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Basic Black: Where We Live and Vote

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


June 28, 2013

This week on Basic Black, we take a look at two major issues as we head into the summer.  On the local front, the number of shootings in Boston has surpassed last year's tally.  We'll talk about causes and strategies to combat the violence.  In national headlines, the Supreme Court this week struck key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a critical victory of the civil rights movement. We'll discuss the impact on upcoming elections and shaping voter turnout.


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Basic Black - Not Just The Blues: Race and Mental Illness

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health


October 11, 2013


(Video available at a later date but the audio for the entire show is posted above.)


In the wake of the death of Miriam Carey, the woman who was shot to death by police after she led them on a high speed chase through Washington, DC, many questions have been raised about the state of Carey's mental health.  There was also the recent tragedy of Aaron Alexis who murdered 12 people at the Navy Yard before being killed by police.  Those incidents weren't related, but they both highlight the need for a further understanding of the historical and cultural aspects of mental health and communities of color.

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Basic Black: Do Political Endorsements Matter?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 25, 2013


This week on Basic Black, the Boston mayor's race is coming down to the wire.  Candidates John Connolly are Martin Walsh are making the case to communities of color throughout the city and each have secured endorsements from prominent African American and Latino leaders.  But are endorsements of any value beyond the photo op?  And will the candidates' pitches be strong enough at this point to move voters to the polls?



(Photo: Meredith Nierman/WGBH)

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Boston Politics Redux

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 25, 2013

Do endorsements have any value beyond the photo op?  And will the candidates' pitches be strong enough at this point to move voters to the polls?


(Photo: Meredith Nierman, WGBH)
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Basic Black: Do Political Endorsements Matter?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 25, 2013


This week on Basic Black, the Boston mayor's race is coming down to the wire.  Candidates John Connolly are Martin Walsh are making the case to communities of color throughout the city and each have secured endorsements from prominent African American and Latino leaders.  But are endorsements of any value beyond the photo op?  And will the candidates' pitches be strong enough at this point to move voters to the polls?



(Photo: Meredith Nierman/WGBH)

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Basic Black: SNL, HBCUs and NB (New Boston)

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


November 8, 2013


Old Boston Mayor elect Marty Walsh is propelled to victory by New Boston communities of color, plus we’re tackling some of the topics you’ve been talking about at the water cooler and in the blogosphere--Saturday night live pokes fun at its diversity problem but is it funny? And new financial woes for Howard University, one of the nation’s most well known Historically Black colleges.


(Photo: NBC)
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Basic Black: It Takes A Village - Caring For Our Elders

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

November 15, 2013

Baby boomers are get older, which means an increasing strain on the system of services for the elderly. But for communities of color, these problems are compounded by immense disparities in health care, economic resources, and cultural differences in caring for our elders.  This week, Basic Black discusses how these differences impact our most vulnerable population.


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Basic Black: It Takes A Village - Caring For Our Elders

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

November 15, 2013

Baby boomers are get older, which means an increasing strain on the system of services for the elderly. But for communities of color, these problems are compounded by immense disparities in health care, economic resources, and cultural differences in caring for our elders.  This week, Basic Black discusses how these differences impact our most vulnerable population.


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Basic Black: Beyond Locker Room Smack Talk

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


November 22, 2013

Repercussions from the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito incident continue to roll out. Was Jonathan Martin strong for walking away from the Miami Dolphins, or was he not "strong enough" to stay? Our conversation explores how the intersection of sports and race influence our cultural notions of African American manhood.


(Photo: Associated Press.)

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Sports and African American Men

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

November 22, 2013

After the broadcast, the conversation included an exploration of the impact of fathers, coaches, and community in the lives of African American boys.


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