THANGZ-2-DO!! – June 2013

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“THANGZ-2-DO!!” (June 2013)
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VCR blackstonianWelcome to “Thangz-2-Do!!”, the monthly e-newsletter providing information of
cultural arts (poetry, theatre, comedy, etc.), as well as several other info to keep
people in the loop that includes a link for daily Black History facts. (http://www.yenoba.com),

R.I.P. for those that passed away and a B-Day shout-out to those born in June.

Also, Boston’s longest-running open mic gathering commonly known as
VerBaLizAtiOn is going on every second & fourth Wednesday. We’re bringing back
our free film-screening series called “AFRO-CINEMA” on June 12th and another featured artist
TBA will be performing on June 26th, both nights in celebrating Black Music Month.

Please mention my name to the promoter of any of these events listed below if and when you
do attend one or more.

Enjoy the list and have a blessed day!!

Peace,
VCR

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R.I.P.

– CHRIS “MACK DADDY” KELLY (rapper, Kris Kross)
– MALCOLM SHABAZZ (grandson of Malcolm X & Betty Shabazz)
– CHUCK MUNCIE (NFL running back)
– PAUL SINGH (VCR’s uncle, NY)

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JUNE B-DAY WISHES:

Natalie Gill, Terri Brown, Dawn Jennings-Dubose, Mwalim,
Nakita Bowman, Rebecca Auguste, D-Cross, Kelli Porter,
Porsha-O, Julia John, Teresa Valentine, Adilson Barros,
Kwesi Johnson, Mark Merren, Cindy Diggs, Carl Alleyne,
Nancy Rousseau, Amina Shaw, Dollymae Mellish, Star Layne,
Cara Lisa Powers, Hood Louis, Shana Turner, Fulani Haynes,
Shilo Kuriakose, Toni Asante Lightfoot, Sabrina Forde,
Taqwa The Edutainer, Abria Smith, Alexandria King, Walnut,
Jonathan Jackson, Melonie Turner, Mariama White-Hammond,
Liz Miranda and Deborah Shariff

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POETRY/OPEN MIC EVENTS:
Every Sunday Night LIZARD LOUNGE SUNDAY NIGHT POETRY JAM w/The Jeff Robinson Trio @ The Lizard Lounge 1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge (between Harvard Sq. & Porter Sq.) Doors at 7:30pm – $5.00 cover
21+ w/ID required
Harlym 1-Two-5: June 9th
Toni Bee: June 23rd
Cole Rodriguez: June 30th
For info visit www.poetryjam.org

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Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday
VerBaLizAtiOn
New Night of Open Mic-ism!
@ Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.
(next to fire dept. & barber shop)
6:30pm (doors open at 6:00pm)
Free 2 the public
June12th: “Afro-Cinema”
June 26th: TBA
4 more info contact VCR at 617-480-7663
or bloodskinland@yahoo.com

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Every Thursday Night
SoulKore Productions presents GRAB THE MIC THURSDAYS @ Pearl St. Station Restaurant 53 Summer St., Malden MA (2 minute walk from MBTA Malden Center Station – Orange Line)
7:30pm – 10:30pm / $5.00 cover
All ages, plus raffles and more!
Come early for open mic sign-up All forms of talent welcomed Sign up early – space limited (5 minutes per artist) Free parking / food & drink specials Hosted by DJ Nomadik & Essex
For more info contact info@soulkore.com

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Every Friday Night
POETRY & MOTION
Enjoy the spoken word on open mike with Greater Boston’s
dynamic poets including you while you socialize and sip.
Then…step the rest of the night away to grown folks music
with Greater Boston’s Chicago-style steppin’ community.
@ Club 720: Commonwealth Lodge #19
720 Shawmut Ave., Roxbury
8:00pm – 1:00am / $5.00 donation

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Thursday, June 20th 2013
New Urban Theatre Laboratory presents
THE EXPERIMENT
(your) Stories From Real Life
@ MokSa/NAGA Restaurant & Lounge
450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge/Central Sq.
7:00pm – 10:00pm
$15.00 at the door
Or purchase advanced tickets online at
www.nutl.wordpress.com/boxoffice
* “The Experiment” is every 3rd Thursday of each month

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Thursday, June 20th 2013
NON-VIOLENT GATHERING
Please join us as we kick off summer with an evening of
non-violent unity, music, poetry, reflection and good conversation.
@ Dudley Branch Library
65 Warren St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.
4:00pm – 7:30pm / open and free to the public
MCs for the evening: Larry “Duce” Cobb & Rosco Wedgeworth

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Friday, June 28th 2013
CONSCIOUSLY EXPOSED CAFE
After the club, the after party, the gym, work, church or dealing with daily errands,
Consciously Exposed Cafe invite you to an evening of poetry, enlightening and
constructive group discussion. Time to engage in real talk – time to cultivate the mind.
@ St. Katherine Drexel Church
517 Blue Hill Ave., Dorchester/Grove Hall
7:30pm – 9:30pm / free admission
Refreshments will be provided
Hosted by poet AfroBlues
With guest speaker Katia (from Strive 2020, Inc.)
For more info visit www.consciouslyexposed.com
Or contact afroblues@consciouslyexposed.com or 617-388-5659

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Saturday, June 1st 2013
Haiti Rehab 1804 & Amma presents
AOL: AN ACT OF LOVE

Music, Art, Food and more!
@ First Parish Church
10 Parish St. – Meeting House Hill, Dorchester

6:00pm – 10:00pm / $10.00 donation
Hosted by J.Simone
Performances by Dutch Rebelle, Lisa Moise, Caliph,
Mark Joseph, Joseph Santiago and more
Live art by Wendy Darling
Vendors include clothing by Bosque Ink

All proceeds go to repairing an old church in Marmelade, Haiti

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Saturday, June 8th 2013
FATHERS, FAMILIES FUN DAY

Fathers play a critical role in their child’s development and
their involvement can bring important, immediate and life
long benefits. Research shows that when fathers are involved
with their children in a positive, nurturing, safe and consistent
way, there are lifelong benefits to children and families as a whole
@ Harambe Park
15 Talbot Ave., Dorchester
(Franklin Field)

12:00pm – 4:30pm / Free and open to the public
Music, free prizes, face-painting, sack races and more!
Bishop A. Livingston will lead off the event with prayer
For more info contact JohnLaing at 617-288-2030

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Saturday, June 15th 2013
Score4More Inc., DCR, Mass Parks, Massachusetts Black Lawyers Assoc.,
United Sisters of Color & Friends of the Melena Cass Center presents
LITTLE SISTERS: FUNDAY @ THE FIELDHOUSE
Sports, Fitness, Nutrition, Health & Wellness, Activities and Workshops
@ Melena Cass Recreation Center
120 Martin Luther King Blvd., Roxbury
12:00pm – 4:00pm / Free admission
GIRLS & WOMEN ONLY! (adult female quardians & staff members)
Featuring double-dutch, STEP dance competitions, refreshments and music
Please RSVP at score4more617@gmail.com with names & ages
of all attendees.
For more info log onto www.score4more.org

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Saturday, June 15th 2013
ROXBURY PRIDE/JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION
In 1997, a group of Roxbury residents and friends formed the Roxbury HomeComing
Committee to establish an annual, large-scale family reunion event in their neighborhood
that honored their shared roots and celebrated the historic “Juneteenh Day”. The resulting
Roxbury Pride/Juneteenth Celebration has sice drawn thousands of families and tens of
thousands of people each June to Franklin Park. The mission of the event is to bring Roxbury
natives, who now reside all over the world, home for the weekend; unite African-American
families across generations; commemorate our ancestors; take pride in our culturally rich
community; and celebrate a significant moment in our history from slavery to freedom.
@ Franklin Park
Shattuck Grove, Dorchester
(adjacent to Shattuck Hospital)
10:00am – 8:00pm / free & open to the public
For more info visit www.roxburyhomecoming.org

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Monday, June 17th 2013
Mass Industry Committee presents
617: ENTREPRENEURS IN ENTERTAINMENT
June 17th is sanctioned “617 Day” by us and the city of Boston
Commemoration, special guest performances,
home grown music and more!
@ Church Boston
69 Kilmarnock St., Boston/Fenway
Starts at 8:00pm – commemoration at 9:00pm
Admission $10.00 w/RSVP

——————————————————————————————————————     Tuesday, June 18th 2013 “FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS” RedLetterInk Media will be showing a documentary that chronicles the life of young college professor Angela Davis and how her social activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a shootout – four dead, and her name on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list. @ AMC Loews Boston Common 19 175 Tremont St., Boston 8:00pm – 9:56pm / $12.00 general admission Please reserve your ticket by June 13th www.tugg.com/event/4305     ——————————————————————————————————————
Wednesday, June 19th 2013
NATIONAL CENTER OF AFRO-AMERICAN ARTISTS
JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION
300 Walnut Ave., Roxbury
4:00pm – 8:00pm / free & open to the public
For more info visit www.ncaaa.org

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THEATRE

Saturday, June 22nd & Sunday, June 23rd 2013

Mixed Magic Theatre presents
“LEGENDS IN THE MIST”
A new show by Jonathan Pitts-Wiley & Ricardo Pitts-Wiley
Musical direction by KIm Pitts-Wiley & Gregory A. Johnson

@ Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq.
(next to fire dept. & barber shop)
Saturday at 8:00pm / Sunday at 3:00pm
$20.00 general admission – $10.00 seniors & students
For advanced tickets and more info contact www.hibernianhall.org

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EDUCATIONAL/HEALTH
Every Sunday Afternoon MEDU NETER CLASSES (later called Hieroglyphics by the Greeks) The oldest of African languages and most sacred of languages Reconnect with the Wisdom of our Ancestors…learn to read the writing on the wall – Scribe/write – Transliteration/read/translate – Speak – History/Culture – Sentence Structure/Grammar – Museum, Field trips & more @ 53 Cedar St., Mattapan 11:30 –1:00pm (sign in at 11:00am) To register call Dr. Nteri Nelson 617-296-7797 ——————————————————————————————————————

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LECTURE
Saturday, June 22nd 2013 THE HONORABLE MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN Come and hear from the minister on the topic: “The Time – And What Must Be Done” @ Strand Theatre 543 Columbia Rd., Dorchester/Uphams Corner Doors open at 5:30pm $45.00 mezzanine & orchestra $25.00 lower balcony $20.00 discounted tickets upper balcony Tickets available at these locations: – Muhammad’s Mosque #1: 10 Washington St., Grove Hall (Sundays from 10:30am to 1:30pm) – Respect For Life Bookstore/Unity Plaza: 2-4 Washington St., Grove Hall (Tuesday – Saturday from 1:00pm to 6:00pm) For more info call 617-442-6082 or visit www.farrakhanspeaks.com   ——————————————————————————————————————
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COMEDY

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PARTIES/SOCIAL NETWORKING/DANCE

Every Friday & Saturday Night
Upper Echelon Events & DowntimeBoston.Com presents
HANG SUITE
Check out the new vibe, new DJ rotations and new faces dancing
to the music that including classic Hip-Hop, R&B and Soul
@ Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen
604 Columbus Ave., Boston/South End
11:00pm – 2:00am / $10.00 cover charge
Hosted by Sekou Dilday, Darius McCroey & Khari Porter
Sounds provided by Steve Gousby
For more info contact sekoud@gmail.com or dariusm@downtimeboston.com

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Friday, June 14th 2013
Fam IV Life presents
LADIES NIGHT OUT
With special guest performing live DJ Spinderella
(deejay of iconic Hip-Hop group Salt-N-Pepa)
@ China Pearl Lounge
237 Quincy Ave., Quincy MA
9:00pm – 1:00am / $20.00 tickets
21+ event / proper dress & ID required
Also featuring DJ T. Lawson and DJ Def Stef
Tickets available at these locations:
– Metro PCS (1656 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan Sq.)
– Kung Fu Video & DVD (365 Washington St. – 2nd floor, Downtown Boston)
– Vaughn Fosh & Chips (1 Erie St., Dorchester)
– Lawson’s Beauty Supply (1979 Columbus Ave., Egleston Sq.)
– Silver Slipper Restaurant (2387 Washington St., Dudley Sq.)
– Mattapan’s Finest Barbers (663 Warren St., Grove Hall)
For more info contact 617-326-7199

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CULTURAL PERFORMANCES/MAJOR CONCERTS
Every Monday Night
MOTIVATED MONDAY
@ Church Boston
69 Kilmarnock St., Boston
Doors open at 8:00pm – showtime at 9:00pm
$5.00 ladies – $10.00 fellas / 21+ with ID required
Hosted by Mark Merren
Free parking in rear

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Saturday, June 1st 2013

EARTH, WIND & FIRE
@ Bank of America Pavilion
290 Northern Ave., Boston
8:00pm showtime
For more info visit www.bankofamericapavilion.net

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Thursday, June 6th 2013
Playmakers Entertainment & Stae Tru presents
BOSTON TALENT SHOWCASE: TURN UP THE HEAT
@ Slade’s Bar & Grill
958 Tremont St., Boston
Doors at 8:00pm – showtime’s at 9:15pm
$10.00 at the door / 21+ event
Relaxed dress code: no Tims, hoodies or athletic gear!
(sneakers OK – bouncer has right to deny entry)
With performances by Vylette, Genius, Mike Biggz, Neisha,
Reziztance, David Wylen, Antoine, Uncle Sam and K-Tron
Hosted by Dee Loopz and Kool Key
After party w/DJ Dru Nyce
(playing today’s hottest in R&B, Hip-Hop, Reggae and more)

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Saturday, June 8th 2013
Solessence & Pharoah On Top Enterprise presents
HOME BUSINESS PRESENTATION 3
@ Mother A.M.B.’s
45B Circuit St., Roxbury
Doors open at 2:00pm – show starts at 3:00pm
Advanced tickets $5.00 adult admission
$8.00 at the door / Free for children 12yrs & under

Admission fee covers access to food & beverages
SoulEssence Enterprises will be presenting cultural jewelry and
natural skin care products.
Pharoah On Top enterprises will be presenting essential incense, oils,
natural soaps & hygenics, T-shirts w/company logo, custom jewelry,
A.M.B. discography, DVD’s, African arts & crafts, literature, etc.

Hosted & music by DJ Daz One
Performances by J’Rel, Rayel, Big Khar, Jo’Re, Reggie B.,
David Wylen, Kiki Breevlife and Hotmizz

And special performance by A.M.B. (African Man Born)
For more info contact africanmanborn@gmail.com or mafdetsianestit@gmail.com

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Thursday, June 13th – Friday, June 14th 2013
OLD SCHOOL HIP-HOP JAM
A nostalgic throwback to the era of true Hip-Hop!
@ MGM Grand Theater/Foxwoods Resort Casino
350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket CT
8:00pm for both shows
$55.00 – $75.00
Featuring DMX, EPMD, Special Ed, Rakim,
Naughty By Nature and Slick Rick on both shows
Kid N Play, Chubb Rock & Doug E. Fresh on 06/13 show
Biz Markie & Big Daddy Kane on 06/14 show
For more info visit www.foxwoods.com

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Thursday, June 13th 2013
TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON
@ Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston
8:00pm & 10:00pm
$30.00 showtime / $70.00 dinner & show
For more info visit www.scullersjazz.com

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Wednesday, June 19th 2013

KINGS OF THE MIC
Featuring LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy & De La Soul
@ Bank of America Pavilion
290 Northern Ave., Boston
7:00pm showtime
For more info visit www.bankofamericapavilion.net

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Saturday, June 22nd 2013
RAJDULARI: JOURNEY OF A WOMAN
An Album Preview Concert Live in Boston
@ Cafe 939/The Red Room
939 Boylston St., Boston
8:00pm – 10:00pm / $15.00 admission
Featuring a performance by TruVibe
For tickets visit www.cafe939.com

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Wednesday, June 26th 2013
BRUNO MARS
@ TD Garden
100 Legends Way, Boston
7:30pm showtime
For tix and more info log onto www.tdgarden.com

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