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Searching for Sally Hemings: A Conversation with Author Annette Gordon-Reed

Arts & Culture | Education | Politics

2010 MacArthur "Genius" Award recipient Annette Gordon-Reed.  (Originally broadcast January 8, 2009)   Before winning the MacArthur award, Professor Gordon-Reed sat down for a lengthy interview on Basic Black to discuss her book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.

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Basic Black LIVE

Black Boston | Politics

Panelists discuss the state of diversity in Massachusetts and the week in news in a LIVE edition of Basic Black.  (Originally broadcast on July 30, 2009)

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Jon Jeter

Black Boston | Business | Politics

"Globalization is an international shakedown, and its targets are ordinary people across the globe..." declares Jon Jeter in his new book, Flat Broke in the Free Market: How Globalization Fleeced Working People

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Basic Black: The Power of Boston's Black Vote

Black Boston | Politics

(Broadcast on October 29, 2009) Basic Black looks at the impact of the black vote on Boston’s upcoming elections for City Council At-Large, Mayor and U.S. Senate. Will black voters turn out to the polls? How are the candidates answering needs of communities of color? Which senate candidate is really carrying the torch of Ted Kennedy’s legacy in championing civil rights. And we look at the potential for history to be made in the City Council At-Large race as one of the candidates is poised to become the first African American woman to hold the seat.

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Basic Black: 2009 Local Elections & Gay Rights vs. Civil Rights Movement

Black Boston | Politics

(Broadcast on November 5, 2009) Our first topic will be a discussion of the outcome of Massachusetts history making elections in the cities of Boston, Newton, and Lawrence.

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Basic Black Live: Images of African American Women & The Economy

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

(Originally broadcast November 12, 2009)  The first topic on the show is a discussion of the image of African American women using several recent examples from popular culture including the premiere of the movie Precious. Our second topic examines the staggering 15% unemployment rate in black communities.

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Basic Black LIVE: A Focus on Current Health Issues

Black Boston | Health | Politics

(Originally broadcast on November 19, 2009)  In this episode of Basic Black the focus is on health. We'll take a look at the high rates of the H1N1 virus among African Americans and Latinos. We'll also discuss the status of health care reform and the impact of new legislation on communities of color.

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Basic Black Live: Racist Dialogue or Reasoned Debate?

Arts & Culture | Politics

(Originally broadcast October 22, 2009)  “There is an African American who is at the very apex of the government in the United States. And with such change, of course there’s going to be discontent… So frankly, I’m surprised there hasn’t been more pushback… more out and out racism in the streets of America!” declares Randall Kennedy.  

 

Basic Black returns October 21, 2010  with live broadcasts and a new panel of the region’s sharpest observers of the current news, events, and topics impacting black communities locally and nationally.

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Basic Black Live: Racist Dialogue or Reasoned Debate?

Arts & Culture | Politics

(Originally broadcast October 22, 2009)  “There is an African American who is at the very apex of the government in the United States. And with such change, of course there’s going to be discontent… So frankly, I’m surprised there hasn’t been more pushback… more out and out racism in the streets of America!” declares Randall Kennedy.  

 

Basic Black returns October 21, 2010  with live broadcasts and a new panel of the region’s sharpest observers of the current news, events, and topics impacting black communities locally and nationally.

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Basic Black LIVE: Religion, Politics & Tiger Woods

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast December 17, 2009) ‘Tis the season... so our theme this week is religion — specifically the politics of religion. By examining several examples over the past year (from the political activism of white evangelicals to, most recently, the role of black ministers in the Boston mayoral election), our conversation will explore what can happen at the intersection of religion and politics. Additionally, we'll take a look at race and Tiger Woods.

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