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Basic Black: Lessons in History and Legacy

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 6, 2014

Tonight on Basic Black, in an historic move the Massachusetts legislature voted to expel Carlos Henriquez from the House in the wake of his conviction for assault.  Also, another dispute among the surviving children of Martin Luther King, Jr. has gone painfully public, calling into question their respect for his legacy.  Tonight we'll look behind the headlines to analyze the impact and the meaning in both stories.




(Image: Former State Rep. (5th Suffolk District) Carlos Henriquez addresses the Massachusetts legislature before the vote to expel him.)
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Basic Black Live: History in the Headlines

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


May 3, 2013

Tonight on Basic Black history in the headlines: a report this week concluded that for the first time ever, black voter turnout surpassed that of white voters.  We'll look at the national and local implications.  And in sports, NBA player Jason Collins revealed he is gay; as the first professional athlete to do so, it's history, but is it news?



(Photo: Jason Collins.  Kwaku Alston for Sports Illustrated.)

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Basic Black: Where We Live and Vote

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


June 28, 2013

This week on Basic Black, we take a look at two major issues as we head into the summer.  On the local front, the number of shootings in Boston has surpassed last year's tally.  We'll talk about causes and strategies to combat the violence.  In national headlines, the Supreme Court this week struck key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a critical victory of the civil rights movement. We'll discuss the impact on upcoming elections and shaping voter turnout.


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Basic Black: Voting Matters in Black & White

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Education | Health | Politics

October 17, 2014

Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker are in a dead heat in the Massachusetts governor's race.  The margin of error in the polls for both candidates is slim, but can voters in communities of color fill the margin with a victory, sending one of them to the governor's office? Are the campaigns of the independent candidates resonating with black, Latino, or Asian voters? This week on Basic Black, we look at how the candidates for governor are delivering their message to communities of color in the race to the finish line on November 4.

 

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Basic Black: Voting Matters in Black & White

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Education | Health | Politics

October 17, 2014

Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker are in a dead heat in the Massachusetts governor's race.  The margin of error in the polls for both candidates is slim, but can voters in communities of color fill the margin with a victory, sending one of them to the governor's office? Are the campaigns of the independent candidates resonating with black, Latino, or Asian voters? This week on Basic Black, we look at how the candidates for governor are delivering their message to communities of color in the race to the finish line on November 4.

 

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Basic Black: Latino Power & Politics 2016

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 9, 2016

This week on Basic Black...

- Hispanic Heritage Month - as with all the “heritage” months, we ask, does this month have the same relevance/significance as it does when it was conceived and if so, does it need to change for contemporary times?

- The Latino Vote 2016 - as the presidential campaign for 2016 continues momentum, are the candidates and parties engaging and mobilizing the Latino vote? How do we as a country move toward solving the persistent challenge of immigration reform?

 

In this May 10, 2011, file photo audience members listen to President Barack Obama speak about immigration reform at Chamizal National Memorial Park in El Paso, Texas. A year before the 2012 presidential election, Hispanic voters face a choice: continue to support Obama despite being disproportionately hurt by the economic downturn or turn to Republicans at a time when many GOP presidential hopefuls have taken a hard line on immigration. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Latino Power and Politics, 2016 (part 2)

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 9, 2016

After the broadcast, the conversation dug deeper in the the immigration question and whether both parties are getting their message across effectively to Latino voters.

 

 

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Basic Black: Latino Power & Politics 2016

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 9, 2016

This week on Basic Black...

- Hispanic Heritage Month - as with all the “heritage” months, we ask, does this month have the same relevance/significance as it does when it was conceived and if so, does it need to change for contemporary times?

- The Latino Vote 2016 - as the presidential campaign for 2016 continues momentum, are the candidates and parties engaging and mobilizing the Latino vote? How do we as a country move toward solving the persistent challenge of immigration reform?

 

In this May 10, 2011, file photo audience members listen to President Barack Obama speak about immigration reform at Chamizal National Memorial Park in El Paso, Texas. A year before the 2012 presidential election, Hispanic voters face a choice: continue to support Obama despite being disproportionately hurt by the economic downturn or turn to Republicans at a time when many GOP presidential hopefuls have taken a hard line on immigration. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Free Speech, Hate Speech and Campus Controversy

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 23, 2015

The student government of Wesleyan University voted to slash the funding of the campus newspaper by over 50% after the publication of an editorial questioning the goals of the Black Lives Matter Movement. The decision was applauded by some quarters of the student population, but in other quarters the move was seen as a clear case of censorship.

 

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Basic Black: The Race To November 8th

Black Boston | Politics

February 5, 2016

Forget OscarsSoWhite, the first two opportunities for voters to weigh in —Iowa and are our neighbor New Hampshire--are a near white out for voters of color. With non-traditional candidates surging to the top, and no President Barack Obama on the ticket, where will voters of color offer their support. We’ll explore how they are weighing their options and what may move them to the polls.
 

 

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