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Basic Black: From Montgomery to Ferguson...

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

December 5, 2014

December 1st marked the 59th anniversary of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger, setting in motion the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the emerging modern civil rights movement.  We observe this anniversary amidst a wave of protests: online, on the streets, and in the marketplace… actions in response to the deaths of several African American men and boys at the hands of law enforcement. This week on Basic Black, we consider the changing face and force of future social justice movements.

 

Students and community members hold their hands up on campus at Boston University in Boston, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 to show solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

 

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Basic Black: Gentrification... and the tipping point

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

Original broadcast date: April 25, 2014

A November 2013 report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland found that Boston is experiencing one of the fastest rates of gentrification of cities in the US. This week on Basic Black, we look at how gentrification changes the nature and culture of a community and how Boston's impacted communities are responding.

Articles about changes in Dudley Square and pre-developed Boston.
 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Too much diversity on network television...?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 3, 2015

After the broadcast the discussion the question posed in Deadline Hollywood as to whether there was too much ethnic diversity in network programming.  A hint to the panel's answer: nope.

 

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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: A Change Is Gonna Come

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

May 1, 2015

From anger, to resilience, to a call for calm, this week Basic Black looks at the lessons to be learned from the eruptions in Baltimore on race, class, and rebuilding community.

 
 
 
Photo: A man makes a heart shape with his hands during a peaceful protest near the CVS pharmacy that was set on fire on Monday in Baltimore. Credit Andrew Burton/Getty Images for NPR.
 

Show title from A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke, 1964.

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Basic Black: A Change Is Gonna Come

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

May 1, 2015

From anger, to resilience, to a call for calm, this week Basic Black looks at the lessons to be learned from the eruptions in Baltimore on race, class, and rebuilding community.

 
 
 
Photo: A man makes a heart shape with his hands during a peaceful protest near the CVS pharmacy that was set on fire on Monday in Baltimore. Credit Andrew Burton/Getty Images for NPR.
 

Show title from A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke, 1964.

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Basic Black: The Massachusetts Economy in Black and Green

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

January 8, 2016

How did Massachusetts’ African American population fare economically in 2015 and what are the best steps towards economic progress for 2016? Last month the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts released its annual “State of Black Massachusetts” report. We’ll discuss the economic findings of the report including the state of business ownership and the racial wealth gap.

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Poverty in Massachusetts

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Health

January 8, 2016

After the broadcast, the panelists discussed the findings of the State of Black Massachusetts report that detailed the impact of low wage earnings and poverty on families of color.

 

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Basic Black: The Massachusetts Economy in Black and Green

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics

January 8, 2016

How did Massachusetts’ African American population fare economically in 2015 and what are the best steps towards economic progress for 2016? Last month the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts released its annual “State of Black Massachusetts” report. We’ll discuss the economic findings of the report including the state of business ownership and the racial wealth gap.

 

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