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Basic Black: Beyond the headlines this week

Basic Black: Beyond the headlines this week

Basic Black

December 12, 2014

We take a quick run through of the week’s headlines including:
- Latino representation in Boston city government leadership roles
- Pardons and commutations currently up for review in Massachusetts
- Updates on the DJ Henry case and the connection to Ferguson
- Department of Justice renewed guidelines on racial profiling
 

 

Basic Black: From Montgomery to Ferguson

Basic Black: From Montgomery to Ferguson

Basic Black

December 5, 2014


December 1st marked the 59th anniversary of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger, setting in motion the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the emerging modern civil rights movement.   We observe this anniversary amidst a wave of protests: online, on the streets, and in the marketplace… actions in response to the deaths of several African American men and boys at the hands of law enforcement.  This week on Basic Black, we consider the changing face and force of future social justice movements.??

 


Photo:  Students and community members hold their hands up on campus at Boston University in Boston, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 to show solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

 

Basic Black: From Montgomery to Ferguson...

Basic Black: From Montgomery to Ferguson...

Basic Black

December 5, 2014

December 1st marked the 59th anniversary of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger, setting in motion the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the emerging modern civil rights movement.  We observe this anniversary amidst a wave of protests: online, on the streets, and in the marketplace… actions in response to the deaths of several African American men and boys at the hands of law enforcement. This week on Basic Black, we consider the changing face and force of future social justice movements.

 

Students and community members hold their hands up on campus at Boston University in Boston, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 to show solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

 

Basic Black: Immigration Reform and... an Icon Implodes?

Basic Black: Immigration Reform and... an Icon Implodes?

Basic Black

November 21, 2014

This week on Basic Black: President Obama has thrown down the gauntlet to his detractors on immigration reform in the form of an executive action. Who does it impact and does this signal the beginning of a battle with Congress?  Later in the show, the unmaking of an icon, as up to 13 women have come forward with accusations of sexual assault against comedian Bill Cosby.
 

 
Photo: President Obama delivers an address on immigration reform from the East Room of the White House, November 20, 2014.  (Official White House photo by Pete Souza.)

Basic Black: A Hyphenated Life?

Basic Black: A Hyphenated Life?

Basic Black

November 14, 2014

Identity is an ever evolving, some would say elusive concept in American culture:  Grammy award-winning artist Pharrell declares himself part of the “new black” generation… The US Army only last week eliminated “Negro” as a racial designation… “More Hispanics declaring themselves white” was a New York Times headline in May… and Asian American and Pacific Islander students at Harvard recently held a forum to bring their issues to the forefront.  This week on Basic Black we look at the common thread through these and other stories identity, and what it means on a personal level and the global landscape.
 

 

(Photo: Pharrell/Jonathan Short - Invision- Associated Press, 2014.)

 

Basic Black: Victory for Baker | Viral Video from NYC

Basic Black: Victory for Baker | Viral Video from NYC

Basic Black

November 7, 2014

On the ground and in the street…

Charlie Baker beat the highly touted Democratic ground game to win the Massachusetts Governor’s race. What does his victory mean for communities of color?  And later in the show, the viral video that to date has gotten over 30 million views: men catcalling a woman while she's performing the simple act of walking through the streets of New York City. We’ll talk about what it shows, and why it has sparked a heated debate about street harassment, race, and sexism.


 

(Image: Screenshot from the video by Hollaback!)

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