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Basic Black - Affirmative Action: Slippery Slope Or Uphill Battle...?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

May 2, 2014

This week on Basic Black, we take a look at the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding Michigan's ban on affirmative action as a consideration in admissions to the state's public universities. The majority and dissent opinions mirrored the national debate on achieving racial diversity in higher education, but we'll discuss how that debate intensified with the backdrop of Donald Sterling's audiotaped disdain for the company of "black people," Cliven Bundy's remarks on the merits of slavery, and African American students at Harvard creating the "ITooAmHarvard" campaign.


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Basic Black - Affirmative Action: Slippery Slope Or Uphill Battle...?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

May 2, 2014

This week on Basic Black, we take a look at the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding Michigan's ban on affirmative action as a consideration in admissions to the state's public universities. The majority and dissent opinions mirrored the national debate on achieving racial diversity in higher education, but we'll discuss how that debate intensified with the backdrop of Donald Sterling's audiotaped disdain for the company of "black people," Cliven Bundy's remarks on the merits of slavery, and African American students at Harvard creating the "ITooAmHarvard" campaign.


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Freedom Summer from The American Experience

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

June 20, 2014

On June 23rd the American Experience presented a preview of the film Freedom Summer at the Strand Theatre, Dorchester, Mass. The screening was followed by a discussion with filmmaker Stanley Nelson and activists and icons of the civil rights movement, Bob Moses and Dave Dennis. Basic Black was on hand to live tweet the event; see below for an archive of photos and comments from the evening.

 

(PLEASE NOTE: BASIC BLACK RETURNS IN THE FALL WITH NEW CONVERSATIONS - CHECK BACK LATER THIS SUMMER FOR DETAILS.)

 

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Freedom Summer from The American Experience

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

June 20, 2014

On June 23rd the American Experience presented a preview of the film Freedom Summer at the Strand Theatre, Dorchester, Mass. The screening was followed by a discussion with filmmaker Stanley Nelson and activists and icons of the civil rights movement, Bob Moses and Dave Dennis. Basic Black was on hand to live tweet the event; see below for an archive of photos and comments from the evening.

 

(PLEASE NOTE: BASIC BLACK RETURNS IN THE FALL WITH NEW CONVERSATIONS - CHECK BACK LATER THIS SUMMER FOR DETAILS.)

 

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Basic Black: Latino Power & Politics 2016

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 9, 2016

This week on Basic Black...

- Hispanic Heritage Month - as with all the “heritage” months, we ask, does this month have the same relevance/significance as it does when it was conceived and if so, does it need to change for contemporary times?

- The Latino Vote 2016 - as the presidential campaign for 2016 continues momentum, are the candidates and parties engaging and mobilizing the Latino vote? How do we as a country move toward solving the persistent challenge of immigration reform?

 

In this May 10, 2011, file photo audience members listen to President Barack Obama speak about immigration reform at Chamizal National Memorial Park in El Paso, Texas. A year before the 2012 presidential election, Hispanic voters face a choice: continue to support Obama despite being disproportionately hurt by the economic downturn or turn to Republicans at a time when many GOP presidential hopefuls have taken a hard line on immigration. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

 

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Basic Black: Latino Power & Politics 2016

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 9, 2016

This week on Basic Black...

- Hispanic Heritage Month - as with all the “heritage” months, we ask, does this month have the same relevance/significance as it does when it was conceived and if so, does it need to change for contemporary times?

- The Latino Vote 2016 - as the presidential campaign for 2016 continues momentum, are the candidates and parties engaging and mobilizing the Latino vote? How do we as a country move toward solving the persistent challenge of immigration reform?

 

In this May 10, 2011, file photo audience members listen to President Barack Obama speak about immigration reform at Chamizal National Memorial Park in El Paso, Texas. A year before the 2012 presidential election, Hispanic voters face a choice: continue to support Obama despite being disproportionately hurt by the economic downturn or turn to Republicans at a time when many GOP presidential hopefuls have taken a hard line on immigration. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

 

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Basic Black: On Being Muslim and American

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 15, 2016

Some would argue that it has never been more difficult to be a Muslim in America since September 11. With the ISIS-inspired massacre in San Bernadino and support for Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call to Muslims from entering the United States, Muslim communities once again find themselves at the center of a heated cultural and political climate. Using Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced (now playing at the Huntington Theatre Company) as a point of departure, Basic Black explores what it means to be a Muslim American.

 

Photo:  Rashad Abdul-Rahman holds a book at the Atlanta Masjid of Al Islam mosque, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)

 

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Basic Black: On Being Muslim and American

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 15, 2016

Some would argue that it has never been more difficult to be a Muslim in America since September 11. With the ISIS-inspired massacre in San Bernadino and support for Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call to Muslims from entering the United States, Muslim communities once again find themselves at the center of a heated cultural and political climate. Using Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced (now playing at the Huntington Theatre Company) as a point of departure, Basic Black explores what it means to be a Muslim American.

 

Photo:  Rashad Abdul-Rahman holds a book at the Atlanta Masjid of Al Islam mosque, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)

 

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Basic Black: The Race To November 8th

Black Boston | Politics

February 5, 2016

Forget OscarsSoWhite, the first two opportunities for voters to weigh in —Iowa and are our neighbor New Hampshire--are a near white out for voters of color. With non-traditional candidates surging to the top, and no President Barack Obama on the ticket, where will voters of color offer their support. We’ll explore how they are weighing their options and what may move them to the polls.
 

 

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Basic Black: The Race To November 8th

Black Boston | Politics

February 5, 2016

Forget OscarsSoWhite, the first two opportunities for voters to weigh in —Iowa and are our neighbor New Hampshire--are a near white out for voters of color. With non-traditional candidates surging to the top, and no President Barack Obama on the ticket, where will voters of color offer their support. We’ll explore how they are weighing their options and what may move them to the polls.
 

 

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