Gabrielle Emanuel

Shamso Ahmed smiles with red lipstick and a white hijab

Massachusetts gets its first hair salon that’s exclusively for women who wear hijab

In a neighborhood peppered with beauty shops, what makes Shamso Hair Studio and Spa unique is not the silver and black décor — or even the henna body art or the hammam steam spa — it is who is allowed in and who is not. 

Massachusetts gets its first hair salon that’s exclusively for women who wear hijab
(From right) Muhammad Anwar and Hussein Muhammad (wearing a hat) chat with Ibrahim Rashid, an intern with IINE (center), and a community member.

Two Rohingya refugees start a new life in Boston

Two Rohingya refugees start a new life in Boston
South Vietnam fall of saigon

Vietnamese Americans in Boston mark the day their country ceased to exist

Vietnamese Americans in Boston mark the day their country ceased to exist
Newton

A caustic Trumpian tone invades Newton's politics

A caustic Trumpian tone invades Newton's politics
Yuriy Blyakhman and Sabina Roytman own several grocery stores in the Boston area that carry international food, particularly serving people from the former Soviet Bloc.

Older Russian Americans in Boston are applauding the Putin-Trump thing. Millennials just say 'nyet.'

Older Russian Americans in Boston are applauding the Putin-Trump thing. Millennials just say 'nyet.'
Boston's ballot interpreters work the phones at City Hall.

How Boston helps its non-English-speaking voters fill out their ballots

As Boston gets ready for Election Day, there’s one job that's particularly difficult to fill: interpreter.

How Boston helps its non-English-speaking voters fill out their ballots