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2 Poems by Candelaria Silva-Collins

Read Interview with Candelaria Silva-Collins HERE My Saige – My First  Copyright 2020 by Candelaria Norma Silva  I see you first; I see you emerge and begin. I see you running to me as a toddler Your broad smile and unbridled enthusiasm I see you laying your head on my shoulder on the Ashmont train The gentleman across the way joyfully proclaimed: Aren’t grands the best? Yes! I see you climbing on every ledge as we walk up the hill […]

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Interview with Candelaria Silva-Collins

Interview with Candelaria Silva-Collins

Fenway Alliance Executive Director Kelly Brilliant interviewed Writer and Author Candelaria Silva-Collins for this article.  I first met Candelaria Silva-Collins when she was the Executive Director for ACTRoxbury, the cultural economic development program of Madison Park Development Corporation , a position she held for 10 years. During her tenure, Candelaria spearheaded some of the organization’s highly successful initiatives, including the Roxbury Film Festival, Roxbury Open Studios, Roxbury Literary Annual, shopping tours, and the Roxbury Is Rich Holiday Shopping Guide. Now, […]

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Fenway Studios Interview with Jean Etienne

Fenway Studios Interview with Jean Etienne

Jean Étienne – Celebrating 20 years of Service with Fenway Studios  Last week Fenway Alliance member Fenway Studios celebrated 20-year anniversary of their superintendent,  Jean Étienne.   A socially distanced party, in the back of the building, was held in his honor.  See below for photos! Jean Etienne By Fenway Studios Artist Kayla Mohammadi Earlier this summer I had an opportunity to talk to Jean about his background, his life, and how he came to the Boston area. Here is his story: When […]

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September Artist Spotlight: Red Shaydez

September Artist Spotlight: Red Shaydez

Red Shaydez, whose name comes from a combo of red sunglasses and her nickname Shay, melds conscious rap, trap, and gangsta rap to shape innovative lyrical narratives about self-awareness, being self-made, triumphs, and struggles. This multi-faceted Boston-native powerhouse is a hip-hop artist, professional video producer, lyricist, filmmaker, public speaker, and youth mentor. Red’s undeniable talent and electric personality have been widely praised by both local and national media such as MTV, Fox 25 News, Hot 96.9, Boston Magazine, WBUR, Dig Boston, […]

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Boston Artist Spotlight: Marcus Santos

Boston Artist Spotlight: Marcus Santos

Contemporary percussionist, musical educator, and activist Marcus Santos is a native of Bahia, Brazil. Having been raised in the uniquely rich African-influenced culture of Bahia, Santos has passionately committed his life to the study, preservation, and teaching of Afro-Brazilian music and heritage. His dedication to this cause has earned him a variety of opportunities and international success. After first studying music and business at the Universidade Federal da Bahia, Marcus obtained a scholarship to Fenway Alliance Member Institution Berklee College of Music, where he received […]

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August Artist Spotlight: Marcus Santos

August Artist Spotlight: Marcus Santos

Contemporary percussionist, musical educator, and activist Marcus Santos is a native of Bahia, Brazil. Having been raised in the uniquely rich African-influenced culture of Bahia, Santos has passionately committed his life to the study, preservation, and teaching of Afro-Brazilian music and heritage. His dedication to this cause has earned him a variety of opportunities and international success. After first studying music and business at the Universidade Federal da Bahia, Marcus obtained a scholarship to Fenway Alliance Member Institution Berklee College […]

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