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Freedom Summer from The American Experience

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

June 20, 2014

On June 23rd the American Experience presented a preview of the film Freedom Summer at the Strand Theatre, Dorchester, Mass. The screening was followed by a discussion with filmmaker Stanley Nelson and activists and icons of the civil rights movement, Bob Moses and Dave Dennis. Basic Black was on hand to live tweet the event; see below for an archive of photos and comments from the evening.

 

(PLEASE NOTE: BASIC BLACK RETURNS IN THE FALL WITH NEW CONVERSATIONS - CHECK BACK LATER THIS SUMMER FOR DETAILS.)

 

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"We Who Believe In Freedom:" 50 Years After Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

June 6, 2014

Fifty years ago this summer, the modern civil rights movement was front and center on the nation's headlines, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law and Freedom Summer was in full swing in Mississippi.  But the struggle for racial equality, by law and in the voting booth, was from over and activists persisted in the fight often against systematic violent attacks including beating, arson, and murder.  This week on Basic Black we acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the pivotal events of that summer and examine its impact on contemporary movements for racial, social and economic quality.

 

(Program title inspiration: Ella Baker, 1964; photo: from the upcoming film, Freedom Summer, by Stanley Nelson)

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Basic Black: American Promise and Crushing the Black Male Achievement Gap

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

January 24, 2014


The usual stories about African American boys and education most often center on public school systems. But what about the opposite end of the spectrum?  American Promise is a documentary 13 years in the making, following the journeys of two African-American boys and their families from kindergarten through high school graduation. This provocative film provides a rare look into two middle class black families as they navigate the challenges of race, class and parenting within one of the wealthiest academic communities in America.  Filmmaker Joe Brewster joins Basic Black to talk about the making of the film.


American Promise is made possible by a grant from American Documentary | POV, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
 

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That's A Fact: Young, Gifted, and Black

Arts & Culture | Black Boston

Bunker Hill Community College held the opening reception Feb. 9 for its latest exhibit “That’s a Fact: Young, Gifted and Black.” Many of the area’s best and brightest artists, filmmakers, musicians, writers and photographers were invited to display and celebrate their art.

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The 11th Annual Roxbury Film Festival

Arts & Culture | Black Boston

Basic Black contributor Bridgit Brown attended the Roxbury Film festival, now in its 11th year.

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A Conversation with Lee Daniels, Director of "Precious"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

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Beyond Measure Productions: Making Films in Boston

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

Basic Black contributor Alesha Gunn goes behind the scenes with Beyond Measure Productions.  Their latest feature film, The Last Shot, explores the violence in Boston's urban communities.

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Excerpt From "In the Matter of Levi Hart" (Beth Deare, Producer, Say Brother)

Black Boston | Politics

Basic Black mourns the loss of Say Brother producer Beth Deare who lost her life in a fire on February 21, 2011.   We celebrate her stong and enduring legacy to Boston’s black communities, to public media, and to the filmmakers she taught and championed.  The above clip from the Emmy Award-winning program In the Matter of Levi Hart about the death of 14-year-old Levi Hart who was shot by the Boston police in 1981. more

Melvin Van Peebles - 1974

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