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Basic Black: Brothers and Sisters on the Run

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

April 18, 2014

Runners of color, specifically from Kenya have a long and visible presence in marathons around the country, including the Boston Marathon.  But a closer look reveals a low percentage of Americans of color who participate in marathon running.  Most American runners of color who advance in their sport become headliners in track and sprinting but where are the stars in marathon running?  As we head into the 118th Boston Marathon, Basic Black discusses reasons for the dearth of American runners of color in long distance running and the benefits (to the runner and the community) of improving the numbers.


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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Why Run?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

April 18, 2014

After the conversation, the panel discussed the health, cultural, and societal benefits of running as well as some of the challenges, i.e. running while black, so to speak...

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A Conversation with Andre Slay: Amputee, Pilot, and Marathoner

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

April 18, 2014

Andre Slay is a native of Arkansas. However, his southern charm and easy manner belie a grit and determination that pushed him to enter the Boston Mararthon for the first time this year.  It’s Andre’s third full marathon despite having lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident eight years ago.  Andre sat down to talk with Basic Black about losing his leg, how becoming a vegan dramatically changed his health for the better, and why he’s running the Boston Marathon.



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A Conversation with U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo: Marathoner and Fitness Advocate

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

April 18, 2014

U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo has been running since she was a school girl in Zimbabwe and South Africa.  She continued to run when she came to Massachusetts for college.  U-Meleni is not unlike an evangelist when it comes to encouraging people of color (folks of all walks) to run and experience the benefits of working out.  In fact, her son can boast of winning medals in his own right at the tender age of three.  In 2012, U-Meleni ran the Boston Marathon as a way of processing her feelings upon learning that her mother had cancer and to raise money for a local school.  This year, U-Meleni is thankful that her mother is cancer-free, and she’ll be on the side-lines to cheer her brother-in-law as he runs the 118th Boston Marathon.



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A Conversation with International Marathoner, Jaulik Watkins

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health

May 5, 2014

Being stopped at mile 25.5 in the 2013 Boston Marathon, Jaulik Watkins returned to Boston this year to complete what she started. Watkins, a Dallas native, never considered herself an athlete. As an unemployed college student in 2008, she took up running to keep herself busy. After her first marathon, she was hooked on the thrill of long distance racing.  As a member of the National Black Marathoners Association, Watkins has completed seven marathons throughout the U.S., Europe, and will pursue the Mt. Kilimanjaro marathon in 2015. She joined us to discuss her experiences as a black woman running marathons, and being part of a network of other black marathon runners.


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