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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: What is "hipster racism?"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


(Originally broadcast May 4, 2012)

Conversations about “hipster racism” are drawing heated commentary across the internet, including questions about who gets to use the n-word and why is there a dearth of black storylines in contemporary television programs – but what is “hipster racism?”

Our guest panelist this week is Latoya Peterson, owner and editor of Racialicious.com.

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Basic Black Live: What can we learn from Charles Ramsey?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


May 10, 2013

Earlier this week, Charles Ramsey of Cleveland, Ohio rescued three women and a six year old who had been held captive by his neighbor for a decade.  But it was the interview Ramsey gave to a reporter on the scene that day that made him an internet sensation.  Within hours, he was trending on Twitter and the subject of numerous autotune creations.

But Ramsey's two minute interview (and the later released call he placed to 911) grew into a larger examination of race, class and the media.  The stories of the abducted women have rightfully taken center stage, but questions about Ramsey's introduction to the world media remain.  This week on Basic Black, what can we learn from Charles Ramsey?
 

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Basic Black Live: What can we learn from Charles Ramsey?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


May 10, 2013

Earlier this week, Charles Ramsey of Cleveland, Ohio rescued three women and a six year old who had been held captive by his neighbor for a decade.  But it was the interview Ramsey gave to a reporter on the scene that day that made him an internet sensation.  Within hours, he was trending on Twitter and the subject of numerous autotune creations.

But Ramsey's two minute interview (and the later released call he placed to 911) grew into a larger examination of race, class and the media.  The stories of the abducted women have rightfully taken center stage, but questions about Ramsey's introduction to the world media remain.  This week on Basic Black, what can we learn from Charles Ramsey?
 

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Rosalyn Elder, On Bookstores in the Age of the Internet

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

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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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Books Behind Bars: Literacy and Incarceration in Massachusetts

Black Boston | Business | Education

A look at an effort to combat illiteracy in America's prisons.
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Elon James White at the 2011 National Conference on Media Reform

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

by Talia Whyte

Elon James White was a presenter on a panel on satire and its role in progressive media at the 2011 National Conference on Media Reform (NCMR) held in Boston April 8-10.  He also spoke about the importance and responsibility of progressives and people of color to take control of their own messaging.


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Anonymous: When Words Become Weapons

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

Basic Black contributor Bridgit Brown spoke to families whose lives have been scarred by both violence and the careless language of the media.
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A Conversation with Issa Rae: The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

Contributor Talia Whyte comments on the web series, The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl:  "The sudden success of “Awkward Black Girl” says a lot about not only the potential of viral video and good old-fashioned word of mouth, but also a growing desire among people of color to see better portrayals of their communities in the media"  She caught a few minutes with the series creator, Issa Rae. more

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