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Basic Black LIVE: The Congressional Black Caucus, Faculty Diversity and Tavis vs. Rev. Sharpton

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast February 25, 2010)  This week we take a look at the corporate connections of the Congressional Black Caucus, the challenges faced by professors of color in pursuit of tenure, and the public feud between Tavis Smiley and Rev. Al Sharpton.

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Basic Black Live: A Conversation on Black Masculinity

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

(Originally broadcast May 13, 2010)  An exploration on the meaning of "black masculinity."

 

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: Race, Geopolitics, and The World Cup

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast July 8, 2010)  Our panel: Latoyia Edwards, New England Cable News; Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, WGBH Radio; Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, WGBH Radio; Maria Burns Ortiz, writer, ESPN Soccernet; and Kim McLarin, writer-in-residence, Emerson College.

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Basic Black Live: A Conversation on Black Masculinity

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

(Originally broadcast May 13, 2010)  An exploration on the meaning of "black masculinity."

 

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: A Conversation on Black Theater and "NEIGHBORS"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

(Originally broadcast January 21, 2011)  On this episode of Basic Black, a conversation about the Company One production of NEIGHBORS. The play is probably most noted for its minstrel characters (black actors in blackface) but it's primary focus is on issues of racism, classism, and identity.
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Basic Black: The Battle for the Redistricting of Boston

Black Boston | Politics


Originally broadcast on October 26, 2012:

The deadline is fast approaching on a federal mandate for the Boston City Council to pass a plan that reorganizes the city’s voting districts. But there seems to be no clear consensus among council members, nor among many in Boston’s communities of color, on how to do it. The mayor has already vetoed two maps. A coalition representing African American, Asian, and Latino voters has vowed to sue if they are unsatisfied with the council's solution. Emotions are running high, and only ten days remain.


Image source:  FreeFoto.com
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Basic Black Live - The Black Church: The Call to Heal, Serve, and Transform

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


(Originally broadcast December 14, 2012)

Black churches routinely discuss both scripture and issues  like gay marriage and voter suppression,and gun violence. Today’s tragic shooting in Connecticut is a fresh reminder of the ever present  violence assaulting so many black communities. What role has the black church played in dealing with the violence?  We'll look at that and examine the church's influence in shaping  opinion about current issues of the day.

Has the church become too political, or not political enough?  Has this institution re-invented itself in order to adequately meet the challenges of changing communities around it?


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Basic Black Live: Breaking Down the "State of the Union"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


February 15, 2013:

This week, with the State of the Union, President Barack Obama delivered his first major address after his second inaugural speech.  Most polls showed a favorable reception to the speech, which emphasized domestic issues including raising the minimum wage, voting reform, and a bigger push on passing immigration legislation.  But with a divided Congress and a country of competing constituencies, how much can be accompanied in a lame duck Obama presidency?




(Photo:  President Obama delivers the State of the Union Address, February 12, 2013.  Official White House photo, Chuck Kennedy.)

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Basic Black Live: Are women of color left out the "women's agenda"?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics


In acknowledgment of Women’s History Month Basic Black presents a Women’s Roundtable. This special presentation will be a conversation on the issues and concerns of women of color coming out of the political landscape in this presidential election year. In addition to the wealth income gap and health care reform, we’ll dig deep on issues such as reproductive rights, women of color in political life, and setting the "women's agenda.'"  Our panel featured Anita Hill, Lani Guinier, and Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-MA).


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Victory at Home & Abroad: Race and The U.S. Armed Services

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

May 23, 2014

From the valor of the 54th  Massachusetts regiment, to the commanding presence of General Colin Powell, to the overwhelmingly African American, Asian, and Latino volunteer troops -- people of color have had a complicated experience in America’s military.  Tonight on Basic Black, a Memorial Day conversation about historical and contemporary experience of people of color and serving in the US armed forces.

 

 

(Photo source: Army OneSource)

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