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Basic Black: Historical Facts and Uncomfortable Truths

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 24, 2015

Renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates is under fire for giving in to a demand to change content for his Finding Your Roots program. Actor Ben Affleck asked Gates to leave out information about his slave holding ancestors. We'll explore what happens when an historical fact is an uncomfortable truth.
 
Later, Michael Eric Dyson’s 10,000 word, detailed, blistering, take-down of Cornel West, his one-time friend and mentor. Is this a personal spat, or a long overdue reset of the role of  public intellectuals in the age of BlackLivesMatter?
 
And finally join us online to take a look at the road to the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, to become the first African American woman US Attorney General.
 
 

Photo:  Henry Louis Gates Jr., executive producer of "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr.," addresses reporters during the PBS Summer 2013 TCA press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

 

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Free Speech, Hate Speech and Campus Controversy

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 23, 2015

The student government of Wesleyan University voted to slash the funding of the campus newspaper by over 50% after the publication of an editorial questioning the goals of the Black Lives Matter Movement. The decision was applauded by some quarters of the student population, but in other quarters the move was seen as a clear case of censorship.

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: MBTA & Communities of Color

Black Boston | Business | Politics

November 13, 2015


After the broadcast, the conversation took a deep dive into the readiness of the MBTA to meet the needs of communities and populations totally dependent on public transportation.

 

 

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Basic Black: The Year of the Gun

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

December 18, 2015

This year has been tragically and persistently the year of the gun. But gun violence is nothing new in communities of color; we’ll take a look at the impact of potential reforms and the resistance to such reforms. The long-awaited Star Wars movie opens on December 18. In the run up to the premiere, controversy swirled around the fact that one of the main characters is black. We’ll take a look at the meaning of characters of color in science fiction.


 


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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Black To The Future

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

December 18, 2015

After the broadcast, the conversation delved into the many ways people of color have been cast in science fiction film and television. The long-awaited Star Wars movie opens on December 18. In the run up to the premiere, controversy swirled around the fact that one of the main characters is black.


 

 

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Basic Black: The Year of the Gun

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

December 18, 2015

This year has been tragically and persistently the year of the gun. But gun violence is nothing new in communities of color; we’ll take a look at the impact of potential reforms and the resistance to such reforms. The long-awaited Star Wars movie opens on December 18. In the run up to the premiere, controversy swirled around the fact that one of the main characters is black. We’ll take a look at the meaning of characters of color in science fiction.


 


(AP Photo/Princes Georges Police)

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Basic Black - Flint: Michigan's Hurricane Katrina?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

January 29, 2016

This week on Basic Black, an environmental and public health crisis one year in the making.?In Flint, Michigan, residents are still reeling from the impact of the foul smelling brown water pumped into their homes through corroded lead lined pipes. Now more than a year after the first complaints from residents and warnings from independent experts, President Obama has ordered federal aid for Flint. Many are comparing the failure of local leadership to the devastating inadequate response to Hurricane Katrina. Are people or color and the poor most likely to be victims of environmental racism?

 

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Basic Black - Flint: Michigan's Hurricane Katrina?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

January 29, 2016

This week on Basic Black, an environmental and public health crisis one year in the making.?In Flint, Michigan, residents are still reeling from the impact of the foul smelling brown water pumped into their homes through corroded lead lined pipes. Now more than a year after the first complaints from residents and warnings from independent experts, President Obama has ordered federal aid for Flint. Many are comparing the failure of local leadership to the devastating inadequate response to Hurricane Katrina. Are people or color and the poor most likely to be victims of environmental racism?

 

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Basic Black: The Race To November 8th

Black Boston | Politics

February 5, 2016

Forget OscarsSoWhite, the first two opportunities for voters to weigh in —Iowa and are our neighbor New Hampshire--are a near white out for voters of color. With non-traditional candidates surging to the top, and no President Barack Obama on the ticket, where will voters of color offer their support. We’ll explore how they are weighing their options and what may move them to the polls.
 

 

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Basic Black After the Broadcast: 31% Strong

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 5, 2016

After the broadcast, the panel turned to discuss potential vice presidential running mates and how that might impact the outcome ot the election.  According to Vox, people of color make up 31% of eligible voters - that voting block will become increasingly important as election day nears.

 

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