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Basic Black: The "School-To-Prison" Pipeline; Black Buying Power

Arts & Culture | Business | Education | Politics


(Originally broadcast on December 9, 2011)

Recent headlines across the nation have highlighted stories of children of color (some as young as five) being arrested for “acting out” in school. Basic Black discusses the impact of “zero-tolerance” behavior policies and the “school to prison pipeline.” Also, as we head into the Christmas season, a conversation about the economics of black buying power.

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Basic Black Live: The Luck Of The Irish

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast April 20, 2012)


The Basic Black panelists sit down with playwright Kirsten Greenidge to discuss her new play The Luck of the Irish, currently playing at the Huntington Theatre through May 6. When an upwardly mobile African-American family wants to buy a house in an all-white neighborhood of 1950s Boston, they pay a struggling Irish family to act as their front. Fifty years later, the Irish family asks for "their" house back. Moving across the two eras, The Luck of the Irish explores the complex impact of racial integration in Boston and the universal longing for home.
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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Sweet Potato Pie & Black Buying Power

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

November 20, 2015

After the broadcast, the conversation about black college student protests concluded. The panelists switched gears to talk about another kind of power: black buying power. A recent study by the Nielsen Company predicts that African-American buying power will hit $1.1 trillion by 2015.  This past week, a viral video extolling the flavors of singer Patti LaBelle’s sweet potato pie caused a run on the desert, emptying Wal-Mart’s shelves almost overnight. We explore this week’s phenomenon.

 

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Basic Black: The Massachusetts Economy in Black and Green

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

January 8, 2016

How did Massachusetts’ African American population fare economically in 2015 and what are the best steps towards economic progress for 2016? Last month the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts released its annual “State of Black Massachusetts” report. We’ll discuss the economic findings of the report including the state of business ownership and the racial wealth gap.

 

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Basic Black: The Massachusetts Economy in Black and Green

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

January 8, 2016

How did Massachusetts’ African American population fare economically in 2015 and what are the best steps towards economic progress for 2016? Last month the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts released its annual “State of Black Massachusetts” report. We’ll discuss the economic findings of the report including the state of business ownership and the racial wealth gap.

 

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Black and Meatless - sort of... (Eating Green - part 3 of 3)

Black Boston | Health | Science & Technology

Basic Black contributor Talia Whyte breaks down the differences between carnivores, and everyone else.  This is the final installment of the three-part series, Eating Green: Food and Environmental Justice in Boston.

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Voices From the Somalian Community in Boston

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

Basic Black contributor Talia Whyte attended the 2010 Somali Youth Conference in Boston.
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