fund startups founded by People of Color and LGBT individuals.

Read all about it at backstagecapital.com. This woman-led investment fund looks everywhere to find great startups run by under-represented people to fund.  Fund seekers will find out how to apply on their web site.


About BREAKING IN the movie starring Gabrielle Union. It opens in theaters nationwide on Mother’s Day. Free passes to the 5/9 advance screening went out to sign-ups on Tuesday.

SYNOPSIS

This Mother’s Day, Gabrielle Union stars as a woman who will stop at nothing to rescue her two children being held hostage in a house designed with impenetrable security.  No trap, no trick and especially no man inside can match a mother with a mission when she is determined.

BREAKING IN star Gabrielle Union

Producers Will Packer (No Good DeedObsessed) and Union (Almost ChristmasBeing Mary Jane) reunite for this original thriller directed by James McTeigue (V for VendettaSense8).  Written by Ryan Engle (Non-Stop), Breaking In co-stars Billy Burke (Twilight series), Richard Cabral (End of Watch), Ajiona Alexus (Empire), Levi Meaden (Pacific Rim Uprising), Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy), Seth Carr (Black Panther) and Christa Miller (Cougar Town).

Joining Union and Packer as fellow producers are Will Packer Productions’ James Lopez (Girls Trip,Think Like a Man), and Practical Pictures’ Craig Perry and Sheila Hanahan Taylor (American Pie and Final Destination series).  Jaime Primak Sullivan, whose story the screenplay is based upon, serves as an executive producer alongside Valerie Bleth Sharp and Jeff Morrone.

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