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.
The Mizero Children of Rwanda came to the Mario Umana Middle School Academy in East Boston on Monday for a performance and cultural exchange with Boston students. Organizers of the troupe’s trip wanted the visit to encourage further understanding between Americans and Africans.