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Basic Black: Urban Renaissance

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

April 10, 2015

It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Dudley Square is experiencing something of a renaissance.  The dedication of the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building and the re-opening of Tropical Foods grocery store are the latest examples of what is hoped to be the beginnings of an economic turnaround for Roxbury and Mattapan.  We’ll talk about  Mayor Walsh’s plans with two chiefs in his administration: John Barros and Daniel Koh. 

Later in the show, in South Carolina and closer to home, a shift in official police responses to the deaths of African American men at the hands of law enforcement.

 

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Basic Black: Urban Renaissance

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

April 10, 2015

It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Dudley Square is experiencing something of a renaissance.  The dedication of the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building and the re-opening of Tropical Foods grocery store are the latest examples of what is hoped to be the beginnings of an economic turnaround for Roxbury and Mattapan.  We’ll talk about  Mayor Walsh’s plans with two chiefs in his administration: John Barros and Daniel Koh. 

Later in the show, in South Carolina and closer to home, a shift in official police responses to the deaths of African American men at the hands of law enforcement.

 

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Basic Black - Charleston, SC: Remember Their Names...

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

June 26, 2015

This week on Basic Black, we turn to the horrific murders in Charleston, SC and examine the impact on social justice movements and conversations around race in the wake of the Charleston massacre. The conversation continues as the city mourns those who lost their lives to senseless violence and virulent racism: Depayne Middleton Doctor, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Rev. Dr. Daniel Simmons, Sr., Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and Myra Thompson.

 

Photo: Terri Barr, of Columbia, S.C., stands silently against a fence while visiting a sidewalk memorial in memory of the shooting victims in front of Emanuel AME Church Monday, June 22, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

 

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Basic Black: Race, Reaction, Resilience

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 30, 2015

This week the conversation is resilience – we’re joined by S. Atyia Martin, the first Chief Resilience Officer for the city of Boston. Although Dr. Martin’s background is in emergency planning, part of her mission involves resilience in communities. For communities of color, resilience is the key to surviving and thriving. This is especially true of immigrant, low income and working class populations. We’ll also take a look at the role of school resource officers and law enforcement inside the classroom in the wake of a viral video that led to the firing of a police officer in South Carolina.

 

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Basic Black: Race, Reaction, Resilience

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 30, 2015

This week the conversation is resilience – we’re joined by S. Atyia Martin, the first Chief Resilience Officer for the city of Boston. Although Dr. Martin’s background is in emergency planning, part of her mission involves resilience in communities. For communities of color, resilience is the key to surviving and thriving. This is especially true of immigrant, low income and working class populations. We’ll also take a look at the role of school resource officers and law enforcement inside the classroom in the wake of a viral video that led to the firing of a police officer in South Carolina.

 

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Basic Black - Charleston, SC: Remember Their Names...

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

June 26, 2015

This week on Basic Black, we turn to the horrific murders in Charleston, SC and examine the impact on social justice movements and conversations around race in the wake of the Charleston massacre. The conversation continues as the city mourns those who lost their lives to senseless violence and virulent racism: Depayne Middleton Doctor, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Rev. Dr. Daniel Simmons, Sr., Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and Myra Thompson.

 

Photo: Terri Barr, of Columbia, S.C., stands silently against a fence while visiting a sidewalk memorial in memory of the shooting victims in front of Emanuel AME Church Monday, June 22, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

 

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Basic Black - Voters of Color: 31% and Rising

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 26, 2016

According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, the 2016 electorate will be the most diverse in US history. At this moment we are in-between three of the most definitive battlegrounds  in the 2016 presidential campaign: Nevada, South Carolina, and Super Tuesday. As Donald Trump forges ahead of establishment Republican candidates and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders fight over the hearts and minds of the Democratic base, will voters of color tip the balance in either race?

 

(AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

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Basic Black After the Broadcast: After Super Tuesday

Black Boston | Politics

February 26, 2016

After the broadcast the panelists considered the presidential campaign going forward after Super Tuesday, including the outcome of Clinton v. Sanders, the winner of the Republican nomination, and the importance of the upcoming battle to name a Supreme Court nominee in the wake of Justice Antonin Scalia's death.

 

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Basic Black - Voters of Color: 31% and Rising

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 26, 2016

According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, the 2016 electorate will be the most diverse in US history. At this moment we are in-between three of the most definitive battlegrounds  in the 2016 presidential campaign: Nevada, South Carolina, and Super Tuesday. As Donald Trump forges ahead of establishment Republican candidates and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders fight over the hearts and minds of the Democratic base, will voters of color tip the balance in either race?

 

(AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

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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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