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Basic Black After the Broadcast: What's next for #BlackLivesMatter

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

December 19, 2014

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Basic Black: Cornel West and Black Prophetic Fire

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

Originally broadcast October 24, 2014

In the aftermath of his arrest protesting the killing of Michael Brown, a young black man shot to death by a white police officer, Cornel West sits down for a conversation with Callie Crossley about his new book Black Prophetic Fire, an examination of the lives of historic African American icons and how their courage to speak truth to power still resonates with contemporary activism from the events in Ferguson, MO to taking a stand against the policies of the Obama Administration.

 

Photo credit: Meredith Nierman, WGBH.

 

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Basic Black: Wealth in black and white...

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Health | Politics

April 3, 2015

It comes down to one dollar versus a few cents. A report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston reveals that for every one dollar in a Boston white household, black and brown households have only pennies. While this stark reality may not be new to some, the report details the widening wealth gap, and predicts dire consequences for future generations. Later in the show, intense response still pouring in to a controversial column in Deadline Hollywood questioning whether there's too much diversity on network television.  We also get an introduction to Shaun Blugh, Boston's first-ever Chief Diversity Officer.

 

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Basic Black: Wealth in black and white...

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Health | Politics

April 3, 2015

It comes down to one dollar versus a few cents. A report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston reveals that for every one dollar in a Boston white household, black and brown households have only pennies. While this stark reality may not be new to some, the report details the widening wealth gap, and predicts dire consequences for future generations. Later in the show, intense response still pouring in to a controversial column in Deadline Hollywood questioning whether there's too much diversity on network television.  We also get an introduction to Shaun Blugh, Boston's first-ever Chief Diversity Officer.

 

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Basic Black: Making history and living history

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

May 22, 2015

Looking forward, looking back -- Twitter abuzz as President Barack Obama signs on and the Guinness Book of World Records confirms he is now THE most followed person to join.  And we know the stories about Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, but what about Rekia Boyd, Shelly Frey, and Darnisha Harris?  Later in the show, connecting the dots from this week's events in history, to today's headlines…

 

Photo: President Obama sends his first tweet (Source: whitehouse.gov).

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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: Making history and living history

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

May 22, 2015

Looking forward, looking back -- Twitter abuzz as President Barack Obama signs on and the Guinness Book of World Records confirms he is now THE most followed person to join.  And we know the stories about Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, but what about Rekia Boyd, Shelly Frey, and Darnisha Harris?  Later in the show, connecting the dots from this week's events in history, to today's headlines…

 

Photo: President Obama sends his first tweet (Source: whitehouse.gov).

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Basic Black: Affordable Housing

Black Boston

April 7, 2017

In Boston and across the state, families are finding themselves priced out of the market for housing large enough to accommodate them. Some groups like the CDCs are trying to fix the problem by transforming their own neighbhood. Joining Callie Crossley on this week's broadcast are Attorney and President of the Boston City Council, Michelle Wu; Managing Director, Real Estate Development at Preservation of Affordable Housing, Rodger Brown; Executive Director of Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation,Gail Latimore; and WGBH News Senior Investigative Reporter, Phillip Martin.

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Basic Black: Strategies to Reduce Food Deserts

Health

May 19, 2017

Can an urban farm make a difference in a community labeled a food desert? Host Callie Crossley looks at strategies to reduce food deserts, particularly for those low-income neighborhoods with guest panelists Community Nutritionist at Whittier Street Health Center, Mallory Sin ; Founder of the Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition,Vivien Morris ; Interim President of Dorchester Food Co-Op, Alison Brown; and Rep. Russell E. Holmes.

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