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.
3/14/14 7:30 PM
3/16/14 8:00 AM
3/16/14 4:00 PM
(Broadcast on November 5, 2009) Our first topic will be a discussion of the outcome of Massachusetts history making elections in the cities of Boston, Newton, and Lawrence.
For our second discussion, in light of President Obama’s signature of the Hate Crimes Bill and Maine’s defeat of the gay marriage law, we'll explore the notion of gay rights as an extension of the civil rights movement.
Our panelists: Peniel Joseph, Professor of History, Tufts University; John Barros, Executive Director, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative; Melissa Nobles, Professor of Political Science, MIT; and Rev. Irene Monroe, Huffington Post blogger and syndicated religion columnist.
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