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Basic Black: Power to the People Then and Now

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 19, 2016

The Black Panther Party is back in the news. The Black Panther Party for Self Defense, formed in the 1960’s, sought to dramatically challenge an American culture and system they described as racially oppressive. Carrying their guns in plain sight, fists raised in defiance, and berets tipped with precision, they made no attempt to hide their goals for a complete revolution, galvanizing a generation to take pride in being black. Although the Party dissolved under embarrassing circumstances, they are often cited as the inspiration for social justice movements and most recently, Beyonce’s half-time performance at this year’s Super Bowl. We’ll look at the historical and contemporary meaning of the Black Panthers in Stanley Nelson’s documentary, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.

Later in the show, we’ll look at the major speeches given by presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

 

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Basic Black: Celebrating a Prince, a Queen, and a General

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 29, 2016

A Prince, a Queen, and a General. Brilliant, prolific artist Prince Rogers Nelson, superstar singer Beyonce “Queen Bey" Knowles, and abolitionist hero Harriet Tubman -- General Tubman -- the most celebrated leader of the Underground Railroad… We delve into the loss, triumph, and tribute for all three icons and consider what all of it says about culture, race, and (mainstream) recognition.
 
And in our online conversation: Asian American police officer Peter Liang fatally shot African American Akai Gurley. The shooting has strained Asian American and African American relations. What’s the long term impact?

 

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Basic Black: Boston's Chinatown

Arts & Culture

May 12, 2017

As a mecca of authentic Asian cuisine, stores, and art, Basic Black explores the history and culture of Boston's Chinatown with guest panelists Co-Director of the Chinese Progressive Association, Karen Chen; Associate Professor at Umass Boston, Andrew Leong; Executive Director at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Giles Li; and  Development Director at the Kwnog Kow Chinese School, Nancy Lo.

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Basic Black: Boston's Chinatown

Arts & Culture

May 12, 2017

As a mecca of authentic Asian cuisine, stores, and art, Basic Black explores the history and culture of Boston's Chinatown with guest panelists Co-Director of the Chinese Progressive Association, Karen Chen; Associate Professor at Umass Boston, Andrew Leong; Executive Director at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Giles Li; and  Development Director at the Kwnog Kow Chinese School, Nancy Lo.

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The Current Perception of Black Women in Media

Arts & Culture

In recent years, Hollywood has increased the amount of shows casting actors of color. With more images of black women on television now than ever before, how has their perception changed? Carole Bell, assistant professor of communication at Northeastern University weighs in on the impact of the presence of black women in media.

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Toure: Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


Touré, writer, cultural critic, and TV personality discussed his newest book Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness: What it Means to be Black Now, at the African Meeting House in Boston on January 26, 2012.
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That's A Fact: Young, Gifted, and Black

Arts & Culture | Black Boston

Bunker Hill Community College held the opening reception Feb. 9 for its latest exhibit “That’s a Fact: Young, Gifted and Black.” Many of the area’s best and brightest artists, filmmakers, musicians, writers and photographers were invited to display and celebrate their art.

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Black on Campus at Boston College

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Afua Laast of Boston College organized a 'Blackout' in solidarity with the students protesting the University of Missouri campus culture. she reflects on why campuses like Boston College need to show support to other colleges and universities struggling with race on campus.

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A Discussion on the 2016 Presidential Race

Politics

Basic Black sits down with Dr. Paul Watanabe, Director of the Institute for Asian American Studies at UMass Boston to discuss the issues related to the 2016 Presidential Election. You’ll hear further insight to the issues that are being avoided, the rise in popularity of the “non-establishment” candidates, and how the issue of immigration extends beyond Latinos. 

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A Conversation with Professor Griff on the Legacy of Malcolm X

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

By Talia Whyte


Professor Griff of the legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy gave a lecture on Malcolm X's influence in today's black culture at Northeastern University's John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute February 12.

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