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Basic Black: An urban agenda for Massachusetts

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 9, 2015

This week Charlie Baker was sworn in as the 72nd governor of Massachusetts, with promises of bipartisanship and a renewed economic growth agenda for the Commonwealth’s urban communities.  Later in the show we remember Senator Edward Brooke who died last week at the age of 95.

 

 

Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, center, acknowledges applause after taking the oath of office, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in the House Chamber of the Statehouse, in Boston. Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

 

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Basic Black: Politics and Prose

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 27, 2015

This year’s Oscar© ceremony has been described as one of the most political in recent memory, as winners acceptance speeches included history lessons and calls to action on women’s issues and immigration.  We’ll take a closer look at comments on equal pay for women, feminism, and the civil rights movement coming out of the Oscars© winners circle.  Later in the show, as Black History Month comes to a close, we pause to remember the artistry of writer James Baldwin, whose provocative essays on race and identity in America still resonate.

 

(Image source: CNN, Patricia Arquette, Common, and John Legend, @Academy Awards, February 22, 2015)

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Basic Black: Politics and Prose

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 27, 2015

This year’s Oscar© ceremony has been described as one of the most political in recent memory, as winners acceptance speeches included history lessons and calls to action on women’s issues and immigration.  We’ll take a closer look at comments on equal pay for women, feminism, and the civil rights movement coming out of the Oscars© winners circle.  Later in the show, as Black History Month comes to a close, we pause to remember the artistry of writer James Baldwin, whose provocative essays on race and identity in America still resonate.

 

(Image source: CNN, Patricia Arquette, Common, and John Legend, @Academy Awards, February 22, 2015)

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Basic Black: Next Generation Politics and Press

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

November 6, 2015

This week on Basic Black we look at the seismic shift in the Boston City Council as two challengers ousted the city’s longest serving councilors. One of the winners was Councilor-Elect Andrea Joy Campbell who will represent District 4, having beaten Charles Yancey, who held the seat for 32 years. Also, we discuss the 50th anniversary of the Bay State Banner and the relevance of ethnic newspapers today.

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: 50 Years of The Bay State Banner

Arts & Culture | Black Boston

November 6, 2015

After the broadcast the conversation turned to a discussion of the 50th anniversary of the Bay State Banner and the relevance of ethnic newspapers today.

 

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Basic Black: Next Generation Politics and Press

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

November 6, 2015

This week on Basic Black we look at the seismic shift in the Boston City Council as two challengers ousted the city’s longest serving councilors. One of the winners was Councilor-Elect Andrea Joy Campbell who will represent District 4, having beaten Charles Yancey, who held the seat for 32 years. Also, we discuss the 50th anniversary of the Bay State Banner and the relevance of ethnic newspapers today.

 

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Basic Black: Addiction and Invisibility

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

November 13, 2015

This week on Basic Black: some neighborhoods already feel underserved by the MBTA, and with winter approaching we ask what these communities should expect from the transit authority ahead of the next major storm. Also, we take look at communities of color and addiction amidst the current opioid crisis: treatment vs. criminalization. Are substance abusers of color invisible?


 

 

Photo: Damian Dovarganes, Associated Press, 2014.

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: MBTA & Communities of Color

Black Boston | Business | Politics

November 13, 2015


After the broadcast, the conversation took a deep dive into the readiness of the MBTA to meet the needs of communities and populations totally dependent on public transportation.

 

 

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Basic Black: Addiction and Invisibility

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

November 13, 2015

This week on Basic Black: some neighborhoods already feel underserved by the MBTA, and with winter approaching we ask what these communities should expect from the transit authority ahead of the next major storm. Also, we take look at communities of color and addiction amidst the current opioid crisis: treatment vs. criminalization. Are substance abusers of color invisible?


 

 

Photo: Damian Dovarganes, Associated Press, 2014.

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Basic Black: Readin', Writin', & Race

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

February 12, 2016

This week on Basic Black: education in the news. We’ll look at the controversy over accusations of racism at Boston Latin School; also, a discussion on the persistent trend of racial disparities in discipline, starting with kindergartners; and finally, in his first State of the Commonwealth address last month, Governor Baker called for a raise on the cap for charter schools, so we’ll discuss the pros and cons of a charter school education.

 

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