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Basic Black: Portraits of Purpose

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

January 30, 2015

The pictures and stories of Bostonians whose stories have been sidelined are now highlighted in a book more than 20 years in the making. Now in 107 portraits coupled with narrative profiles, the contributions of some notable Bostonians of color are preserved for all time. The book is Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership and we’re joined by photographer Don West and writer, Kenneth Cooper.

 

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Basic Black After the Broadcast: Portraits of Purpose, Pt. 2

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

January 30, 2015

After the broadcast the conversation continued: The pictures and stories of Bostonians whose stories have been sidelined are now highlighted in a book more than 20 years in the making. Now in 107 portraits coupled with narrative profiles, the contributions of some notable Bostonians of color are preserved for all time. The book is Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership and we’re joined by photographer Don West and writer, Kenneth Cooper.

 

(Photo: Keith Motley, Chancellor, UMass Boston by Don West.)

 

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Basic Black: Rediscovering Black History in Color

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

February 20, 2015

The African American experience is taught in many forms from songs to films to performance, but one of the latest forms to grow in popularity is the graphic novel.  We’ll talk with author Joel Christian Gill about his newest work, Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives From Black History.

Later in the show, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the death of Malcolm X, we look at the last years of his life and the meaning of his movement for contemporary times.

 

Image: From Bass Reeves, Tales Of The Talented Tenth, Vol 1., by Joel Christian Gill, 2014.

 

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Basic Black: Rediscovering Black History in Color

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

February 20, 2015

The African American experience is taught in many forms from songs to films to performance, but one of the latest forms to grow in popularity is the graphic novel.  We’ll talk with author Joel Christian Gill about his newest work, Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives From Black History.

Later in the show, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the death of Malcolm X, we look at the last years of his life and the meaning of his movement for contemporary times.

 

Image: From Bass Reeves, Tales Of The Talented Tenth, Vol 1., by Joel Christian Gill, 2014.

 

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Basic Black: Readin', Writin', & Race

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

February 12, 2016

This week on Basic Black: education in the news. We’ll look at the controversy over accusations of racism at Boston Latin School; also, a discussion on the persistent trend of racial disparities in discipline, starting with kindergartners; and finally, in his first State of the Commonwealth address last month, Governor Baker called for a raise on the cap for charter schools, so we’ll discuss the pros and cons of a charter school education.

 

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Basic Black: Readin', Writin', & Race

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

February 12, 2016

This week on Basic Black: education in the news. We’ll look at the controversy over accusations of racism at Boston Latin School; also, a discussion on the persistent trend of racial disparities in discipline, starting with kindergartners; and finally, in his first State of the Commonwealth address last month, Governor Baker called for a raise on the cap for charter schools, so we’ll discuss the pros and cons of a charter school education.

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Classroom Discipline Disparities

Black Boston | Education | Health | Politics

February 12, 2016

After the broadcast, the panelists discussed recent trends in racial disparities when it comes to disciplining black children in school.

 

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Basic Black: Beyond Black and White... Boston's Public Schools

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

April 15, 2016

This week Basic Black welcomes  Dr. Tommy Chang, Superintendent of Boston Public Schools; Rahn Dorsey, City of Boston’s Chief of Education; and Rahsaan Hall, Director of the Massachusetts Racial Justice Program of the ACLU. We’ll discuss controversial matters surrounding the Boston Public School systems including standardized testing, parental involvement, the cap on charter schools, and the dilemma around race relations at Boston Latin School and beyond.

 

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Basic Black: Beyond Black and White... Boston's Public Schools

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

April 15, 2016

This week Basic Black welcomes  Dr. Tommy Chang, Superintendent of Boston Public Schools; Rahn Dorsey, City of Boston’s Chief of Education; and Rahsaan Hall, Director of the Massachusetts Racial Justice Program of the ACLU. We’ll discuss controversial matters surrounding the Boston Public School systems including standardized testing, parental involvement, the cap on charter schools, and the dilemma around race relations at Boston Latin School and beyond.

 

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Rethinking Discipline

Black Boston | Education | Politics

April 15, 2016

After the broadcast, the panel discussed the troubling trend of racial disparities in approaches towards discipline in schools in Boston and nationwide.

 

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