On the rare occasions that Western media actually mention the plight of African women, the references usually focus on their helplessness against the ever-accelerating downward spiral of poverty, HIV/AIDS and war crimes.
Those interested in the other side of the coin can check out the internationally acclaimed documentary “Sisters in Law,” premiering in the Boston area on the WGBH series “Independent Lens” this Sunday night after making its national broadcast debut last month.
When Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga first started planning to bring members of her Roxbury-based youth dance organization OrigiNation to South Africa, her goal was simply to give her students the opportunity to perform in another country.
Little did she know that the 10-day trip would be a soul-searching, life-changing experience for her and her 17 young charges.
Community leaders, local politicians and city residents came together Monday for a City Council hearing on the potential benefits and dangers of the Boston Police Department’s controversial new Safe Homes initiative to residents of Roxbury and Dorchester.
As has been the case since the BPD announced the initiative last month, reactions to the program’s proposed warrantless weapons searches were heavily mixed and highly emotional.
Leaders from Sociedad Latina and other youth-oriented community groups hosted a hearing at City Hall Monday to raise awareness about advertisements promoting unhealthy lifestyles, like smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol, in the storefront windows of Boston establishments.