Tavis Smiley and Cornel West
Tavis Smiley and Cornel West join Kim McLarin for a provocative conversation on race, black leadership, and accountability.
Capturing Black Life: A Conversation with Photo Historian Deborah Willis
Photographer and photo historian Deborah Willis discusses her life and work.
Searching for Sally Hemings: A Conversation with Author Annette Gordon-Reed
2010 MacArthur "Genius" Award recipient Annette Gordon-Reed. (Originally broadcast January 8, 2009) Before winning the MacArthur award, Professor Gordon-Reed sat down for a lengthy interview on Basic Black to discuss her book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.
Jazz and Rock Drummer Cindy Blackman
Basic Black host Kim McLarin speaks with jazz and rock drummer Cindy Blackman.
Poetry & Conversation with Afaa Michael Weaver
Poet Afaa Michael Weaver talks about the life stories that inspire his work.
A Conversation with Boston Superintendent Carol Johnson
Superintendent Carol Johnson joins host Kim McLarin in a conversation about her goals for the Boston public school system and the challenges that she faces.
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"That is so ghetto." The phrase has become part of mainstream American parlance — what once was a place is now used to describe a mentality or a behavior.
"Historically, it's been neighborhoods for poor people of color," says author Cora Daniels. "Now I think that it's jumped from noun to adjective. It's become no longer where you live, but how you live."
The first ghettos were European settlements where Jews were confined. The new ghetto is a sort of mental settlement: one of degraded standards, attitudes, and ways of life — at least according to Daniels's book, Ghettonation: A Journey into the Land of Bling and Home of the Shameless. It's a phenomenon that has exploded in popularity and marketability.
Daniels talks about how the concept of ghetto has permeated popular culture, how this mind-set affects communities of color, and what the stakes are for remaining a Ghettonation.
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