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Poetry & Conversation with Afaa Michael Weaver

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

Poet Afaa Michael Weaver talks about the life stories that inspire his work.

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Poet Elizabeth Alexander

Arts & Culture

Elizabeth Alexander reads from American Sublime, and her latest collection, Miss Crandall's School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color.  Alexander was selected to compose and read a poem at Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony; she is the fourth poet in history to have been chosen for the honor.

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Poet Major Jackson

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Major Jackson reads from his book of poetry Hoops and discusses the inspiration behind his work as well as his thoughts on how American history has influenced the work of generations of African American poets.

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Basic Black Live: Haiti - One Year After The Earthquake

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(Originally broadcast January 14, 2011)  On this episode of Basic Black, we look at Haiti one year after the earthquake. Later in the broadcast and online, a conversation about the tragic shooting in Arizona last weekend: what part did politcal speech play and how did President Obama approach his role as "counselor" in chief. more

Basic Black Live: Haiti - One Year After The Earthquake

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

(Originally broadcast January 14, 2011)  On this episode of Basic Black, we look at Haiti one year after the earthquake. Later in the broadcast and online, a conversation about the tragic shooting in Arizona last weekend: what part did politcal speech play and how did President Obama approach his role as "counselor" in chief. more

Basic Black After The Broadcast: The Art & Legacy of Amiri Baraka

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 17, 2014

After the broadcast, the conversation turned to a discussion of the life and work of poet and activist Amiri Baraka, who died last week at the age of 79.

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Basic Black: Remembering Maya Angelou

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

May 30, 2014

This week on Basic Black-- we pause to remember Maya Angelou—cultural icon, global artist, and wise elder who died this week at the age of 86.  Angelou’s  first book, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings became a bestseller 30 years ago.  We'll talk about her seminal works and later in the discussion, a conversation we hope Angelou would have appreciated, our favorite books and authors we're taking with us into the summer.

 

Author Maya Angelou delivers a tribute to South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu at the J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding Award Ceremony at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

 

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Basic Black: Remembering Maya Angelou

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

May 30, 2014

This week on Basic Black-- we pause to remember Maya Angelou—cultural icon, global artist, and wise elder who died this week at the age of 86.  Angelou’s  first book, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings became a bestseller 30 years ago.  We'll talk about her seminal works and later in the discussion, a conversation we hope Angelou would have appreciated, our favorite books and authors we're taking with us into the summer.

 

Author Maya Angelou delivers a tribute to South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu at the J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding Award Ceremony at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

 

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Basic Black: Favorite Books and Summer Reading

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May 30, 2014

After the broadcast the panelists discussed past and current books and what they'd be reading this summer.

 

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Basic Black Online Exclusive: Political Speech and The Tragedy in Arizona

Black Boston | Politics

(Originally streamed January 14, 2011)  After the broadcast, our panel discussed whether political speech and rhetoric had any connection to the horrific shooting rampage in Tuscon, Arizona, leaving 6 dead and U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life.
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