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Poetry & Conversation with Afaa Michael Weaver

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

Poet Afaa Michael Weaver talks about the life stories that inspire his work.

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Author Cora Daniels

Arts & Culture | Politics

Cora Daniels discusses how the concept of ghetto has permeated popular culture and how this mind-set affects communities of color.

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Basic Black Live: Images of African American Women & The Economy

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

(Originally broadcast November 12, 2009)  The first topic on the show is a discussion of the image of African American women using several recent examples from popular culture including the premiere of the movie Precious. Our second topic examines the staggering 15% unemployment rate in black communities.

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Basic Black Live: Images of African American Women & The Economy

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

(Originally broadcast November 12, 2009)  The first topic on the show is a discussion of the image of African American women using several recent examples from popular culture including the premiere of the movie Precious. Our second topic examines the staggering 15% unemployment rate in black communities.

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Basic Black ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Boston's Neighborhood Libraries

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

(Originally broadcast April 1, 2010)  After the broadcasst, our panelists discussed the importance of Boston's branch libraries to the surrounding communities.

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Basic Black LIVE: The Cultural Significance of Black Film

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast April 1, 2010)  This week on Basic Black, our panelists consider the question, "What is "black film"?  And later in the show, a look at the importance of Boston's neighborhood libraries.

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Basic Black Live: Headlines From the "Culture Wars" and Beyond

Arts & Culture | Politics


This week we take a look a headlines from the "culture wars" and beyond including: the rise of Jeremy Lin, the birth control controversy, The Help actresses in contention for Academy Awards, and Chris Brown and Rihanna back together performing at the Grammys.


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Basic Black Live: Headlines From the "Culture Wars" and Beyond

Arts & Culture | Politics


This week we take a look a headlines from the "culture wars" and beyond including: the rise of Jeremy Lin, the birth control controversy, The Help actresses in contention for Academy Awards, and Chris Brown and Rihanna back together performing at the Grammys.


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Basic Black After The Broadcast: The Culture of Hazing

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics


(Originally streamed May 11, 2012)

The beating death of Florida A&M student Robert Champion during a hazing ritual is back in the news as all of the accused have now turned themselves in to authorities. Champion's death has led to a re-examination of hazing in the media, but our Basic Black conversation goes beyond the practice of hazing to look at the culture of hazing.
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Basic Black Live: The Black Church, Hip Hop and Gay Marriage

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


(Originally broadcast on June 1, 2012)

From President Obama’s support of same sex marriage to the dominating influence of hip hop culture, the black church finds itself on the front page of a national conversation about its identity, relevance, and impact. Will support for Obama's presidential bid fade in the upcoming election? Has the church adequately addressed the needs of a younger generation? Is this an opportunity for new voices to emerge in the evolution of the black church?

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