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Basic Black: Black History Icons - Respected, Revered, and ...Repackaged?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 28, 2014

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.

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Basic Black: Black History Icons - Respected, Revered, and ...Repackaged?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 28, 2014

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.

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Basic Black: A Hyphenated Life?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

November 14, 2014

Identity is an ever evolving, some would say elusive concept in American culture:  Grammy award-winning artist Pharrell declares himself part of the “new black” generation… The US Army only last week eliminated “Negro” as a racial designation… “More Hispanics declaring themselves white” was a New York Times headline in May… and Asian American and Pacific Islander students at Harvard recently held a forum to bring their issues to the forefront.  This week on Basic Black we look at the common thread through these and other stories identity, and what it means on a personal level and the global landscape.
 

 

(Photo: Pharrell/Jonathan Short - Invision- Associated Press, 2014.)

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: A Hyphenated Life? (Part 2)

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

November 14, 2014

Identity is an ever evolving, some would say elusive concept in American culture:  Grammy award-winning artist Pharrell declares himself part of the “new black” generation… The US Army only last week eliminated “Negro” as a racial designation… “More Hispanics declaring themselves white” was a New York Times headline in May… and Asian American and Pacific Islander students at Harvard recently held a forum to bring their issues to the forefront.  This week on Basic Black we look at the common thread through these and other stories identity, and what it means on a personal level and the global landscape.

 

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Basic Black: A Hyphenated Life?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

November 14, 2014

Identity is an ever evolving, some would say elusive concept in American culture:  Grammy award-winning artist Pharrell declares himself part of the “new black” generation… The US Army only last week eliminated “Negro” as a racial designation… “More Hispanics declaring themselves white” was a New York Times headline in May… and Asian American and Pacific Islander students at Harvard recently held a forum to bring their issues to the forefront.  This week on Basic Black we look at the common thread through these and other stories identity, and what it means on a personal level and the global landscape.
 

 

(Photo: Pharrell/Jonathan Short - Invision- Associated Press, 2014.)

 

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Basic Black: Celebrating a Prince, a Queen, and a General

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 29, 2016

A Prince, a Queen, and a General. Brilliant, prolific artist Prince Rogers Nelson, superstar singer Beyonce “Queen Bey" Knowles, and abolitionist hero Harriet Tubman -- General Tubman -- the most celebrated leader of the Underground Railroad… We delve into the loss, triumph, and tribute for all three icons and consider what all of it says about culture, race, and (mainstream) recognition.
 
And in our online conversation: Asian American police officer Peter Liang fatally shot African American Akai Gurley. The shooting has strained Asian American and African American relations. What’s the long term impact?

 

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Basic Black: Black Wealth and "The Birth of a Nation"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business

October 15, 2016

We discuss how a call to action on social media moved millions of dollars into African American banking institutions. Plus, we look at whether or not "The Birth of A Nation" overcame the controversy around its star. 

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Basic Black: Black Wealth and "The Birth of a Nation"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business

October 15, 2016

We discuss how a call to action on social media moved millions of dollars into African American banking institutions. Plus, we look at whether or not "The Birth of A Nation" overcame the controversy around its star. 

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African American Art and Artists

Arts & Culture | Black Boston

The Boston art scene is vibrant and ripe with artists of color.  Basic Black speaks with three artists about their craft and the economics of art from collectors who purchase art to how people can enjoy and learn more about it, as well as the life of an working artist.  An art historian rounds out the panel to provide history and context about African American art.  Guests will also give some tips on how a novice can begin art collecting.  Guests tonight:

Napoleon Jones-Henderson, Bob Freeman, Ekua Holmes and Nikki Greene, Ph.D.

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Ruggles Rising

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

 In April of 2007, the Boston Redevelopment Authority approved a proposed plan to develop the space into a project that would house the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, a theater, a school, office space, shops, restaurants, a parking garage, and housing.

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