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Basic Black: Rap, Race, Free Speech and Crimes

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 17, 2014

On Monday, the New York Times featured an Op-Ed entitled, "Rap Lyrics on Trial".  As the title suggests, the issue at hand is whether rap lyrics can be used as evidence of a crime.  That question will be before the New Jersey State Supreme Court next week, and there was also a case closer to home in Massachusetts a little over a year ago.  This week on Basic Black, we'll look at what happens at the intersection of rap, race, free speech, and the criminal justice system.


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Basic Black: Rap, Race, Free Speech and Crimes

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 17, 2014

On Monday, the New York Times featured an Op-Ed entitled, "Rap Lyrics on Trial".  As the title suggests, the issue at hand is whether rap lyrics can be used as evidence of a crime.  That question will be before the New Jersey State Supreme Court next week, and there was also a case closer to home in Massachusetts a little over a year ago.  This week on Basic Black, we'll look at what happens at the intersection of rap, race, free speech, and the criminal justice system.


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Basic Black: Addiction and Invisibility

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

November 13, 2015

This week on Basic Black: some neighborhoods already feel underserved by the MBTA, and with winter approaching we ask what these communities should expect from the transit authority ahead of the next major storm. Also, we take look at communities of color and addiction amidst the current opioid crisis: treatment vs. criminalization. Are substance abusers of color invisible?


 

 

Photo: Damian Dovarganes, Associated Press, 2014.

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Basic Black: Addiction and Invisibility

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

November 13, 2015

This week on Basic Black: some neighborhoods already feel underserved by the MBTA, and with winter approaching we ask what these communities should expect from the transit authority ahead of the next major storm. Also, we take look at communities of color and addiction amidst the current opioid crisis: treatment vs. criminalization. Are substance abusers of color invisible?


 

 

Photo: Damian Dovarganes, Associated Press, 2014.

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Villages Without Walls

Black Boston | Health | Politics

Basic Black contributor Alesha Gunn sat down with Talia Rivera, Executive Director of Villages Without Walls, for a very candid conversation about intervening in the lives of Boston's at-risk youth.

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