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Basic Black: Black Art & Black Audiences

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 1, 2016

The arts are in bloom in Boston. Mayor Walsh has made a concerted effort and commitment to revitalize the city's creative community, including the appointment of a cabinet level arts czar, Julie Burros. But as the arts are connected to the economy and revitalization of the entire city, how are artists and audiences of color benefitting from the newfound focus on the arts?

Later in the show, the beginning of the archeological dig at the site of Malcolm X’s house.

 

Photo: Maurice Emmanuel and Tiffany Nichole Greene in the SpeakEasy Stage production of Bootycandy. Credit: Glenn Perry

 

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Basic Black: Black Art & Black Audiences

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

April 1, 2016

The arts are in bloom in Boston. Mayor Walsh has made a concerted effort and commitment to revitalize the city's creative community, including the appointment of a cabinet level arts czar, Julie Burros. But as the arts are connected to the economy and revitalization of the entire city, how are artists and audiences of color benefitting from the newfound focus on the arts?

Later in the show, the beginning of the archeological dig at the site of Malcolm X’s house.

 

Photo: Maurice Emmanuel and Tiffany Nichole Greene in the SpeakEasy Stage production of Bootycandy. Credit: Glenn Perry

 

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Basic Black: Predictions 2017

Politics

January 09, 2017

The new year is here! What will 2017 hold? This week on Basic Black with Callie Crossley of 89.7's Under the Radar, local leaders converge for an enlightening discussion on politics, race, immigration, and the economy. Guest panelists include Boston's Chief of Economic Development, John Barros;  President of the NAACP Boston, Tanisha Sullivan; Executive Director of Project Citizenship, Veronica Serrato; and Assoc. Professor at Tufts University, Natalie Masuoka.

 

 

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Basic Black: Predictions 2017

Politics

January 09, 2017

The new year is here! What will 2017 hold? This week on Basic Black with Callie Crossley of 89.7's Under the Radar, local leaders converge for an enlightening discussion on politics, race, immigration, and the economy. Guest panelists include Boston's Chief of Economic Development, John Barros;  President of the NAACP Boston, Tanisha Sullivan; Executive Director of Project Citizenship, Veronica Serrato; and Assoc. Professor at Tufts University, Natalie Masuoka.

 

 

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The Power of Black and Latino Voters

Politics

In the middle of the 2016 presidential primary races, candidates are dropping out, and the scramble for additional supporters have begun. With two candidates of Latino descent as major front-runners of the GOP, a new conversation around the ethnic diversity of Latinos has hit mainstream American politics. Meanwhile on the democratic side, the voters of color could be the deciding factor of the election. 

For more insight on the power of the Black and Latino vote this election season, Leah Wright Rigueur, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University gives a closer look. 

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Restricted Liquor Licenses: The Restaurant Jump-Start In Your Neighborhood

Black Boston | Business | Politics

75 restricted liquor licenses will available to restaurants in underserved neighborhoods including Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. What does this mean for the small business owner? How will it affect the local economy? 

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Cecile Musanase and the Akilah Institute

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 25, 2013

By Talia Whyte

Cecile Musanase and fellow student Julian Kankunda were speakers at the Akilah Institute’s Metropolitan Safari fundraiser held at the Museum of African American History Oct. 10.  The Akilah Institute for Women is a college that offers market-relevant education with campuses in Kigali, Rwanda and Bujumbura, Burundi.  Since it’s opening in 2010, it has made an important impact on education and training for women in Africa.


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Voices From "The State of Black Boston"

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

Talia Whyte spoke to attendees at the release of "The State of Black Boston" report during the kickoff to the National Urban League Convention 2011.
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Empowering Women & Girls: Nicole Roberts Jones

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

by Talia Whyte


Nicole Roberts Jones
was the mistress of ceremonies at Boston's 43rd annual Martin Luther King Day Breakfast.  As the old adage goes, behind every great man is an even greater woman.  Coretta Scott King played a vital role as Dr. King’s wife and organizing partner.  There were many other women who had participated in the civil rights movement, but unlike Mrs. King, Betty Shabazz and Rosa Parks, their accomplishments have been given little attention.

Ella Baker, Septima Poinsette Clark, Fannie Lou Hamer and Vivian Malone Jones are all unsung heroines from that era.  Baker was a longtime organizer for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) who worked behind the scenes.  Because she was neither a man nor a minister, she was not seriously considered to become the head of the organization.  Clark, better known as the “queen mother” of the civil rights movement, was an educator who played a role in a legal victory that would allow blacks to become principals in public schools in Charleston, South Carolina.  Hamer was a Mississippi sharecropper, who was beaten and jailed in 1962 for trying to register to vote.  She co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and spoke at the 1964 Democratic National Convention.  Jones defied Gov. George Wallace by becoming one of the first black students to enroll at the University of Alabama in 1963.

And there were countless other women, who are unknown, but worked tirelessly cooking meals and cleaning up after rallies.  These women should be the main role models for today’s black women, not stars on reality shows.   

While no woman gave a speech at the 1963 March on Washington, it seems like their accomplishments are now being recognized.  Myrlie Evers-Williams delivered the invocation at President Obama’s inauguration – the first ever done by a woman and layperson.

“There’s a Chinese saying, ’Women hold up half the world,” said former NAACP chairman Julian Bond. “In the case of the civil rights movement it’s probably three-quarters of the world.”

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A Conversation with Environmental Activist Van Jones

Politics | Science & Technology

Basic Black contributor Talia Whyte talks with environmental activist Van Jones.
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