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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.

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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: The State of the City, The State of the State, and The State of the Union

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


(Originally broadcast on January 27, 2012)


This week on Basic Black: a discussion on the future of our communities from Boston to Washington, DC. We'll review the State of the City, the State of the State, and the State of the Union. For Boston, much of our discussion will center on the Mayor's proposals for school assignments; in Massachusetts, the organization of community colleges and the "three-strikes" law are drawing strong reaction; and as we look at how the State of the Union was received, we'll address recent events which seem to illustrate a shocking level of diminished respect for the Oval Office (and its current occupant).


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Basic Black Live: Big Stories of the Week

Black Boston | Politics


Tune in on Friday March 23 as Basic Black takes a look at national and local headlines including the outrage ignited by the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida, the debate over Massachusetts' "three strikes" legislation, and Charles Street AME Church vs. One United Bank.


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Basic Black Live Looking at Headlines from Trayvon Martin to Three-Strikes Legislation

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

Originally broadcast March 23, 2012

Basic Black takes a look at national and local headlines including the outrage ignited by the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida, the debate over Massachusetts; "three strikes" legislation, and Charles Street AME Church vs. One United Bank.

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Basic Black Live: "Stand your ground" in Massachusetts? Also, the Supreme Court and the Affordable Care Act

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics


This week on Basic Black: In the wake of the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a look at Massachusetts' "stand your ground" proposal and recent efforts to pass or block the legislation. Also, the pending Supreme Court decision on the Obama administration's health care reform legislation: however they decide, what are the political ramifications for President Obama's re-election campaign and the impact on communities of color.


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Basic Black Live: The Luck Of The Irish

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast April 20, 2012)


The Basic Black panelists sit down with playwright Kirsten Greenidge to discuss her new play The Luck of the Irish, currently playing at the Huntington Theatre through May 6. When an upwardly mobile African-American family wants to buy a house in an all-white neighborhood of 1950s Boston, they pay a struggling Irish family to act as their front. Fifty years later, the Irish family asks for "their" house back. Moving across the two eras, The Luck of the Irish explores the complex impact of racial integration in Boston and the universal longing for home.
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Basic Black: Occupy The Hood and Redistricting

Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast November 4, 2011)

This week on Basic Black we take a look at recent local headlines. We start with Occupy The Hood: what makes it different than the larger Occupy Movement?  Later in the show we turn our attention to the subject of redistricting and how it will change Massachusetts political landscape.

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Basic Black and Boston Institutions: The MBTA and The Boston Bruins

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

Originally broadcast on April 27, 2012


Tonight, with "Riding The T," we continue WGBH News' weeklong focus on the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority. Our discussion explores the significance of the MBTA in communities of color. Later in the show, our conversation digs deep into the deluge of racist tweets from Bruins fans towards Joel Ward, the black player from the Washington Capitals who scored the winning goal, thus ending the Bruins march towards the Stanley Cup.

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Basic Black: A Look at Secure Communities; Race in the Classroom

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

(Originally broadcast May 18, 2012)

The Secure Communities program is now officially in place in Massachusetts, despite objections from many state officials, including Governor Deval Patrick. Under Secure Communities, fingerprints from local jails are matched against a federal immigration database; Immigration and Customs Enforcement then the local jail detain people they think are here illegally. Supporters of the program see it as a tool in the fight against crime while opponents charge that the program encourages ethnic profiling.

Later in the show, we turn the discussion to race in education. In Boston, three City Councillors are pushing for more teachers of color and the integration of black and Latino studies into the curriculum. Basic Black poses the question: does the race of a teacher matter in learning the fundamentals? On a national level, last week there was a huge controversy about an article written in the Chronicle of Higher Education which advocated for elimination of Black Studies as a course of study in colleges and universities; the author described black studies as "left-wing victimization clap-trap." 6,500 petition signatures later, the author was fired. But what were the real lessons of this episode?

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