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Basic Black: Free Speech and Fair Play

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

 

NOTE:  BASIC BLACK RETURNS WITH NEW CONVERSATIONS AND BROADCASTS IN THE FALL.

 

Original broadcast date: May 15, 2015

This week on Basic Black: When free speech slams into race and social media on the college campus: controversy erupts over racially-charged tweets sent by incoming Boston University sociology professor Saida Grundy. Also, in the midst of Deflategate, with domestic violence, child abuse, and drug abuse as part of professional football, we ask if the NFL really knows how to prioritize its penalties.

 

Check out Basic Black panelist and WGBH News Senior Reporter Phillip Martin's story:
Defining Domestic Terrorism Part One: Hate Groups Move Online and On Campus

 

Photo: (Left) Professor Saida Grundy, Twitter profile.  (Right) Tom Brady, January 18, 2015, (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File).

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Is Deflategate valid or just haters gonna hate?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

May 15, 2015

After the broadcast the conversation turned to Deflategate: was the punishment , too much, or too little? Is Deflategate just an opportunity for everyone outside of New England to hate on the Patriots or a legitimate concern around fair play and consequences?

 

(Photo: February 2015 - New England Patriots win Superbowl - AP photos.)

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Basic Black: Free Speech and Fair Play

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

 

NOTE:  BASIC BLACK RETURNS WITH NEW CONVERSATIONS AND BROADCASTS IN THE FALL.

 

Original broadcast date: May 15, 2015

This week on Basic Black: When free speech slams into race and social media on the college campus: controversy erupts over racially-charged tweets sent by incoming Boston University sociology professor Saida Grundy. Also, in the midst of Deflategate, with domestic violence, child abuse, and drug abuse as part of professional football, we ask if the NFL really knows how to prioritize its penalties.

 

Check out Basic Black panelist and WGBH News Senior Reporter Phillip Martin's story:
Defining Domestic Terrorism Part One: Hate Groups Move Online and On Campus

 

Photo: (Left) Professor Saida Grundy, Twitter profile.  (Right) Tom Brady, January 18, 2015, (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File).

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Basic Black: Free Speech and Fair Play

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

 

NOTE:  BASIC BLACK RETURNS WITH NEW CONVERSATIONS AND BROADCASTS IN THE FALL.

 

Original broadcast date: May 15, 2015

This week on Basic Black: When free speech slams into race and social media on the college campus: controversy erupts over racially-charged tweets sent by incoming Boston University sociology professor Saida Grundy. Also, in the midst of Deflategate, with domestic violence, child abuse, and drug abuse as part of professional football, we ask if the NFL really knows how to prioritize its penalties.

 

Check out Basic Black panelist and WGBH News Senior Reporter Phillip Martin's story:
Defining Domestic Terrorism Part One: Hate Groups Move Online and On Campus

 

Photo: (Left) Professor Saida Grundy, Twitter profile.  (Right) Tom Brady, January 18, 2015, (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File).

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Basic Black: Players, Protests, and Politics

Arts & Culture | Politics

April 22, 2016

This week we'll kick off the show remembering the impact of the musical icon Prince.

And later in the show, as role models and celebrities in the spotlight, do professional athletes have a responsibility to let the world know that they think Black Lives Matter? We’ll look at the tradition of athlete activism from Jackie Robinson, to Muhammad Ali, to LeBron James. Joining Callie Crosley and Phillip Martin this week are Chris Collins, long time sports reporter for New England Cable News and Interim Associate Director of Athletics for External Business Developing and Marketing at UMass Boston and Peter Roby, Athletic Director of Northeastern University.

 


Photo credit: Associated Press.

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Players, Protests & Politics, Pt. 2

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 22, 2016

After the broadcast, the conversation continued: as role models and celebrities in the spotlight, do professional athletes have a responsibility to let the world know that they think Black Lives Matter? We’ll look at the tradition of athlete activism from Jackie Robinson, to Muhammad Ali, to LeBron James. Joining Callie Crosley and Phillip Martin this week are Chris Collins, long time sports reporter for New England Cable News and Interim Associate Director of Athletics for External Business Developing and Marketing at UMass Boston and Peter Roby, Athletic Director of Northeastern University.

 

 

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Basic Black: Players, Protests, and Politics

Arts & Culture | Politics

April 22, 2016

This week we'll kick off the show remembering the impact of the musical icon Prince.

And later in the show, as role models and celebrities in the spotlight, do professional athletes have a responsibility to let the world know that they think Black Lives Matter? We’ll look at the tradition of athlete activism from Jackie Robinson, to Muhammad Ali, to LeBron James. Joining Callie Crosley and Phillip Martin this week are Chris Collins, long time sports reporter for New England Cable News and Interim Associate Director of Athletics for External Business Developing and Marketing at UMass Boston and Peter Roby, Athletic Director of Northeastern University.

 


Photo credit: Associated Press.

 

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Hill Harper, Actor & Author

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

Equal Education was the topic when Basic Black contributor Talia Whyte spoke with actor and author Hill Harper at the recent town hall meeting celebrating the Lincoln Centennial.

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Empowering Women & Girls: Nicole Roberts Jones

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

by Talia Whyte


Nicole Roberts Jones
was the mistress of ceremonies at Boston's 43rd annual Martin Luther King Day Breakfast.  As the old adage goes, behind every great man is an even greater woman.  Coretta Scott King played a vital role as Dr. King’s wife and organizing partner.  There were many other women who had participated in the civil rights movement, but unlike Mrs. King, Betty Shabazz and Rosa Parks, their accomplishments have been given little attention.

Ella Baker, Septima Poinsette Clark, Fannie Lou Hamer and Vivian Malone Jones are all unsung heroines from that era.  Baker was a longtime organizer for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) who worked behind the scenes.  Because she was neither a man nor a minister, she was not seriously considered to become the head of the organization.  Clark, better known as the “queen mother” of the civil rights movement, was an educator who played a role in a legal victory that would allow blacks to become principals in public schools in Charleston, South Carolina.  Hamer was a Mississippi sharecropper, who was beaten and jailed in 1962 for trying to register to vote.  She co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and spoke at the 1964 Democratic National Convention.  Jones defied Gov. George Wallace by becoming one of the first black students to enroll at the University of Alabama in 1963.

And there were countless other women, who are unknown, but worked tirelessly cooking meals and cleaning up after rallies.  These women should be the main role models for today’s black women, not stars on reality shows.   

While no woman gave a speech at the 1963 March on Washington, it seems like their accomplishments are now being recognized.  Myrlie Evers-Williams delivered the invocation at President Obama’s inauguration – the first ever done by a woman and layperson.

“There’s a Chinese saying, ’Women hold up half the world,” said former NAACP chairman Julian Bond. “In the case of the civil rights movement it’s probably three-quarters of the world.”

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