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Basic Black Live: What can we learn from Charles Ramsey?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


May 10, 2013

Earlier this week, Charles Ramsey of Cleveland, Ohio rescued three women and a six year old who had been held captive by his neighbor for a decade.  But it was the interview Ramsey gave to a reporter on the scene that day that made him an internet sensation.  Within hours, he was trending on Twitter and the subject of numerous autotune creations.

But Ramsey's two minute interview (and the later released call he placed to 911) grew into a larger examination of race, class and the media.  The stories of the abducted women have rightfully taken center stage, but questions about Ramsey's introduction to the world media remain.  This week on Basic Black, what can we learn from Charles Ramsey?
 

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Basic Black Live: Shifting Racial Fault Lines

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


June 7, 2013

The folks who make Cheerios thought their commercial highlighted the heart health benefits of their product.  All anyone sees is the interracial family consuming the cereal; the virulent racist reaction moves YouTube to shut down the comments section...
 
Michelle Obama confronts a heckler who interrupted her remarks at a private fundraiser…Twitter erupts on all sides of the issue...
 
And a challenge to the appointment of a white person to lead the board of Roxbury Community College sparks a debate….?


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Basic Black After the Broadcast: Recipes For Racism, Part 2

Arts & Culture | Politics


June 21, 2013

After the broadcast, the conversation continued: what consitutes a good apology, what happens after the tweeting stops, and online vs. real time mobilizing.

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Basic Black Live: Recipes for Racism - A Lesson in Black History via Twitter

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

June 21, 2013


This week "Black Twitter" erupted after the news of Food Network chef Paula Deen admitted to routinely using the n-word ("Yes, of course…" replied Deen when asked) and dreamt of creating a slave-themed wedding party.  What takes this out of the realm of private conversations between friends is that the  admissions came during a deposition in which Deen and her brother are being sued for racial discrimination and sexual harassment. It's also ironic that this episode occurred on Juneteenth.  Within hours, #paulasbestdishes was the leading trend on Twitter.  At first glance, it looked like an any other active Twitter feed.  But a longer look leads to deeper questions including:


- What would this story have looked like 10 years ago, before the advent of social media?
- Because the response to Paula Deen's acknowledgement rose out of social media, does that make the response less serious?  Especially since were talking about the n-word...
- Is social media best suited to cultural themes, or can it be pushed into creating real-time action (and what could this mean for New England's communities of color?)
- In order for any of the tweets to have impact beyond humor, the reader has to have some sort of knowledge or connection to history, otherwise, "Nat Turnip Greens" has no meaning for you…

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Basic Black Live: What can we learn from Charles Ramsey?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


May 10, 2013

Earlier this week, Charles Ramsey of Cleveland, Ohio rescued three women and a six year old who had been held captive by his neighbor for a decade.  But it was the interview Ramsey gave to a reporter on the scene that day that made him an internet sensation.  Within hours, he was trending on Twitter and the subject of numerous autotune creations.

But Ramsey's two minute interview (and the later released call he placed to 911) grew into a larger examination of race, class and the media.  The stories of the abducted women have rightfully taken center stage, but questions about Ramsey's introduction to the world media remain.  This week on Basic Black, what can we learn from Charles Ramsey?
 

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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: Free Speech and Fair Play

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

 

NOTE:  BASIC BLACK RETURNS WITH NEW CONVERSATIONS AND BROADCASTS IN THE FALL.

 

Original broadcast date: May 15, 2015

This week on Basic Black: When free speech slams into race and social media on the college campus: controversy erupts over racially-charged tweets sent by incoming Boston University sociology professor Saida Grundy. Also, in the midst of Deflategate, with domestic violence, child abuse, and drug abuse as part of professional football, we ask if the NFL really knows how to prioritize its penalties.

 

Check out Basic Black panelist and WGBH News Senior Reporter Phillip Martin's story:
Defining Domestic Terrorism Part One: Hate Groups Move Online and On Campus

 

Photo: (Left) Professor Saida Grundy, Twitter profile.  (Right) Tom Brady, January 18, 2015, (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File).

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Basic Black: Free Speech and Fair Play

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

 

NOTE:  BASIC BLACK RETURNS WITH NEW CONVERSATIONS AND BROADCASTS IN THE FALL.

 

Original broadcast date: May 15, 2015

This week on Basic Black: When free speech slams into race and social media on the college campus: controversy erupts over racially-charged tweets sent by incoming Boston University sociology professor Saida Grundy. Also, in the midst of Deflategate, with domestic violence, child abuse, and drug abuse as part of professional football, we ask if the NFL really knows how to prioritize its penalties.

 

Check out Basic Black panelist and WGBH News Senior Reporter Phillip Martin's story:
Defining Domestic Terrorism Part One: Hate Groups Move Online and On Campus

 

Photo: (Left) Professor Saida Grundy, Twitter profile.  (Right) Tom Brady, January 18, 2015, (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File).

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Basic Black: Making history and living history

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

May 22, 2015

Looking forward, looking back -- Twitter abuzz as President Barack Obama signs on and the Guinness Book of World Records confirms he is now THE most followed person to join.  And we know the stories about Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, but what about Rekia Boyd, Shelly Frey, and Darnisha Harris?  Later in the show, connecting the dots from this week's events in history, to today's headlines…

 

Photo: President Obama sends his first tweet (Source: whitehouse.gov).

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Basic Black After the Broadcast: Making history and living history (part 2)

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

May 22, 2015

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