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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: Black Wealth and "The Birth of a Nation"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business

October 15, 2016

We discuss how a call to action on social media moved millions of dollars into African American banking institutions. Plus, we look at whether or not "The Birth of A Nation" overcame the controversy around its star. 

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Basic Black: Black Wealth and "The Birth of a Nation"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business

October 15, 2016

We discuss how a call to action on social media moved millions of dollars into African American banking institutions. Plus, we look at whether or not "The Birth of A Nation" overcame the controversy around its star. 

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African American Art and Artists

Arts & Culture | Black Boston

The Boston art scene is vibrant and ripe with artists of color.  Basic Black speaks with three artists about their craft and the economics of art from collectors who purchase art to how people can enjoy and learn more about it, as well as the life of an working artist.  An art historian rounds out the panel to provide history and context about African American art.  Guests will also give some tips on how a novice can begin art collecting.  Guests tonight:

Napoleon Jones-Henderson, Bob Freeman, Ekua Holmes and Nikki Greene, Ph.D.

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Basic Black: African American Cinema

Arts & Culture

January 27, 2017

It's award season and this year #OscarsNotSoWhite. On this week's broadcast  host Callie Crossley sits down with our guest panelists to discuss 2017 Oscars nominations --standouts, surprises and snubs! Joining Callie are guest panelists Producer of the Roxbury International Film Festival, Lisa Simmons; Director and Residence at the Department of Visual Arts at Emerson College,Theodore Life Jr. Assistant Professor at Northeastern University, Carole Bell; and Senior Investigative Reporter at WGBH News, Phillip Martin.

 

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Basic Black: African American Cinema

Arts & Culture

January 27, 2017

It's award season and this year #OscarsNotSoWhite. On this week's broadcast  host Callie Crossley sits down with our guest panelists to discuss 2017 Oscars nominations --standouts, surprises and snubs! Joining Callie are guest panelists Producer of the Roxbury International Film Festival, Lisa Simmons; Director and Residence at the Department of Visual Arts at Emerson College,Theodore Life Jr. Assistant Professor at Northeastern University, Carole Bell; and Senior Investigative Reporter at WGBH News, Phillip Martin.

 

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Basic Black: The Battle for the Redistricting of Boston

Black Boston | Politics


Originally broadcast on October 26, 2012:

The deadline is fast approaching on a federal mandate for the Boston City Council to pass a plan that reorganizes the city’s voting districts. But there seems to be no clear consensus among council members, nor among many in Boston’s communities of color, on how to do it. The mayor has already vetoed two maps. A coalition representing African American, Asian, and Latino voters has vowed to sue if they are unsatisfied with the council's solution. Emotions are running high, and only ten days remain.


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Basic Black: Feminism Isn't Black and White

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

December 20, 2013

This week on Basic Black, our first conversation examines the recent media coverage of Michelle Obama and the meaning of feminism to women of color.  An article in Politico dubbed the First Lady as a "feminist nightmare" while later coverage characterized her as the "angry black woman" when the President took a selfie with Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at the funeral of Nelson Mandela.  Both episodes illustrated the great divide between black and white women on the issue of feminism , with many African American commentators saying, in essence, "your feminism ain't like mine…"



(Photo:  First Lady Michelle Obama introducing President Barack Obama before his address to injured veterans and guests on the critical issues facing veterans during the DAV National Convention in Orlando, Fla. Michelle Obama is taking her “Let’s Move!” campaign to Arthur Ashe Kids Day. AP Photo/Julie Fletcher - Aug. 10, 2013, File)

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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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A Conversation with Professor Griff on the Legacy of Malcolm X

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

By Talia Whyte


Professor Griff of the legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy gave a lecture on Malcolm X's influence in today's black culture at Northeastern University's John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute February 12.

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