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Basic Black: Hollywood and the Slave Narrative

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

Original broadcast November 1, 2013

 

When the awards were given out at the 86th annual Academy Awards, it was the historical drama 12 Years a Slave that would make its own history that night.  John Ridley would become the second African American to win an Oscar in the writing category.  Lupita Nyong’o would win for Best Supporting Actress in her first feature role, becoming the 7th black actress to win an Oscar. And when 12 Years A Slave won Best Picture of the Year, it would be the first time a film with a black director took the Academy’s top honor. Tonight we hope you enjoy an encore presentation of our conversation taking you inside the historical backdrop for Solomon Northrup’s journey and 12 Years A Slave.
 

 


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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: Hollywood and the Slave Narrative

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

Original broadcast November 1, 2013

 

When the awards were given out at the 86th annual Academy Awards, it was the historical drama 12 Years a Slave that would make its own history that night.  John Ridley would become the second African American to win an Oscar in the writing category.  Lupita Nyong’o would win for Best Supporting Actress in her first feature role, becoming the 7th black actress to win an Oscar. And when 12 Years A Slave won Best Picture of the Year, it would be the first time a film with a black director took the Academy’s top honor. Tonight we hope you enjoy an encore presentation of our conversation taking you inside the historical backdrop for Solomon Northrup’s journey and 12 Years A Slave.
 

 


(Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures)

 

 

 

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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 Live: What can we learn from Charles Ramsey?

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May 10, 2013

Earlier this week, Charles Ramsey of Cleveland, Ohio rescued three women and a six year old who had been held captive by his neighbor for a decade.  But it was the interview Ramsey gave to a reporter on the scene that day that made him an internet sensation.  Within hours, he was trending on Twitter and the subject of numerous autotune creations.

But Ramsey's two minute interview (and the later released call he placed to 911) grew into a larger examination of race, class and the media.  The stories of the abducted women have rightfully taken center stage, but questions about Ramsey's introduction to the world media remain.  This week on Basic Black, what can we learn from Charles Ramsey?
 

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Basic Black: Black History Icons - Respected, Revered, and ...Repackaged?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 28, 2014

Today is the last day of Black History Month, a time when the civil rights pioneers are learned about and revered.  But what meaning can an icon have when recording artist Nicki Minaj can use one of the most famous images of Malcolm X in her CD cover art with the n-word emblazoned near Malcolm X's head? Or Lil Wayne can write lyrics using the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in a manner so provocative that the uproar surrounding the episode moved Mountain Dew to drop their multi-million-dollar endorsement?   This week on Basic Black, how far has popular culture separated the icons from their historical meaning and what are the implications, especially in teaching the millennials and generations to come.

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Redefining Black History For The Future

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 28, 2014

After the broadcast the conversation continued: how are young people themselves redefining black history to make it have meaning for themselves and how do educators teach the history to make it have meaning in a contemporary context.


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Basic Black: Hollywood and the Slave Narrative

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

Original broadcast November 1, 2013

 

When the awards were given out at the 86th annual Academy Awards, it was the historical drama 12 Years a Slave that would make its own history that night.  John Ridley would become the second African American to win an Oscar in the writing category.  Lupita Nyong’o would win for Best Supporting Actress in her first feature role, becoming the 7th black actress to win an Oscar. And when 12 Years A Slave won Best Picture of the Year, it would be the first time a film with a black director took the Academy’s top honor. Tonight we hope you enjoy an encore presentation of our conversation taking you inside the historical backdrop for Solomon Northrup’s journey and 12 Years A Slave.
 

 


(Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures)

 

 

 

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Basic Black: Black History Icons - Respected, Revered, and ...Repackaged?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 28, 2014

Today is the last day of Black History Month, a time when the civil rights pioneers are learned about and revered.  But what meaning can an icon have when recording artist Nicki Minaj can use one of the most famous images of Malcolm X in her CD cover art with the n-word emblazoned near Malcolm X's head? Or Lil Wayne can write lyrics using the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in a manner so provocative that the uproar surrounding the episode moved Mountain Dew to drop their multi-million-dollar endorsement?   This week on Basic Black, how far has popular culture separated the icons from their historical meaning and what are the implications, especially in teaching the millennials and generations to come.

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Basic Black Live: History in the Headlines

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


May 3, 2013

Tonight on Basic Black history in the headlines: a report this week concluded that for the first time ever, black voter turnout surpassed that of white voters.  We'll look at the national and local implications.  And in sports, NBA player Jason Collins revealed he is gay; as the first professional athlete to do so, it's history, but is it news?



(Photo: Jason Collins.  Kwaku Alston for Sports Illustrated.)

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