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Basic Black: Reaction to the State of the Union Address and Chuck Turner's Sentence

Black Boston | Business | Education | Health | Politics | Science & Technology

(Originally broadcast on January 28, 2011)  On this episode of Basic Black, our discussion focuses on President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Later in the show, we turn our attention to the sentence handed down to former Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner. more

Basic Black Live: The Myths and Realities of the Single Black Woman

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast on February 11, 2011)  As we approach Valentine’s Day this Basic Black conversation takes a look at the cultural myths of the single black female: educated, self-sufficient, independent...or lonely, angry and emasculating? more

Basic Black: A Conversation with the Candidates for Boston City Council District 7

Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast on February 18, 2011)  A Reporter's Roundtable: In conversation with the candidates for Boston City Council District 7. more

Basic Black Live: The Relevance of Black History Month and Sex Education in Public Schools

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

(Originally broadcast February 25, 2011)  The controversy over sex education in public schools; also, as February comes to a close, a discussion on the relevance of Black History Month. We also pause to acknowledge the loss of Say Brother producer Beth Deare, who died earlier this week.

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Basic Black Live: Navigating The Afrosphere

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics | Science & Technology

(Originally broadcast on April 8, 2011) 
This week on Basic Black: The National Conference for Media Reform is being held in Boston this week so we turn our attention to people of color and social media. We’ll discuss how digital media has replaced or enhanced the work of traditional institutions such as churches or civil rights organizations in encouraging/organizing social activism; we’ll also look at recent trends in how African Americans in particular are using social media. more

Basic Black Live: The War Between the States and Sharpton v. West

Arts & Culture | Politics


(Originally broadcast on April 15, 2011) 

This week marks the official beginning of ceremonies marking the 150th Anniversary of The Civil War. How should African Americans look at the commemorations and historical re-tellings to come? Also, we'll examine the heated exchange between Rev. Al Sharpton and Cornel West over Barack Obama's leadership and whether he's done enough for communities of color.
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Basic Black Live: The Anniversary of the Gulf Oil Spill and Election 2012

Arts & Culture | Politics

(Originally broadcast on April 22, 2011) 
This week marks the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion and Gulf Oil spill which resulted in the deaths of 11 crewmen and the worst environmental disaster in the United States.  Also, we look at the GOP line-up for the 2012 election.
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Basic Black Live: US Policy in Africa - and Barack Obama's Birth Certificate

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast on April 29, 2011) 
This week, a discussion on the US policy in Africa and recent interventions into conflicts on the continent. Later in the show, we'll turn to a conversation on the release of President Barack Obama's long form birth certificate.
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Basic Black: The Week in Local Headlines

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

This week on Basic Black we take a look at recent local headlines including the Occupy The Hood movement, the anniversary of the death of DJ Henry and what it says about the challenging relationship between young black men and the police, and the redistricting of Massachusetts' political map.

Our panel this week:  Latoyia Edwards, anchor, New England Cable News; Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Kevin Peterson, director of the New Democracy Coalition; Jamarhl Crawford, editor The Blackstonian.com and organizer of Occupy The Hood; and Meghan Irons, reporter, The Boston Globe.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE CHAT AT 7:30PM

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Basic Black: The Occupy Movement; The Rise of Herman Cain

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast October 28, 2011)  Our season premiere features a conversation on the growing Occupy Movement and how people of color are making their voice heard, either by joining the larger movement or its off-shoot, Occupy The Hood.

We'll also look at Herman Cain's presidential bid. What accounts for his surge in the polls, and rising popularity among conservatives?

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