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Basic Black: Shopping For Obamacare

Black Boston | Health | Politics


October 4, 2013

This week on Basic Black, Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, began on October 1st.  The signature legislation of President Obama's administration went live online, with millions attempting to access the applications.  Although its launch was marked by a government shutdown and systems crashing under the weight of consumers eager to learn more, will this health insurance marketplace become a defining moment of President Obama's legacy?  And will the marketplace be the answer to the health care problems of those who need it most?

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: What 12 Years A Slave Means Today

Arts & Culture | Politics

November 1, 2013

After the broadcast the conversation continued to explore how films like 12 Years A Slave can also be commentaries on contemporary times in African American life: educational and wealth gaps, stereotypes of black men and women, infant mortality, health disparities, achievement...


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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Sports and African American Men

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

November 22, 2013

After the broadcast, the conversation included an exploration of the impact of fathers, coaches, and community in the lives of African American boys.


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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 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 Live: Racism, Rage and Mental Illness

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


February 22, 2013:

Is the context for the murderous rampage of Christopher Dorner one that people of color recognize?  Tonight on Basic Black – anatomy of a killer’s racial experience…  what happens at the intersection of racism, rage and mental illness?




(Photo:  War, Maria Gertsovskaya/Flickr.)

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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: The message to black graduates

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


May 24, 2013

President Barack Obama's address to the graduates of Morehouse College last week drew criticism and praise, not only for what he said but also for how he said it.  Was he talking down to the graduates in pressing for personal responsibility? Does he whip out the "preacher" cadence for black audiences only?  As graduates of HBCU's and other institutions go out into the world, what is the most useful message they need to hear?


(Photo: Official White House photo by Pete Souza.)

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Basic Black Live: Black and Green

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics


May 31, 2013

A recent audit by the state revealed that Massachusetts paid welfare benefits to 1,160 dead recipients. In spite of the fact that, in terms of dollars, this is a very tiny fraction compared to the size of the program, and the majority of welfare and food stamp assistance are white, we'll discuss why the stereotype of the "welfare queen" persists.  At the other end of the financial spectrum, we'll look at wealth: a recent report by Nielsen concluded that black spending power will reach $1 trillion dollars by 2015…but black wealth is declining.  What are the factors contributing to the disparity?


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Basic Black: Brothers and Sisters on the Run

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

April 18, 2014

Runners of color, specifically from Kenya have a long and visible presence in marathons around the country, including the Boston Marathon.  But a closer look reveals a low percentage of Americans of color who participate in marathon running.  Most American runners of color who advance in their sport become headliners in track and sprinting but where are the stars in marathon running?  As we head into the 118th Boston Marathon, Basic Black discusses reasons for the dearth of American runners of color in long distance running and the benefits (to the runner and the community) of improving the numbers.


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