Méndez’s ‘Negrura’ Showcases Stories of Latin Quarter Cultural District, Premiering April 29

Multi talented singer-songwriter Fabiola Méndez's audiovisual project Negrura will premiere at the Hyde Square Task Force on April 29.  

Negrura is an audiovisual storytelling experience that showcases the stories of Afro-Latinx folks from Boston’s Latin Quarter Cultural District. The film aims to create spaces for conversations about colorism, anti-blackness, discrimination, and racism within our own Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latinx community. Music, at the core of the project, connects our voices to provide a space for self-reflection, support, and healing. Following the project's debut, there will be a Q&A hosted by Pedro Reina

This project is supported and made possible in part through the Radical Imagination for Racial Justice (RIRJ) program, a partnership between Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the city of Boston.

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Hyde Square Task Force Pop-Up Photography Exhibit

Don’t miss the opportunity to see selections from award winning graphic designer and photographer Omar Vega’s Hypen. The photographs explore Omar’s Latino heritage as a Cuban-American visiting Cuba for the first time. The photographs will be on display from June 22nd to July 6th inside The Old Havana Cuban Restaurant located at 349 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. The Old Havana Cuban Restaurant is open from 12:00-8:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday. This exhibit is a part of a series of pop-up performances happening in Boston’s Latin Quarter this summer sponsored by Hyde Square Task Force.

Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with Self-Guided Public Art Tour of Boston’s Latin Quarter

Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month by learning about the public art located in Boston's Latin Quarter. Take a stroll and learn about the history, meaning and significance of the many murals, sculptures, and other public art in the cultural district. The self-guided audio tour begins at Jackson Square MBTA Station and will lead you up Centre Street as you explore 11 different public art pieces, which all reflect the beautiful culture of the neighborhood. To access the self-guided audio tour, click the links:
English Tour: www.youraudiotour.com/tours/917
Tour en español: www.youraudiotour.com/tours/946

Take a photo of yourself next to one of the art pieces and tag Hyde Square Task Force @HydeSquareTF on Facebook or Instagram to be entered to win a $100 gift card to a local business. Submissions will be counted anytime between September 15th and October 15th.

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Letter to the Editor: We Need to Keep Our Promise to Youth of Boston’s Latin Quarter

I am writing this letter to call on the Hyde Square Task Force, elected officials, and our entire community to come together to find a solution to the future of the Blessed Sacrament Church. The announced decision that the church will be sold with no restrictions for luxury housing or some other use that won’t benefit the Latin Quarter will hurt both the future of our neighborhood and the legacy of a great organization that has done so much for the youth of our community. I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and have lived in Jamaica Plain since 1975, raising two kids as a single mother. I have owned a business here since 1980 and participated as an active volunteer for almost 40 years in the Business Association, Main Street program, Mount Pleasant Home, Spring House, and also with the Hyde Square Task Force. My two children and three siblings were educated at Blessed Sacrament School and my children were baptized in the church, which we attended every Sunday.

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