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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: The Occupy Movement; The Rise of Herman Cain

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast October 28, 2011)  Our season premiere features a conversation on the growing Occupy Movement and how people of color are making their voice heard, either by joining the larger movement or its off-shoot, Occupy The Hood.

We'll also look at Herman Cain's presidential bid. What accounts for his surge in the polls, and rising popularity among conservatives?

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Basic Black: The State of the City, The State of the State, and The State of the Union

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


(Originally broadcast on January 27, 2012)


This week on Basic Black: a discussion on the future of our communities from Boston to Washington, DC. We'll review the State of the City, the State of the State, and the State of the Union. For Boston, much of our discussion will center on the Mayor's proposals for school assignments; in Massachusetts, the organization of community colleges and the "three-strikes" law are drawing strong reaction; and as we look at how the State of the Union was received, we'll address recent events which seem to illustrate a shocking level of diminished respect for the Oval Office (and its current occupant).


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Basic Black Live: Are women of color left out the "women's agenda"?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics


In acknowledgment of Women’s History Month Basic Black presents a Women’s Roundtable. This special presentation will be a conversation on the issues and concerns of women of color coming out of the political landscape in this presidential election year. In addition to the wealth income gap and health care reform, we’ll dig deep on issues such as reproductive rights, women of color in political life, and setting the "women's agenda.'"  Our panel featured Anita Hill, Lani Guinier, and Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-MA).


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Basic Black Live: The Supreme Court Upholds the Affordable Care Act

Black Boston | Health | Politics


Originally broadcast June 29, 2012

June 28, 2012 was another historic milestone in the presidency of Barack Obama as the Supreme Court upheld the major provisions of his landmark legislation, the Affordable Care Act.  Basic Black explores the implications of the ruling for communities of color and the 2012 presidential election. Later in the show, a discussion of a more complicated Supreme Court ruling: Arizona’s SB1070, and its lingering impact on immigrant communities.

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Basic Black: Justice, Reparations, and Reconciliation

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


February 8, 2013:

The Scottsboro Boys, The Central Park Five, Shawn Drumgold…in all of these cases, the accused were found guilty, only to be exonerated years later, sometimes decades later.  This week on Basic Black, a conversation on searching for truth, justice delayed, and a judicial balm for wounded communities.


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Basic Black - Affirmative Action: Slippery Slope Or Uphill Battle...?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

May 2, 2014

This week on Basic Black, we take a look at the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding Michigan's ban on affirmative action as a consideration in admissions to the state's public universities. The majority and dissent opinions mirrored the national debate on achieving racial diversity in higher education, but we'll discuss how that debate intensified with the backdrop of Donald Sterling's audiotaped disdain for the company of "black people," Cliven Bundy's remarks on the merits of slavery, and African American students at Harvard creating the "ITooAmHarvard" campaign.


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Basic Black After The Broadcast: What's next for affirmative action?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

May 2, 2014

After the broadcast, the panelists discuss what equal opportunity and diversity in higher education might look like in the absence of affirmative action.


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Basic Black - Affirmative Action: Slippery Slope Or Uphill Battle...?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

May 2, 2014

This week on Basic Black, we take a look at the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding Michigan's ban on affirmative action as a consideration in admissions to the state's public universities. The majority and dissent opinions mirrored the national debate on achieving racial diversity in higher education, but we'll discuss how that debate intensified with the backdrop of Donald Sterling's audiotaped disdain for the company of "black people," Cliven Bundy's remarks on the merits of slavery, and African American students at Harvard creating the "ITooAmHarvard" campaign.


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Basic Black: Brown v Board and the Return of Segregation?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

Original broadcast date: May 16, 2014


This week on Basic Black, we take a look at the lasting impact of Brown v. Board of Education as we approach the 60th Anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in the case.

Additional reading: The Pro Publica Series, Segregation Now.


 

Top photo:  Students, parents and educators rally at the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, for the 60th anniversary Brown v. Board of Education decision that struck down the “separate but equal” concept established under Plessy v. Ferguson that kept schools segregated. (AP Photo)

 

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