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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: New Leadership and The Unemployment Rate

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

(Originally broadcast February 11, 2010)  Our panelists discuss how to cultivate new leadership in Boston's communities of color; we also take a look at the staggering unemployment rates among African Americans.

 

Basic Black returns October 21, 2010 with live broadcasts and a panel of the region’s sharpest observers of the current news, events, and topics impacting black communities locally and nationally. A simultaneous live stream at www.basicblack.org gives viewers the opportunity to submit comments and questions in real time during the broadcast.

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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 and Boston Institutions: The MBTA and The Boston Bruins

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

Originally broadcast on April 27, 2012


Tonight, with "Riding The T," we continue WGBH News' weeklong focus on the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority. Our discussion explores the significance of the MBTA in communities of color. Later in the show, our conversation digs deep into the deluge of racist tweets from Bruins fans towards Joel Ward, the black player from the Washington Capitals who scored the winning goal, thus ending the Bruins march towards the Stanley Cup.

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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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Slideshow: A Candidate Forum for Boston City Council District 7

Black Boston | Politics

Photos by Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter fro WGBH Radio, 89.7.
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"We Saved A Community"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

by Talia Whyte

State Rep. Byron Rushing joined local community activists at Hibernian Hall Oct. 19 to discuss the history of the 45-year-old Madison Park Development Corporation, as well as highlight the roots of black activism in Boston.
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Boston: Election Day 2009

Black Boston | Politics

Contributor Talia Whyte with a thoughtful essay on covering election day in Boston, MA.

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