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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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Basic Black Live: Racism, Rage and Mental Illness

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


February 22, 2013:

Is the context for the murderous rampage of Christopher Dorner one that people of color recognize?  Tonight on Basic Black – anatomy of a killer’s racial experience…  what happens at the intersection of racism, rage and mental illness?




(Photo:  War, Maria Gertsovskaya/Flickr.)

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Basic Black Live - The Black Church: The Call to Heal, Serve, and Transform

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


(Originally broadcast December 14, 2012)

Black churches routinely discuss both scripture and issues  like gay marriage and voter suppression,and gun violence. Today’s tragic shooting in Connecticut is a fresh reminder of the ever present  violence assaulting so many black communities. What role has the black church played in dealing with the violence?  We'll look at that and examine the church's influence in shaping  opinion about current issues of the day.

Has the church become too political, or not political enough?  Has this institution re-invented itself in order to adequately meet the challenges of changing communities around it?


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Basic Black Live: The Emancipation Proclamation at 150

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast January 4, 2013.)

The Emancipation Proclamation is 150 years old this week.  Historian Eric Foner called this document one of the most important documents in American history.  Does the Emancipation Proclamation have any meaning for contemporary times?

Also, our panelists look ahead with predictions for 2013.


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Basic Black Live: What is "Black Leadership?"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 18, 2013


As we approach the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and President Obama’s second inauguration, Basic Black looks at the significance of leadership, and specifically the notion of "black leadership."  Questions on the table include:  Is black leadership a reality?  Is the idea of a black leadership outdated?  What should a contemporary black leadership look like?



(Photo by Pete Souza: A view from the back of President Obama's chair, July 2012.)
 

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Basic Black: Jordan, Trayvon, and the Consequences of Implicit Bias

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

February 21, 2014

Less than a year after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin, a mistrial was declared in the shooting death of another 17-year-old African American boy, Jordan Davis. In both cases, much of the public conversation has been about racism and the validity of "stand your ground" laws, but this week on Basic Black, we take a look at implicit bias, the hidden prejudices and biases we all have, but when acted upon in the extreme, can have deadly consequences.

 

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Basic Black: Jordan, Trayvon, and the Consequences of Implicit Bias

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

February 21, 2014

Less than a year after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin, a mistrial was declared in the shooting death of another 17-year-old African American boy, Jordan Davis. In both cases, much of the public conversation has been about racism and the validity of "stand your ground" laws, but this week on Basic Black, we take a look at implicit bias, the hidden prejudices and biases we all have, but when acted upon in the extreme, can have deadly consequences.

 

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Basic Black: PTSD and The Lingering Impact of Violence

Black Boston | Health | Politics

February 14, 2014


Conversations about gun violence usually center around criminal justice strategies and gun control, but often lost in the debate is the connection to public health.  Last week, Pro Publica, the non-profit investigative journalism news organization published a piece by Lois Beckett, entitled, The PTSD Crisis That's Being Ignored: Americans Wounded in Their Own Neighborhoods.  As the spike in shootings  makes headlines in Boston, our Basic Black conversation focuses on the public health impact to communities in the wake of gun violence.

 

 

 

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Basic Black Live: Racism, Rage and Mental Illness

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


February 22, 2013:

Is the context for the murderous rampage of Christopher Dorner one that people of color recognize?  Tonight on Basic Black – anatomy of a killer’s racial experience…  what happens at the intersection of racism, rage and mental illness?




(Photo:  War, Maria Gertsovskaya/Flickr.)

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Basic Black - Affirmative Action: Slippery Slope Or Uphill Battle...?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

May 2, 2014

This week on Basic Black, we take a look at the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding Michigan's ban on affirmative action as a consideration in admissions to the state's public universities. The majority and dissent opinions mirrored the national debate on achieving racial diversity in higher education, but we'll discuss how that debate intensified with the backdrop of Donald Sterling's audiotaped disdain for the company of "black people," Cliven Bundy's remarks on the merits of slavery, and African American students at Harvard creating the "ITooAmHarvard" campaign.


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