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Basic Black After the Broadcast: After Super Tuesday

Black Boston | Politics

February 26, 2016

After the broadcast the panelists considered the presidential campaign going forward after Super Tuesday, including the outcome of Clinton v. Sanders, the winner of the Republican nomination, and the importance of the upcoming battle to name a Supreme Court nominee in the wake of Justice Antonin Scalia's death.

 

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Basic Black - Voters of Color: 31% and Rising

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 26, 2016

According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, the 2016 electorate will be the most diverse in US history. At this moment we are in-between three of the most definitive battlegrounds  in the 2016 presidential campaign: Nevada, South Carolina, and Super Tuesday. As Donald Trump forges ahead of establishment Republican candidates and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders fight over the hearts and minds of the Democratic base, will voters of color tip the balance in either race?

 

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Basic Black: Haiti After Hurricane Matthew

Health | Politics

October 22, 2016

Basic Black examines the infrastructure, rebuilding efforts, and arrival of aid to the southwest region of Haiti after the devastation brought by Hurricane Matthew. We look at how the Haitian-American population here in Boston helps with relief efforts. 

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Basic Black: Haiti After Hurricane Matthew

Health | Politics

October 22, 2016

Basic Black examines the infrastructure, rebuilding efforts, and arrival of aid to the southwest region of Haiti after the devastation brought by Hurricane Matthew. We look at how the Haitian-American population here in Boston helps with relief efforts. 

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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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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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Wally's Café: The Soundtrack of the South End

Arts & Culture | Black Boston

By Virginia DePina

For nearly 70 years, Wally's Café has provided the South End with live jazz performances. The café is now a training ground for aspiring jazz musicians from various colleges and universities in the Boston area.

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A Conversation with Andre Slay: Amputee, Pilot, and Marathoner

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

April 18, 2014

Andre Slay is a native of Arkansas. However, his southern charm and easy manner belie a grit and determination that pushed him to enter the Boston Mararthon for the first time this year.  It’s Andre’s third full marathon despite having lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident eight years ago.  Andre sat down to talk with Basic Black about losing his leg, how becoming a vegan dramatically changed his health for the better, and why he’s running the Boston Marathon.



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A Conversation with U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo: Marathoner and Fitness Advocate

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

April 18, 2014

U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo has been running since she was a school girl in Zimbabwe and South Africa.  She continued to run when she came to Massachusetts for college.  U-Meleni is not unlike an evangelist when it comes to encouraging people of color (folks of all walks) to run and experience the benefits of working out.  In fact, her son can boast of winning medals in his own right at the tender age of three.  In 2012, U-Meleni ran the Boston Marathon as a way of processing her feelings upon learning that her mother had cancer and to raise money for a local school.  This year, U-Meleni is thankful that her mother is cancer-free, and she’ll be on the side-lines to cheer her brother-in-law as he runs the 118th Boston Marathon.



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