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Basic Black: A Conversation on Black Theater and "NEIGHBORS"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

(Originally broadcast January 21, 2011)  On this episode of Basic Black, a conversation about the Company One production of NEIGHBORS. The play is probably most noted for its minstrel characters (black actors in blackface) but it's primary focus is on issues of racism, classism, and identity.
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Basic Black: Reaction to the State of the Union Address and Chuck Turner's Sentence

Black Boston | Business | Education | Health | Politics | Science & Technology

(Originally broadcast on January 28, 2011)  On this episode of Basic Black, our discussion focuses on President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Later in the show, we turn our attention to the sentence handed down to former Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner. more

Basic Black Live: Uncle Tom in the 21st Century

Arts & Culture | Education | Politics

(Originally broadcast on March 25, 2011) 
Our topic this week: black “authenticity.” Grant Hill of the Phoenix Suns wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times in response to Jalen Rose, who accused him of being an Uncle Tom when Hill played for the basketball team at Duke University. This episode sparked a heated debate all across the internet; but in a deeper and more important sense, it also touched upon a familiar theme in African American life in regards to the question – what does it mean to be authentically black? And how do class distinctions contribute to the notion of black authenticity? more

Basic Black: The "School-To-Prison" Pipeline; Black Buying Power

Arts & Culture | Business | Education | Politics


(Originally broadcast on December 9, 2011)

Recent headlines across the nation have highlighted stories of children of color (some as young as five) being arrested for “acting out” in school. Basic Black discusses the impact of “zero-tolerance” behavior policies and the “school to prison pipeline.” Also, as we head into the Christmas season, a conversation about the economics of black buying power.

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Basic Black Live: A Conversation with Governor Deval Patrick

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics


(Originally broadcast February 3, 2012)


Massachusetts' first African American Governor, Deval Patrick, sat down with Callie Crossley and Phillip Martin for a conversation on his autobiography, election 2012, community colleges, and more.
 

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Basic Black: A Look at Secure Communities; Race in the Classroom

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

(Originally broadcast May 18, 2012)

The Secure Communities program is now officially in place in Massachusetts, despite objections from many state officials, including Governor Deval Patrick. Under Secure Communities, fingerprints from local jails are matched against a federal immigration database; Immigration and Customs Enforcement then the local jail detain people they think are here illegally. Supporters of the program see it as a tool in the fight against crime while opponents charge that the program encourages ethnic profiling.

Later in the show, we turn the discussion to race in education. In Boston, three City Councillors are pushing for more teachers of color and the integration of black and Latino studies into the curriculum. Basic Black poses the question: does the race of a teacher matter in learning the fundamentals? On a national level, last week there was a huge controversy about an article written in the Chronicle of Higher Education which advocated for elimination of Black Studies as a course of study in colleges and universities; the author described black studies as "left-wing victimization clap-trap." 6,500 petition signatures later, the author was fired. But what were the real lessons of this episode?

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Basic Black: Ebony and Ivy

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

(Please note: This is an encore presentation of a previous show.)


This week on Basic Black we're joined by Craig Wilder, professor of history at MIT and author of the new book Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America's Universities.  Dr. Wilder explores the connection of slavery to the beginnings of America's ivy league schools, going so far as to say that alongside church and state, they were the third pillar of a civilization based on bondage."  So how does this historical knowledge impact the contemporary relationship between African Americans and the nations most elite educational establishments?

 

 

(Please note: There will be no live chat this evening; join us for new conversations beginning April 4 at 7:30pm EST.)



(Photo of Craig Wilder by Jonathan Sachs.)



 

 

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Basic Black: Ebony and Ivy

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

(Please note: This is an encore presentation of a previous show.)


This week on Basic Black we're joined by Craig Wilder, professor of history at MIT and author of the new book Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America's Universities.  Dr. Wilder explores the connection of slavery to the beginnings of America's ivy league schools, going so far as to say that alongside church and state, they were the third pillar of a civilization based on bondage."  So how does this historical knowledge impact the contemporary relationship between African Americans and the nations most elite educational establishments?

 

 

(Please note: There will be no live chat this evening; join us for new conversations beginning April 4 at 7:30pm EST.)



(Photo of Craig Wilder by Jonathan Sachs.)



 

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Boston Going Forward

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

January 10, 2014

After the broadcast, the conversation continued.  Mayor Marty Walsh's emphasis on public safety, education, appointments to his administration, disparities in housing opportunities were discussed as well as the responsibility of communities of color to hold the Mayor accountable to his campaign promises.


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Basic Black: American Promise and Crushing the Black Male Achievement Gap

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

January 24, 2014


The usual stories about African American boys and education most often center on public school systems. But what about the opposite end of the spectrum?  American Promise is a documentary 13 years in the making, following the journeys of two African-American boys and their families from kindergarten through high school graduation. This provocative film provides a rare look into two middle class black families as they navigate the challenges of race, class and parenting within one of the wealthiest academic communities in America.  Filmmaker Joe Brewster joins Basic Black to talk about the making of the film.


American Promise is made possible by a grant from American Documentary | POV, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
 

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