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Basic Black - Skin Deep: Women of Color and Beauty

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

March 4, 2016

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but it’s also created in the media and marketing agencies around the world.  But when it comes to women of color in America, the notion of beauty can be fractured through a prism of race, class, and history.  This week on Basic Black as Women’s History Month begins, we’ll take a look at traditional notions of beauty and how women of color are defining beauty, from the First Lady to Formation and everyone in-between…?

 

 

 

(Image: MAC Cosmetics advertisement)

 

 

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Basic Black: Black Art & Black Audiences

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 1, 2016

The arts are in bloom in Boston. Mayor Walsh has made a concerted effort and commitment to revitalize the city's creative community, including the appointment of a cabinet level arts czar, Julie Burros. But as the arts are connected to the economy and revitalization of the entire city, how are artists and audiences of color benefitting from the newfound focus on the arts?

Later in the show, the beginning of the archeological dig at the site of Malcolm X’s house.

 

Photo: Maurice Emmanuel and Tiffany Nichole Greene in the SpeakEasy Stage production of Bootycandy. Credit: Glenn Perry

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: History Under Malcolm X's Home

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 1, 2016

After the broadcast, the panelists turned their attention to the beginning of the archeological dig at the site of Malcolm X’s childhood home in Roxbury (Boston, MA).
 

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Basic Black: Black Art & Black Audiences

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 1, 2016

The arts are in bloom in Boston. Mayor Walsh has made a concerted effort and commitment to revitalize the city's creative community, including the appointment of a cabinet level arts czar, Julie Burros. But as the arts are connected to the economy and revitalization of the entire city, how are artists and audiences of color benefitting from the newfound focus on the arts?

Later in the show, the beginning of the archeological dig at the site of Malcolm X’s house.

 

Photo: Maurice Emmanuel and Tiffany Nichole Greene in the SpeakEasy Stage production of Bootycandy. Credit: Glenn Perry

 

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Basic Black: Surveillance Across the Color Line

Black Boston | Health | Politics | Science & Technology

April 8, 2016

This week on Basic Black, what does “security” mean in 2016 to communities of color. With the persistent plague of gun violence in Boston’s neighborhoods and the tragic bombings in Brussels still in the headlines as preparations for the 2016 Boston Marathon begin, security is at the forefront of conversations about policing. Close to home, we’ll take a look at the issue of body cameras for police and later, the larger issue of creating a secure environment in an age of domestic terrorism.
 

 
Philadelphia Police officers demonstrate a body-worn cameras being used as part of a pilot project in the department's 22nd District, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Security Without Fear?

Black Boston | Health | Politics | Science & Technology

April 8, 2016

This week on Basic Black, what does “security” mean in 2016 to communities of color. With the persistent plague of gun violence in Boston’s neighborhoods and the tragic bombings in Brussels still in the headlines as preparations for the 2016 Boston Marathon begin, security is at the forefront of conversations about policing. Close to home, we’ll take a look at the issue of body cameras for police and later, the larger issue of creating a secure environment in an age of domestic terrorism.

 

Photo: Aftermath of the San Bernadino shooting. Associated Press.)

 

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Basic Black: Surveillance Across the Color Line

Black Boston | Health | Politics | Science & Technology

April 8, 2016

This week on Basic Black, what does “security” mean in 2016 to communities of color. With the persistent plague of gun violence in Boston’s neighborhoods and the tragic bombings in Brussels still in the headlines as preparations for the 2016 Boston Marathon begin, security is at the forefront of conversations about policing. Close to home, we’ll take a look at the issue of body cameras for police and later, the larger issue of creating a secure environment in an age of domestic terrorism.
 

 
Philadelphia Police officers demonstrate a body-worn cameras being used as part of a pilot project in the department's 22nd District, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

 

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Basic Black: Beyond Black and White... Boston's Public Schools

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

April 15, 2016

This week Basic Black welcomes  Dr. Tommy Chang, Superintendent of Boston Public Schools; Rahn Dorsey, City of Boston’s Chief of Education; and Rahsaan Hall, Director of the Massachusetts Racial Justice Program of the ACLU. We’ll discuss controversial matters surrounding the Boston Public School systems including standardized testing, parental involvement, the cap on charter schools, and the dilemma around race relations at Boston Latin School and beyond.

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Rethinking Discipline

Black Boston | Education | Politics

April 15, 2016

After the broadcast, the panel discussed the troubling trend of racial disparities in approaches towards discipline in schools in Boston and nationwide.

 

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Basic Black: Beyond Black and White... Boston's Public Schools

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

April 15, 2016

This week Basic Black welcomes  Dr. Tommy Chang, Superintendent of Boston Public Schools; Rahn Dorsey, City of Boston’s Chief of Education; and Rahsaan Hall, Director of the Massachusetts Racial Justice Program of the ACLU. We’ll discuss controversial matters surrounding the Boston Public School systems including standardized testing, parental involvement, the cap on charter schools, and the dilemma around race relations at Boston Latin School and beyond.

 

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