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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 - 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 After The Broadcast: Women leading in social justice and media

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

March 4, 2016

After the broadcast, the converation on women of color and images of beauty turned to look at how women are viewed on the front lines of social justice movements and (with the recent controversial demise of Melissa Harris Perry's show) behind the anchor desk.

 

(Image: Melissa Harris Perry)

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Basic Black Live: The Freedom Riders and The Call To Civic Action

Arts & Culture | Politics

(Originally broadcast May 20, 2011)

May 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. On May 20th we’re celebrating this seminal event in civil rights history and the release of the documentary film, Freedom Riders. Award-winning filmmaker and MacArthur "Genius" grant recipient Stanley Nelson will be our special guest panelist for a discussion on documentary film and the call for civic engagement in the age of social media. more

Basic Black Live: The Freedom Riders and The Call To Civic Action

Arts & Culture | Politics

(Originally broadcast May 20, 2011)

May 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. On May 20th we’re celebrating this seminal event in civil rights history and the release of the documentary film, Freedom Riders. Award-winning filmmaker and MacArthur "Genius" grant recipient Stanley Nelson will be our special guest panelist for a discussion on documentary film and the call for civic engagement in the age of social media. more

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 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: Is Black History Month Still Necessary?

Arts & Culture | Politics


Originally broadcast February 17, 2012

In the middle of Black History Month, we ask the question posed by the provocative new film premiering on PBS’ Independent Lens series: Is Black History Month still necessary? The film More Than A Month is a chronicle of filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman’s one-man quest to end Black History Month.

We also take a look at how the media covered the death of Whitney Houston. Who got it right and who got it wrong?

This program was a special national live broadcast on WGBH’s World channel, and is a collaboration with The Root.com, a leading online source for news and commentary from an African American perspective.

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Basic Black: Gun Control and Communities of Color

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 1, 2013

As 2013 begins the national debate on gun control is in high gear.  Advocates from all sides  have descended on Washington, DC to sway a divided Congress to their side.  But the action isn't limited to the halls of government; the persistent issue of gun control is also being debated in local communities across the country.  And for communities historically battered by gun violence, the conversation takes on an increased intensity.



Image source: Chang Liu/Flickr

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Basic Black Live: What can we learn from Charles Ramsey?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


May 10, 2013

Earlier this week, Charles Ramsey of Cleveland, Ohio rescued three women and a six year old who had been held captive by his neighbor for a decade.  But it was the interview Ramsey gave to a reporter on the scene that day that made him an internet sensation.  Within hours, he was trending on Twitter and the subject of numerous autotune creations.

But Ramsey's two minute interview (and the later released call he placed to 911) grew into a larger examination of race, class and the media.  The stories of the abducted women have rightfully taken center stage, but questions about Ramsey's introduction to the world media remain.  This week on Basic Black, what can we learn from Charles Ramsey?
 

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