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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: Black History Icons - Respected, Revered, and ...Repackaged?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 28, 2014

Today is the last day of Black History Month, a time when the civil rights pioneers are learned about and revered.  But what meaning can an icon have when recording artist Nicki Minaj can use one of the most famous images of Malcolm X in her CD cover art with the n-word emblazoned near Malcolm X's head? Or Lil Wayne can write lyrics using the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in a manner so provocative that the uproar surrounding the episode moved Mountain Dew to drop their multi-million-dollar endorsement?   This week on Basic Black, how far has popular culture separated the icons from their historical meaning and what are the implications, especially in teaching the millennials and generations to come.

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Basic Black: Black History Icons - Respected, Revered, and ...Repackaged?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 28, 2014

Today is the last day of Black History Month, a time when the civil rights pioneers are learned about and revered.  But what meaning can an icon have when recording artist Nicki Minaj can use one of the most famous images of Malcolm X in her CD cover art with the n-word emblazoned near Malcolm X's head? Or Lil Wayne can write lyrics using the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in a manner so provocative that the uproar surrounding the episode moved Mountain Dew to drop their multi-million-dollar endorsement?   This week on Basic Black, how far has popular culture separated the icons from their historical meaning and what are the implications, especially in teaching the millennials and generations to come.

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Basic Black: A Change Is Gonna Come

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

May 1, 2015

From anger, to resilience, to a call for calm, this week Basic Black looks at the lessons to be learned from the eruptions in Baltimore on race, class, and rebuilding community.

 
 
 
Photo: A man makes a heart shape with his hands during a peaceful protest near the CVS pharmacy that was set on fire on Monday in Baltimore. Credit Andrew Burton/Getty Images for NPR.
 

Show title from A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke, 1964.

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Basic Black: A Change Is Gonna Come

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

May 1, 2015

From anger, to resilience, to a call for calm, this week Basic Black looks at the lessons to be learned from the eruptions in Baltimore on race, class, and rebuilding community.

 
 
 
Photo: A man makes a heart shape with his hands during a peaceful protest near the CVS pharmacy that was set on fire on Monday in Baltimore. Credit Andrew Burton/Getty Images for NPR.
 

Show title from A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke, 1964.

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Women leading in social justice and media

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

March 4, 2016

After the broadcast, the converation on women of color and images of beauty turned to look at how women are viewed on the front lines of social justice movements and (with the recent controversial demise of Melissa Harris Perry's show) behind the anchor desk.

 

(Image: Melissa Harris Perry)

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Basic Black Live: The Images & Realities of Black Women

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast July 22, 2010)  Basic Black looks at the image of black women in America from Michelle Obama to Shirley Sherrod.

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Boston: Perceptions Beyond Race (Nat’l Urban League 2011)

Black Boston | Politics

Talia Whyte spoke to out of town visitors at National Urban League conference about their perceptions of Boston.
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The Current Perception of Black Women in Media

Arts & Culture

In recent years, Hollywood has increased the amount of shows casting actors of color. With more images of black women on television now than ever before, how has their perception changed? Carole Bell, assistant professor of communication at Northeastern University weighs in on the impact of the presence of black women in media.

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Lou Jones: The Eye of the Photographer

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Science & Technology

 Boston-based photographer Lou Jones has captured incredible images and historic events from all over the world.

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