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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Gender and Generations of Islam in America

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 15, 2016

After the broadcast the conversation turned to the issues of women in Islam, generational differences among Muslims, and the relationship of African American Muslims to the Nation of Islam.

 

Photo: Muslim women attend Jum'a, the Friday prayer, at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Sterling, Va., Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

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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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Basic Black: Hollywood Star Power and Politics

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 22, 2016

This week on Basic Black: the clash of Hollywood star power and politics. We take a look at Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby: just as Cosby was being arraigned on charges of sexual assault, Clinton’s well-documented sexual assault allegations and extramarital affairs have re-emerged, following Hillary Clinton on the presidential campaign trail. But is there any difference in the way both men are being viewed in the media… should there be a difference? Also on the show, actress Jada Pinkett Smith has called for a boycott of the Oscars to protest the lack of diverse nominees, but others argue that boycotting the box office makes a bigger statement.

(Note: The creator of #OscarSoWhite is April Reign.)

 

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Basic Black: Hollywood Star Power and Politics

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 22, 2016

This week on Basic Black: the clash of Hollywood star power and politics. We take a look at Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby: just as Cosby was being arraigned on charges of sexual assault, Clinton’s well-documented sexual assault allegations and extramarital affairs have re-emerged, following Hillary Clinton on the presidential campaign trail. But is there any difference in the way both men are being viewed in the media… should there be a difference? Also on the show, actress Jada Pinkett Smith has called for a boycott of the Oscars to protest the lack of diverse nominees, but others argue that boycotting the box office makes a bigger statement.

(Note: The creator of #OscarSoWhite is April Reign.)

 

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Basic Black: Power to the People Then and Now

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 19, 2016

The Black Panther Party is back in the news. The Black Panther Party for Self Defense, formed in the 1960’s, sought to dramatically challenge an American culture and system they described as racially oppressive. Carrying their guns in plain sight, fists raised in defiance, and berets tipped with precision, they made no attempt to hide their goals for a complete revolution, galvanizing a generation to take pride in being black. Although the Party dissolved under embarrassing circumstances, they are often cited as the inspiration for social justice movements and most recently, Beyonce’s half-time performance at this year’s Super Bowl. We’ll look at the historical and contemporary meaning of the Black Panthers in Stanley Nelson’s documentary, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.

Later in the show, we’ll look at the major speeches given by presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

 

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Basic Black - Skin Deep: Women of Color and Beauty

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

March 4, 2016

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but it’s also created in the media and marketing agencies around the world.  But when it comes to women of color in America, the notion of beauty can be fractured through a prism of race, class, and history.  This week on Basic Black as Women’s History Month begins, we’ll take a look at traditional notions of beauty and how women of color are defining beauty, from the First Lady to Formation and everyone in-between…?

 

 

 

(Image: MAC Cosmetics advertisement)

 

 

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Basic Black: Power to the People Then and Now

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 19, 2016

The Black Panther Party is back in the news. The Black Panther Party for Self Defense, formed in the 1960’s, sought to dramatically challenge an American culture and system they described as racially oppressive. Carrying their guns in plain sight, fists raised in defiance, and berets tipped with precision, they made no attempt to hide their goals for a complete revolution, galvanizing a generation to take pride in being black. Although the Party dissolved under embarrassing circumstances, they are often cited as the inspiration for social justice movements and most recently, Beyonce’s half-time performance at this year’s Super Bowl. We’ll look at the historical and contemporary meaning of the Black Panthers in Stanley Nelson’s documentary, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.

Later in the show, we’ll look at the major speeches given by presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

 

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Basic Black - Skin Deep: Women of Color and Beauty

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

March 4, 2016

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but it’s also created in the media and marketing agencies around the world.  But when it comes to women of color in America, the notion of beauty can be fractured through a prism of race, class, and history.  This week on Basic Black as Women’s History Month begins, we’ll take a look at traditional notions of beauty and how women of color are defining beauty, from the First Lady to Formation and everyone in-between…?

 

 

 

(Image: MAC Cosmetics advertisement)

 

 

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Basic Black: Surveillance Across the Color Line

Black Boston | Health | Politics | Science & Technology

April 8, 2016

This week on Basic Black, what does “security” mean in 2016 to communities of color. With the persistent plague of gun violence in Boston’s neighborhoods and the tragic bombings in Brussels still in the headlines as preparations for the 2016 Boston Marathon begin, security is at the forefront of conversations about policing. Close to home, we’ll take a look at the issue of body cameras for police and later, the larger issue of creating a secure environment in an age of domestic terrorism.
 

 
Philadelphia Police officers demonstrate a body-worn cameras being used as part of a pilot project in the department's 22nd District, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Security Without Fear?

Black Boston | Health | Politics | Science & Technology

April 8, 2016

This week on Basic Black, what does “security” mean in 2016 to communities of color. With the persistent plague of gun violence in Boston’s neighborhoods and the tragic bombings in Brussels still in the headlines as preparations for the 2016 Boston Marathon begin, security is at the forefront of conversations about policing. Close to home, we’ll take a look at the issue of body cameras for police and later, the larger issue of creating a secure environment in an age of domestic terrorism.

 

Photo: Aftermath of the San Bernadino shooting. Associated Press.)

 

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