Weekly Highlights: The Breakbeat Poets, Future, Loveworkout, Iyeoka and More!

This is the last full week of the Best Black History Month Ever, and there are some great events where you can support and show your pride. If you see me at an event, be sure to say hey. Don’t forget to check back for updates and be sure to tell ’em where you got the info!

Urban League

Wednesday, February 24

The Boston City Council in conjunction with the Union of Minority Neighborhoods will host the city’s official Black History Month event, “Powerful Beyond Measure: A Tribute to the Black Teacher” at City Hall’s Curley Room at 5:00 p.m. There will be speeches, music, spoken word, and more. Four teachers will be recognized for their longtime commitment to the education of Black children. The Black Educators Alliance of Massachusetts (BEAM) will also be recognized for their 50 years of advocacy. If you plan to attend, please fill out this form.

Join the conversation to change the wages of women at the Work Smart salary negotiation workshop sponsored by The Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement and AAUW to make Boston the first city to tackle the gender wage gap at the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (88 Warren St, Roxbury) 6:00 p.m. There is no cost for attendance.


Thursday, February 25

The acclaimed theatrical production of Milk Like Sugar is having a 35 and Below night at the Boston Center for the Arts (527 Tremont St, South End) where you can make join them for a pre-show “toast” experience at 6:30pm. You’ll be able to design you own toast – wheat, rye, cinnamon raisin, Nutella, jam – the experience is up to you as you get your creative juices flowing with a discussion about the themes and ideas in “Milk Like Sugar” facilitated by a member of the Huntington staff. Tickets for the show start at $25.00, and you can get yours here.

The Phi Beta Sigma 4th Annual Sapphire Awards will be held at the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute (40 Leon St, Roxbury) 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. This special evening will be filled with food, poetry, song and ancient African traditions that will honor and pay homage to the past, present and future. Admission is complimentary and open to the public to attend. 

The Breakbeat Poets invite you to U-Forge Gallery (767 Centre St, Jamaica Plain) 7:00 p.m. The BreakBeat Poets features 78 poets, born somewhere between 1961-1999, All-City and Coast-to-Coast, who are creating the next and now movement(s) in American letters. This is the first poetry anthology by and for the Hip-Hop generation.

Bryson Tiller performs for his TrapSoul Tour at The Wilbur Theatre (246 Tremont St) 9:00 p.m. Tickets are sold out, but you never know! Tickets are $29.50.

“All Good” powered by: A Lil’ Louder® is back at The Good Life (28 Kingston St) at 10:00 p.m. with good music, good vibe, good people, everything GOOD. No cover. No coat check. Arrive early!


Friday, February 26

Celebrate Black History art work at the Grand Circle Travel (347 Congress St) 5:30 p.m. You’ll mingle with Boston professionals who care about cultural enrichment, to have a good time in a relaxed atmosphere over treats. This event is free and open to the public.

The LOCS Collective in collaboration with The Fenway Institute 1340 host a screening of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution at Feway Health (1340 Boylston St) 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served and there will be time for discussion. This is a free community event. Please RSVP here so that they know to expect you.

Future performs at The House of Blues (15 Lansdowne St, Fenway) 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $45.00, and you can get them here.

Fab Friends, Love Life Now Foundation will celebrate men who are fighting alongside women on the issue of domestic violence at their 5th Annual White Ribbon Night Gala at Lombardo’s (6 Billings St, Randolph) 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Tickets are going fast at $50.00 per person which includes dinner, entertainment, free parking and a cash bar. Purchase your tickets here as none will be sold at the door.

Boston Latin School

Saturday, February 27

The Boston Latin School (78 Avenue Louis Pasteur) invite you to celebrate Black History Month with the students and alumni with performances and recognitions starting at 3:00 p.m.. This event is free and open to the public.

Roxbury Community College (1234 Tremont St) and the Urban League invite you to a celebration of Black History at the Legacy: Living Our History event. They will celebrate stories, politics and education through talks and entertainment starting at 3:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.


Sunday, February 28

If you still haven’t found your valentine, you’ve got another shot with Fab Friends Rica and Diana bringing you #Loveworkout at Leap Fitness (71 Lansdowne St, Fenway) 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The idea is that you’ll be speedating work-out style. In a circut-training style, after each exercise, you’ll move onto a new partner and at the end hopefully get a few numbers! Tickets are $35.00 and you can get yours here.

Iyeoka is back! (we’ve missed her so) at the Mission Bar and Grill (724 Huntington Ave.) 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. She will perform and will read excerpts from her new book, Poetry, Pregnancy, Prayers.  Books will be available to be signed and purchased. No cost, but purchasing food and beverage is expected.

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony perform at The House of Blues (15 Lansdowne St, Fenway) 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $25.00 and can be purchased here.

CHLS (Moe Pope, Lightfoot and Thought Notes) and Bakari JB perform at the Mind Spray Showcase at Wonder Bar (186 Harvard St, Allston). They will be joined by the January showcase winner, Evan Audio. The open mic night allows for performs to compete for $100.00 cash and a 2 hour studio session. Women get in free before 10:00 p.m; general entry is $10.00.