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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: Coakley vs. Brown & A Review of Barack Obama's First Year

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast January 21, 2010)  This week our panel takes a look at the outcome of the Massachusetts special election for U.S. Senate; later in the program, a review of President Barack Obama's first year in office.

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Basic Black Live: The Black Church in the 21st Century

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast on December 16, 2010)  As we head into the Christmas holiday, we want to stop and consider the power of faith and religion as it plays out in the political, cultural, and social life of a community. In essence, the overall question is what is the role of the black church in the 21st century?

Joining our regular panel was Rev. William Dickerson of the Greater Love Tabernacle in Dorchester, MA; and Rev. Lawrence Ward of Abundant Life Church in Cambridge, MA.
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Basic Black: The "School-To-Prison" Pipeline; Black Buying Power

Arts & Culture | Business | Education | Politics


(Originally broadcast on December 9, 2011)

Recent headlines across the nation have highlighted stories of children of color (some as young as five) being arrested for “acting out” in school. Basic Black discusses the impact of “zero-tolerance” behavior policies and the “school to prison pipeline.” Also, as we head into the Christmas season, a conversation about the economics of black buying power.

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Basic Black: The Legacy of Soul Train; Battling Mental Illness in Communities of Color

Arts & Culture | Health | Politics


Originally broadcast on February, 10, 2012


A conversation on the legacy of Don Cornelius and the impact of Soul Train on music, media, dance, and African American empowerment. Also, a discussion on the disparities and taboos in treating mental health in communities of color.
 

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Basic Black Live: Is Black History Month Still Necessary?

Arts & Culture | Politics


Originally broadcast February 17, 2012

In the middle of Black History Month, we ask the question posed by the provocative new film premiering on PBS’ Independent Lens series: Is Black History Month still necessary? The film More Than A Month is a chronicle of filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman’s one-man quest to end Black History Month.

We also take a look at how the media covered the death of Whitney Houston. Who got it right and who got it wrong?

This program was a special national live broadcast on WGBH’s World channel, and is a collaboration with The Root.com, a leading online source for news and commentary from an African American perspective.

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Basic Black Live: Black and Green

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics


May 31, 2013

A recent audit by the state revealed that Massachusetts paid welfare benefits to 1,160 dead recipients. In spite of the fact that, in terms of dollars, this is a very tiny fraction compared to the size of the program, and the majority of welfare and food stamp assistance are white, we'll discuss why the stereotype of the "welfare queen" persists.  At the other end of the financial spectrum, we'll look at wealth: a recent report by Nielsen concluded that black spending power will reach $1 trillion dollars by 2015…but black wealth is declining.  What are the factors contributing to the disparity?


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Basic Black Live: Black and Green

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics


May 31, 2013

A recent audit by the state revealed that Massachusetts paid welfare benefits to 1,160 dead recipients. In spite of the fact that, in terms of dollars, this is a very tiny fraction compared to the size of the program, and the majority of welfare and food stamp assistance are white, we'll discuss why the stereotype of the "welfare queen" persists.  At the other end of the financial spectrum, we'll look at wealth: a recent report by Nielsen concluded that black spending power will reach $1 trillion dollars by 2015…but black wealth is declining.  What are the factors contributing to the disparity?


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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Stokely and "Black Power" Today

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 11, 2014

After the broadcast, we continued to discuss the meaning of Stokely Carmichael's leagacy for contemporary political movements and thoughts on African American culture.

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Basic Black: "Black Power"... Then and Now

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 11, 2014

This week, the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill was celebrated in a week-long summit at the LBJ Library in Austin, TX with President Barack Obama as one of the keynote speakers.  Two years after the signing of that bill, Stokely Carmichael would raise his voice and his fist in a call to action for Black Power.  Black Power was a movement, a philosophy, a strategy, and an attitude that was frightening to some, but empowering to those who had grown impatient with larger civil rights movement and its use of non-violence as the way of combatting racial injustice. Stokely: A Life is the newest biography of of the architect of the American Black Power movement, written by historian Peniel Joseph. We'll take a look at the impact of Carmichael's activism on contemporary progressive movements.


(Image: Stokely: A Life by Peniel Joseph)
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