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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: 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: The State of the Union and Haiti Earthquake Coverage

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

(Originally broadcast January 28, 2010)  This week on Basic Black:  Our panel reviews President Obama's State of the Union address and examines the media coverage of the earthquake in Haiti.

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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: Navigating The Afrosphere

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics | Science & Technology

(Originally broadcast on April 8, 2011) 
This week on Basic Black: The National Conference for Media Reform is being held in Boston this week so we turn our attention to people of color and social media. We’ll discuss how digital media has replaced or enhanced the work of traditional institutions such as churches or civil rights organizations in encouraging/organizing social activism; we’ll also look at recent trends in how African Americans in particular are using social media. more

Basic Black: Feminism Isn't Black and White

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

December 20, 2013

This week on Basic Black, our first conversation examines the recent media coverage of Michelle Obama and the meaning of feminism to women of color.  An article in Politico dubbed the First Lady as a "feminist nightmare" while later coverage characterized her as the "angry black woman" when the President took a selfie with Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at the funeral of Nelson Mandela.  Both episodes illustrated the great divide between black and white women on the issue of feminism , with many African American commentators saying, in essence, "your feminism ain't like mine…"



(Photo:  First Lady Michelle Obama introducing President Barack Obama before his address to injured veterans and guests on the critical issues facing veterans during the DAV National Convention in Orlando, Fla. Michelle Obama is taking her “Let’s Move!” campaign to Arthur Ashe Kids Day. AP Photo/Julie Fletcher - Aug. 10, 2013, File)

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Basic Black After the Broadcast: Catcalls and Controversy

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

November 7, 2014

After the broadcast the conversation delved into the context of the Hollaback video,  with a discussion of the ways women of color are harassed and sexualized as well as the social media response to the issue, including the #YouOKSis and #DudesGreetingDudes campaigns on Twitter.


(Image: from the book 50 Stories About Stopping Street Harassers by Holly Kearl.)

 

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Basic Black: A Thaw in the Cold War?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 17, 2015

It was more than just a handshake at the Summit of the Americas last week as President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuba’s President Raul Castro. It has been widely described as the beginnings of a thaw in US-Latin American relations. It’s been welcomed in some quarters as a mark of progress in American foreign policy while condemned by others as a capitulation to a long-standing communist enemy.  

This week, Basic Black looks at the changes in US-Latin American relations and what impact this could have on Latinos living in the United States, immigration reform and economic development for Latin America.

 

Photo: US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shake hands at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, Saturday, April 11, 2015. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Basic Black After the Broadcast: Race in Latin America

Arts & Culture | Politics

April 17, 2015

After the broadcast, the conversation turned to the topic of race and racism in Latin American culture, including a breakdown of the "caste" system…

 

 

Photo: US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shake hands at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, Saturday, April 11, 2015. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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