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Basic Black: Rap, Race, Free Speech and Crimes

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 17, 2014

On Monday, the New York Times featured an Op-Ed entitled, "Rap Lyrics on Trial".  As the title suggests, the issue at hand is whether rap lyrics can be used as evidence of a crime.  That question will be before the New Jersey State Supreme Court next week, and there was also a case closer to home in Massachusetts a little over a year ago.  This week on Basic Black, we'll look at what happens at the intersection of rap, race, free speech, and the criminal justice system.


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Basic Black After The Broadcast: The Art & Legacy of Amiri Baraka

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 17, 2014

After the broadcast, the conversation turned to a discussion of the life and work of poet and activist Amiri Baraka, who died last week at the age of 79.

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Basic Black: Rap, Race, Free Speech and Crimes

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 17, 2014

On Monday, the New York Times featured an Op-Ed entitled, "Rap Lyrics on Trial".  As the title suggests, the issue at hand is whether rap lyrics can be used as evidence of a crime.  That question will be before the New Jersey State Supreme Court next week, and there was also a case closer to home in Massachusetts a little over a year ago.  This week on Basic Black, we'll look at what happens at the intersection of rap, race, free speech, and the criminal justice system.


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Basic Black: American Promise and Crushing the Black Male Achievement Gap

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

January 24, 2014


The usual stories about African American boys and education most often center on public school systems. But what about the opposite end of the spectrum?  American Promise is a documentary 13 years in the making, following the journeys of two African-American boys and their families from kindergarten through high school graduation. This provocative film provides a rare look into two middle class black families as they navigate the challenges of race, class and parenting within one of the wealthiest academic communities in America.  Filmmaker Joe Brewster joins Basic Black to talk about the making of the film.


American Promise is made possible by a grant from American Documentary | POV, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: African American Young Men and Education

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

January 24, 2014

After the broadcast the conversation turned to how to mobilize parents, educators, school systems, and the culture in a movement to eliminate the achievement gap for young black children, especially boys.

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Basic Black: American Promise and Crushing the Black Male Achievement Gap

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

January 24, 2014


The usual stories about African American boys and education most often center on public school systems. But what about the opposite end of the spectrum?  American Promise is a documentary 13 years in the making, following the journeys of two African-American boys and their families from kindergarten through high school graduation. This provocative film provides a rare look into two middle class black families as they navigate the challenges of race, class and parenting within one of the wealthiest academic communities in America.  Filmmaker Joe Brewster joins Basic Black to talk about the making of the film.


American Promise is made possible by a grant from American Documentary | POV, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Is Valentine's Day About Love?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston

February 14, 2014

After the broadcast, a conversation on the meaning of Valentine's Day...the good, the bad, and the ugly (and because it's Basic Black...the political, historical, and gender differences in the meaning of the day!)


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Basic Black: PTSD and The Lingering Impact of Violence

Black Boston | Health | Politics

February 14, 2014


Conversations about gun violence usually center around criminal justice strategies and gun control, but often lost in the debate is the connection to public health.  Last week, Pro Publica, the non-profit investigative journalism news organization published a piece by Lois Beckett, entitled, The PTSD Crisis That's Being Ignored: Americans Wounded in Their Own Neighborhoods.  As the spike in shootings  makes headlines in Boston, our Basic Black conversation focuses on the public health impact to communities in the wake of gun violence.

 

 

 

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Basic Black - Affirmative Action: Slippery Slope Or Uphill Battle...?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

May 2, 2014

This week on Basic Black, we take a look at the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding Michigan's ban on affirmative action as a consideration in admissions to the state's public universities. The majority and dissent opinions mirrored the national debate on achieving racial diversity in higher education, but we'll discuss how that debate intensified with the backdrop of Donald Sterling's audiotaped disdain for the company of "black people," Cliven Bundy's remarks on the merits of slavery, and African American students at Harvard creating the "ITooAmHarvard" campaign.


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Basic Black After The Broadcast: What's next for affirmative action?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

May 2, 2014

After the broadcast, the panelists discuss what equal opportunity and diversity in higher education might look like in the absence of affirmative action.


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