urban professionals and millennials
Black millennials aged 18-42 are the prized resident class of modern Boston Massachusetts. They were elevated in the city's proposal to become an Amazon HQ2 site when 50,000 housing units were proposed for these talented higher paid workers. And many of them are in government running things at City Hall and the private sector. These millennials are the most mobile of the entire population. They change jobs often and gravitate to luxury apartment living. Most of them were not born in Boston.
Boston's Black urban professional community had an isolation problem for a while. More minorities have been moving into the city. The Massachusetts Congressional Delegation had no person of color before the recent election of Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. Blacks in management level positions occupy few professional roles in the city. Boston Blacks are 15% of the working managerial class, according to a Boston Globe newspaper Special Report. The paper also found there were only four Black middle class residential neighborhoods when it found five hundred white middle class neighbohoods in Greater Boston. Melvin Miller has a great book about Blacks in Boston. On the CityLine 5 TV show he said when he was growing up in Roxbury everything was intergrated.
Today, Boston is more segregated. Black Bostonians take residence in any one of the eighteen Main Street districts. The Black Boston area of Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan is defined by zip codes 02119-02121. Poor people are clustered in Black Boston low rent housing located in Black Boston, Chelsea, Charleston, Brighton, Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill. These concentrated populations of unemployed and front-line workers were assembled by way of White, Democratic and Republican economic and political decisions. There has been an immigrant wave come through. We are a majority-minority city now. There is more diversity here. This happened over the past 10 years. Diversity is an important characteristic of companies and organizations who want to operate globally at competitive levels. There was a time when you would not see many professional Black people walking around downtown. Today, you will. If you have ever had the feeling that you are the only Black in the room, then you can understand why many Black social groups listed below have formed. Membership ini the groups are open and you can be assured that there will be [ Black ] people who look like you in them.
- Lite Works Event is the most active Black millennials age 18-35 social group. link.
- BECMA is the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts BECMA.org
- YPN-ULEM is the Young Professionals w/Eastern Massachusetts Urban League YPN ULEM
- The Black Tech Meetup Group reps the tech.website
- Boston Young Black Professionals Meetup Group has 2,300 members. website
- The Boston Chapter of the Links - website
- The Boston Black fraternities AKAboston.org
- The Partnership prepares professionals of color for the C-suite.
- NABA Boston - National Society of Black Accountants Boston Chapter NABABoston.org.
- Black Boston Tour and Heritage Guest List - sign-up
- Boston Ski Party - BostonSkiParty
for African Americans and anyone that likes to ski
- Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts -- website
- Young Black Women's Society - YBWS
- Professionals of Color Meetup - 1,066 members
- Professionals of Africa- 274 members
- Boston Pan African Forum - www.bpaf.org
- Cambridge Boston Black Book club - 174 members
- Urban Professionals Network - 127 members
- BDPA - The Black Data Processing Assocation Boston Chapter website
- NSBE - National Society of Black Engineers Boston Chapter
- Black MBA Assoc
- NEBIP.org - The New England Blacks in Philantrophy
- New England Professional Queer Women of Color>
- United Sisters of Color
- Boston HBCU graduates
- Sexy Sistah book club friends
- Black Scholars and Professional Women
- Boston Onyxbirds Travel Group
- The Original Steppers of Boston 2006
- Boston Divas of Color - 111 members
- North Shore Women of Color Meetup
- Dorchester Social MEETUP
- Boston After Work Social Meetup
- Greater Boston Diversity Scholars Initiative
The most active groups
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Black college students on Boston area campuses complain about being isolated. They say they feel disconnected from Black Boston. Yes, they are. But this is not the case for resident Blacks who moved here on a leap of faith or were born here, if they stay. When we started this website in 2004 we heard from 100s of people who were looking for Black things to do in Boston because it was hard to find them. There is a Black community newspaper but it was not enough.
Well Black millennials have to ask no longer and look no longer. The Black urban professional class of Boston solved the isolation problem by forming Black-as-F@cK groups along special interests, soror and affinity lines. There are over 100 active groups to join, some we have listed on this page. Black millennials use the MEETUP.COM system to organize under special umbrella names, then they use FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM to scale and update their group members. Access to their online meeting spaces is often restricted. Some limit participation by age. The Black Tech Meetup Group are black people who do software, engineering, data analytics and more. Meetings are hosted by high tech brands Hubspot, Google, Microsoft and companies like them. The HACK DIVERSITY Initiative recruits college students to work as paid interns with fast moving venture funded Boston tech companies.
C-Suite urban professional group types include the Partnership, the GK25 list, and the GK100 list of the top 100 successful professionals of color. GK = Get Konnected, the brand PR specialist Collette Phillips gave birth to.
Black social group for artists, writers, fashion designers, models, startups, founders, technology trends, investing, dancing and the academics. There are groups for travel, sorors, politics, skiing, organic gardening, vegan, reading, filmmaking, theater, music have meetups.