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Basic Black Live: Revisiting a "High-Tech" Lynching and The Politics of Language

Arts & Culture | Politics


(Originally broadcast on November 11, 2011)

Recently, conservative pundits have characterized the mainstream media’s treatment of Herman Cain as racist, even invoking the “high-tech lynching” image from the Thomas hearings. The left wing responded with charges of hypocrisy.

Do black conservatives really receive different treatment in the media than black liberals? Are liberals no more post-racial than the conservatives, but more subtle about showing it?

Our regular panel is joined by Ulli K. Ryder, Visiting Professor at Brown and Lecturer in Africana Studies, Simmons College; and Lionel McPherson, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University.
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Basic Black Live: Michelle Obama and Election 2012

Arts & Culture | Politics


(Originally broadcast on November 18, 2011)

This Basic Black conversation is a focus on First Lady Michelle Obama, (and the significance of having a woman of color in that role), as well as what we can expect in regards to her participation in the 2012 election. Related to the 2012 election, we'll also take a look at African Americans and the use of social media.


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Basic Black: The "School-To-Prison" Pipeline; Black Buying Power

Arts & Culture | Business | Education | Politics


(Originally broadcast on December 9, 2011)

Recent headlines across the nation have highlighted stories of children of color (some as young as five) being arrested for “acting out” in school. Basic Black discusses the impact of “zero-tolerance” behavior policies and the “school to prison pipeline.” Also, as we head into the Christmas season, a conversation about the economics of black buying power.

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Basic Black Live: African American Spirituality

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


(Originally broadcast on December 16, 2011)

In a season of celebration and reflection for many religions and faiths, Basic Black presents "Sacred: African American Spirituality," a live conversation focusing on the spectrum of religious beliefs in the African American community, and how those beliefs have shaped its culture, politics and history. The show will also look at the rise of Islam amongst African Americans, the increasing adoption of Buddhism and Judaism, and the small but growing community of atheists, agnostics, and non-believers.

This special presentation was simulcast live on both WGBH's World channel and The Root, a leading online source of news and commentary from the African American perspective.
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Basic Black Live: New Protests, New Leadership

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


(Originally broadcast on January 13, 2012)

As we head towards the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, we look back at the past year of protest at home and abroad. In the era of the civil rights movement, much of the attention focused on the leadership; but in this new era of protests, the focus has shifted to the masses. Have leaders become obsolete? Our conversation this week on Basic Black looks at the new role of leadership in grassroots movements, from the Tea Party to the Arab Spring to Occupy.


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Basic Black: "Red Tails" and "Find Our Missing"

Arts & Culture | Politics


(Originally broadcast on January 20, 2012)

This week on Basic Black we take a look at recent entertainment media that aims to fill the gap in the African American experience: we’ll examine how the television program “Find Our Missing” focuses on searching for children of color who’ve vanished, and we’ll talk about the new George Lucas film “Red Tails” which looks at the achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. 

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Basic Black: The State of the City, The State of the State, and The State of the Union

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


(Originally broadcast on January 27, 2012)


This week on Basic Black: a discussion on the future of our communities from Boston to Washington, DC. We'll review the State of the City, the State of the State, and the State of the Union. For Boston, much of our discussion will center on the Mayor's proposals for school assignments; in Massachusetts, the organization of community colleges and the "three-strikes" law are drawing strong reaction; and as we look at how the State of the Union was received, we'll address recent events which seem to illustrate a shocking level of diminished respect for the Oval Office (and its current occupant).


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Basic Black: The Legacy of Soul Train; Battling Mental Illness in Communities of Color

Arts & Culture | Health | Politics


Originally broadcast on February, 10, 2012


A conversation on the legacy of Don Cornelius and the impact of Soul Train on music, media, dance, and African American empowerment. Also, a discussion on the disparities and taboos in treating mental health in communities of color.
 

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Basic Black Live: Headlines From the "Culture Wars" and Beyond

Arts & Culture | Politics


This week we take a look a headlines from the "culture wars" and beyond including: the rise of Jeremy Lin, the birth control controversy, The Help actresses in contention for Academy Awards, and Chris Brown and Rihanna back together performing at the Grammys.


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Basic Black Live: Big Stories of the Week

Black Boston | Politics


Tune in on Friday March 23 as Basic Black takes a look at national and local headlines including the outrage ignited by the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida, the debate over Massachusetts' "three strikes" legislation, and Charles Street AME Church vs. One United Bank.


CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LIVE STREAM AND JOIN THE CHAT BEGINNING AT 7:15PM (EST)


 

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