Basic Black: Brothers and Sisters on the Run
April 18, 2014
Runners of color, specifically from Kenya have a long and visible presence in marathons around the country, including the Boston Marathon. But a closer look reveals a low percentage of Americans of color who participate in marathon running. Most American runners of color who advance in their sport become headliners in track and sprinting but where are the stars in marathon running? As we head into the 118th Boston Marathon, Basic Black discusses reasons for the dearth of American runners of color in long distance running and the benefits (to the runner and the community) of improving the numbers.
Basic Black: "Black Power"... Then and Now
April 11, 2014
This week, the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill was celebrated in a week-long summit at the LBJ Library in Austin, TX with President Barack Obama as one of the keynote speakers. Two years after the signing of that bill, Stokely Carmichael would raise his voice and his fist in a call to action for Black Power. Black Power was a movement, a philosophy, a strategy, and an attitude that was frightening to some, but empowering to those who had grown impatient with larger civil rights movement and its use of non-violence as the way of combatting racial injustice. Stokely: A Life is the newest biography of of the architect of the American Black Power movement, written by historian Peniel Joseph. We'll take a look at the impact of Carmichael's activism on contemporary progressive movements.
(Image: Stokely: A Life by Peniel Joseph)
Basic Black: Becoming Black Americans
April 4, 2014
In "The changing face of citizenship," Boston Globe reporter Maria Sacchetti examines how a increasing number of black immigrants are committed to becoming American citizens, in fact it is a point of great pride once the goal is met. In Massachusetts, as Saccetti reported, the number of new black citizens has in fact doubled. This week on Basic Black our conversation explores the political, economic, and cultural impacts of this growing trend. We're joined by Evandro Carvalho, a native of Cape Verde and winner of the 5th Suffolk District State Rep primary race and Samuel Gebru, founder of the Ethiopian Global Initiative.
Photo: Amina Ahmed, formerly from Nigeria, takes the oath of citizenship during a swearing-in ceremony for 5,000 new citizens at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Basic Black: Black History Icons - Respected, Revered, and ...Repackaged?
February 28, 2014
Today is the last day of Black History Month, a time when the civil rights pioneers are learned about and revered. But what meaning can an icon have when recording artist Nicki Minaj can use one of the most famous images of Malcolm X in her CD cover art with the n-word emblazoned near Malcolm X's head? Or Lil Wayne can write lyrics using the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in a manner so provocative that the uproar surrounding the episode moved Mountain Dew to drop their multi-million-dollar endorsement? This week on Basic Black, how far has popular culture separated the icons from their historical meaning and what are the implications, especially in teaching the millennials and generations to come.
Basic Black: Jordan, Trayvon, and the Consequences of Implicit Bias
February 21, 2014
Less than a year after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin, a mistrial was declared in the shooting death of another 17-year-old African American boy, Jordan Davis. In both cases, much of the public conversation has been about racism and the validity of "stand your ground" laws, but this week on Basic Black, we take a look at implicit bias, the hidden prejudices and biases we all have, but when acted upon in the extreme, can have deadly consequences.
Basic Black: PTSD and The Lingering Impact of Violence
(Please note: This is an encore presentation of an earlier show.)
Conversations about gun violence usually center around criminal justice strategies and gun control, but often lost in the debate is the connection to public health. Last week, Pro Publica, the non-profit investigative journalism news organization published a piece by Lois Beckett, entitled, The PTSD Crisis That's Being Ignored: Americans Wounded in Their Own Neighborhoods. As the spike in shootings makes headlines in Boston, our Basic Black conversation focuses on the public health impact to communities in the wake of gun violence.
(Please note: There will be no live chat this evening; join us for new conversations beginning April 4 at 7:30pm EST.)
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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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