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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 Freedom Riders and The Call To Civic Action

Arts & Culture | Politics

(Originally broadcast May 20, 2011)

May 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. On May 20th we’re celebrating this seminal event in civil rights history and the release of the documentary film, Freedom Riders. Award-winning filmmaker and MacArthur "Genius" grant recipient Stanley Nelson will be our special guest panelist for a discussion on documentary film and the call for civic engagement in the age of social media. more

Basic Black: Homosexuality and the Black Community

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics


(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

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


(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: 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: 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 Live: The Emancipation Proclamation at 150

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast January 4, 2013.)

The Emancipation Proclamation is 150 years old this week.  Historian Eric Foner called this document one of the most important documents in American history.  Does the Emancipation Proclamation have any meaning for contemporary times?

Also, our panelists look ahead with predictions for 2013.


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Basic Black Live: Looking Ahead to the Second Obama Administration

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics


January 25, 2013

President Obama officially began his second term of office on January 20th.  In his inaugural address to the nation the following day, his focus was on the strengths and promises of America.  In this Basic Black conversation, we explore the challenges, the goals, and the demands for the second Obama administration.




Photo:  Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President Barack Obama during the inaugural swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

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