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.