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Basic Black Live: Black and Green

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics


May 31, 2013

A recent audit by the state revealed that Massachusetts paid welfare benefits to 1,160 dead recipients. In spite of the fact that, in terms of dollars, this is a very tiny fraction compared to the size of the program, and the majority of welfare and food stamp assistance are white, we'll discuss why the stereotype of the "welfare queen" persists.  At the other end of the financial spectrum, we'll look at wealth: a recent report by Nielsen concluded that black spending power will reach $1 trillion dollars by 2015…but black wealth is declining.  What are the factors contributing to the disparity?


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Basic Black: A Revolutionary Who Championed Reconciliation

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


December 6, 2013

Today the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela. The 95 year old former South African president died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Thursday night.  Basic Black pauses to remember the man who brought democratic rule and an end to apartheid to South Africa, and who embraced the city of Boston as a partner in the struggle for human rights.



(Photo:  In this Dec. 7, 2005 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela, 87, is in a jovial mood at the Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, where he met with the winner and runner-up of the local "Idols" competition. AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File.)

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Basic Black: A Revolutionary Who Championed Reconciliation

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


December 6, 2013

Today the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela. The 95 year old former South African president died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Thursday night.  Basic Black pauses to remember the man who brought democratic rule and an end to apartheid to South Africa, and who embraced the city of Boston as a partner in the struggle for human rights.



(Photo:  In this Dec. 7, 2005 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela, 87, is in a jovial mood at the Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, where he met with the winner and runner-up of the local "Idols" competition. AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File.)

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Basic Black: One Day, Two "States"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 31, 2014

One day, two "States," and many declarations.  Were you happy with what you heard in Governor Patrick's State of the Commonwealth or President Obama's State of the Union?  This week on Basic Black our panelists talk about what they heard, what they wanted to hear, and what they think will get accomplished as the Governor and the President head into the home stretches of their administrations.



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(L) Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, center, greets law makers and guests as he enters the House chamber at the Statehouse before his State of the State address, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
(R) President Barack Obama acknowledges Army Ranger Cory Remsburg during his State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2014. Behind the President are Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Basic Black: One Day, Two "States"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 31, 2014

One day, two "States," and many declarations.  Were you happy with what you heard in Governor Patrick's State of the Commonwealth or President Obama's State of the Union?  This week on Basic Black our panelists talk about what they heard, what they wanted to hear, and what they think will get accomplished as the Governor and the President head into the home stretches of their administrations.



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(L) Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, center, greets law makers and guests as he enters the House chamber at the Statehouse before his State of the State address, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
(R) President Barack Obama acknowledges Army Ranger Cory Remsburg during his State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2014. Behind the President are Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Basic Black: On Being Muslim and American

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 15, 2016

Some would argue that it has never been more difficult to be a Muslim in America since September 11. With the ISIS-inspired massacre in San Bernadino and support for Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call to Muslims from entering the United States, Muslim communities once again find themselves at the center of a heated cultural and political climate. Using Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced (now playing at the Huntington Theatre Company) as a point of departure, Basic Black explores what it means to be a Muslim American.

 

Photo:  Rashad Abdul-Rahman holds a book at the Atlanta Masjid of Al Islam mosque, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)

 

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Basic Black: Hollywood Star Power and Politics

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 22, 2016

This week on Basic Black: the clash of Hollywood star power and politics. We take a look at Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby: just as Cosby was being arraigned on charges of sexual assault, Clinton’s well-documented sexual assault allegations and extramarital affairs have re-emerged, following Hillary Clinton on the presidential campaign trail. But is there any difference in the way both men are being viewed in the media… should there be a difference? Also on the show, actress Jada Pinkett Smith has called for a boycott of the Oscars to protest the lack of diverse nominees, but others argue that boycotting the box office makes a bigger statement.

(Note: The creator of #OscarSoWhite is April Reign.)

 

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Basic Black: Hollywood Star Power and Politics

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 22, 2016

This week on Basic Black: the clash of Hollywood star power and politics. We take a look at Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby: just as Cosby was being arraigned on charges of sexual assault, Clinton’s well-documented sexual assault allegations and extramarital affairs have re-emerged, following Hillary Clinton on the presidential campaign trail. But is there any difference in the way both men are being viewed in the media… should there be a difference? Also on the show, actress Jada Pinkett Smith has called for a boycott of the Oscars to protest the lack of diverse nominees, but others argue that boycotting the box office makes a bigger statement.

(Note: The creator of #OscarSoWhite is April Reign.)

 

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Basic Black: Power to the People Then and Now

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 19, 2016

The Black Panther Party is back in the news. The Black Panther Party for Self Defense, formed in the 1960’s, sought to dramatically challenge an American culture and system they described as racially oppressive. Carrying their guns in plain sight, fists raised in defiance, and berets tipped with precision, they made no attempt to hide their goals for a complete revolution, galvanizing a generation to take pride in being black. Although the Party dissolved under embarrassing circumstances, they are often cited as the inspiration for social justice movements and most recently, Beyonce’s half-time performance at this year’s Super Bowl. We’ll look at the historical and contemporary meaning of the Black Panthers in Stanley Nelson’s documentary, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.

Later in the show, we’ll look at the major speeches given by presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

 

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Basic Black - Skin Deep: Women of Color and Beauty

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

March 4, 2016

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but it’s also created in the media and marketing agencies around the world.  But when it comes to women of color in America, the notion of beauty can be fractured through a prism of race, class, and history.  This week on Basic Black as Women’s History Month begins, we’ll take a look at traditional notions of beauty and how women of color are defining beauty, from the First Lady to Formation and everyone in-between…?

 

 

 

(Image: MAC Cosmetics advertisement)

 

 

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