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Places You Could Hang: Black Market

It is long overdue that we show some love to the Black Market of Dudley Square.


Kai Grant is the owner and curator of Black Market in Dudley Square. (Photo/Hadley Green for WBUR)

It is long overdue that we show some love to the Black Market of Dudley Square. Not to be confused with our Brain Arts Org’s Flea Market “Black Market Flea”, Black Market is a permanent pop up located in the heart of Roxbury whose mission is to “serve as Boston’s premiere space for underserved Makers, Artisans & Entrepreneurs.” Co-owners Christopher and Kaidi Grant started the space a couple years ago with the vision of rebuilding the black local economy through the creation of a shared, cooperative style retail environment. BY LOCAL, FOR LOCAL. And sparking a #buyitblack revolution at that. The Economic Revolution will not be televised.

This place is bursting with life, energy and spirit. On any given day you can expect to come by and get yourself some funky eye-catching local fashion, handmade t-shirts and jewelry, body products, African-diaspora inspired clothing, friends, family, tapestries. You could drop in on a Black Hair Pop-Up, a Jerk Chicken cook-out, a Fashion Week event. Last month they were visited by “Black Santa”. There’s always something going on so make it your damn New Year’s Resolution to support this place early and often! You can find the scene at 2136 Washington St.,  right in Dudley Sq. across the road from Hibernian Hall. Let 2019 be the year of conscious consumerism and take a minute to think next time you’re just gonna get something airdropped to your house from Amazon… why not support the radical individuals around you instead??

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