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Basic Black LIVE

Black Boston | Politics

The July 16 episode explores the future of the Bay State Banner, the relevance of the NAACP, and media coverage of Michael Jackson's death and memorial.  (Originally broadcast July 16, 2009)

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Basic Black LIVE

Black Boston | Politics

Basic Black discusses the arrest of renowned Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home in Cambridge, Mass.  (Originally broadcast July23, 2009)

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Basic Black: Ebola and Race | Policing Communities of Color

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

October 10, 2014

This week on Basic Black: perceptions and realities on two fronts. First, we take a look at Ebola and race.  With the death of Thomas Duncan attention has focused even more closely on his initial and subsequent contact with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas; although Mr. Duncan received round-the-clock care once admitted to the hospital, his case has raised questions about the relationship of communities of color, the poor, and the uninsured to the US health care system.  Also, the ACLU of Massachusetts released a report charging the Boston Police Department with racial bias, a charge the Department vigorously rejects, pointing to advances made in the last few years under the leadership of Commissioner William Evans.  But beyond the report, which only uses data from 2007-2010, how should we look at Boston's policing of communities of color in the context of the national conversation that sprung from events in Ferguson?

 
Photo: Licensed clinician Roseda Marshall, of Liberia, disrobes after a simulated training session on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Anniston, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

 

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Basic Black After the Broadcast: Policing Communities of Color

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 10, 2014

After the broadcast the discussion continued concerning the recent controversial report from the ACLU of Massachusetts charging the Boston Police Department with racial bias and the reactions from the BPD and the community.

 

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Basic Black: Ebola and Race | Policing Communities of Color

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

October 10, 2014

This week on Basic Black: perceptions and realities on two fronts. First, we take a look at Ebola and race.  With the death of Thomas Duncan attention has focused even more closely on his initial and subsequent contact with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas; although Mr. Duncan received round-the-clock care once admitted to the hospital, his case has raised questions about the relationship of communities of color, the poor, and the uninsured to the US health care system.  Also, the ACLU of Massachusetts released a report charging the Boston Police Department with racial bias, a charge the Department vigorously rejects, pointing to advances made in the last few years under the leadership of Commissioner William Evans.  But beyond the report, which only uses data from 2007-2010, how should we look at Boston's policing of communities of color in the context of the national conversation that sprung from events in Ferguson?

 
Photo: Licensed clinician Roseda Marshall, of Liberia, disrobes after a simulated training session on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Anniston, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

 

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Basic Black: Thomas Menino's Imprint on the "New Boston"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 31, 2014

In remembering the legacy of former Mayor Thomas Menino, State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry remarked, "He didn't just focus on downtown, it was also our neighborhoods."  This week on Basic Black, we look back at the city's longest serving Mayor and the huge imprint he left on Boston's neighborhoods and communities of color.

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Baker & Coakley Down To The Wire

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 31, 2014

Has Martha Coakley's made her case to the Democratic base in communities of color?  Will the story of the fisherman sink Charlie Baker's chances of winning? After the television broadcast, the panel offered observations and predictions on the outcome of the Massachusetts governor's race.

 

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Basic Black: Beyond the headlines this week

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

December 12, 2014

We take a quick run through of the week’s headlines including:
- Latino representation in Boston city government leadership roles
- Pardons and commutations currently up for review in Massachusetts
- Updates on the DJ Henry case and the connection to Ferguson
- Department of Justice renewed guidelines on racial profiling
 

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Pardons in Massachusetts and Remembering Nelson Mandela

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

December 12, 2014

After the broadcast, the panel considered recent pardons and commutations from the Governor's office. Later in the conversation, a discussion of the state of South Africa, one year after Nelson Mandela's death.
 

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This Week: Urban renaissance

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

April 10, 2015

It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Dudley Square is experiencing something of a renaissance.  The dedication of the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building and the re-opening of Tropical Foods grocery store are the latest examples of what is hoped to be the beginnings of an economic turnaround for Roxbury and Mattapan.  We’ll talk about  Mayor Walsh’s plans with two chiefs in his administration: John Barros and Daniel Koh. 
Later in the show, in South Carolina and closer to home, a shift in official police responses to the deaths of African American men at the hands of law enforcement.

 

 

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