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Basic Black: Urban Renaissance

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

April 10, 2015

It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Dudley Square is experiencing something of a renaissance.  The dedication of the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building and the re-opening of Tropical Foods grocery store are the latest examples of what is hoped to be the beginnings of an economic turnaround for Roxbury and Mattapan.  We’ll talk about  Mayor Walsh’s plans with two chiefs in his administration: John Barros and Daniel Koh. 

Later in the show, in South Carolina and closer to home, a shift in official police responses to the deaths of African American men at the hands of law enforcement.

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Enforcement And Empathy

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 10, 2015

After the broadcast the conversation continued with a discussion of a comparison between the official responses to police shootings (down south and closer to home) before and after the death of Walter Scott in North Charleston, SC.


 

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Basic Black: Urban Renaissance

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

April 10, 2015

It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Dudley Square is experiencing something of a renaissance.  The dedication of the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building and the re-opening of Tropical Foods grocery store are the latest examples of what is hoped to be the beginnings of an economic turnaround for Roxbury and Mattapan.  We’ll talk about  Mayor Walsh’s plans with two chiefs in his administration: John Barros and Daniel Koh. 

Later in the show, in South Carolina and closer to home, a shift in official police responses to the deaths of African American men at the hands of law enforcement.

 

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Basic Black: Baltimore... From The Streets To The Stage

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

May 8, 2015

This week Basic Black opens with a follow-up look at the events in Baltimore with a conversation about black leadership and variations on the “blue wall of silence.”  Later in the show: as tensions in Baltimore increased, it was the White House Correspondents Dinner which included a few jokes on the state of race relations, that took center stage in many media outlets; and just after the state of emergency in Baltimore was lifted, the comedy duo Key and Peele premiered a sketch called “Negrotown”… we ask, when is the right time for satire?

 



Photo: (Left) Scene from “Negrotown” Key & Peele, Comedy Central.  (Right) Protesters demonstrate as a curfew imposed in the aftermath of rioting following Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray goes into effect Friday, May 1, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Serious Satire

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

May 8, 2015

After the broadcast, the discussion explored the question of the role of satire and comedy in talking about cultural differences, race relations, police brutality.

 

(Photo: Scene from "Negrotown" by Key & Peele, Comedy Central).

 

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Basic Black: Baltimore... From The Streets To The Stage

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

May 8, 2015

This week Basic Black opens with a follow-up look at the events in Baltimore with a conversation about black leadership and variations on the “blue wall of silence.”  Later in the show: as tensions in Baltimore increased, it was the White House Correspondents Dinner which included a few jokes on the state of race relations, that took center stage in many media outlets; and just after the state of emergency in Baltimore was lifted, the comedy duo Key and Peele premiered a sketch called “Negrotown”… we ask, when is the right time for satire?

 



Photo: (Left) Scene from “Negrotown” Key & Peele, Comedy Central.  (Right) Protesters demonstrate as a curfew imposed in the aftermath of rioting following Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray goes into effect Friday, May 1, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

 

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Basic Black: Race, Reaction, Resilience

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 30, 2015

This week the conversation is resilience – we’re joined by S. Atyia Martin, the first Chief Resilience Officer for the city of Boston. Although Dr. Martin’s background is in emergency planning, part of her mission involves resilience in communities. For communities of color, resilience is the key to surviving and thriving. This is especially true of immigrant, low income and working class populations. We’ll also take a look at the role of school resource officers and law enforcement inside the classroom in the wake of a viral video that led to the firing of a police officer in South Carolina.

 

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Basic Black: Race, Reaction, Resilience

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 30, 2015

This week the conversation is resilience – we’re joined by S. Atyia Martin, the first Chief Resilience Officer for the city of Boston. Although Dr. Martin’s background is in emergency planning, part of her mission involves resilience in communities. For communities of color, resilience is the key to surviving and thriving. This is especially true of immigrant, low income and working class populations. We’ll also take a look at the role of school resource officers and law enforcement inside the classroom in the wake of a viral video that led to the firing of a police officer in South Carolina.

 

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Basic Black: Campus Protests and the Post-Civil Rights Generation

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

 

PLEASE NOTE:

BASIC BLACK IS BACK THIS WEEK! JOIN US FOR A NEW CONVERSATION DECEMBER 18th!

 

November 20, 2015

Last week, campus protests and resignations at the University of Missouri lit a spark that has burned across college campuses throughout the country, including New England. Students from Tufts and Harvard staged a walkout in solidarity with nationwide protests. Yesterday, the Harvard University Police launched an investigation into the defacing of portraits of black professors hanging in the halls of Harvard Law School. This week, Basic Black takes a deep dive into the many issues arising out these black student protests, including the tradition of campus protests and what’s different today, the impact of social media on organizing in the new millennium, and how should universities respond?

 

 

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Basic Black: The Year of the Gun

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

December 18, 2015

This year has been tragically and persistently the year of the gun. But gun violence is nothing new in communities of color; we’ll take a look at the impact of potential reforms and the resistance to such reforms. The long-awaited Star Wars movie opens on December 18. In the run up to the premiere, controversy swirled around the fact that one of the main characters is black. We’ll take a look at the meaning of characters of color in science fiction.


 


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