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Basic Black Live: The State of Black Boston

Black Boston | Business | Education | Health | Politics

(Originally broadcast November 11, 2010)  This week, Basic Black discusses the findings the recently released report, The State of Black Boston.  Our panelists: Barbara Lewis, Director, The Trotter Institute; Latoyia Edwards, anchor and reporter, New England Cable News; Darnell Williams, President and CEO of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts; and Kim McLarin, Assistant Professor, Writing, Literature & Publishing, Emerson College.
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Basic Black Live: The Future of the Boston NAACP

Black Boston | Business | Education | Politics

(Originally broadcast November 18, 2010)  This week Basic Black looks at the future of the Boston NAACP in a conversation with the candidates vying for the presidency of the chapter.

UPDATE:  On November 29, 2010, Michael Curry won election to the Boston NAACP presidency.

Our panelists: Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, WGBH 89.7; Latoyia Edwards, anchor and reporter, New England Cable News; Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, WGBH Radio; and the contenders for leadership of the Boston NAACP: Michael Curry, attorney and activist, and former State Senator, Bill Owens.
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Basic Black: Gun Control and Communities of Color

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 1, 2013

As 2013 begins the national debate on gun control is in high gear.  Advocates from all sides  have descended on Washington, DC to sway a divided Congress to their side.  But the action isn't limited to the halls of government; the persistent issue of gun control is also being debated in local communities across the country.  And for communities historically battered by gun violence, the conversation takes on an increased intensity.



Image source: Chang Liu/Flickr

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Basic Black: Thomas Menino's Imprint on the "New Boston"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 31, 2014

In remembering the legacy of former Mayor Thomas Menino, State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry remarked, "He didn't just focus on downtown, it was also our neighborhoods."  This week on Basic Black, we look back at the city's longest serving Mayor and the huge imprint he left on Boston's neighborhoods and communities of color.

 

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Basic Black: An urban agenda for Massachusetts

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 9, 2015

This week Charlie Baker was sworn in as the 72nd governor of Massachusetts, with promises of bipartisanship and a renewed economic growth agenda for the Commonwealth’s urban communities.  Later in the show we remember Senator Edward Brooke who died last week at the age of 95.

 

 

Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, center, acknowledges applause after taking the oath of office, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in the House Chamber of the Statehouse, in Boston. Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

 

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Basic Black After the Broadcast: Remebering Senator Edward Brooke

Black Boston | Politics

January 9, 2015

After the broadcast the panel remembered the legacy and groundbreaking work of Senator Edward Brooke, who in 1966 became the first African American elected to the Senate after Reconstruction.

 

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Basic Black: An urban agenda for Massachusetts

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 9, 2015

This week Charlie Baker was sworn in as the 72nd governor of Massachusetts, with promises of bipartisanship and a renewed economic growth agenda for the Commonwealth’s urban communities.  Later in the show we remember Senator Edward Brooke who died last week at the age of 95.

 

 

Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, center, acknowledges applause after taking the oath of office, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in the House Chamber of the Statehouse, in Boston. Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

 

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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: A Reporter Roundtable

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics | Science & Technology

October 23, 2015

This week on Basic Black:  A Reporter Roundtable
- WGBH News reporter Rupa Shenoy gives us the highlights from her series, Food Fights - the impact of climate change on the accessibility to food.  
- The Boston Globe’s Nidhi Subbaraman on using virtual reality and Second Life to treat diabetes and the consequences of leaving communities of color out of the equation.  
- Phillip Martin, Senior Reporter for WGBH News, takes a look at the 1992 murder of Lena Bruce and the recent arrest made in the case.

 

Photo: Rupa Shenoy/WGBH News

 

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