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Northampton-born singer-songwriter Jake Manzi released his debut album “Whatever My Heart Allows. He will play at Club Passim on March to promote it. Photo credit to Colby Daboul.

Local singer-songwriter reflects on debut album

Colette Pollauf, news correspondent February 16, 2022

Jake Manzi, a Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter, recently released his first full-length album “Whatever My Heart Allows.” The album, a dreamy collection of soft-rock songs about life and love,...

As Boston’s only Black-owned bookshop, Frugal Bookstore’s motto, “Changing Minds One Book At A Time,” reflects the bookstore’s commitment to offering books at lower prices to promote literacy for people in the community. Photo credit to Harriet Rovniak.

Frugal Bookstore emphasizes community, access to literacy

Sharon Chen, news correspondent February 16, 2022

Located in the heart of Nubian Square, Frugal Bookstore is Boston’s only Black-owned bookshop. Its motto, “Changing Minds One Book At A Time,” reflects the bookstore’s commitment to offering books...

Jugos’ South End storefront on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Tremont Street. The juice bar serves up a variety of fresh breakfast options. Photo credit to Kathryn Manning.

Boston juice bar brings fresh options with a Latin touch

Allie Kuo, news correspondent February 14, 2022

When Ron Marcos moved from New York to Boston, he noticed something was missing: juices.  “Over [in New York], it’s anywhere from juice bars to a bodega with a juice counter,” Marcos said. “Here...

Author Tara Westover conversed with actress Natalie Portman on Westover’s growth as a person since leaving her survivalist Morman family to promote Westover’s paperback launch of  “Educated.” Photo credit to Jane Clements.

Tara Westover, Natalie Portman celebrate paperback launch of ‘Educated’

Jane Clements, news correspondent February 13, 2022

 On Feb. 7, New York Times best-selling author Tara Westover sat down with Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman to discuss Westover’s memoir. The author reflected on how she has grown as an...

The rooms in Selfie WRLD Boston are small cube-shaped setups with backgrounds, such as a retro cafe scene, a ball pit, a private jet scene, payphones and other colorful walls. Photos courtesy of Selfie Wrld.

Selfie WRLD brings fun, creativity to Assembly Square

Renée Abbott, news correspondent February 13, 2022

Selfie WRLD Boston draws customers in to take fun photos in front of unique, interactive backgrounds in Assembly Square, Somerville. Customer Jasmine Smoot brought her daughter and three of her daughter’s...

Artist Deana Lawsons self-titled exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art primarily presents her large-scale color photographs. Installation view, Deana Lawson, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 2021. Photo credit to Mel Taing.

ICA exhibition celebrates Black life, culture through photography

Jennifer Suryadjaja, city editor February 9, 2022

The floor of artist Deana Lawson’s exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art is covered with a soft, merlot-colored carpet to emulate the comfortable feeling of being at home. And, visitors are...

After Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement, President Joe Biden plans on announcing the nominee to fill Breyer’s seat before the end of the month. Photo credit: Joe Biden by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Biden set to appoint first Black woman Supreme Court justice

Alexa Grayson, news correspondent February 9, 2022

On Jan. 27, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement. As news spread, President Joe Biden reaffirmed his campaign commitment to appoint the first Black woman Supreme Court justice. Biden...

Staff members of The LOFT smile for a group photo. Owner and curl specialist Sharita Payton, third from left, started her personal and professional natural hair journey when she moved to Massachusetts and gave birth to her oldest daughter. Photo credit to Tiffany Hester.

Medford hair studio teaches clients to love their natural hair

Alleyna Pitaso, news correspondent February 9, 2022

The LOFT Hair Studio is the only hair salon in Medford to offer services for clients with curly hair. Founded in 2014, its purpose is “to provide every client with the very best in curly hair services,...

The local restaurants have been hit hard since the start of the pandemic, and even more so now with the Boston vaccine requirements in place. Businesses like Playa Bowls, pictured above, continue to stay open for students and other patrons alike. Photo credit to Harriet Rovniak.

Boston restaurants speak out against vaccine mandate

Amelia Ballingall, news correspondent February 9, 2022

When the Omicron variant surged to the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic in December 2021, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced a mandate requiring patrons of many indoor spaces, including restaurants,...

Philonise Floyd displays his t-shirt advertising his foundation. He spoke about his advocacy mission at a webinar Feb. 2. Photo credit to Kathryn Manning.

Philonise Floyd honors his brother, looks forward

Kathryn Manning, deputy city editor February 9, 2022

The eldest sibling to survive the late George Floyd, Philonise Floyd shared his perspective on his brother’s death and the widespread protests that swept across the country following George Floyd’s...

District 1 City Councilor Lydia Edwards will vacate her position on April 30 after being elected to state Senate, prompting a special election this spring to fill her seat and a debate over which candidate would be best fit for the role. Tania Del Rio, pictured above, is a candidate vying for the position. Photo credit to Avery Bleichfeld.

Candidates vie for city council seat in special election

Colette Pollauf, news correspondent February 7, 2022

It may not be November, but election season is still in full swing. District 1 City Councilor Lydia Edwards will vacate her position on April 30 after being elected to state Senate, prompting a special...

Trident Booksellers & Cafe has a diverse display for Black History Month.  Photo credit to Katie Mogg.

Black Lives Matter movement co-founder promotes new book, discusses abolition, activism

Katie Mogg, news staff February 5, 2022

As a part of the Central Library Author Talk Series, the Boston Public Library partnered with Trident Booksellers & Cafe Jan. 31 to host a virtual discussion with Patrisse Cullors,  activist, author...

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