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Basic Black: Politics in black and white... and color

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 3, 2014

This week on Basic Black: an editorial cartoon about Secret Service lapses creates a firestorm and we look at Eric Holder's legacy in civil rights law and racial justice.  From special programs such as the death of Nelson Mandela and a deep dive into the causes of the racial eruption in Ferguson, MO, to an exploration of the rapid rise of black immigration in Massachusetts or the use of the n-word in major league locker rooms, Basic Black conversations respond in the moment to events in politics, culture, art, and community.
 

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Basic Black: Selma and the fierce urgency of now...

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 16, 2015

Demonstrators shutdown 1-93 near Boston this week crippling traffic for hours, putting the black lives matter and I can't breathe protests back on the front page. The latest actions  occurred days after the opening of the critically acclaimed movie Selma.Selma's social justice campaign is on the big screen just as current protests push the conversation about race and civil rights beyond the teachable moment to a more forceful, uncomfortable demand for change.  We look at the artistry and history portrayed in Selma against a backdrop of contemporary social justice movements.

 

(Italics: from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech at the March on Washington 1963.  Photo credit: Atsushi Nishijimi)

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Turning a moment into a movement

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 16, 2015

After the broadcast, the conversation delved into the makings of a movement: a leader, the grassroots, and the objective.


 
(Italics: from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech at the March on Washington 1963.  Photo credit: Atsushi Nishijimi)

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Turning a moment into a movement

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 16, 2015

After the broadcast, the conversation delved into the makings of a movement: a leader, the grassroots, and the objective.


 
(Italics: from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech at the March on Washington 1963.  Photo credit: Atsushi Nishijimi)

 

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Basic Black: Selma and the fierce urgency of now...

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 16, 2015

Demonstrators shutdown 1-93 near Boston this week crippling traffic for hours, putting the black lives matter and I can't breathe protests back on the front page. The latest actions  occurred days after the opening of the critically acclaimed movie Selma.Selma's social justice campaign is on the big screen just as current protests push the conversation about race and civil rights beyond the teachable moment to a more forceful, uncomfortable demand for change.  We look at the artistry and history portrayed in Selma against a backdrop of contemporary social justice movements.

 

(Italics: from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech at the March on Washington 1963.  Photo credit: Atsushi Nishijimi)

 

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Basic Black: Politics and Prose

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 27, 2015

This year’s Oscar© ceremony has been described as one of the most political in recent memory, as winners acceptance speeches included history lessons and calls to action on women’s issues and immigration.  We’ll take a closer look at comments on equal pay for women, feminism, and the civil rights movement coming out of the Oscars© winners circle.  Later in the show, as Black History Month comes to a close, we pause to remember the artistry of writer James Baldwin, whose provocative essays on race and identity in America still resonate.

 

(Image source: CNN, Patricia Arquette, Common, and John Legend, @Academy Awards, February 22, 2015)

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Basic Black: Selma and the fierce urgency of now...

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 16, 2015

Demonstrators shutdown 1-93 near Boston this week crippling traffic for hours, putting the black lives matter and I can't breathe protests back on the front page. The latest actions  occurred days after the opening of the critically acclaimed movie Selma.Selma's social justice campaign is on the big screen just as current protests push the conversation about race and civil rights beyond the teachable moment to a more forceful, uncomfortable demand for change.  We look at the artistry and history portrayed in Selma against a backdrop of contemporary social justice movements.

 

(Italics: from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech at the March on Washington 1963.  Photo credit: Atsushi Nishijimi)

 

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Basic Black: Politics and Prose

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 27, 2015

This year’s Oscar© ceremony has been described as one of the most political in recent memory, as winners acceptance speeches included history lessons and calls to action on women’s issues and immigration.  We’ll take a closer look at comments on equal pay for women, feminism, and the civil rights movement coming out of the Oscars© winners circle.  Later in the show, as Black History Month comes to a close, we pause to remember the artistry of writer James Baldwin, whose provocative essays on race and identity in America still resonate.

 

(Image source: CNN, Patricia Arquette, Common, and John Legend, @Academy Awards, February 22, 2015)

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Rachel Dolezal & Identity Politics

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

June 26, 2015

The woman who would be black... after the broadcast, we dissect the meaning of the Rachel Dolezal episode.

 

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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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