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Meet Jamarhl Crawford of Blackstonian in Roxbury

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamarhl Crawford.

Jamarhl, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
The Blackstonian was started in 2002 as an idea to brings news and information to people of color Black, Latino & Cape Verdean in the areas of Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, JP, South End and beyond…

Has it been a smooth road?
We have been widely received by the community at large and had many of our small stories picked up by national & international outlets. The struggles have been the push back from when we expose an issue or critique a powerful person such as late Mayor Menino or bringing up hard issues in criminal justice and policing. We have been the targets of threats and attempts at revenge.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Blackstonian story. Tell us more about the business.
We specialize in news, information and community resources to the underserved media market and population of people of color within the city of Boston. Our brand of journalism is definitely activism and we use the arts, graffiti, hip-hop, music, visual arts, etc. to bring a fresher more hard-edged perspective. From Grove Hall to city hall, from Blue Hill to Beacon Hill.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Less print of course and more digital and online formats. Technology is rapidly changing… soon we may see news delivered by holograms. The possibilities of the future are endless. People are receiving information in a more direct and personal manner. Information a la carte.

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