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An amazing Festival Celebrating Black Culture!❤ … Plus, a block party in Piedmont!💗

Parlee for Rosalie
Our Parlee!🌺🌺🌺🌺

By Parlee Jones

There are plenty of ways to celebrate this summer here in Worcester at Institute Park, along with all the other festivities throughout our city. Hope to see you around the town!!! Peace and Blessings!


Beats & BarBeCue: Hip Hop and Food Festival

Hosted by Boom Bap Heroes

Saturday, May 20

Institute Park

12 pm to 6 pm.

This is the first year for the Beats & BarBeCue Crew to do their things. Lead by a young brother named Cyrus whose inspiration came from the Brooklyn HipHop Festival founded by one of his idols, Wes Jackson. “I loved the aesthetic and the positive vibe of everything. I told myself that I’d love to bring something like that to my city.” And he has.

The Inaugural Beats & Barbecue: Hip-Hop Music and Food Festival is upon us! This event is sure to be the livest grass roots Hip-Hop Festival in the Northeast. Modeled after the “Park Jam,” Beats & Barbecue marks a return to the essence of Hip-Hop. Aside from the incredible live performances, a multitude of Food Vendors will be on deck. Between the #GoodMusic and the #GoodFood, this event will be EPIC.

Headlining Beats & Barbecue will be none other than Kanye West protege, and GOOD Music/Sony recording artist, Cyhi The Prynce. With the forthcoming release of his debut studio album, No Dope On Sundays (dropping Summer 2017), CyHi is ready to take the game by storm, and we are honored to be a part of his campaign to reinstate the realness back into the culture.

Co-headlining the event is the young prodigy, Ralph Weah performing songs off of his EP, Noise. Rounding out the Festival line up are other MC’s such as : Ghost of the Machine, Qwan?, Danny Fantom, C.Rose, and TyShawn Dion, as well Producers such as: Cyrus Tha Great, TROX, Asethic Beatz, G-Whiz, Motif Alumni & Kas & DJ Manipulator.

Tunes Spun by DJ Prince AKA Wifi OG. Hosted by SPNDA
Beats & Barbecue will be an event for the ages, so #PullUp!

If you are interested in vending or volunteering please reach out to cyglobaltv@gmail.com .

Cyrus says, “People can expect a great hip-hop show, with positive vibes. This will be the first of it’s kind in the city!” Our city!! I hope you will come out and support this brother and his vision!! Sounds like a good time. There is a fee to get into this festival. $10 in advance and $15 the day of. Rain or Shine Event.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/582744161928681/



The Worcester 4th Memorial Day Block Party

Sunday, May 28

2 pm to 9 pm

Mason & Winfield Streets near Suney’s Pub (Chandler Street)

Free food and games for the kids

Refreshment and Grilled Food on Sale for the adults

Music by Storm International, Urban Fire, Black Knight, Satalite and Jack Frost.

Sponsored by WCACA, FLAVA Radio, BKE and Eddie’s Plaza. Hosted by BKE, Suney’s and Flava Radio.

Institute Park! This Saturday! June 13! Fathers’ Fest!

The Worcester County Fathers and Family Network will be holding our biggest Public Awareness event of the year, Fathers Fest!


Noon to 4 pm

Institute Park 


More than 2,000 people typically attend the FREE, fun-filled day.

There will be:

free amusements

Free Ice Cream!




The only thing that attendees are asked to pay for is food, if they would like pizza and/or hot dogs, drinks, etc.

As always, Ice Cream is free!

June 14! Remember Worcester’s fallen heroes! Support NEADS service dogs and 2 other great, local charities! Enjoy free BBQ and Woo’s biggest block party … Run the 15th Annual Worcester Firefighters 6K Race!

15th Annual Worcester Firefighters 6K Road Race!!!

June 14

Institute Park (Salisbury Street)

6K will start at 11:30 a.m.



The WFD6K Road Race was started after the devastating loss of our six brothers in the Worcester Cold Storage Fire back on December 3, 1999.

The nonprofit proceeds from this event have changed since its conception: At first we donated the proceeds to help raise money for the permanent Memorial being built in the memory of our fallen brothers. After the first year (in which all the proceeds were donated to the Memorial) we decided to give back to our community – our way of saying thank you for all the support that was given to us during the tragedy.

From humble beginnings, this race quickly evolved into Worcester’s biggest community and family oriented charitable event.

For the past 15 years, the Worcester Firefighters 6K Road Race has touched more lives than we ever thought possible. To date, we have donated over $500,000 to local charities.

Our 3 primary, well deserving charities, that we feel best represent the goals of the WFD6K are:

NEADS, dogs for deaf and disabled Americans

Genesis Club [support, education, social activities for folks with disabilities]

Community Harvest Project [growing farm-fresh food for the hungry, children, needy in our community]

We have also donated to the Remembrance Wall and the Jon Davies Memorial both located in front of the Franklin Street Fire Station which has become our personal Memorial to our Fallen Brothers.

Each year our event is grounded in commemorating our fallen brothers, a fitting tribute to keep their memory alive.

Our committee is overwhelmed by the continuing support we receive from the WFD6K runners, volunteers and sponsors, all of whom have become part of our family.

The race is unlike any other race around, our race day focus is not simply on the race itself, nor is it the focus on the charitable donations.

It is more about the community and bringing the city and surrounding towns together as we celebrate the spirit of the day – block party style!

Everyone is invited to join us at the finish line for a free BBQ, live music, beverages, clowns, moonwalk, massages, a silent auction and a post race party at Tweed’s and so much more.

We have been told by many that our race kick off is a sight to behold, which includes a performance by the Worcester Firefighter Pipes and Drums. The race itself starts and ends at Institute Park running under two aerial ladder trucks draping the American Flag. The course is a figure 8 that runs by the Grove Street Fire Station and downtown Worcester. Our participants span from the area’s best athletes and most competitive runners to those who casually can enjoy walking and reflecting on the moment.

The memory of our fallen brothers (Paul, Jay, Jerry, Joe, Tom, Tim, and Jon) will never die as long as we keep this event going. With the help of our runners / walkers and sponsors it will continue to live on.

So please help the WFD6K continue to give back to the Worcester community and local nonprofit charities by joining us again this year.

As always thank you for your consideration and support.

For more information and details about this race and other ways you can help our efforts, please feel free to contact:

Lt. John Franco at 774-696-1826 

Don’t miss this cool festival!

African American Juneteenth Festival 2013


Sat., June 22 – 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.,

Institute Park, Worcester

11 musical PERFORMERS:



In Da Zone

Sunta Africa

Sweet Smelling Savor

Boys Club Beat Team

Ashley DeJeanette


Ashley & Briana

Seven Hill Steppers

DJ Chuck Chillin’

Flava Radio


Children’s Tent

African American History Tent

Close to 50 food and goods vendors!!!

Music and dance performances throughout the afternoon!

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and plan to spend the day with friends and family!


Musical Groups at the African American & Juneteenth Festival! This Sat., Institute Park, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Stylistics Review (remember The Stylistics? Well, here they are – the 2012 version!) are headlining the African American & Junteenth Fesitval at Institute Park this Saturday. Also, the great Chops Turner! FREE! It all happens 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Music, music, music! Dancing! Crafts! Fun activities for the kids! (and you may learn a thing or two!)

Festival Line Up starting at 1 pm! (Subject to Change)

The celebration begins with:

Boys and Girls Club Beat Team under the direction of Brother Keith Chester

In Da Zone (Dancers)

Sweet Smelling Savor Liturgical Dancers from AME Zion Church (Adult)

In His Image Liturgical Dancers from AME Zion Church (Youth)

Welcome and History by Trooper Joe Glover and Carlton Watson

8 Count Steppers (Dancers)

Robin’s Dancers (may be

7 Hills Charter School African Drummers

Shi-Shi’s Lounge Hair Show

Sunta and Friends (Debut of my sister’s new band)

7 Hills Steppers (Step Team)

Pat Braxton (Boston Singer)

Ellite Promotions Fashion Show with Sister Efua

Closing the celebration: Chops Turner

and The Stylistics Review

What ever happened to baby Michael Jackson?

By Rosalie Tirella

How unnerving to be at the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra  concert at Institute Park this weekend and have to listen to, of all things, a musical tribute to Michael Jackson – Whacko Jacko! There we sat in the middle of Institute Park, in the middle of what was billed as a “Salute to Disney,” a concert especially for kids, listening to “Thriller” and “Billie Jean” set to trumpet, violins and possibly kettle drum. Let’s see the MSO celebrated the work of (most likely) a pedophile at a concert that was filled with dancing four-year olds!

Somehow, some way – I don’t know why – people have decided to lionize – no, make that deify – a drug addled/addicted, prima dona, weirdo, “entertainer” who didn’t even write his own songs.

First let me say this: I loved (still do) The Jackson Five. On our WCCA TV 13 show “Straight Talk” (which airs Mon. 11:30 p.m, Thurs. 7:30 p.m. and Fri. 11:30 A.M.) I talked of how, when I was a little kid, I used to cut out the Jackson Five 45’s that adorned certain cereal boxes. It was so much fun to get the Alphabits cereal and have my mom pour out the stuff into a big mixing bowl to give me the now empty cereal box. I would then run for my scissors and cut that “record” out – no bigger than a saucer, really. Then I would slap it on my Close and Play portable record player and dance all over the house! Continue reading What ever happened to baby Michael Jackson?