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Basic Black: The New Black Politics in Massachusetts

Black Boston | Politics

(June 8, 2012)

The recently published Trotter Review examines political gains made by African American politicians at the beginning of the 21st century. Also, specific essays on why Boston has not elected a black mayor while the city of Denver has done so twice, and how Deval Patrick has served the interests of black communities while not alienating the larger population.


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Basic Black: The New Black Politics in Massachusetts

Black Boston | Politics

(June 8, 2012)

The recently published Trotter Review examines political gains made by African American politicians at the beginning of the 21st century. Also, specific essays on why Boston has not elected a black mayor while the city of Denver has done so twice, and how Deval Patrick has served the interests of black communities while not alienating the larger population.


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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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Basic Black Live: Looking Ahead to Election 2012

Black Boston | Politics


Originally broadcast on July 6, 2012

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?



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Basic Black: Post Debate Wrap-Up

Black Boston | Politics


Originally broadcast October 19, 2012.

Basic Black kicks off its new season in the midst of the 2012 presidential campaign. Our conversation takes a look at the most recent presidential and vice presidential debates. For some it’s about who won or lost, but what matters most is how each candidate plans to meet the challenges of leadership.


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Basic Black: The Battle for the Redistricting of Boston

Black Boston | Politics


Originally broadcast on October 26, 2012:

The deadline is fast approaching on a federal mandate for the Boston City Council to pass a plan that reorganizes the city’s voting districts. But there seems to be no clear consensus among council members, nor among many in Boston’s communities of color, on how to do it. The mayor has already vetoed two maps. A coalition representing African American, Asian, and Latino voters has vowed to sue if they are unsatisfied with the council's solution. Emotions are running high, and only ten days remain.


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Basic Black: Polls and Predictions Going Into November 6

Black Boston | Politics


Originally broadcast on November 2, 2012.

As the nation heads into election day on November 6, Basic Black considers the relevance of polls and the persistence of predictions.  And what does it say about the candidates and this country that the race is so close?


(Photo: Early voting, Ohio 2012.  Source: Associated Press.)
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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 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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