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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: Historical Facts and Uncomfortable Truths

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 24, 2015

Renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates is under fire for giving in to a demand to change content for his Finding Your Roots program. Actor Ben Affleck asked Gates to leave out information about his slave holding ancestors. We'll explore what happens when an historical fact is an uncomfortable truth.
 
Later, Michael Eric Dyson’s 10,000 word, detailed, blistering, take-down of Cornel West, his one-time friend and mentor. Is this a personal spat, or a long overdue reset of the role of  public intellectuals in the age of BlackLivesMatter?
 
And finally join us online to take a look at the road to the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, to become the first African American woman US Attorney General.
 
 

Photo:  Henry Louis Gates Jr., executive producer of "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr.," addresses reporters during the PBS Summer 2013 TCA press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

 

 

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Basic Black: Historical Facts and Uncomfortable Truths

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 24, 2015

Renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates is under fire for giving in to a demand to change content for his Finding Your Roots program. Actor Ben Affleck asked Gates to leave out information about his slave holding ancestors. We'll explore what happens when an historical fact is an uncomfortable truth.
 
Later, Michael Eric Dyson’s 10,000 word, detailed, blistering, take-down of Cornel West, his one-time friend and mentor. Is this a personal spat, or a long overdue reset of the role of  public intellectuals in the age of BlackLivesMatter?
 
And finally join us online to take a look at the road to the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, to become the first African American woman US Attorney General.
 
 

Photo:  Henry Louis Gates Jr., executive producer of "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr.," addresses reporters during the PBS Summer 2013 TCA press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

 

 

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Basic Black: Celebrating a Prince, a Queen, and a General

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 29, 2016

A Prince, a Queen, and a General. Brilliant, prolific artist Prince Rogers Nelson, superstar singer Beyonce “Queen Bey" Knowles, and abolitionist hero Harriet Tubman -- General Tubman -- the most celebrated leader of the Underground Railroad… We delve into the loss, triumph, and tribute for all three icons and consider what all of it says about culture, race, and (mainstream) recognition.
 
And in our online conversation: Asian American police officer Peter Liang fatally shot African American Akai Gurley. The shooting has strained Asian American and African American relations. What’s the long term impact?

 

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Basic Black Live: Taking the History Out Of Black History

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast on February 4, 2011)  As we head into Black History Month and the 150th Anniversary year of the Civil War, this Basic Black conversation features a look at recent efforts at revisionism in black history. more

Basic Black Live: The War Between the States and Sharpton v. West

Arts & Culture | Politics


(Originally broadcast on April 15, 2011) 

This week marks the official beginning of ceremonies marking the 150th Anniversary of The Civil War. How should African Americans look at the commemorations and historical re-tellings to come? Also, we'll examine the heated exchange between Rev. Al Sharpton and Cornel West over Barack Obama's leadership and whether he's done enough for communities of color.
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Basic Black: Homosexuality and the Black Community

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics


(Originally broadcast on July 1, 2011)

After a profanity-laced performance earlier this month, comedian Tracy Morgan came under fire for his provocative (some would say hateful) remarks regarding homosexuality. But June 2011 has been a particularly newsworthy month in regards to similar episodes which have prompted a discussion about homophobia in the black community.

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History Restored: The African Meeting House | Boston, MA (part 1)

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

The first in a five part web series chronicling the restoration of The African Meeting House on Beacon Hill in Boston, MA.
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History Restored: The African Meeting House | Boston, MA (part 2)

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

The second in a five part series on the restoration of the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill in Boston, MA.
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Black Women Working Out: Being Fit and Fabulous

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