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Basic Black Live: Black and Green

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics


May 31, 2013

A recent audit by the state revealed that Massachusetts paid welfare benefits to 1,160 dead recipients. In spite of the fact that, in terms of dollars, this is a very tiny fraction compared to the size of the program, and the majority of welfare and food stamp assistance are white, we'll discuss why the stereotype of the "welfare queen" persists.  At the other end of the financial spectrum, we'll look at wealth: a recent report by Nielsen concluded that black spending power will reach $1 trillion dollars by 2015…but black wealth is declining.  What are the factors contributing to the disparity?


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Basic Black Live: Black and Green

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics


May 31, 2013

A recent audit by the state revealed that Massachusetts paid welfare benefits to 1,160 dead recipients. In spite of the fact that, in terms of dollars, this is a very tiny fraction compared to the size of the program, and the majority of welfare and food stamp assistance are white, we'll discuss why the stereotype of the "welfare queen" persists.  At the other end of the financial spectrum, we'll look at wealth: a recent report by Nielsen concluded that black spending power will reach $1 trillion dollars by 2015…but black wealth is declining.  What are the factors contributing to the disparity?


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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Sweet Potato Pie & Black Buying Power

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

November 20, 2015

After the broadcast, the conversation about black college student protests concluded. The panelists switched gears to talk about another kind of power: black buying power. A recent study by the Nielsen Company predicts that African-American buying power will hit $1.1 trillion by 2015.  This past week, a viral video extolling the flavors of singer Patti LaBelle’s sweet potato pie caused a run on the desert, emptying Wal-Mart’s shelves almost overnight. We explore this week’s phenomenon.

 

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