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Basic Black Live: President Barack Obama Re-Elected

Black Boston | Politics


Originally broadcast November 9, 2012.

Election 2012 came to a close on November 6 as President Barack Obama was elected for a second term.  The turnout numbers rivaled those of 2008, despite long lines at the polls and court cases challenging early voting rules.  In addition to the huge percentage of African Americans who voted for him, Obama was swept to victory by the youth and Latino votes, as well as large contingents of women, working class, and educated white voters.




(Photo: President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden acknowledge the crowd at his election night party on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.  Source: Associated Press.)
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Basic Black: The "Fiscal Cliff" and Your Wallet

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics


Originally broadcast December 7, 2012.

If no measures are taken, in less than a month the United States will "fall off the fiscal cliff." Among other things, this means that the Bush tax cuts and the payroll tax cut will expire, extended unemployment benefits will end, and Medicare would lose nearly $11 billion from its budget. Many experts believe that going over the cliff would lead to another recession. What does this mean for people of color? The middle class? The poor?

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Basic Black Live: The Emancipation Proclamation at 150

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast January 4, 2013.)

The Emancipation Proclamation is 150 years old this week.  Historian Eric Foner called this document one of the most important documents in American history.  Does the Emancipation Proclamation have any meaning for contemporary times?

Also, our panelists look ahead with predictions for 2013.


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Basic Black Live: Looking Ahead to the Second Obama Administration

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Politics


January 25, 2013

President Obama officially began his second term of office on January 20th.  In his inaugural address to the nation the following day, his focus was on the strengths and promises of America.  In this Basic Black conversation, we explore the challenges, the goals, and the demands for the second Obama administration.




Photo:  Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President Barack Obama during the inaugural swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

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Basic Black: Gun Control and Communities of Color

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

February 1, 2013

As 2013 begins the national debate on gun control is in high gear.  Advocates from all sides  have descended on Washington, DC to sway a divided Congress to their side.  But the action isn't limited to the halls of government; the persistent issue of gun control is also being debated in local communities across the country.  And for communities historically battered by gun violence, the conversation takes on an increased intensity.



Image source: Chang Liu/Flickr

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Basic Black: Justice, Reparations, and Reconciliation

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


February 8, 2013:

The Scottsboro Boys, The Central Park Five, Shawn Drumgold…in all of these cases, the accused were found guilty, only to be exonerated years later, sometimes decades later.  This week on Basic Black, a conversation on searching for truth, justice delayed, and a judicial balm for wounded communities.


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Basic Black Live: Breaking Down the "State of the Union"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


February 15, 2013:

This week, with the State of the Union, President Barack Obama delivered his first major address after his second inaugural speech.  Most polls showed a favorable reception to the speech, which emphasized domestic issues including raising the minimum wage, voting reform, and a bigger push on passing immigration legislation.  But with a divided Congress and a country of competing constituencies, how much can be accompanied in a lame duck Obama presidency?




(Photo:  President Obama delivers the State of the Union Address, February 12, 2013.  Official White House photo, Chuck Kennedy.)

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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: The Emancipation Proclamation at 150

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast January 4, 2013.)

The Emancipation Proclamation is 150 years old this week.  Historian Eric Foner called this document one of the most important documents in American history.  Does the Emancipation Proclamation have any meaning for contemporary times?

Also, our panelists look ahead with predictions for 2013.


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Basic Black After the Broadcast: The GOP and Communities of Color

Black Boston | Politics


April 26, 2013

After the broadcast, the conversation turned to the GOP's efforts towards outreach to communities of color.  (The video of the television broadcast will be available the week of April 29.)


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