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Basic Black: Trayvon Martin and A Country Divided

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast on April 13, 2012)

In a country where an African American boy can grow up to be president, the tragedy of Trayvon Martin's death is one in a continuum in the stories of young black men whose lives end at the intersection of race and violence. The facts of the case in the fatal shooting death of Trayvon Martin continue to be debated, but in addition to the headlines and specific events of that night, our Basic Black conversation focuses on the myriad of themes and persistent questions about what it means to grow up black and male in America.


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Basic Black Live July 6, 2012: Election 2012

Black Boston | Health | Politics


July 6 marks four months to the day that the country will elect the president of the United States. We close this season of Basic Black with an exploration of questions going into the 2012 presidential election including:

Has African American support diminished for President Obama?  How strongly has opposition to an Obama second term grown in light of the Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act? What will be the impact of recent decisions (President Obama and Supreme Court) concerning immigration? Is Michelle Obama a secret weapon in the president’s re-election campaign arsenal?  Will there be any surprises from the upcoming conventions?


This program is being broadcast nationally on World channel and webcast in partnership with The Root.com, the leading online source for African American news and commentary.


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Basic Black Live: The Black Church, Hip Hop and Gay Marriage

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


(Originally broadcast on June 1, 2012)

From President Obama’s support of same sex marriage to the dominating influence of hip hop culture, the black church finds itself on the front page of a national conversation about its identity, relevance, and impact. Will support for Obama's presidential bid fade in the upcoming election? Has the church adequately addressed the needs of a younger generation? Is this an opportunity for new voices to emerge in the evolution of the black church?

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Basic Black Live July 6, 2012: Election 2012

Black Boston | Health | Politics


July 6 marks four months to the day that the country will elect the president of the United States. We close this season of Basic Black with an exploration of questions going into the 2012 presidential election including:

Has African American support diminished for President Obama?  How strongly has opposition to an Obama second term grown in light of the Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act? What will be the impact of recent decisions (President Obama and Supreme Court) concerning immigration? Is Michelle Obama a secret weapon in the president’s re-election campaign arsenal?  Will there be any surprises from the upcoming conventions?


This program is being broadcast nationally on World channel and webcast in partnership with The Root.com, the leading online source for African American news and commentary.


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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Making "majority-minority" = political power

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


September 27, 2013

After the broadcast, the conversation delved into how to turn make "majority minority" mean political power for broad constituencies.


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Basic Black: A New Kind of Politics in Boston?

Black Boston | Politics


September 27, 2013

This week on Basic Black, we now know that John Connolly and Martin Walsh will face-off in the November election. And political new-comer Michelle Wu is poised to win one of the four at-large seats on the city council. As they march towards November 5, how will they make an appeal to an increasingly diverse, majority-minority city?



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Basic Black: A New Kind of Politics in Boston?

Black Boston | Politics


September 27, 2013

This week on Basic Black, we now know that John Connolly and Martin Walsh will face-off in the November election. And political new-comer Michelle Wu is poised to win one of the four at-large seats on the city council. As they march towards November 5, how will they make an appeal to an increasingly diverse, majority-minority city?



(Image: FreeFoto.com)

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Basic Black: The message to black graduates

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


May 24, 2013

President Barack Obama's address to the graduates of Morehouse College last week drew criticism and praise, not only for what he said but also for how he said it.  Was he talking down to the graduates in pressing for personal responsibility? Does he whip out the "preacher" cadence for black audiences only?  As graduates of HBCU's and other institutions go out into the world, what is the most useful message they need to hear?


(Photo: Official White House photo by Pete Souza.)

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Basic Black: "Black Power"... Then and Now

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 11, 2014

This week, the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill was celebrated in a week-long summit at the LBJ Library in Austin, TX with President Barack Obama as one of the keynote speakers.  Two years after the signing of that bill, Stokely Carmichael would raise his voice and his fist in a call to action for Black Power.  Black Power was a movement, a philosophy, a strategy, and an attitude that was frightening to some, but empowering to those who had grown impatient with larger civil rights movement and its use of non-violence as the way of combatting racial injustice. Stokely: A Life is the newest biography of of the architect of the American Black Power movement, written by historian Peniel Joseph. We'll take a look at the impact of Carmichael's activism on contemporary progressive movements.


(Image: Stokely: A Life by Peniel Joseph)
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Basic Black: "Black Power"... Then and Now

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 11, 2014

This week, the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill was celebrated in a week-long summit at the LBJ Library in Austin, TX with President Barack Obama as one of the keynote speakers.  Two years after the signing of that bill, Stokely Carmichael would raise his voice and his fist in a call to action for Black Power.  Black Power was a movement, a philosophy, a strategy, and an attitude that was frightening to some, but empowering to those who had grown impatient with larger civil rights movement and its use of non-violence as the way of combatting racial injustice. Stokely: A Life is the newest biography of of the architect of the American Black Power movement, written by historian Peniel Joseph. We'll take a look at the impact of Carmichael's activism on contemporary progressive movements.


(Image: Stokely: A Life by Peniel Joseph)
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