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Basic Black Live: President Barack Obama Re-Elected

Black Boston | Politics


Originally broadcast November 9, 2012.

Election 2012 came to a close on November 6 as President Barack Obama was elected for a second term.  The turnout numbers rivaled those of 2008, despite long lines at the polls and court cases challenging early voting rules.  In addition to the huge percentage of African Americans who voted for him, Obama was swept to victory by the youth and Latino votes, as well as large contingents of women, working class, and educated white voters.




(Photo: President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden acknowledge the crowd at his election night party on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.  Source: Associated Press.)
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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 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 After the Broadcast: The GOP and Communities of Color

Black Boston | Politics


April 26, 2013

After the broadcast, the conversation turned to the GOP's efforts towards outreach to communities of color.  (The video of the television broadcast will be available the week of April 29.)


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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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Basic Black: Where We Live and Vote

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


June 28, 2013

This week on Basic Black, we take a look at two major issues as we head into the summer.  On the local front, the number of shootings in Boston has surpassed last year's tally.  We'll talk about causes and strategies to combat the violence.  In national headlines, the Supreme Court this week struck key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a critical victory of the civil rights movement. We'll discuss the impact on upcoming elections and shaping voter turnout.


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Basic Black: Do Political Endorsements Matter?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 25, 2013


This week on Basic Black, the Boston mayor's race is coming down to the wire.  Candidates John Connolly are Martin Walsh are making the case to communities of color throughout the city and each have secured endorsements from prominent African American and Latino leaders.  But are endorsements of any value beyond the photo op?  And will the candidates' pitches be strong enough at this point to move voters to the polls?



(Photo: Meredith Nierman/WGBH)

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Boston Politics Redux

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 25, 2013

Do endorsements have any value beyond the photo op?  And will the candidates' pitches be strong enough at this point to move voters to the polls?


(Photo: Meredith Nierman, WGBH)
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Basic Black: Do Political Endorsements Matter?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 25, 2013


This week on Basic Black, the Boston mayor's race is coming down to the wire.  Candidates John Connolly are Martin Walsh are making the case to communities of color throughout the city and each have secured endorsements from prominent African American and Latino leaders.  But are endorsements of any value beyond the photo op?  And will the candidates' pitches be strong enough at this point to move voters to the polls?



(Photo: Meredith Nierman/WGBH)

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Basic Black: Lessons in History and Legacy

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 6, 2014

Tonight on Basic Black, in an historic move the Massachusetts legislature voted to expel Carlos Henriquez from the House in the wake of his conviction for assault.  Also, another dispute among the surviving children of Martin Luther King, Jr. has gone painfully public, calling into question their respect for his legacy.  Tonight we'll look behind the headlines to analyze the impact and the meaning in both stories.




(Image: Former State Rep. (5th Suffolk District) Carlos Henriquez addresses the Massachusetts legislature before the vote to expel him.)
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