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Basic Black: Invisible Man Comes To The Stage

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(January 11, 2013)

Basic Black welcomes actor Teagle F. Bougere to the studio for a conversation on the themes raised in the play Invisible Man, based on Ralph Ellison's seminal work and currently on stage at The Huntington Theatre. Bougere is the lead actor in the production.

Among the many questions on the table:  Does this play have any resonance for a contemporary audience?  What does the play say about the experience of the African American man in particular? What would a contemporary version of the play look like or have as its focus?


(Photo by Astrid Reiken, 2012)

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Basic Black Live: What is "Black Leadership?"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 18, 2013


As we approach the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and President Obama’s second inauguration, Basic Black looks at the significance of leadership, and specifically the notion of "black leadership."  Questions on the table include:  Is black leadership a reality?  Is the idea of a black leadership outdated?  What should a contemporary black leadership look like?



(Photo by Pete Souza: A view from the back of President Obama's chair, July 2012.)
 

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Basic Black Live: Identity Politics and the Boston Mayor's Race

Black Boston | Politics


April 5, 2013:

With Mayor Menino's announcement that he would not seek a sixth term, the race for the next mayor of Boston has officially begun.  Even as the slate of candidates takes shape, questions are emerging, among them: what is the opportunity for emerging leaders of color; what are the benefits to the city of Boston of new leadership, regardless of race; has the Menino administration left anything undone in communities of color that can now be addressed?


(Photo source: FreeFoto.com)


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Basic Black Live: Teenage girls and violence

Black Boston | Health | Politics

April 13, 2013

Some very high-profile crimes, including the stabbing of a mother pushing her baby in a stroller, have heightened the awareness of young girls as perpetrators of violence; this within the month of April, which is also Sexual Assault Awareness Month and we're at the end of International Anti-Harassment Week.  This week on Basic Black, our conversation will look at young women on both ends of the spectrum of violence.


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Basic Black: Down To The Wire - The Boston Mayoral Primary

Black Boston | Politics


September 20, 2013


Basic Black opens the season with a frank conversation on the Boston Mayor's race and how the outcome impacts communities of color.  We'll also take a look at the historic nature of the race, as race and gender have played out in the campaign leading to the primary and general elections.


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Basic Black: American Promise and Crushing the Black Male Achievement Gap

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

January 24, 2014


The usual stories about African American boys and education most often center on public school systems. But what about the opposite end of the spectrum?  American Promise is a documentary 13 years in the making, following the journeys of two African-American boys and their families from kindergarten through high school graduation. This provocative film provides a rare look into two middle class black families as they navigate the challenges of race, class and parenting within one of the wealthiest academic communities in America.  Filmmaker Joe Brewster joins Basic Black to talk about the making of the film.


American Promise is made possible by a grant from American Documentary | POV, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: African American Young Men and Education

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 24, 2014

After the broadcast the conversation turned to how to mobilize parents, educators, school systems, and the culture in a movement to eliminate the achievement gap for young black children, especially boys.

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Basic Black: American Promise and Crushing the Black Male Achievement Gap

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

January 24, 2014


The usual stories about African American boys and education most often center on public school systems. But what about the opposite end of the spectrum?  American Promise is a documentary 13 years in the making, following the journeys of two African-American boys and their families from kindergarten through high school graduation. This provocative film provides a rare look into two middle class black families as they navigate the challenges of race, class and parenting within one of the wealthiest academic communities in America.  Filmmaker Joe Brewster joins Basic Black to talk about the making of the film.


American Promise is made possible by a grant from American Documentary | POV, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
 

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Basic Black: One Day, Two "States"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 31, 2014

One day, two "States," and many declarations.  Were you happy with what you heard in Governor Patrick's State of the Commonwealth or President Obama's State of the Union?  This week on Basic Black our panelists talk about what they heard, what they wanted to hear, and what they think will get accomplished as the Governor and the President head into the home stretches of their administrations.



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(L) Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, center, greets law makers and guests as he enters the House chamber at the Statehouse before his State of the State address, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
(R) President Barack Obama acknowledges Army Ranger Cory Remsburg during his State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2014. Behind the President are Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: The Challenges of a Lame Duck Presidency

Arts & Culture | Politics

January 31, 2014

After the broadcast, the panelists took on the many challenges and opportunitites available to President Obama in the last few years of his presidency.



President Barack Obama waits with Sergeants at Arms and Members of Congress before entering the House Chamber to deliver the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2014 Standing with the President are, from left: Paul Irving, House Sergeant at Arms; House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.; Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; and Terrance Gainer, Senate Sergeant at Arms. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) more

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