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Basic Black: A Conversation with the Candidates for Boston City Council District 7

Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast on February 18, 2011)  A Reporter's Roundtable: In conversation with the candidates for Boston City Council District 7. 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: Uncle Tom in the 21st Century

Arts & Culture | Education | Politics

(Originally broadcast on March 25, 2011) 
Our topic this week: black “authenticity.” Grant Hill of the Phoenix Suns wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times in response to Jalen Rose, who accused him of being an Uncle Tom when Hill played for the basketball team at Duke University. This episode sparked a heated debate all across the internet; but in a deeper and more important sense, it also touched upon a familiar theme in African American life in regards to the question – what does it mean to be authentically black? And how do class distinctions contribute to the notion of black authenticity? more

Basic Black: Local News Headlines

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast on May 13, 2011)

This week a discussion on headlines in the local news including the growth of Dorchester, the return of the gambling issue, the call for tougher gun laws, redistricting, and a renewed push for immigration reform.


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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 After The Broadcast: What 12 Years A Slave Means Today

Arts & Culture | Politics

November 1, 2013

After the broadcast the conversation continued to explore how films like 12 Years A Slave can also be commentaries on contemporary times in African American life: educational and wealth gaps, stereotypes of black men and women, infant mortality, health disparities, achievement...


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Basic Black: Ebony and Ivy

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

(Please note: This is an encore presentation of a previous show.)


This week on Basic Black we're joined by Craig Wilder, professor of history at MIT and author of the new book Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America's Universities.  Dr. Wilder explores the connection of slavery to the beginnings of America's ivy league schools, going so far as to say that alongside church and state, they were the third pillar of a civilization based on bondage."  So how does this historical knowledge impact the contemporary relationship between African Americans and the nations most elite educational establishments?

 

 

(Please note: There will be no live chat this evening; join us for new conversations beginning April 4 at 7:30pm EST.)



(Photo of Craig Wilder by Jonathan Sachs.)



 

 

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Basic Black: Ebony and Ivy

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

(Please note: This is an encore presentation of a previous show.)


This week on Basic Black we're joined by Craig Wilder, professor of history at MIT and author of the new book Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America's Universities.  Dr. Wilder explores the connection of slavery to the beginnings of America's ivy league schools, going so far as to say that alongside church and state, they were the third pillar of a civilization based on bondage."  So how does this historical knowledge impact the contemporary relationship between African Americans and the nations most elite educational establishments?

 

 

(Please note: There will be no live chat this evening; join us for new conversations beginning April 4 at 7:30pm EST.)



(Photo of Craig Wilder by Jonathan Sachs.)



 

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Boston Going Forward

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

January 10, 2014

After the broadcast, the conversation continued.  Mayor Marty Walsh's emphasis on public safety, education, appointments to his administration, disparities in housing opportunities were discussed as well as the responsibility of communities of color to hold the Mayor accountable to his campaign promises.


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Basic Black: American Promise and Crushing the Black Male Achievement Gap

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

January 24, 2014


The usual stories about African American boys and education most often center on public school systems. But what about the opposite end of the spectrum?  American Promise is a documentary 13 years in the making, following the journeys of two African-American boys and their families from kindergarten through high school graduation. This provocative film provides a rare look into two middle class black families as they navigate the challenges of race, class and parenting within one of the wealthiest academic communities in America.  Filmmaker Joe Brewster joins Basic Black to talk about the making of the film.


American Promise is made possible by a grant from American Documentary | POV, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
 

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