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Basic Black Live: African American Spirituality

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


(Originally broadcast on December 16, 2011)

In a season of celebration and reflection for many religions and faiths, Basic Black presents "Sacred: African American Spirituality," a live conversation focusing on the spectrum of religious beliefs in the African American community, and how those beliefs have shaped its culture, politics and history. The show will also look at the rise of Islam amongst African Americans, the increasing adoption of Buddhism and Judaism, and the small but growing community of atheists, agnostics, and non-believers.

This special presentation was simulcast live on both WGBH's World channel and The Root, a leading online source of news and commentary from the African American perspective.
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Basic Black: "Red Tails" and "Find Our Missing"

Arts & Culture | Politics


(Originally broadcast on January 20, 2012)

This week on Basic Black we take a look at recent entertainment media that aims to fill the gap in the African American experience: we’ll examine how the television program “Find Our Missing” focuses on searching for children of color who’ve vanished, and we’ll talk about the new George Lucas film “Red Tails” which looks at the achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. 

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Basic Black Live: A Conversation with Governor Deval Patrick

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics


(Originally broadcast February 3, 2012)


Massachusetts' first African American Governor, Deval Patrick, sat down with Callie Crossley and Phillip Martin for a conversation on his autobiography, election 2012, community colleges, and more.
 

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Basic Black: The Legacy of Soul Train; Battling Mental Illness in Communities of Color

Arts & Culture | Health | Politics


Originally broadcast on February, 10, 2012


A conversation on the legacy of Don Cornelius and the impact of Soul Train on music, media, dance, and African American empowerment. Also, a discussion on the disparities and taboos in treating mental health in communities of color.
 

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Basic Black Live: The War Between the States and Sharpton v. West

Arts & Culture | Politics


(Originally broadcast on April 15, 2011) 

This week marks the official beginning of ceremonies marking the 150th Anniversary of The Civil War. How should African Americans look at the commemorations and historical re-tellings to come? Also, we'll examine the heated exchange between Rev. Al Sharpton and Cornel West over Barack Obama's leadership and whether he's done enough for communities of color.
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Basic Black Live: Is Black History Month Still Necessary?

Arts & Culture | Politics


Originally broadcast February 17, 2012

In the middle of Black History Month, we ask the question posed by the provocative new film premiering on PBS’ Independent Lens series: Is Black History Month still necessary? The film More Than A Month is a chronicle of filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman’s one-man quest to end Black History Month.

We also take a look at how the media covered the death of Whitney Houston. Who got it right and who got it wrong?

This program was a special national live broadcast on WGBH’s World channel, and is a collaboration with The Root.com, a leading online source for news and commentary from an African American perspective.

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Basic Black: Trayvon Martin and A Country Divided

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast on April 13, 2012)

In a country where an African American boy can grow up to be president, the tragedy of Trayvon Martin's death is one in a continuum in the stories of young black men whose lives end at the intersection of race and violence. The facts of the case in the fatal shooting death of Trayvon Martin continue to be debated, but in addition to the headlines and specific events of that night, our Basic Black conversation focuses on the myriad of themes and persistent questions about what it means to grow up black and male in America.


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Basic Black Live: The Luck Of The Irish

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast April 20, 2012)


The Basic Black panelists sit down with playwright Kirsten Greenidge to discuss her new play The Luck of the Irish, currently playing at the Huntington Theatre through May 6. When an upwardly mobile African-American family wants to buy a house in an all-white neighborhood of 1950s Boston, they pay a struggling Irish family to act as their front. Fifty years later, the Irish family asks for "their" house back. Moving across the two eras, The Luck of the Irish explores the complex impact of racial integration in Boston and the universal longing for home.
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Basic Black Live: The Black Church, Hip Hop and Gay Marriage

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics


(Originally broadcast on June 1, 2012)

From President Obama’s support of same sex marriage to the dominating influence of hip hop culture, the black church finds itself on the front page of a national conversation about its identity, relevance, and impact. Will support for Obama's presidential bid fade in the upcoming election? Has the church adequately addressed the needs of a younger generation? Is this an opportunity for new voices to emerge in the evolution of the black church?

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Basic Black Live July 6, 2012: Election 2012

Black Boston | Health | Politics


July 6 marks four months to the day that the country will elect the president of the United States. We close this season of Basic Black with an exploration of questions going into the 2012 presidential election including:

Has African American support diminished for President Obama?  How strongly has opposition to an Obama second term grown in light of the Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act? What will be the impact of recent decisions (President Obama and Supreme Court) concerning immigration? Is Michelle Obama a secret weapon in the president’s re-election campaign arsenal?  Will there be any surprises from the upcoming conventions?


This program is being broadcast nationally on World channel and webcast in partnership with The Root.com, the leading online source for African American news and commentary.


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