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Basic Black Live: Immigration Law Reform & Black/Latino Relations

Black Boston | Business | Politics

(Originally broadcast May 6, 2010)  This week on Basic Black, we'll take a look at the recent passage of a controversial immigration law in Arizona and the potential wider impact on communities of color.  We'll also discuss the current state of African American & Latino relations.

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Basic Black: Homosexuality and the Black Community

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(Originally broadcast on July 1, 2011)

After a profanity-laced performance earlier this month, comedian Tracy Morgan came under fire for his provocative (some would say hateful) remarks regarding homosexuality. But June 2011 has been a particularly newsworthy month in regards to similar episodes which have prompted a discussion about homophobia in the black community.

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Basic Black Live: African American Spirituality

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


(Originally broadcast on December 16, 2011)

In a season of celebration and reflection for many religions and faiths, Basic Black presents "Sacred: African American Spirituality," a live conversation focusing on the spectrum of religious beliefs in the African American community, and how those beliefs have shaped its culture, politics and history. The show will also look at the rise of Islam amongst African Americans, the increasing adoption of Buddhism and Judaism, and the small but growing community of atheists, agnostics, and non-believers.

This special presentation was simulcast live on both WGBH's World channel and The Root, a leading online source of news and commentary from the African American perspective.
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Basic Black Live: New Protests, New Leadership

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(Originally broadcast on January 13, 2012)

As we head towards the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, we look back at the past year of protest at home and abroad. In the era of the civil rights movement, much of the attention focused on the leadership; but in this new era of protests, the focus has shifted to the masses. Have leaders become obsolete? Our conversation this week on Basic Black looks at the new role of leadership in grassroots movements, from the Tea Party to the Arab Spring to Occupy.


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Basic Black Live: Is Black History Month Still Necessary?

Arts & Culture | Politics


Originally broadcast February 17, 2012

In the middle of Black History Month, we ask the question posed by the provocative new film premiering on PBS’ Independent Lens series: Is Black History Month still necessary? The film More Than A Month is a chronicle of filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman’s one-man quest to end Black History Month.

We also take a look at how the media covered the death of Whitney Houston. Who got it right and who got it wrong?

This program was a special national live broadcast on WGBH’s World channel, and is a collaboration with The Root.com, a leading online source for news and commentary from an African American perspective.

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Basic Black Live: Are women of color left out the "women's agenda"?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics


In acknowledgment of Women’s History Month Basic Black presents a Women’s Roundtable. This special presentation will be a conversation on the issues and concerns of women of color coming out of the political landscape in this presidential election year. In addition to the wealth income gap and health care reform, we’ll dig deep on issues such as reproductive rights, women of color in political life, and setting the "women's agenda.'"  Our panel featured Anita Hill, Lani Guinier, and Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-MA).


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Basic Black: Trayvon Martin and A Country Divided

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast on April 13, 2012)

In a country where an African American boy can grow up to be president, the tragedy of Trayvon Martin's death is one in a continuum in the stories of young black men whose lives end at the intersection of race and violence. The facts of the case in the fatal shooting death of Trayvon Martin continue to be debated, but in addition to the headlines and specific events of that night, our Basic Black conversation focuses on the myriad of themes and persistent questions about what it means to grow up black and male in America.


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Basic Black Live: The Black Agenda

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Education | Health | Politics

(Originally broadcast April 29, 2010)  This week on Basic Black, our panelists tackle the issue of what should be "The "Black Agenda."

 

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. A simultaneous live stream at www.basicblack.org gives viewers the opportunity to submit comments and questions in real time during the broadcast.

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Basic Black LIVE: President Obama, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Black Vote

Arts & Culture | Politics


(Originally broadcast May 11, 2012)

President Obama surprised the world yesterday when his stance on same-sex marriage finished "evolving" and he came out in support of it. Will his position hurt or help his chances at re-election? How will it affect his relationship with black clergy? Will it alter his support in the black community?




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Basic Black: A Revolutionary Who Championed Reconciliation

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


December 6, 2013

Today the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela. The 95 year old former South African president died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Thursday night.  Basic Black pauses to remember the man who brought democratic rule and an end to apartheid to South Africa, and who embraced the city of Boston as a partner in the struggle for human rights.



(Photo:  In this Dec. 7, 2005 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela, 87, is in a jovial mood at the Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, where he met with the winner and runner-up of the local "Idols" competition. AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File.)

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