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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 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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Basic Black Live: Race, Geopolitics, and The World Cup

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast July 8, 2010)  Our panel: Latoyia Edwards, New England Cable News; Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, WGBH Radio; Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, WGBH Radio; Maria Burns Ortiz, writer, ESPN Soccernet; and Kim McLarin, writer-in-residence, Emerson College.

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Basic Black Live: Looking At Race Through Arizona's Immigration Law and the USDA

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast July 29, 2010)  For an entire week at the end of July 2010, the story of Shirley Sherrod dominated the news cycle. But what got lost in much of the media firestorm was the government agency at the center of the controversy.  Basic Black follows up with a look at the United States Department of Agriculture and its historically turbulent relationship with farmers of color. We’ll also take a look at events surrounding Arizona's immigration law as it goes into effect on July 29th.

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Basic Black Live: The Massachusetts Race For Governor

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

Mass Decision 2010: The Race for Governor

(Originally broadcast October 21, 2010)  Our panel:  Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, WGBH Radio; Carlos Henriquez, candidate, 5th Suffolk District; Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7; Russell Holmes, candidate, 6th Suffolk District; Latoyia Edwards, anchor and reporter, New England Cable News.

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Basic Black Live: Countdown To The Massachusetts Race for Governor

Black Boston | Business | Health | Politics

(Originally broadcast October 28, 2010)  Our panel looks at all the issues in play with less than a week to go before Massachusetts makes its choice for governor.

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Basic Black LIVE Broadcast: After The 2010 Elections

Black Boston | Business | Politics

(Originally broadcast on November 4, 2010)  Basic Black looks at the results of the Massachusetts governor's race and the national midterm elections.
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Basic Black Live: Political and Cultural News Opening 2011

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast January 6, 2011) On this episode of Basic Black, we take a look at the work ahead for President Obama and the new Congressional Republican leadership. We'll also discuss early developments in the race for the Boston City Council seat being vacated by Chuck Turner, the sentencing of former State Senator Dianne Wilkerson, Huckleberry Finn and the n-word, the "redemption" of Michael Vick, and the release of the Scott sisters in Mississippi.


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Basic Black: A Conversation on Black Theater and "NEIGHBORS"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

(Originally broadcast January 21, 2011)  On this episode of Basic Black, a conversation about the Company One production of NEIGHBORS. The play is probably most noted for its minstrel characters (black actors in blackface) but it's primary focus is on issues of racism, classism, and identity.
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Basic Black: Trayvon Martin and A Country Divided

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast on April 13, 2012)

In a country where an African American boy can grow up to be president, the tragedy of Trayvon Martin's death is one in a continuum in the stories of young black men whose lives end at the intersection of race and violence. The facts of the case in the fatal shooting death of Trayvon Martin continue to be debated, but in addition to the headlines and specific events of that night, our Basic Black conversation focuses on the myriad of themes and persistent questions about what it means to grow up black and male in America.


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