Holiday brunch lauds youth keeping MLK’s dream alive

By Talia Whyte

The Bay State Banner

Nine city youth activists were honored at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury on Monday morning as part of the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day brunch hosted by local nonprofit Youth Enrichment Services (YES).

The activists were nominated for recognition at the “Going to the Mountain Top” brunch by a variety of community organizations for their leadership, character and service to the city.

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For McLarin, path to Hub TVs anything but ‘Basic’

By Talia Whyte

The Bay State Banner

Back in October, Kim McLarin burst onto the Boston television scene as the new host of the long-running WGBH program “Basic Black.” But those who have grown accustomed to welcoming McLarin into their homes every Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. may not know she is also an accomplished author, a college instructor, an experienced print journalist, and a multifaceted person with amazing insights into the world.

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African ‘Sisters’ take ‘Law’ into own hands

By Talia Whyte

The Bay State Banner

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.

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A life-changing trip for Hub dance troupe

By Talia Whyte

The Bay State Banner

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.

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