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Basic Black: Hollywood and the Slave Narrative

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

Original broadcast November 1, 2013

 

When the awards were given out at the 86th annual Academy Awards, it was the historical drama 12 Years a Slave that would make its own history that night.  John Ridley would become the second African American to win an Oscar in the writing category.  Lupita Nyong’o would win for Best Supporting Actress in her first feature role, becoming the 7th black actress to win an Oscar. And when 12 Years A Slave won Best Picture of the Year, it would be the first time a film with a black director took the Academy’s top honor. Tonight we hope you enjoy an encore presentation of our conversation taking you inside the historical backdrop for Solomon Northrup’s journey and 12 Years A Slave.
 

 


(Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures)

 

 

 

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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: 2009 Local Elections & Gay Rights vs. Civil Rights Movement

Black Boston | Politics

(Broadcast on November 5, 2009) Our first topic will be a discussion of the outcome of Massachusetts history making elections in the cities of Boston, Newton, and Lawrence.

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A Conversation with Kai Wright

Health | Politics | Science & Technology

 

An interview with journalist and AIDS activist Kai Wright.

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Mass Decision 2010: Voter Expectations of Deval Patrick

Black Boston | Business | Education | Health | Politics

What do voters expect from the governor of Massachusetts?
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Denise Simmons, Mayor of Cambridge, MA

Black Boston | Politics

Before the controversial arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Basic Black contributor Talia Whyte sat down for a conversation with Mayor E. Denise Simmons about her thoughts on the gay rights movement.  The former city council member is the first openly lesbian African American to serve as mayor of Cambridge.  She recently married her long-time partner Mattie Hayes.

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Keith Morris Washington on Lynching

Arts & Culture | Politics

Artist Keith Morris Washington talks about his series of paintings on lynchings.

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