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Basic Black Live: Haiti - One Year After The Earthquake

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

(Originally broadcast January 14, 2011)  On this episode of Basic Black, we look at Haiti one year after the earthquake. Later in the broadcast and online, a conversation about the tragic shooting in Arizona last weekend: what part did politcal speech play and how did President Obama approach his role as "counselor" in chief. more

Basic Black Live: The Myths and Realities of the Single Black Woman

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast on February 11, 2011)  As we approach Valentine’s Day this Basic Black conversation takes a look at the cultural myths of the single black female: educated, self-sufficient, independent...or lonely, angry and emasculating? more

Basic Black Live: The Relevance of Black History Month and Sex Education in Public Schools

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

(Originally broadcast February 25, 2011)  The controversy over sex education in public schools; also, as February comes to a close, a discussion on the relevance of Black History Month. We also pause to acknowledge the loss of Say Brother producer Beth Deare, who died earlier this week.

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Basic Black Live: Navigating The Afrosphere

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics | Science & Technology

(Originally broadcast on April 8, 2011) 
This week on Basic Black: The National Conference for Media Reform is being held in Boston this week so we turn our attention to people of color and social media. We’ll discuss how digital media has replaced or enhanced the work of traditional institutions such as churches or civil rights organizations in encouraging/organizing social activism; we’ll also look at recent trends in how African Americans in particular are using social media. more

Basic Black Live: The War Between the States and Sharpton v. West

Arts & Culture | Politics


(Originally broadcast on April 15, 2011) 

This week marks the official beginning of ceremonies marking the 150th Anniversary of The Civil War. How should African Americans look at the commemorations and historical re-tellings to come? Also, we'll examine the heated exchange between Rev. Al Sharpton and Cornel West over Barack Obama's leadership and whether he's done enough for communities of color.
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Basic Black Live: The Anniversary of the Gulf Oil Spill and Election 2012

Arts & Culture | Politics

(Originally broadcast on April 22, 2011) 
This week marks the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion and Gulf Oil spill which resulted in the deaths of 11 crewmen and the worst environmental disaster in the United States.  Also, we look at the GOP line-up for the 2012 election.
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Basic Black Live: US Policy in Africa - and Barack Obama's Birth Certificate

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast on April 29, 2011) 
This week, a discussion on the US policy in Africa and recent interventions into conflicts on the continent. Later in the show, we'll turn to a conversation on the release of President Barack Obama's long form birth certificate.
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Basic Black: The Occupy Movement; The Rise of Herman Cain

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast October 28, 2011)  Our season premiere features a conversation on the growing Occupy Movement and how people of color are making their voice heard, either by joining the larger movement or its off-shoot, Occupy The Hood.

We'll also look at Herman Cain's presidential bid. What accounts for his surge in the polls, and rising popularity among conservatives?

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Basic Black Live: "Stand your ground" in Massachusetts? Also, the Supreme Court and the Affordable Care Act

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics


This week on Basic Black: In the wake of the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a look at Massachusetts' "stand your ground" proposal and recent efforts to pass or block the legislation. Also, the pending Supreme Court decision on the Obama administration's health care reform legislation: however they decide, what are the political ramifications for President Obama's re-election campaign and the impact on communities of color.


(Image source via Creative Commons: xtopalopaquetl)
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Basic Black Live: The Luck Of The Irish

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast April 20, 2012)


The Basic Black panelists sit down with playwright Kirsten Greenidge to discuss her new play The Luck of the Irish, currently playing at the Huntington Theatre through May 6. When an upwardly mobile African-American family wants to buy a house in an all-white neighborhood of 1950s Boston, they pay a struggling Irish family to act as their front. Fifty years later, the Irish family asks for "their" house back. Moving across the two eras, The Luck of the Irish explores the complex impact of racial integration in Boston and the universal longing for home.
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