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Celebrating Black life & joy

With Juneteenth coming up on June 19, we turn to observe the emancipation of those enslaved and also the celebration of Black experiences and culture. Our art, through various mediums, tells our story but also shares our enduring spirit.

Black News Hour Ep. 12Catch up on today's show 

Boston’s arts space was the focus of this episode, from dance to poetry, ahead of local events planned this month.

Guests included Amanda Shea, spoken word and multidisciplinary artist; Catherine T. Morris, founder and artistic director of Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Fest; Ellice Patterson, executive director of Abilities Dance Boston; OOMPA, nationally acclaimed Boston-born poet and rapper; and Gerami Groover-Flores, executive director of Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts.

Morris talked about BAMS Fest, which has the theme of "epic joy," that is planned to return on Saturday at Playstead Field in Franklin Park.

“It’s a family reunion. It’s a Black wonderland. It’s an opportunity, again, to ensure that artists are discovered or that they are continuing to build their own platform and visibility,” Morris said.

Shea described how art can be used as a form of self-care and protest. She also reflected on how to celebrate Juneteenth through joy.

“We know the history. I want to celebrate Black joy and what that looks like,” Shea said. 

Local events in the community

Also, join us for our next Black News Hour episode on June 24.

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Cyclists honor Black female biking pioneer of the late 1800s

By Tiana Woodard, Globe Staff

With gender-defying pantaloons, impressive cycling tricks, and a persevering attitude, Katherine “Kittie” Towle Knox pedaled through the late 19th century’s racial and gender barriers.

The Cambridge native’s trailblazing exploits as a Black female bicyclist who defied norms of the day were little known for more than a century until a local historian unearthed her story. And on Sunday, about 100 people took off on bicycles through Boston and surrounding communities to honor her.

The cyclists started Sunday morning in two groups, one at Franklin Park and the other at Copley Square. and traveled through Boston, Cambridge, Watertown, and Waltham. Event organizers said they hoped the Kittie Knox Ride advanced her legacy by creating a cycling space where people of all backgrounds could come together behind a shared interest.

How should Massachusetts’ next governor tackle inequities? Five health leaders share their insights.

By Tiana Woodard, Globe Staff

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare yawning inequities in the way people live and die in Massachusetts.

Now the Massachusetts Public Health Association, a nonprofit that advocates for health equity, is surveying candidates for governor and asking them to explain, in writing, their specific plans to address longstanding socioeconomic disparities.

Even before the coronavirus tore through low-income communities, hitting hardest among people of color, state data showed that those groups typically faced higher rates of asthma, diabetes, inadequate prenatal care, infant mortality, and other poor health outcomes.

Author Jasmine Guillory on her new Cali-surf-infused ‘Beauty and the Beast’ retelling

By Gina Tomaine, Globe correspondent

This would-be candidate hoped to address Boston’s housing crisis — but was priced out before the campaign started

By Tiana Woodard, Globe Staff

Unbound: Triggered — but in a good way

By Kimberly Atkins Stohr, The Emancipator senior columnist

Meet Ashleigh Gordon, Castle of our Skins cofounder

By Tiana Woodard, Globe Staff

Black Music Month doesn’t mean just amplifying rap, hip hop and R&B. There’s classical music, country jams and more.

To kick off the month, Black News Hour wanted to amplify local leaders making space for all Black music, like violist and music educator Ashleigh Gordon. 

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