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Basic Black: Invisible Man Comes To The Stage

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(January 11, 2013)

Basic Black welcomes actor Teagle F. Bougere to the studio for a conversation on the themes raised in the play Invisible Man, based on Ralph Ellison's seminal work and currently on stage at The Huntington Theatre. Bougere is the lead actor in the production.

Among the many questions on the table:  Does this play have any resonance for a contemporary audience?  What does the play say about the experience of the African American man in particular? What would a contemporary version of the play look like or have as its focus?


(Photo by Astrid Reiken, 2012)

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Basic Black Live: Identity Politics and the Boston Mayor's Race

Black Boston | Politics


April 5, 2013:

With Mayor Menino's announcement that he would not seek a sixth term, the race for the next mayor of Boston has officially begun.  Even as the slate of candidates takes shape, questions are emerging, among them: what is the opportunity for emerging leaders of color; what are the benefits to the city of Boston of new leadership, regardless of race; has the Menino administration left anything undone in communities of color that can now be addressed?


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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 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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Basic Black Live: Politics, Scandals, and Legacies

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


May 17, 2013

In the headlines this week:  a discussion of the Boston mayor's race and how communities of color are poised to make their coalitions heard.  Also, this is not the first time the IRS has come under fire for targeting political activity; we'll take a look at the IRS, the NAACP and the black church.


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Basic Black Live: Higher Ed and Higher Aspirations

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

June 14, 2013

This week on Basic Black we look at issues in higher education including:
- Affirmative action hangs in the balance at the US Supreme Court - what's at stake?
- What happens when the financial demands of the for-profit college industry intersects the goals African American struggle for education?
- How diverse is the leadership in the halls of the Ivy League?



(Photo:  People supporting the University of Texas rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge to a University of Texas program that considers race in some college admissions. The case could produce new limits on affirmative action at universities, or roll it back entirely. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) more

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom: A conversation with historian Peniel Joseph

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

August 28, 2013

Historian and Basic Black panelist Peniel Joseph sat down with WGBH News' Bob Seay for a conversation on the significance of the March on Washington, then and now.  (Peniel Joseph is a professor of history at Tufts University; he is the founding director of the Center for Race and Democracy and is working on a biography of Stokely Carmichael, due to be published next year.)

Related links:
Peniel Joseph's New York Times Op-Ed on John F. Kennedy and the civil rights movement.

Listen to WGBH's original coverage of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.


(The new season of Basic Black begins September 20; Fridays at 7:30pm on WGBH Channel 2.)


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Basic Black: Down To The Wire - The Boston Mayoral Primary

Black Boston | Politics


September 20, 2013


Basic Black opens the season with a frank conversation on the Boston Mayor's race and how the outcome impacts communities of color.  We'll also take a look at the historic nature of the race, as race and gender have played out in the campaign leading to the primary and general elections.


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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Making "majority-minority" = political power

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


September 27, 2013

After the broadcast, the conversation delved into how to turn make "majority minority" mean political power for broad constituencies.


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Basic Black: A New Kind of Politics in Boston?

Black Boston | Politics


September 27, 2013

This week on Basic Black, we now know that John Connolly and Martin Walsh will face-off in the November election. And political new-comer Michelle Wu is poised to win one of the four at-large seats on the city council. As they march towards November 5, how will they make an appeal to an increasingly diverse, majority-minority city?



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