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Basic Black After the Broadcast: Race in Latin America

Arts & Culture | Politics

April 17, 2015

After the broadcast, the conversation turned to the topic of race and racism in Latin American culture, including a breakdown of the "caste" system…

 

 

Photo: US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shake hands at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, Saturday, April 11, 2015. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Basic Black: Baltimore... From The Streets To The Stage

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

May 8, 2015

This week Basic Black opens with a follow-up look at the events in Baltimore with a conversation about black leadership and variations on the “blue wall of silence.”  Later in the show: as tensions in Baltimore increased, it was the White House Correspondents Dinner which included a few jokes on the state of race relations, that took center stage in many media outlets; and just after the state of emergency in Baltimore was lifted, the comedy duo Key and Peele premiered a sketch called “Negrotown”… we ask, when is the right time for satire?

 



Photo: (Left) Scene from “Negrotown” Key & Peele, Comedy Central.  (Right) Protesters demonstrate as a curfew imposed in the aftermath of rioting following Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray goes into effect Friday, May 1, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Serious Satire

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

May 8, 2015

After the broadcast, the discussion explored the question of the role of satire and comedy in talking about cultural differences, race relations, police brutality.

 

(Photo: Scene from "Negrotown" by Key & Peele, Comedy Central).

 

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Basic Black: Baltimore... From The Streets To The Stage

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

May 8, 2015

This week Basic Black opens with a follow-up look at the events in Baltimore with a conversation about black leadership and variations on the “blue wall of silence.”  Later in the show: as tensions in Baltimore increased, it was the White House Correspondents Dinner which included a few jokes on the state of race relations, that took center stage in many media outlets; and just after the state of emergency in Baltimore was lifted, the comedy duo Key and Peele premiered a sketch called “Negrotown”… we ask, when is the right time for satire?

 



Photo: (Left) Scene from “Negrotown” Key & Peele, Comedy Central.  (Right) Protesters demonstrate as a curfew imposed in the aftermath of rioting following Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray goes into effect Friday, May 1, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

 

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Basic Black: Mr. Joy and the politics of art

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 16, 2015

This week on Basic Black: The fallout of a tragic encounter in a Harlem neighborhood and the clash of the cultures is the basis for Mr. Joy, currently on stage at ArtsEmerson. Our conversation on Basic Black explores the politics of art and representing communities of color on stage.

 


Photo: Tangela Large in Mr. Joy (photo credit: Paul Marotta)

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Basic Black: Mr. Joy and the politics of art

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 16, 2015

This week on Basic Black: The fallout of a tragic encounter in a Harlem neighborhood and the clash of the cultures is the basis for Mr. Joy, currently on stage at ArtsEmerson. Our conversation on Basic Black explores the politics of art and representing communities of color on stage.

 


Photo: Tangela Large in Mr. Joy (photo credit: Paul Marotta)

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Basic Black: Mr. Joy and the politics of art

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 16, 2015

This week on Basic Black: The fallout of a tragic encounter in a Harlem neighborhood and the clash of the cultures is the basis for Mr. Joy, currently on stage at ArtsEmerson. Our conversation on Basic Black explores the politics of art and representing communities of color on stage.

 


Photo: Tangela Large in Mr. Joy (photo credit: Paul Marotta)

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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: "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: 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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