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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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A Conversation with Issa Rae: The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

Contributor Talia Whyte comments on the web series, The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl:  "The sudden success of “Awkward Black Girl” says a lot about not only the potential of viral video and good old-fashioned word of mouth, but also a growing desire among people of color to see better portrayals of their communities in the media"  She caught a few minutes with the series creator, Issa Rae. more

A Conversation with Lee Daniels, Director of "Precious"

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Remembering Julian Bond

Education | Politics

Marita Rivero discusses her childhood friend, civil rights activist Julian Bond.

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Science Fiction in Black and White

Arts & Culture

Star Wars: The Force Awakens created uproar with casting John Boyega, a Black man as the lead actor. In a galaxy with droids, ewoks and other creatures of fantasy, what role does race play? Nettrice Gaskins, PhD., director of Boston Arts Academy’s STEAM Lab and researcher of cultural paradigms in Afrofuturism, Science Fiction and Fantasy discusses with Basic Black the reasons for such a backlash from fans of science fiction, and the Hollywood typecasting of ethnic groups in science-fiction films.

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Use Your Vote - 1976

Black Boston | Politics

"I think that blacks have been alienated… Getting people excited I think is a test of the democratic system."  Dr. Ronald Walters, 1976.

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Blacks and Basketball - 1975

Health

Harvard Basketball coach Tom “Satch” Sanders sits at a picnic table by a busy neighborhood basketball court. He discusses the mobility of black basketball players to management and coaching positions on national teams, but greater black involvement in sports is stymied by financial strain, preventing the move from management to ownership.
 

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