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Basic Black: Feminism Isn't Black and White

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

December 20, 2013

This week on Basic Black, our first conversation examines the recent media coverage of Michelle Obama and the meaning of feminism to women of color.  An article in Politico dubbed the First Lady as a "feminist nightmare" while later coverage characterized her as the "angry black woman" when the President took a selfie with Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at the funeral of Nelson Mandela.  Both episodes illustrated the great divide between black and white women on the issue of feminism , with many African American commentators saying, in essence, "your feminism ain't like mine…"



(Photo:  First Lady Michelle Obama introducing President Barack Obama before his address to injured veterans and guests on the critical issues facing veterans during the DAV National Convention in Orlando, Fla. Michelle Obama is taking her “Let’s Move!” campaign to Arthur Ashe Kids Day. AP Photo/Julie Fletcher - Aug. 10, 2013, File)

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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 - Skin Deep: Women of Color and Beauty

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

March 4, 2016

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but it’s also created in the media and marketing agencies around the world.  But when it comes to women of color in America, the notion of beauty can be fractured through a prism of race, class, and history.  This week on Basic Black as Women’s History Month begins, we’ll take a look at traditional notions of beauty and how women of color are defining beauty, from the First Lady to Formation and everyone in-between…?

 

 

 

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Basic Black: Black Wealth and "The Birth of a Nation"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business

October 15, 2016

We discuss how a call to action on social media moved millions of dollars into African American banking institutions. Plus, we look at whether or not "The Birth of A Nation" overcame the controversy around its star. 

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Basic Black: Black Wealth and "The Birth of a Nation"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business

October 15, 2016

We discuss how a call to action on social media moved millions of dollars into African American banking institutions. Plus, we look at whether or not "The Birth of A Nation" overcame the controversy around its star. 

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Basic Black: Presidential Election 2016

Politics

November 11, 2016

Donald Trump is now President-Elect Donald Trump. Some people in this country are happy with his win, but let's be clear, most people in the country are concerned about what he will do as president. It seems clear that there was a racial divide in the election. What happened? How did Hillary Clinton and the DNC get this so wrong and how should communities of color and others handle this loss? Joining Callie Crossley of Under the Radar 89.7FM are guest panelists Assoc. Professor at Emerson College, Kim McLarin; Director of the Asian-American Institute and Professor at Umass Boston, Paul Watanabe; Professor of American Studies at Wellesley College, Michael Jeffries; and Julio Varela of Futuro Media Group and co-host, "In The Thick".

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Basic Black: Presidential Election 2016

Politics

November 11, 2016

Donald Trump is now President-Elect Donald Trump. Some people in this country are happy with his win, but let's be clear, most people in the country are concerned about what he will do as president. It seems clear that there was a racial divide in the election. What happened? How did Hillary Clinton and the DNC get this so wrong and how should communities of color and others handle this loss? Joining Callie Crossley of Under the Radar 89.7FM are guest panelists Assoc. Professor at Emerson College, Kim McLarin; Director of the Asian-American Institute and Professor at Umass Boston, Paul Watanabe; Professor of American Studies at Wellesley College, Michael Jeffries; and Julio Varela of Futuro Media Group and co-host, "In The Thick".

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Basic Black Live: Revisiting a "High-Tech" Lynching and The Politics of Language

Arts & Culture | Politics


(Originally broadcast on November 11, 2011)

Recently, conservative pundits have characterized the mainstream media’s treatment of Herman Cain as racist, even invoking the “high-tech lynching” image from the Thomas hearings. The left wing responded with charges of hypocrisy.

Do black conservatives really receive different treatment in the media than black liberals? Are liberals no more post-racial than the conservatives, but more subtle about showing it?

Our regular panel is joined by Ulli K. Ryder, Visiting Professor at Brown and Lecturer in Africana Studies, Simmons College; and Lionel McPherson, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University.
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Basic Black Live: Michelle Obama and Election 2012

Arts & Culture | Politics


(Originally broadcast on November 18, 2011)

This Basic Black conversation is a focus on First Lady Michelle Obama, (and the significance of having a woman of color in that role), as well as what we can expect in regards to her participation in the 2012 election. Related to the 2012 election, we'll also take a look at African Americans and the use of social media.


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Anonymous: When Words Become Weapons

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

Basic Black contributor Bridgit Brown spoke to families whose lives have been scarred by both violence and the careless language of the media.
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