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Basic Black: A bigger, better, Boston

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

 

PLEASE NOTE: BASIC BLACK RETURNS WITH A NEW CONVERSATION AFTER PLEDGE PROGRAMMING ON JUNE 26

 

May 29, 2015

Basic Black - a vision for a new Boston. We take a look at Mayor Walsh’s Boston 2030, the first citywide plan in 50 years  — it’s targeted to coincide with Boston’s 400th birthday.

 

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Basic Black: Free Speech and Fair Play

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

 

NOTE:  BASIC BLACK RETURNS WITH NEW CONVERSATIONS AND BROADCASTS IN THE FALL.

 

Original broadcast date: May 15, 2015

This week on Basic Black: When free speech slams into race and social media on the college campus: controversy erupts over racially-charged tweets sent by incoming Boston University sociology professor Saida Grundy. Also, in the midst of Deflategate, with domestic violence, child abuse, and drug abuse as part of professional football, we ask if the NFL really knows how to prioritize its penalties.

 

Check out Basic Black panelist and WGBH News Senior Reporter Phillip Martin's story:
Defining Domestic Terrorism Part One: Hate Groups Move Online and On Campus

 

Photo: (Left) Professor Saida Grundy, Twitter profile.  (Right) Tom Brady, January 18, 2015, (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File).

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Basic Black: A Reporter Roundtable

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics | Science & Technology

October 23, 2015

This week on Basic Black:  A Reporter Roundtable
- WGBH News reporter Rupa Shenoy gives us the highlights from her series, Food Fights - the impact of climate change on the accessibility to food.  
- The Boston Globe’s Nidhi Subbaraman on using virtual reality and Second Life to treat diabetes and the consequences of leaving communities of color out of the equation.  
- Phillip Martin, Senior Reporter for WGBH News, takes a look at the 1992 murder of Lena Bruce and the recent arrest made in the case.

 

Photo: Rupa Shenoy/WGBH News

 

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Basic Black: A Reporter Roundtable

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics | Science & Technology

October 23, 2015

This week on Basic Black:  A Reporter Roundtable
- WGBH News reporter Rupa Shenoy gives us the highlights from her series, Food Fights - the impact of climate change on the accessibility to food.  
- The Boston Globe’s Nidhi Subbaraman on using virtual reality and Second Life to treat diabetes and the consequences of leaving communities of color out of the equation.  
- Phillip Martin, Senior Reporter for WGBH News, takes a look at the 1992 murder of Lena Bruce and the recent arrest made in the case.

 

Photo: Rupa Shenoy/WGBH News

 

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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.


 


(AP Photo/Princes Georges Police)

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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 After The Broadcast: Black To The Future

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics | Science & Technology

December 18, 2015

After the broadcast, the conversation delved into the many ways people of color have been cast in science fiction film and television. 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.


 

 

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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.


 


(AP Photo/Princes Georges Police)

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Basic Black: On Being Muslim and American

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 15, 2016

Some would argue that it has never been more difficult to be a Muslim in America since September 11. With the ISIS-inspired massacre in San Bernadino and support for Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call to Muslims from entering the United States, Muslim communities once again find themselves at the center of a heated cultural and political climate. Using Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced (now playing at the Huntington Theatre Company) as a point of departure, Basic Black explores what it means to be a Muslim American.

 

Photo:  Rashad Abdul-Rahman holds a book at the Atlanta Masjid of Al Islam mosque, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)

 

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