Black Market x MPDC Celebrate Black-Owned Businesses in Nubian Square for Buy the Block Party 2!

05.24.2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THROUGH JUNE 11, 2022
Media Contact:
For Madison Park Development Corporation/Hibernian Hall:
Haris Lefteri, Hibernian Hall Interim Director
For Black Market:
Kai Grant, Owner + Chief Curator, BMN
kai.jesna@gmail.com, 617.293.8609
Black Market and Madison Park Development Corporation unite together again to celebrate Black-Owned businesses in Nubian Square
Through June 11, 2022 – Roxbury, MA – Black Market is commemorating Black Music History Month and a Black Market’s fifth birthday by celebrating the return of the BUY THE BLOCK PARTY in June. In 2021 Black Market and MPDC announced a unique equity-centered partnership with the purchase of the building, which positions Black Market to own its building located at 2136 Washington Street with technical support from the City of Boston.
With Madison Park as the Lead Sponsor, Black Market is pleased to announce the BUY THE BLOCK PARTY 2′ a 3-day series of cultural events beginning on Thursday, June 9th until Saturday, June 11th in the Nubian Square District.
This event honors Roxbury’s broader vision of economic self-sufficiency, where local ownership directly blocks speculation and displacement and ensures future development that will focus on investments in businesses, art, and culture in our community.
‘Buying the Block’ represents a key strategy that results in sustainable economic development and builds equity that directly addresses the wealth gap in our community. This strategy includes providing vendor space for over 40 (micro) businesses, including:
  • Vick Breedy
  • Sweet Glam 
  • Mélanges by CC 
  • Moss by Cee
  • High Tarot Vibrations
  • KUUZAWARE LLC
  • Insightful Tees LLC 
  • Designs by Nish
  • Garden Parish 
  • LOVE ME Reiki
  • O’vaehs Creation
  • REESIE’S Marvelous Hats
  • Lashall Creations LLC 
  • Eclectic Perx
  • Solar Flair
  • Electrik Eatz Cell Food for The Soul 
  • The Shine Brand
  • Mahogany Expression LLC 
  • Pay A Black Woman, LLC
  • Ivy Ziporah
  • BosNOMA
  • Kung Fu Videos
  • Ankhara By Luciana Home Décor & Designs
  • KQs BUTTA
  • INSIDE OUT CREATIONs
  • Gp Organics LLC
  • Bayon Rocks 
  • Nubian Well-Being Botaniks 
  • PuddingStone by Free 
  • Nissi Naturals
  • GEAR HERE! 
  • TEAM GATES 
  • Yacub’s Collection 
  • Jahzara Designs 
  • Boogie Down Productions
  • Hood by Milk
  • Planet Mindfulness
  • Roxbury Cultural District 
  • Haley House Bakery Cafe 
  • Good Junk Removal 
  • ED-OG.COM
Black Market was launched in 2017 by long-time Roxbury residents and entrepreneurs Kai and Christopher Grant to reignite the creative economy of Roxbury. “We carry the cultural torch of Afro-centered institutions like A Nubian Notion established in 1968 by Malik Abdal Khallaq in addition to Ujamaa Mart, International Roots, and the Black Rep Theater into Roxbury’s future.
SUPPORT THE BUY THE BLOCK & CONTRIBUTE TO THE CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN:
Thanks to generous support from MassDevelopment, through the Commonwealth Places Initiative, Black Market and MPDC have the opportunity to unlock a $25,000 matching grant for this year’s Buy the Block Party. Consider contributing to the campaign today!
BECOME A VENDOR AT BUY THE BLOCK PARTY:
BECOME A SPONSOR OF BUY THE BLOCK PARTY:
ATTEND BUY THE BLOCK PARTY EVENTS:
Register on EVENTBRITE.
Learn more about Black Market at www.blackmarketnubian.com.
Learn more about MPDC at www.madison-park.org.
About Madison Park Development Corporation: Madison Park Development Corporation is a leading developer of affordable housing in Nubian Square, a presenter of arts that reflect the culture of the community, and a promoter of Roxbury’s health and well-being, working alongside residents and allies to empower the community, fight health disparities, create opportunities for construction sector job training and support our youth.
About Black Market: Black Market was launched in 2017 by long-time Roxbury residents and entrepreneurs Kai and Christopher Grant to reignite the creative economy of Roxbury. “We carry the cultural torch of Afro-centered institutions like A Nubian Notion established in 1968 by Malik Abdal Khallaq in addition to Ujamaa Mart, International Roots, and the Black Rep Theatre into Roxbury’s future. Learn more about Black Market at www.blackmarketnubian.com.
In partnership with RAMP Entertainment Agency