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Basic Black: The Power of Boston's Black Vote

Black Boston | Politics

(Broadcast on October 29, 2009) Basic Black looks at the impact of the black vote on Boston’s upcoming elections for City Council At-Large, Mayor and U.S. Senate. Will black voters turn out to the polls? How are the candidates answering needs of communities of color? Which senate candidate is really carrying the torch of Ted Kennedy’s legacy in championing civil rights. And we look at the potential for history to be made in the City Council At-Large race as one of the candidates is poised to become the first African American woman to hold the seat.

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Basic Black LIVE: The State of the Union and Haiti Earthquake Coverage

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

(Originally broadcast January 28, 2010)  This week on Basic Black:  Our panel reviews President Obama's State of the Union address and examines the media coverage of the earthquake in Haiti.

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Basic Black Live: Looking At Race Through Arizona's Immigration Law and the USDA

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast July 29, 2010)  For an entire week at the end of July 2010, the story of Shirley Sherrod dominated the news cycle. But what got lost in much of the media firestorm was the government agency at the center of the controversy.  Basic Black follows up with a look at the United States Department of Agriculture and its historically turbulent relationship with farmers of color. We’ll also take a look at events surrounding Arizona's immigration law as it goes into effect on July 29th.

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Basic Black LIVE: Religion, Politics & Tiger Woods

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast December 17, 2009) ‘Tis the season... so our theme this week is religion — specifically the politics of religion. By examining several examples over the past year (from the political activism of white evangelicals to, most recently, the role of black ministers in the Boston mayoral election), our conversation will explore what can happen at the intersection of religion and politics. Additionally, we'll take a look at race and Tiger Woods.

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Basic Black Live: Profiling for Terrorists & Cultural Portrayals

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast January 7, 2010)  Basic Black kicks off 2010 with a look at the thwarted terror attempt on Christmas Day and the implications for racial and religious profiling.  We'll also discuss the continuing struggle for accurate cultural portrayals by looking at reecnt movies, Tiger Woods, and Tyler Perry.
 

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Basic Black Live: Navigating The Afrosphere

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics | Science & Technology

(Originally broadcast on April 8, 2011) 
This week on Basic Black: The National Conference for Media Reform is being held in Boston this week so we turn our attention to people of color and social media. We’ll discuss how digital media has replaced or enhanced the work of traditional institutions such as churches or civil rights organizations in encouraging/organizing social activism; we’ll also look at recent trends in how African Americans in particular are using social media. more

Basic Black Live: The Freedom Riders and The Call To Civic Action

Arts & Culture | Politics

(Originally broadcast May 20, 2011)

May 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. On May 20th we’re celebrating this seminal event in civil rights history and the release of the documentary film, Freedom Riders. Award-winning filmmaker and MacArthur "Genius" grant recipient Stanley Nelson will be our special guest panelist for a discussion on documentary film and the call for civic engagement in the age of social media. more

Basic Black Live: The Freedom Riders and The Call To Civic Action

Arts & Culture | Politics

(Originally broadcast May 20, 2011)

May 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. On May 20th we’re celebrating this seminal event in civil rights history and the release of the documentary film, Freedom Riders. Award-winning filmmaker and MacArthur "Genius" grant recipient Stanley Nelson will be our special guest panelist for a discussion on documentary film and the call for civic engagement in the age of social media. more

Basic Black Live: Revisiting a "High-Tech" Lynching and The Politics of Language

Arts & Culture | Politics


(Originally broadcast on November 11, 2011)

Recently, conservative pundits have characterized the mainstream media’s treatment of Herman Cain as racist, even invoking the “high-tech lynching” image from the Thomas hearings. The left wing responded with charges of hypocrisy.

Do black conservatives really receive different treatment in the media than black liberals? Are liberals no more post-racial than the conservatives, but more subtle about showing it?

Our regular panel is joined by Ulli K. Ryder, Visiting Professor at Brown and Lecturer in Africana Studies, Simmons College; and Lionel McPherson, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University.
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Basic Black Live: Michelle Obama and Election 2012

Arts & Culture | Politics


(Originally broadcast on November 18, 2011)

This Basic Black conversation is a focus on First Lady Michelle Obama, (and the significance of having a woman of color in that role), as well as what we can expect in regards to her participation in the 2012 election. Related to the 2012 election, we'll also take a look at African Americans and the use of social media.


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