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Basic Black Live: The Massachusetts Race For Governor

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

Mass Decision 2010: The Race for Governor

(Originally broadcast October 21, 2010)  Our panel:  Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, WGBH Radio; Carlos Henriquez, candidate, 5th Suffolk District; Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7; Russell Holmes, candidate, 6th Suffolk District; Latoyia Edwards, anchor and reporter, New England Cable News.

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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 Live: Black and Green

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics


May 31, 2013

A recent audit by the state revealed that Massachusetts paid welfare benefits to 1,160 dead recipients. In spite of the fact that, in terms of dollars, this is a very tiny fraction compared to the size of the program, and the majority of welfare and food stamp assistance are white, we'll discuss why the stereotype of the "welfare queen" persists.  At the other end of the financial spectrum, we'll look at wealth: a recent report by Nielsen concluded that black spending power will reach $1 trillion dollars by 2015…but black wealth is declining.  What are the factors contributing to the disparity?


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Basic Black Live: Black and Green

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics


May 31, 2013

A recent audit by the state revealed that Massachusetts paid welfare benefits to 1,160 dead recipients. In spite of the fact that, in terms of dollars, this is a very tiny fraction compared to the size of the program, and the majority of welfare and food stamp assistance are white, we'll discuss why the stereotype of the "welfare queen" persists.  At the other end of the financial spectrum, we'll look at wealth: a recent report by Nielsen concluded that black spending power will reach $1 trillion dollars by 2015…but black wealth is declining.  What are the factors contributing to the disparity?


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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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Basic Black: Black Art & Black Audiences

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 1, 2016

The arts are in bloom in Boston. Mayor Walsh has made a concerted effort and commitment to revitalize the city's creative community, including the appointment of a cabinet level arts czar, Julie Burros. But as the arts are connected to the economy and revitalization of the entire city, how are artists and audiences of color benefitting from the newfound focus on the arts?

Later in the show, the beginning of the archeological dig at the site of Malcolm X’s house.

 

Photo: Maurice Emmanuel and Tiffany Nichole Greene in the SpeakEasy Stage production of Bootycandy. Credit: Glenn Perry

 

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Basic Black: Black Art & Black Audiences

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 1, 2016

The arts are in bloom in Boston. Mayor Walsh has made a concerted effort and commitment to revitalize the city's creative community, including the appointment of a cabinet level arts czar, Julie Burros. But as the arts are connected to the economy and revitalization of the entire city, how are artists and audiences of color benefitting from the newfound focus on the arts?

Later in the show, the beginning of the archeological dig at the site of Malcolm X’s house.

 

Photo: Maurice Emmanuel and Tiffany Nichole Greene in the SpeakEasy Stage production of Bootycandy. Credit: Glenn Perry

 

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African American Art and Artists

Arts & Culture | Black Boston

The Boston art scene is vibrant and ripe with artists of color.  Basic Black speaks with three artists about their craft and the economics of art from collectors who purchase art to how people can enjoy and learn more about it, as well as the life of an working artist.  An art historian rounds out the panel to provide history and context about African American art.  Guests will also give some tips on how a novice can begin art collecting.  Guests tonight:

Napoleon Jones-Henderson, Bob Freeman, Ekua Holmes and Nikki Greene, Ph.D.

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Basic Black: Climate Change and Environmental Racism

Black Boston

April 23, 2017

What will Trump's proposed E.P.A cuts mean for the city and state? Join host Tina Martin as she explores climate change and environmental racism with guest panelists Professor of Geography at Salem State University, Dr. Marcos Luna ; Assoc. Executive Director of Green Roots, Maria Belen Power; Chief Resilience Officer for the city of Boston, Dr. Atyia Martin; and Director of Eco-Innovation at Codman Square Neighborhood Corporation, and David Queely. 

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