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Searching for Sally Hemings: A Conversation with Author Annette Gordon-Reed

Arts & Culture | Education | Politics

2010 MacArthur "Genius" Award recipient Annette Gordon-Reed.  (Originally broadcast January 8, 2009)   Before winning the MacArthur award, Professor Gordon-Reed sat down for a lengthy interview on Basic Black to discuss her book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.

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Basic Black Live: Taking the History Out Of Black History

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast on February 4, 2011)  As we head into Black History Month and the 150th Anniversary year of the Civil War, this Basic Black conversation features a look at recent efforts at revisionism in black history. more

Basic Black: Polls and Predictions Going Into November 6

Black Boston | Politics


Originally broadcast on November 2, 2012.

As the nation heads into election day on November 6, Basic Black considers the relevance of polls and the persistence of predictions.  And what does it say about the candidates and this country that the race is so close?


(Photo: Early voting, Ohio 2012.  Source: Associated Press.)
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Frederick Douglass & The 4th of July: Community Readings

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

July 2014

At the monument of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment on the Boston Common, more than 60 people gathered together to participate in a community reading of “The Meaning of the Fourth of July For The Negro” a speech written by Frederick Douglass in 1852.

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Breast Cancer Among Black Women in Boston

Black Boston | Health

The disparity of breast cancer mortality has increased between Black and White women. What factors contribute to the increase of breast cancer among African American women? Do African American women in Boston have any specific advantages or disadvantages in terms of health care for breast cancer? 

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Restricted Liquor Licenses: The Restaurant Jump-Start In Your Neighborhood

Black Boston | Business | Politics

75 restricted liquor licenses will available to restaurants in underserved neighborhoods including Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. What does this mean for the small business owner? How will it affect the local economy? 

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The Discriminating Road of Predatory Auto Lending

Black Boston | Education

By Virginia DePina

Nonbank auto lenders have targeted subprime borrowers of color into purchasing cars at higher interest rates than white borrowers with similar credit history. Is your race a factor when you purchase a car? Black Perspectives Now takes a look at predatory loans and what makes people of color vulnerable to predatory lenders.

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Wally's Café: The Soundtrack of the South End

Arts & Culture | Black Boston

By Virginia DePina

For nearly 70 years, Wally's Café has provided the South End with live jazz performances. The café is now a training ground for aspiring jazz musicians from various colleges and universities in the Boston area.

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Haley House Bakery Café: Building Connections Through Food

Arts & Culture | Black Boston

For ten years the Haley House Bakery Café has been a meeting place for Roxbury residents to enjoy great food, gather as a community and build unlikely friendships and connections. 

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Black on Campus at Boston College

Education

Afua Laast of Boston College organized a 'Blackout' in solidarity with the students protesting the University of Missouri campus culture. she reflects on why campuses like Boston College need to show support to other colleges and universities struggling with race on campus.

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