NAACP breakfast to feature Mass. prosecutor

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified Mildred Nichols. PROVIDENCE — The Providence Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is inviting Rhode Islanders to celebrate history and civil rights during the organization’s 106th annual Freedom Fund Breakfast on Saturday morning. “There is no shortage of civil-rights issues in […]

R.I. civil rights leader Clifford Montiero honored as ‘History Maker’
R.I. Historical Society recognizes former NAACP Providence branch president for activism ranging from sleep-ins at the State House to the famous march in Selma, Alabama

Clifford R. Montiero, as seen in television news footage from 1968WTEV-TV/RHODE ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY PROVIDENCE — In the black-and-white news footage from 1968, a television reporter asks Clifford R. Montiero an intriguing question. “If you had your way, what three things would you do or have done to help not just South Providence but the […]

Juneteenth celebration held at Roger Williams Park

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Today, the country will celebrate Juneteenth, the day when the final enslaved people learned they were free in Galveston, Texas, back in 1865. President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act this week, making it the 12th federal holiday. “A remembrance of what the black American has done to […]

Biz Bodega business center open for Central Providence community – Ann Clanton

by Ann Clanton, “Speak-Up” contributing writer Photo: Carmen Diaz, Biz Bodega Innovation Studio Inc. and One Neighborhood gathered to launch BIZ BODEGA, a business center promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and fostering new businesses within the Central Providence community. On Tuesday, April 5, BIZ BODEGA opened at 222 Manton Avenue  in Providence.   Sixty Hispanic and Black small business owners […]

‘Sky Blossom’ featured in Rhode Island Black Film Festival

A meaningful documentary called “Sky Blossom” was featured at this year’s Rhode Island Black Film Festival. (Photo courtesy of Sky Blossom film) PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WJAR) — A meaningful documentary was featured at this year’s Rhode Island Black Film Festival. “Sky Blossom” previously won Film of the Year award. It’s a documentary about children who become caretakers to their […]

Thousands flock to Providence for annual Dominican Festival

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Thousands came to Providence Sunday in celebration of New England’s largest Dominican Festival. Celebrations kicked off with a parade at 10 a.m. at the corner of Broad Street and Thurbers Avenue. In attendance, leaders like Governor Dan McKee, Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos, Public Safety Commissioner and Grand Marshal Steven Pare, Congressional […]

Jazz violinist Regina Carter visits the Agnes Little School in Pawtucket

Grammy nominated jazz violinist Regina Carter leads a workshop for fourth-grade students at the Agnes Little Elementary in Pawtucket. Carter was the guest at the Victoria’s Dream Project Workshop, a Philharmonic Orchestra and School sponsored free after school strings program for students in grades 3 to 5. Carter was in town to meet with schools […]

Mmm! Cakes and pastries from Syroya’s Bakery tempt the sweet tooth

Cupcake flavors include chocolate peanut butter, vanilla birthday, lemon blueberry, dulce de leche, strawberry crunch and Mario’s favorite: maple bacon. (WJAR) Mmm! Mario indulges his sweet tooth again when he samples an array of cupcakes from Syroya’s Bakery, now celebrating its first anniversary in its North Providence location. Mmm! A Food Podcast is available from Amazon […]