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October 2, 2015?

This week on Basic Black: has the tide turned against the Black Lives Matter movement or does the traction of their activism and message remain strong? We’ll look at the current state of the movement and its detractors.  Also, Viola Davis’ history-making Emmy win for Best Actress in a Drama Series.  We close the show with our online conversation to ask the question: Do law enforcement and journalists need a new understanding of what it means to be in a “gang?”


Marissa Johnson, left, speaks as Mara Jacqueline Willaford holds her fist overhead and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stands nearby as the two women take over the microphone at a rally Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)



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Aug 17 2015
Remembering Civil Rights Icon Julian Bond, The Voice Of ‘Eyes On The Prize’

Commentary by Callie Crossley Callie Crossley was a producer for the iconic documentary series ??Eyes on the Prize: America??s Civil Rights Years,?? which earned her an Oscar nomination, a National Emmy, and the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award. We were gathered around a weather beaten table on one of the top floors of a nondescript red […]

Aug 04 2015
Ferguson… the birth of a civil rights movement, one year later.

Guest commentary by Callie Crossley It happened on an ordinary street on an ordinary Saturday afternoon in the waning days of summer. In just a few days the nation will mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown– an ordinary teenager whose death sparked an extraordinary protest. And a new chapter in American […]

Jul 31 2015
Where Is My Black Body Safe in America?

Guest editorial by Rev. Irene Monroe Like so many African American women, myself included, Sandra Bland??s death, resulting from police brutality is not new news. The national attention it??s receiving is, however. The reality of unarmed African American women being beaten, profiled, sexually violated and murdered by law enforcement officials with alarming regularity is too […]

Jul 14 2015
Removing The Confederate Flag Is Not A Victory, It’s An Icebreaker

Guest editorial by Emmett G. Price, III Now that the confederate battle flag has been successfully removed from the South Carolina State House can we get back to the real work of healing our fractured, fragmented and frayed nation? Although South Carolina??s senate easily cleared the 2/3 majority with a 37-3 vote in favor of […]

Jul 14 2015
The welcome challenges of marriage equality

Guest editorial by Rev. Irene Monroe For some time now, my spouse and I have been bickering over where we should live in our retirement years. She, being a child from the South, and me, being from the North, well, we have our tensions. I have jokingly dubbed them our ??Mason-Dixon line feud.?? We are […]

Jun 25 2015
Obama used the n-word appropriately

  Guest editorial by Rev. Irene Monroe When news broke that President Obama used the n-word during the podcast interview ??WTF with Marc Maron?? about America??s racial history, it caused shock waves. We are shocked because we are all confused as to when ?? if ever ?? there is an appropriate context to use the […]

May 06 2015
The Moynihan Report And The Black Family: 50 Years And Waiting

Guest editorial by Emmett G. Price In the shadow of the assassination of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X), the Selma to Montgomery march and escalating racial tensions throughout the country, a significant report, The Negro Family: The Case for National Action was shared in limited number within the Johnson Administration. Authored by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, […]

Feb 23 2015
Black History, Police Body Cameras and the Urgency of Now

Guest editorial by Kevin C. Peterson Though it may sound counter-intuitive, this Black History Month is an occasion to reflect on the necessity of arming the police with body cameras. As recent history has painfully taught us, there is an urgent need to dispel all ambiguity surrounding the murder of black males by local law […]

Feb 22 2015
Why The ‘Selma’ Soundtrack Deserves An Oscar

Guest editorial by Emmett G. Price, III Selma is powerful, provocative, conversation starter on race relations in our nation. While pundits and critics focus on the portrayal of President Lyndon Johnson and others bemoan the lack of awards, don??t sleep on the music! Selma offers the perfect soundtrack to not only make the screenplay come […]

Feb 20 2015
A Road Map Beyond Black History Month

Guest editorial by Rev. Irene Monroe Black History Month (which kicked off on Feb. 1) became a national annual observance in 1926. The goal of the month is to honor and celebrate the achievements of African-Americans. If Dr. Carter Woodson, the Father of Black History, were alive today, he would be proud of the tenacity […]

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