Black Market x MPDC Unite Together Again to Celebrate Black Ownership in Nubian Square


Media Contact:
For Madison Park Development Corporation/Hibernian Hall:
Haris Lefteri, Hibernian Hall Interim Director
For Black Market:
Kai Grant, Owner + Chief Curator, BMN, 617.293.8609
Black Market and Madison Park Development Corporation unite together again to celebrate Black Ownership in Nubian Square during Black Music History Month in June!
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.
“Madison Park is proud to carry on a tradition of investment in the cultural vitality of Nubian Square. We’re excited to welcome KRS-One and expand our existing partnership with Black Market to include Hibernian Hall in 2022’s Buy the Block Party. This exciting event brings critical and innovative investments into the creative economy in the heart of Roxbury,” Leslie Reid, MPDC CEO, reflects.
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-Saturday, June 11 in the Nubian Square District.
DAY 1: Thursday, June 9 — KRS-ONE 80’s art gallery/meet & greet will be showcased at Black Market from 8 pm-11 pm, 2136 Washington Street in Roxbury.
DAY 2: Friday, June 10 — The Hip-Hop Symposium at Hibernian Hall featuring a conversation with KRS-ONE and special guest EDO G from 5 pm-9 pm
DAY 3: Saturday, June 11 — The finale: This year’s premiere Nubian Square event BUY THE BLOCK PARTY 2 will feature performances by Hip-Hop legend KRS-ONE formerly of the group Boogie Down Productions, in addition to local vendors, rap artists, culinary corner, muralist, small businesses, and non-profits in the district.
“KRS-ONE is “the Teacha” — He’s also a philosopher, professor, counselor, guru, and preceptor whose iconic self- identity helped form and shape Hip-Hop Culture. He is the embodiment of ‘For the Culture,’ and we are honored to have him kick off Black Market’s fifth year of birth in Nubian Square,” Christopher Grant, Black Market founder, says.
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.
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!
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.”
ABOUT MPDC: 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.
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