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Basic Black: Race, Reaction, Resilience

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 30, 2015

This week the conversation is resilience – we’re joined by S. Atyia Martin, the first Chief Resilience Officer for the city of Boston. Although Dr. Martin’s background is in emergency planning, part of her mission involves resilience in communities. For communities of color, resilience is the key to surviving and thriving. This is especially true of immigrant, low income and working class populations. We’ll also take a look at the role of school resource officers and law enforcement inside the classroom in the wake of a viral video that led to the firing of a police officer in South Carolina.

 

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Basic Black: Campus Protests and the Post-Civil Rights Generation

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

 

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BASIC BLACK IS BACK THIS WEEK! JOIN US FOR A NEW CONVERSATION DECEMBER 18th!

 

November 20, 2015

Last week, campus protests and resignations at the University of Missouri lit a spark that has burned across college campuses throughout the country, including New England. Students from Tufts and Harvard staged a walkout in solidarity with nationwide protests. Yesterday, the Harvard University Police launched an investigation into the defacing of portraits of black professors hanging in the halls of Harvard Law School. This week, Basic Black takes a deep dive into the many issues arising out these black student protests, including the tradition of campus protests and what’s different today, the impact of social media on organizing in the new millennium, and how should universities respond?

 

 

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Basic Black: The Year of the Gun

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

December 18, 2015

This year has been tragically and persistently the year of the gun. But gun violence is nothing new in communities of color; we’ll take a look at the impact of potential reforms and the resistance to such reforms. The long-awaited Star Wars movie opens on December 18. In the run up to the premiere, controversy swirled around the fact that one of the main characters is black. We’ll take a look at the meaning of characters of color in science fiction.


 


(AP Photo/Princes Georges Police)

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Basic Black: Campus Protests and the Post-Civil Rights Generation

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

 

PLEASE NOTE:

BASIC BLACK IS BACK THIS WEEK! JOIN US FOR A NEW CONVERSATION DECEMBER 18th!

 

November 20, 2015

Last week, campus protests and resignations at the University of Missouri lit a spark that has burned across college campuses throughout the country, including New England. Students from Tufts and Harvard staged a walkout in solidarity with nationwide protests. Yesterday, the Harvard University Police launched an investigation into the defacing of portraits of black professors hanging in the halls of Harvard Law School. This week, Basic Black takes a deep dive into the many issues arising out these black student protests, including the tradition of campus protests and what’s different today, the impact of social media on organizing in the new millennium, and how should universities respond?

 

 

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Basic Black: The Year of the Gun

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

December 18, 2015

This year has been tragically and persistently the year of the gun. But gun violence is nothing new in communities of color; we’ll take a look at the impact of potential reforms and the resistance to such reforms. The long-awaited Star Wars movie opens on December 18. In the run up to the premiere, controversy swirled around the fact that one of the main characters is black. We’ll take a look at the meaning of characters of color in science fiction.


 


(AP Photo/Princes Georges Police)

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Basic Black: Surveillance Across the Color Line

Black Boston | Health | Politics | Science & Technology

April 8, 2016

This week on Basic Black, what does “security” mean in 2016 to communities of color. With the persistent plague of gun violence in Boston’s neighborhoods and the tragic bombings in Brussels still in the headlines as preparations for the 2016 Boston Marathon begin, security is at the forefront of conversations about policing. Close to home, we’ll take a look at the issue of body cameras for police and later, the larger issue of creating a secure environment in an age of domestic terrorism.
 

 
Philadelphia Police officers demonstrate a body-worn cameras being used as part of a pilot project in the department's 22nd District, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Security Without Fear?

Black Boston | Health | Politics | Science & Technology

April 8, 2016

This week on Basic Black, what does “security” mean in 2016 to communities of color. With the persistent plague of gun violence in Boston’s neighborhoods and the tragic bombings in Brussels still in the headlines as preparations for the 2016 Boston Marathon begin, security is at the forefront of conversations about policing. Close to home, we’ll take a look at the issue of body cameras for police and later, the larger issue of creating a secure environment in an age of domestic terrorism.

 

Photo: Aftermath of the San Bernadino shooting. Associated Press.)

 

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Basic Black: Surveillance Across the Color Line

Black Boston | Health | Politics | Science & Technology

April 8, 2016

This week on Basic Black, what does “security” mean in 2016 to communities of color. With the persistent plague of gun violence in Boston’s neighborhoods and the tragic bombings in Brussels still in the headlines as preparations for the 2016 Boston Marathon begin, security is at the forefront of conversations about policing. Close to home, we’ll take a look at the issue of body cameras for police and later, the larger issue of creating a secure environment in an age of domestic terrorism.
 

 
Philadelphia Police officers demonstrate a body-worn cameras being used as part of a pilot project in the department's 22nd District, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

 

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Basic Black: Celebrating a Prince, a Queen, and a General

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 29, 2016

A Prince, a Queen, and a General. Brilliant, prolific artist Prince Rogers Nelson, superstar singer Beyonce “Queen Bey" Knowles, and abolitionist hero Harriet Tubman -- General Tubman -- the most celebrated leader of the Underground Railroad… We delve into the loss, triumph, and tribute for all three icons and consider what all of it says about culture, race, and (mainstream) recognition.
 
And in our online conversation: Asian American police officer Peter Liang fatally shot African American Akai Gurley. The shooting has strained Asian American and African American relations. What’s the long term impact?

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Fault Lines in Asian-American and African-American Relations

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 29, 2016

Asian American police officer Peter Liang fatally shot African American Akai Gurley. The shooting has strained Asian American and African American relations. What’s the long term impact?

 

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