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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Rachel Dolezal & Identity Politics

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

June 26, 2015

The woman who would be black... after the broadcast, we dissect the meaning of the Rachel Dolezal episode.

 

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Basic Black: Predictions 2017

Politics

January 09, 2017

The new year is here! What will 2017 hold? This week on Basic Black with Callie Crossley of 89.7's Under the Radar, local leaders converge for an enlightening discussion on politics, race, immigration, and the economy. Guest panelists include Boston's Chief of Economic Development, John Barros;  President of the NAACP Boston, Tanisha Sullivan; Executive Director of Project Citizenship, Veronica Serrato; and Assoc. Professor at Tufts University, Natalie Masuoka.

 

 

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Basic Black: Predictions 2017

Politics

January 09, 2017

The new year is here! What will 2017 hold? This week on Basic Black with Callie Crossley of 89.7's Under the Radar, local leaders converge for an enlightening discussion on politics, race, immigration, and the economy. Guest panelists include Boston's Chief of Economic Development, John Barros;  President of the NAACP Boston, Tanisha Sullivan; Executive Director of Project Citizenship, Veronica Serrato; and Assoc. Professor at Tufts University, Natalie Masuoka.

 

 

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Basic Black: Racism in Boston

Black Boston

May 5, 2017

Host Callie Crossley of Under the Radar 89.7FM examines the current racial climate, both nationally and locally with guest panelists Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor-At-Large; President of Boston NAACP,Tanisha Sullivan ; Assoc. Professor of American Studies at Wellesley College, Michael Jeffries ; and Senior Investigative Reporter at WGBH News, Phillip Martin.

 

 

 

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Basic Black: Racism in Boston

Black Boston

May 5, 2017

Host Callie Crossley of Under the Radar 89.7FM examines the current racial climate, both nationally and locally with guest panelists Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor-At-Large; President of Boston NAACP,Tanisha Sullivan ; Assoc. Professor of American Studies at Wellesley College, Michael Jeffries ; and Senior Investigative Reporter at WGBH News, Phillip Martin.

 

 

 

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Basic Black: The Battle for the Redistricting of Boston

Black Boston | Politics


Originally broadcast on October 26, 2012:

The deadline is fast approaching on a federal mandate for the Boston City Council to pass a plan that reorganizes the city’s voting districts. But there seems to be no clear consensus among council members, nor among many in Boston’s communities of color, on how to do it. The mayor has already vetoed two maps. A coalition representing African American, Asian, and Latino voters has vowed to sue if they are unsatisfied with the council's solution. Emotions are running high, and only ten days remain.


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Empowering Women & Girls: Nicole Roberts Jones

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

by Talia Whyte


Nicole Roberts Jones
was the mistress of ceremonies at Boston's 43rd annual Martin Luther King Day Breakfast.  As the old adage goes, behind every great man is an even greater woman.  Coretta Scott King played a vital role as Dr. King’s wife and organizing partner.  There were many other women who had participated in the civil rights movement, but unlike Mrs. King, Betty Shabazz and Rosa Parks, their accomplishments have been given little attention.

Ella Baker, Septima Poinsette Clark, Fannie Lou Hamer and Vivian Malone Jones are all unsung heroines from that era.  Baker was a longtime organizer for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) who worked behind the scenes.  Because she was neither a man nor a minister, she was not seriously considered to become the head of the organization.  Clark, better known as the “queen mother” of the civil rights movement, was an educator who played a role in a legal victory that would allow blacks to become principals in public schools in Charleston, South Carolina.  Hamer was a Mississippi sharecropper, who was beaten and jailed in 1962 for trying to register to vote.  She co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and spoke at the 1964 Democratic National Convention.  Jones defied Gov. George Wallace by becoming one of the first black students to enroll at the University of Alabama in 1963.

And there were countless other women, who are unknown, but worked tirelessly cooking meals and cleaning up after rallies.  These women should be the main role models for today’s black women, not stars on reality shows.   

While no woman gave a speech at the 1963 March on Washington, it seems like their accomplishments are now being recognized.  Myrlie Evers-Williams delivered the invocation at President Obama’s inauguration – the first ever done by a woman and layperson.

“There’s a Chinese saying, ’Women hold up half the world,” said former NAACP chairman Julian Bond. “In the case of the civil rights movement it’s probably three-quarters of the world.”

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Remembering Julian Bond

Education | Politics

Marita Rivero discusses her childhood friend, civil rights activist Julian Bond.

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A Conversation with James Rucker, Co-Founder of Color of Change

Arts & Culture | Politics

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Barbara Lewis, Dir. of the William Monroe Trotter Institute on the 100th Anniversary of the NAACP

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

Barbara Lewis, the director of the William Monroe Trotter Institute at UMass Boston, talks about the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NAACP.

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