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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(Originally broadcast April 1, 2010) This week on Basic Black: With the April 2nd release of Tyler Perry's Film Why Did I Get Married Too? Basic Black will take a look at the on-going conversation of high vs. low culture and if there is still such a concept as "black film". We'll also discuss the impact of the potential closing of several neighborhood branches of the Boston Public Library. Our panelists: Latoyia Edwards, New England Cable News; Kim McLarin, writer-in-residence, Emerson College; Wesley Morris, culture and film critic for The Boston Globe; and Monica White Ndounou, assistant professor of Drama and American Studies at Tufts University.
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