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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December 6, 2013
Today the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela. The 95 year old former South African president died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Thursday night. Basic Black pauses to remember the man who brought democratic rule and an end to apartheid to South Africa, and who embraced the city of Boston as a partner in the struggle for human rights.
- Willard Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, MIT and co-founder of TransAfrica
- Zine Magubane, Associate Professor of Sociology, Boston College and South African native
- Kim McLarin, cultural commentator and Assistant Professor of Writing, Emerson College
- Peniel Joseph, Professor of History, Tufts University
- Phillip Martin, Senior Reporter, WGBH News
(Photo: In this Dec. 7, 2005 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela, 87, is in a jovial mood at the Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, where he met with the winner and runner-up of the local "Idols" competition. AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File.)
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