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Basic Black: Reaction to the State of the Union Address and Chuck Turner's Sentence

Black Boston | Business | Education | Health | Politics | Science & Technology

(Originally broadcast on January 28, 2011)  On this episode of Basic Black, our discussion focuses on President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Later in the show, we turn our attention to the sentence handed down to former Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner. more

Basic Black Live: Taking the History Out Of Black History

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast on February 4, 2011)  As we head into Black History Month and the 150th Anniversary year of the Civil War, this Basic Black conversation features a look at recent efforts at revisionism in black history. more

Basic Black Live: Navigating The Afrosphere

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

(Originally broadcast on April 8, 2011) 
This week on Basic Black: The National Conference for Media Reform is being held in Boston this week so we turn our attention to people of color and social media. We’ll discuss how digital media has replaced or enhanced the work of traditional institutions such as churches or civil rights organizations in encouraging/organizing social activism; we’ll also look at recent trends in how African Americans in particular are using social media. more

Basic Black Live: The War Between the States and Sharpton v. West

Arts & Culture | Politics


(Originally broadcast on April 15, 2011) 

This week marks the official beginning of ceremonies marking the 150th Anniversary of The Civil War. How should African Americans look at the commemorations and historical re-tellings to come? Also, we'll examine the heated exchange between Rev. Al Sharpton and Cornel West over Barack Obama's leadership and whether he's done enough for communities of color.
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Basic Black Live: The Anniversary of the Gulf Oil Spill and Election 2012

Arts & Culture | Politics

(Originally broadcast on April 22, 2011) 
This week marks the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion and Gulf Oil spill which resulted in the deaths of 11 crewmen and the worst environmental disaster in the United States.  Also, we look at the GOP line-up for the 2012 election.
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Basic Black Live: US Policy in Africa - and Barack Obama's Birth Certificate

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast on April 29, 2011) 
This week, a discussion on the US policy in Africa and recent interventions into conflicts on the continent. Later in the show, we'll turn to a conversation on the release of President Barack Obama's long form birth certificate.
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Basic Black Live: The Death of Osama Bin Laden

Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast on May 6, 2011) This week: a discussion the death of Osama bin Laden and whether it has changed the conversation about Barack Obama’s foreign policy and military leadership, as well as his standing in the 2012 election.


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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 Live: The High Stakes of Race & Leadership

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


(Originally broadcast on July 8, 2011)

Mayor William "Willy" Lantigua of Lawrence, MA is the subject of a recall effort which is gaining momentum. Many in the Latino community are deeply embarrassed by the entire situation, but should they be? From the White House to the State House, should communities of color hold their leaders to a different standard?

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Basic Black Live: The Link Between Poverty and Crime; Criticizing Obama

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


(Originally broadcast on May 27, 2011)

Is there a link between poverty and prison? Also, criticism of President Obama comes from unexpected quarters, prompting the question, "How should people of color hold President Obama accountable?" In our online conversation after the broadcast, we discuss the end of an era and the cultural impact of Oprah Winfrey.

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