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Basic Black: Cornel West and Black Prophetic Fire

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

Originally broadcast October 24, 2014

In the aftermath of his arrest protesting the killing of Michael Brown, a young black man shot to death by a white police officer, Cornel West sits down for a conversation with Callie Crossley about his new book Black Prophetic Fire, an examination of the lives of historic African American icons and how their courage to speak truth to power still resonates with contemporary activism from the events in Ferguson, MO to taking a stand against the policies of the Obama Administration.

 

Photo credit: Meredith Nierman, WGBH.

 

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Basic Black: Selma and the fierce urgency of now...

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 16, 2015

Demonstrators shutdown 1-93 near Boston this week crippling traffic for hours, putting the black lives matter and I can't breathe protests back on the front page. The latest actions  occurred days after the opening of the critically acclaimed movie Selma.Selma's social justice campaign is on the big screen just as current protests push the conversation about race and civil rights beyond the teachable moment to a more forceful, uncomfortable demand for change.  We look at the artistry and history portrayed in Selma against a backdrop of contemporary social justice movements.

 

(Italics: from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech at the March on Washington 1963.  Photo credit: Atsushi Nishijimi)

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Turning a moment into a movement

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 16, 2015

After the broadcast, the conversation delved into the makings of a movement: a leader, the grassroots, and the objective.


 
(Italics: from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech at the March on Washington 1963.  Photo credit: Atsushi Nishijimi)

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Turning a moment into a movement

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 16, 2015

After the broadcast, the conversation delved into the makings of a movement: a leader, the grassroots, and the objective.


 
(Italics: from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech at the March on Washington 1963.  Photo credit: Atsushi Nishijimi)

 

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Basic Black: Selma and the fierce urgency of now...

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 16, 2015

Demonstrators shutdown 1-93 near Boston this week crippling traffic for hours, putting the black lives matter and I can't breathe protests back on the front page. The latest actions  occurred days after the opening of the critically acclaimed movie Selma.Selma's social justice campaign is on the big screen just as current protests push the conversation about race and civil rights beyond the teachable moment to a more forceful, uncomfortable demand for change.  We look at the artistry and history portrayed in Selma against a backdrop of contemporary social justice movements.

 

(Italics: from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech at the March on Washington 1963.  Photo credit: Atsushi Nishijimi)

 

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Basic Black: Selma and the fierce urgency of now...

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 16, 2015

Demonstrators shutdown 1-93 near Boston this week crippling traffic for hours, putting the black lives matter and I can't breathe protests back on the front page. The latest actions  occurred days after the opening of the critically acclaimed movie Selma.Selma's social justice campaign is on the big screen just as current protests push the conversation about race and civil rights beyond the teachable moment to a more forceful, uncomfortable demand for change.  We look at the artistry and history portrayed in Selma against a backdrop of contemporary social justice movements.

 

(Italics: from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech at the March on Washington 1963.  Photo credit: Atsushi Nishijimi)

 

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Basic Black: Activism, Artistry, and Assumptions

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 2, 2015

This week on Basic Black: has the tide turned against the Black Lives Matter movement or does the traction of their activism and message remain strong? We’ll look at the current state of the movement and its detractors.  Also, Viola Davis’ history-making Emmy win for Best Actress in a Drama Series.  We close the show with our online conversation to ask the question: Do law enforcement and journalists need a new understanding of what it means to be in a “gang?"

 

Marissa Johnson, left, speaks as Mara Jacqueline Willaford holds her fist overhead and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stands nearby as the two women take over the microphone at a rally Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

 

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Basic Black: Activism, Artistry, and Assumptions

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 2, 2015

This week on Basic Black: has the tide turned against the Black Lives Matter movement or does the traction of their activism and message remain strong? We’ll look at the current state of the movement and its detractors.  Also, Viola Davis’ history-making Emmy win for Best Actress in a Drama Series.  We close the show with our online conversation to ask the question: Do law enforcement and journalists need a new understanding of what it means to be in a “gang?"

 

Marissa Johnson, left, speaks as Mara Jacqueline Willaford holds her fist overhead and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stands nearby as the two women take over the microphone at a rally Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

 

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Basic Black Live: A New Look At the Life of Malcolm X

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast June 24, 2011)  

A conversation on the recently released biography, Malcolm X: A Life Of Reinvention by Manning Marable.
Marable passed away the weekend before the book's publication. However, provocative revelations about Malcolm X including his early criminal career, his encounters with homosexuality, and his relationship with his wife Betty Shabazz have stirred quite a controversy.

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Basic Black Live: The High Stakes of Race & Leadership

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


(Originally broadcast on July 8, 2011)

Mayor William "Willy" Lantigua of Lawrence, MA is the subject of a recall effort which is gaining momentum. Many in the Latino community are deeply embarrassed by the entire situation, but should they be? From the White House to the State House, should communities of color hold their leaders to a different standard?

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