Basic Black: Women's History Month and News of the Week
March 27, 2015
As Women’s History Month comes to a close we ask, what should be on the agenda for women’s issues as the presidential political campaign ramps up? Later in the show, we look at why the tide has turned on the Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics. And later, is there anything to be learned from Starbucks’ much criticized “Race Together” campaign?
(Callie Crossley, host, Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, WGBH 89.7; Kim McLarin, Associate Professor or Writing, Literature and Publishing, Emerson College)
Basic Black: Politics and Prose
February 27, 2015
This year’s Oscar© ceremony has been described as one of the most political in recent memory, as winners acceptance speeches included history lessons and calls to action on women’s issues and immigration. We’ll take a closer look at comments on equal pay for women, feminism, and the civil rights movement coming out of the Oscars© winners circle. Later in the show, as Black History Month comes to a close, we pause to remember the artistry of writer James Baldwin, whose provocative essays on race and identity in America still resonate.
(Image source: CNN, Patricia Arquette, Common, and John Legend, @Academy Awards, February 22, 2015)
Basic Black: Rediscovering Black History in Color
February 20, 2015
The African American experience is taught in many forms from songs to films to performance, but one of the latest forms to grow in popularity is the graphic novel. We’ll talk with author Joel Christian Gill about his newest work, Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives From Black History.
Later in the show, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the death of Malcolm X, we look at the last years of his life and the meaning of his movement for contemporary times.
Image: From Bass Reeves, Tales Of The Talented Tenth, Vol 1., by Joel Christian Gill, 2014.
Basic Black: After the Storm... Beverly Scott and the MBTA
February 13, 2015
Back to back storms in as little as two weeks dropped record amounts of snow on New England. The capacity of the MBTA’s equipment was put to the test, but the system buckled under the weight of the weather. In the face of widespread train delays and mounting criticism, MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott responded with a fiery press conference that’s not likely to be forgotten anytime soon. The day after her press conference, Scott submitted her letter of resignation. We’ll take a look at her tenure and immediate task at hand to get the trains back to normal.
Later in the show, as the Bay State Banner celebrates 50 years of reporting the news of New England’s communities of color, we discuss the continuing evolution of journalists of color.
Basic Black News of the Week: On-Screen Families and the Vaccination Question
February 6, 2015
This week on Basic Black’s roundtable:
• With the rise of television shows like Black-ish and Empire and the newly-released movie Black and White, we ask if Hollywood is on the way to realistic portrayals of families of color.
• A measles outbreak earlier this week at Disneyland in California re-ignited the debate over vaccinations - with oftentimes limited access to healthcare are children of color at particular risk?
Basic Black: Portraits of Purpose
January 30, 2015
The pictures and stories of Bostonians whose stories have been sidelined are now highlighted in a book more than 20 years in the making. Now in 107 portraits coupled with narrative profiles, the contributions of some notable Bostonians of color are preserved for all time. The book is Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership and we’re joined by photographer Don West and writer, Kenneth Cooper.
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(Originally broadcast on April 8, 2010) Last week, a United Nations conference of international donors for Haiti pledged over five billion dollars towards the rebuilding of the country. This week Basic Black discusses the current state of life and rebuilding in Haiti as well as the continuing impact on Boston's Haitian community. Our panelists: Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter for WGBH Radio; Carline Desire, Executive Director of the Association for Haitian Women in Boston; Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, WGBH Radio; Alix Cantave, Associate Director of the Trotter Institute at UMass Boston; and Peniel Joseph, professor of history, Tufts University.
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