Basic Black: Provocative, Timely, and No Scripts...
Friday - February 28, 2014 at 7:30pm | WGBH 2/HD | basicblack.org
Today is the last day of Black History Month, a time when the civil rights pioneers
are learned about and revered. But what meaning can an icon have when
recording artist Nicki Minaj can use one of the most famous images of Malcolm X
in her CD cover art with the n-word emblazoned near Malcolm X's head? Or Lil Wayne
can write lyrics using the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in a manner so provocative that
the uproar surrounding the episode moved Mountain Dew to drop their multi-million-dollar endorsement? This week on Basic Black, how far has popular culture separated the icons
from their historical meaning and what are the implications, especially in teaching the
millennials and generations to come.
- Callie Crossley, host, Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, WGBH Radio
- Phillip Martin, senior reporter, WGBH News
- Emmett Price, Associate Professor of Music, Northeastern University
- Michael Jeffries, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Wellesley College
- Ruha Benjamin, Assistant Professor of Sociology & African American Studies,