Escape from Reality Tour 1st Annual Independent Artists Hip Hop Award Show

Join Mad Money Militia for the Escape from Reality Tour 1st Annual Independent Artists Hip Hop Award Show Wednesday July 29th at 9pm EST. Featuring live performances by local Boston artist Hillreye Banks and more! Hosted by Jonathan Torres CEO, 1PR Inc., with special guest celebrity judge Puma of @blackinkcrew and owner of @art2inkstudio

Tune in live tonight using Roku TV code: iFreedomTv2 or visit and click the Facebook or YouTube link at the bottom of the page.

Motivate Merren at ONCE Virtual Venue

ONCE Somerville presents rapper Motivate Merren backed by MEGAZOYD at their virtual venue July 31, 8pm EST. Details below. You can register for the event here. And be sure to check out his album “Motivate 2” on all streaming services and platforms today!

After more than a decade of quietly yet confidently earning the respect and support of hip hop OGs, heavyweights and upstarts alike, The Mayor is back on the campaign trail.

What started as a joke between Merren’s small circle of musical friends became a meaningful moniker for one of Boston’s longest standing leaders of the new school.

Merren continues to share his vision for the future of Boston hip hop through his platform “Branded Authentic.” Catch him live Friday July 31st at Once Somerville Virtual backed by MEGAZOYD!


Motivate Merren is of that rare breed of rapper that seamlessly sews together style and substance. Reflecting on everyday experiences and emotions, his rhymes are as realistic and relatable as much they are encouraging and entertaining.

Born and raised in Boston, he continues to be a persistent presence on the New England music scene. His engaging stage presence and vocal stylings is backed by the soulful Trio Megazoyd. In addition to performing, he has created outlets for fellow artists by hosting and producing live music events. His album “Motivate 2” is now available on all streaming and digital platforms.

Black Folx in Food Panel Discussion

Off Their Plate, a volunteer-run non-profit aimed at providing COVID-19 relief, is hosting a panel discussion on “Black Folx in Food” to help shed light on the experience of being Black and working in the restaurant industry.

Ebony Dowtin Harris (general manager of Doi Moi in Washington, D.C.), Keith Corbin (executive chef of Alta Adams in Los Angeles), Elijah Bah (founder and operator of Nurish in New York City), and others will discuss the various challenges Black entrepreneurs face in the food service industry.

“OTP is creating this space to amplify the voices of Black food industry leaders as we learn, listen, and act in accordance with our anti-racist commitments to supporting BIPOC-owned, independent restaurants.”

The virtual event will take place Thursday, July 9th, 5-6 pm. If you’re interested in the event, you must RSVP to receive dial-in instructions. While the event is free, donations will directly support the panelists.

Off Their Plate is a [Boston Based] fully volunteer-run non-profit that targets COVID-19 relief by reviving restaurant jobs and providing nutritious meals to communities impacted by the virus. You can learn more about Off Their Plate by visiting their website.

Sons of Serendip Summer Concert Series

Join Boston-based Sons of Serendip for the next installment of their virtual Summer Concert series on Friday, July 24th at 7:30 PM EDT. The Sons of Serendip are a classical-crossover quartet (harp, piano, cello, and voice), well-known for finishing as finalists on season 9 of America’s Got Talent.

While the event is technically free, all ticket proceeds will go towards the band’s upcoming album. More information about the event can be found here.

Virtual Wine Tasting and Dinner at MIDA

MIDA, an Italian-influenced neighborhood restaurant in Boston’s South End, will be hosting a virtual wine tasting on Friday, June 26th. Italian wine ambassador and sommelier Ciro Pirone will lead the wine tasting, featuring four wines from Sicily and paired with an amazing three-course dinner, consisting of MIDA Owner and Chef Douglass Williams’ unique take on classic Sicilian dishes.

Chef Douglass Williams (Image Credit:

The cost is $120 (which serves 2) for four beverage pairings and a three course pre-fixe tasting menu. This event is limited to only 25 participants, so be sure to call the restaurant ASAP and reserve a spot!


ARTery Paint Night with Local Artist Ayana Mack

Join local Boston Visual Artist Ayana Mack and Arielle Gray of ARTery, WBUR’s Arts and Culture team, for a virtual paint night on Thursday, June 25th at 4pm EST. Mack will guide viewers through a step-by-step process to produce your very own summer-themed work of art!

The event is free and open to the public, but you must register in advance.

Ayana Mack is a Visual Artist and Senior Graphic Designer in Boston. Her work spans marketing and design in the real estate industry to brand development, social media marketing, and more. You can learn more about Ayana by visiting her website.

Jamaica Mi Hungry Expanding to Allston June 19

Beginning June 19th, Jamaica Mi Hungry will be bringing their food to Allston! The Jamaica Mi Hungry food truck will be open for take-out Monday through Friday, 11am – 2pm, in the 182 Western Ave parking lot. In the Fall, the pop-up will transition into the restaurant space, adding dinner service to the operation (also for take-out only, as per Boston’s re-opening regulations). Menu items will include dishes like Jerk Chicken, Oxtail, coconut rice and beans, and sweet plantains, in addition to vegetarian/vegan options. Be sure to stop by this week for the opening!

The pop-up is part of Harvard’s Zone 3 Initiative, designed to energize Western Avenue with a wide variety of creative programs, pop-ups, events, and more.

La Fabrica Central soft-opening of outdoor patios

We are excited to share that La Fabrica Central in Central Square is now open for outdoor dining. Stop by for some tasty Spanish Caribbean tonight!

From their website:

We have been living through challenging times in the past few months but after much struggle and with your support we are pleased to announce the soft opening of our outdoor patios on Friday, June 12, 2020 from 5pm to midnight, Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 5pm to midnight and Sudnday from 12pm to 8:00pm with a limited menu for patio dining and take out with your favorite La Fabrica cocktails. 

KINSEY. – A Virtual Zoom Party Fundraiser For BLM

Register today to attend “KINSEY.”, an online party that will serve as a fundraiser for various black and black-led queer organizations on Zoom, June 13th 10pm EST – 2am EST to share your energy and donate what you can to these incredible foundations. Featuring some local Boston artists, alongside all black, femme, and/or queer talent and hosts.

“KINSEY!” is a party about freedom, liberation, and connection through the (virtual) dance floor.

“Now more than ever in the civil rights moment of our lifetime, black and black-led queer organizations need funding in order to continue their critical work woven within the Black Lives Matter movement. This party will provide a moment of release and mental cleansing while simultaneously raising money for The Loveland Foundation, The Black Visions Collective, and The Trans Femme In The Arts Collective.”

Registration is free, although donations are being accepted, with all proceeds going towards The Loveland Foundation, The Black Visions Collective, and The Trans Femme In The Arts Collective.