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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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The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom: A conversation with historian Peniel Joseph

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

August 28, 2013

Historian and Basic Black panelist Peniel Joseph sat down with WGBH News' Bob Seay for a conversation on the significance of the March on Washington, then and now.  (Peniel Joseph is a professor of history at Tufts University; he is the founding director of the Center for Race and Democracy and is working on a biography of Stokely Carmichael, due to be published next year.)

Related links:
Peniel Joseph's New York Times Op-Ed on John F. Kennedy and the civil rights movement.

Listen to WGBH's original coverage of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.


(The new season of Basic Black begins September 20; Fridays at 7:30pm on WGBH Channel 2.)


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Basic Black: A Change Is Gonna Come

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

May 1, 2015

From anger, to resilience, to a call for calm, this week Basic Black looks at the lessons to be learned from the eruptions in Baltimore on race, class, and rebuilding community.

 
 
 
Photo: A man makes a heart shape with his hands during a peaceful protest near the CVS pharmacy that was set on fire on Monday in Baltimore. Credit Andrew Burton/Getty Images for NPR.
 

Show title from A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke, 1964.

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Black mothers and the "Hero Mom"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

May 1, 2015

After the broadcast, the conversation about Baltimore took a look at the video that went viral: Toya Graham beating her son for participating in riots. Graham was quickly -- and problematically -- dubbed the "Hero Mom" but a closer look at her actions exposed the deeper meaning of the everyday heroics of black mothers.

 

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Basic Black: A Change Is Gonna Come

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

May 1, 2015

From anger, to resilience, to a call for calm, this week Basic Black looks at the lessons to be learned from the eruptions in Baltimore on race, class, and rebuilding community.

 
 
 
Photo: A man makes a heart shape with his hands during a peaceful protest near the CVS pharmacy that was set on fire on Monday in Baltimore. Credit Andrew Burton/Getty Images for NPR.
 

Show title from A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke, 1964.

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Basic Black: The Race To November 8th

Black Boston | Politics

February 5, 2016

Forget OscarsSoWhite, the first two opportunities for voters to weigh in —Iowa and are our neighbor New Hampshire--are a near white out for voters of color. With non-traditional candidates surging to the top, and no President Barack Obama on the ticket, where will voters of color offer their support. We’ll explore how they are weighing their options and what may move them to the polls.
 

 

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Basic Black After the Broadcast: 31% Strong

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 5, 2016

After the broadcast, the panel turned to discuss potential vice presidential running mates and how that might impact the outcome ot the election.  According to Vox, people of color make up 31% of eligible voters - that voting block will become increasingly important as election day nears.

 

(Associated Press photo)

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Basic Black: The Race To November 8th

Black Boston | Politics

February 5, 2016

Forget OscarsSoWhite, the first two opportunities for voters to weigh in —Iowa and are our neighbor New Hampshire--are a near white out for voters of color. With non-traditional candidates surging to the top, and no President Barack Obama on the ticket, where will voters of color offer their support. We’ll explore how they are weighing their options and what may move them to the polls.
 

 

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Basic Black Live: Racist Dialogue or Reasoned Debate?

Arts & Culture | Politics

(Originally broadcast October 22, 2009)  “There is an African American who is at the very apex of the government in the United States. And with such change, of course there’s going to be discontent… So frankly, I’m surprised there hasn’t been more pushback… more out and out racism in the streets of America!” declares Randall Kennedy.  

 

Basic Black returns October 21, 2010  with live broadcasts and a new panel of the region’s sharpest observers of the current news, events, and topics impacting black communities locally and nationally.

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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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