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Searching for Sally Hemings: A Conversation with Author Annette Gordon-Reed

Arts & Culture | Education | Politics

2010 MacArthur "Genius" Award recipient Annette Gordon-Reed.  (Originally broadcast January 8, 2009)   Before winning the MacArthur award, Professor Gordon-Reed sat down for a lengthy interview on Basic Black to discuss her book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.

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Capturing Black Life: A Conversation with Photo Historian Deborah Willis

Arts & Culture | Politics

Photographer and photo historian Deborah Willis discusses her life and work.

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Walter Mosley: On Writing and Politics

Arts & Culture | Politics

In this interview author Walter Mosley talks about his latest mystery, The Long Fall; his decision to focus on black male heroes; and his hopes for the Obama presidency.

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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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First Person: Sarah-Ann Shaw

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

Boston’s first African American television reporter, Sarah-Ann Shaw, talks about her early political influences, her activism during the civil rights era in Boston, and how she became a broadcasting pioneer. Always outspoken, Shaw is also very candid about the changes she has seen in the commitment of present-day black activists, churches, and reporters. 

 

(First Person is an oral history interview series with New England's iconic leaders of color.)

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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 ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Religion, Politics & Tiger Woods

Arts & Culture | Politics

‘Tis the season... so our topic this week is religion — specifically the politics of religion. In this ONLINE EXCLUSIVE, our conversation continued after the broadcast to explore what can happen at the intersection of religion and politics. Our panelists also continued to discuss the race angle in the Tiger Woods saga.

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Basic Black Live: Profiling for Terrorists & Cultural Portrayals

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast January 7, 2010)  Basic Black kicks off 2010 with a look at the thwarted terror attempt on Christmas Day and the implications for racial and religious profiling.  We'll also discuss the continuing struggle for accurate cultural portrayals by looking at reecnt movies, Tiger Woods, and Tyler Perry.
 

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Basic Black LIVE: Coakley vs. Brown & A Review of Barack Obama's First Year

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast January 21, 2010)  This week our panel takes a look at the outcome of the Massachusetts special election for U.S. Senate; later in the program, a review of President Barack Obama's first year in office.

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Basic Black ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Senate & Obama's First Year

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally recorded January 21, 2010)  Our panelists continued the conversation after the television broadcast to delve deeper into the significant moments in Barack Obama's first year as President.

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