Yawu Miller

Senior Editor


Yawu Miller began his career in journalism with the Banner, serving as a staff reporter in 1993. He became managing editor in 1996. After leaving the Banner in 2006, he continued with the paper as a freelance writer and photographer. He has also written freelance articles for Commonwealth Magazine, the Baltimore Afro American and the Boston Irish Reporter. Miller graduated from Dartmouth College in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in English.

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45 Townsend project sparks neighborhood ire

Locals object to density, lack of parking

Members of the Kensington Investment Company’s 45 Townsend Street team displayed a 3-D rendering of their planned housing development at a meeting last week, and discussed its features: indoor and outdoor public spaces, an orchard on the premises, and the three large energy-efficient buildings they plan to construct on the site of the former Radius Hospital. Community members listening to the presentation during a Boston Planning and Development Agency meeting last week questioned the impact the 311-unit project would have on their densely-packed residential neighborhood, with its paucity of parking spaces and congested intersections.

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Mayor, elected officials denounce planned white supremacist rally

Civic leaders call for calm as supremacists plan rally

In a message aimed at white supremacist groups who are reportedly planning a rally on the Boston Common this coming Saturday, Mayor Martin Walsh pledged that city officials would “do every single thing in our power to keep hate out of our city.”

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Dominican culture and politics mingle in parade

Candidates press for community’s votes

From Hyde Square to Franklin Park, thousands of lined the parade route of the Dominican Festival parade Sunday morning as the annual event returned to Roxbury from downtown.

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Activists press Gov. Baker on cooperation with U.S. Immigration

Immigrant activists clashed with prominent Republicans last week after state lawmakers and Gov. Charlie Baker announced a proposal that would allow local law enforcement to detain immigrants on behalf of federal immigration authorities.

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Boston’s Puerto Rican festival: A 50-year tradition

Music, culture of the island celebrated at City Hall

Over the last 50 years, the festival has become a mainstay for Boston’s Puerto Rican community, and one of the largest cultural festivals in the city. Sunday, the festival featured an all-star lineup of musical acts, including salsa legend Tony Vega. Today’s Puerto Rican festival draws thousands of people from throughout Massachusetts.

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Public probes Dudley tower plan

Affordability, parking, condos discussed

Affordability, density and parking have become the three points of contention between real estate developers and residents of Boston neighborhoods. In Dudley Square, where a team of black developers is planning a 26-story office and residential tower, those factors were at the forefront of a meeting with the development’s project review committee.

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City poised to sell off Roxbury land

BPDA begins land disposition process

Local residents had a chance recently to browse maps showing eight vacant Roxbury land parcels owned by the Boston Planning and Development Authority and give feedback on possible development of the sites. The displays were set up in the community room on the top floor of the Bruce Bolling Municipal Building July 17, and Roxbury community members took a look and voiced some thoughts at a BPDA-hosted public meeting.

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Good fences, good business

Dorchester company finds success with commercial clients

Ralph McCoy founded McCoy Fence Co. in 1988, after working for another fence company. With seven employees, he tackles projects for the city, state, commercial and private clients.

ACLU criminal justice reform campaign takes aim at district attorneys

Set to launch voter education campaign

The ACLU is looking to increase voter awareness about district attorneys with a voter education project called “What a Difference a DA Makes.”

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Activists denounce ICE deportations

High-profile cases stoke immigrants’ fears

Last week, immigrant activists gathered at the Boston Irish Famine memorial on Washington Street for a rally with U.S. Sen. Ed Markey protesting anti-immigration legislation in Congress and what they described as the Trump administration’s “mass deportation strategy.”

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