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Basic Black: Surveillance Across the Color Line

Black Boston | Health | Politics | Science & Technology

April 8, 2016

This week on Basic Black, what does “security” mean in 2016 to communities of color. With the persistent plague of gun violence in Boston’s neighborhoods and the tragic bombings in Brussels still in the headlines as preparations for the 2016 Boston Marathon begin, security is at the forefront of conversations about policing. Close to home, we’ll take a look at the issue of body cameras for police and later, the larger issue of creating a secure environment in an age of domestic terrorism.
 

 
Philadelphia Police officers demonstrate a body-worn cameras being used as part of a pilot project in the department's 22nd District, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Security Without Fear?

Black Boston | Health | Politics | Science & Technology

April 8, 2016

This week on Basic Black, what does “security” mean in 2016 to communities of color. With the persistent plague of gun violence in Boston’s neighborhoods and the tragic bombings in Brussels still in the headlines as preparations for the 2016 Boston Marathon begin, security is at the forefront of conversations about policing. Close to home, we’ll take a look at the issue of body cameras for police and later, the larger issue of creating a secure environment in an age of domestic terrorism.

 

Photo: Aftermath of the San Bernadino shooting. Associated Press.)

 

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Basic Black: Surveillance Across the Color Line

Black Boston | Health | Politics | Science & Technology

April 8, 2016

This week on Basic Black, what does “security” mean in 2016 to communities of color. With the persistent plague of gun violence in Boston’s neighborhoods and the tragic bombings in Brussels still in the headlines as preparations for the 2016 Boston Marathon begin, security is at the forefront of conversations about policing. Close to home, we’ll take a look at the issue of body cameras for police and later, the larger issue of creating a secure environment in an age of domestic terrorism.
 

 
Philadelphia Police officers demonstrate a body-worn cameras being used as part of a pilot project in the department's 22nd District, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

 

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Basic Black Live: Images of African American Women & The Economy

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

(Originally broadcast November 12, 2009)  The first topic on the show is a discussion of the image of African American women using several recent examples from popular culture including the premiere of the movie Precious. Our second topic examines the staggering 15% unemployment rate in black communities.

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Basic Black Live: A Conversation on Black Masculinity

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

(Originally broadcast May 13, 2010)  An exploration on the meaning of "black masculinity."

 

Basic Black returns October 21, 2010 with live broadcasts and a panel of the region’s sharpest observers of the current news, events, and topics impacting black communities locally and nationally. A simultaneous live stream at www.basicblack.org gives viewers the opportunity to submit comments and questions in real time during the broadcast.

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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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Frederick Douglass & The 4th of July: Community Readings

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

July 2014

At the monument of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment on the Boston Common, more than 60 people gathered together to participate in a community reading of “The Meaning of the Fourth of July For The Negro” a speech written by Frederick Douglass in 1852.

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Looking at the 2010 World Cup from Boston

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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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