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Basic Black Live: Patriotism in the Age of Obama

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast July 1, 2010)

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Basic Black Live: Patriotism in the Age of Obama

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast July 1, 2010)

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Basic Black Live ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: The Black Church in the 21st Century

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally streamed on December 16, 2010)  After the broadcast, our panel continued to discuss the significance of the black church, its response to homosexuality, and the travail of Bishop Eddie Long.


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Basic Black Live: Uncle Tom in the 21st Century

Arts & Culture | Education | Politics

(Originally broadcast on March 25, 2011) 
Our topic this week: black “authenticity.” Grant Hill of the Phoenix Suns wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times in response to Jalen Rose, who accused him of being an Uncle Tom when Hill played for the basketball team at Duke University. This episode sparked a heated debate all across the internet; but in a deeper and more important sense, it also touched upon a familiar theme in African American life in regards to the question – what does it mean to be authentically black? And how do class distinctions contribute to the notion of black authenticity? more

Basic Black Live: Uncle Tom in the 21st Century

Arts & Culture | Education | Politics

(Originally broadcast on March 25, 2011) 
Our topic this week: black “authenticity.” Grant Hill of the Phoenix Suns wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times in response to Jalen Rose, who accused him of being an Uncle Tom when Hill played for the basketball team at Duke University. This episode sparked a heated debate all across the internet; but in a deeper and more important sense, it also touched upon a familiar theme in African American life in regards to the question – what does it mean to be authentically black? And how do class distinctions contribute to the notion of black authenticity? more

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 After the Broadcast: Race and Ferguson Beyond the Headlines

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

August 21, 2014

After the broadcast the conversation turned to consider the differences and similarities to today's protests in Ferguson, MO and the marches of the civil rights movement.  Also, what is the response to those who would believe more attention should be given to "black-on-black" crime...

 

Photo:  Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 - protesters march down the middle of a street in front of a convenience store in Ferguson, Mo. that was looted and burned following the shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

 

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Beyond Measure Productions: Making Films in Boston

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

Basic Black contributor Alesha Gunn goes behind the scenes with Beyond Measure Productions.  Their latest feature film, The Last Shot, explores the violence in Boston's urban communities.

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Karen B. McLean Dade

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Health

Author and educator Karen B. McLean Dade led a "call & response" during her book signing at Frugal's Bookstore in Roxbury (Massachusetts).

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Reading Frederick Douglass

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

Basic Black contributor Bridgit Brown captured the importance of Frederick Douglass during a reading sponsored by Harvard's Charles Hamilton Houston Institute outside the Massachusetts state house.

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