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Basic Black: Urban Renaissance

Basic Black: Urban Renaissance

Basic Black

April 3, 2015

It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Dudley Square is experiencing something of a renaissance.  The dedication of the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building and the re-opening of Tropical Foods grocery store are the latest examples of what is hoped to be the beginnings of an economic turnaround for Roxbury and Mattapan.  We’ll talk about  Mayor Walsh’s plans with two chiefs in his administration: John Barros and Daniel Koh. 

Later in the show, in South Carolina and closer to home, a shift in official police responses to the deaths of African American men at the hands of law enforcement.

 

Basic Black: Wealth in black and white...

Basic Black: Wealth in black and white...

Basic Black

April 3, 2015

It comes down to one dollar versus a few cents. A report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston reveals that for every one dollar in a Boston white household, black and brown households have only pennies. While this stark reality may not be new to some, the report details the widening wealth gap, and predicts dire consequences for future generations. Later in the show, intense response still pouring in to a controversial column in Deadline Hollywood questioning whether there's too much diversity on network television.  We also get an introduction to Shaun Blugh, Boston's first-ever Chief Diversity Officer.

 

Basic Black: Women's History Month and News of the Week

Basic Black: Women's History Month and News of the Week

Basic Black

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

Basic Black: Politics and Prose

Basic Black

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

Basic Black: Rediscovering Black History in Color

Basic Black

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

Basic Black: After the Storm... Beverly Scott and the MBTA

Basic Black

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.

 

Schedule

Saturday
4/18/15 11:00 PM
WGBH 2
Sunday
4/19/15 8:30 AM
WGBX 44
Friday
4/24/15 7:30 PM
WGBH 2
Sunday
4/26/15 8:30 AM
WGBX 44
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February 6, 2014

Tonight on Basic Black, in an historic move the Massachusetts legislature voted to expel Carlos Henriquez from the House in the wake of his conviction for assault.  Also, another dispute among the surviving children of Martin Luther King, Jr. has gone painfully public, calling into question their respect for his legacy.  Tonight we'll look behind the headlines to analyze the impact and the meaning in both stories.


Panelists:
- Callie Crossley, Host, Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, WGBH Radio
- Kim McLarin, author and Assistant Professor of Writing, Emerson College
- Peniel Joseph, Professor of History, Tufts University
- Phillip Martin, Senior Reporter, WGBH News



(Image: Former State Rep. (5th Suffolk District) Carlos Henriquez addresses the Massachusetts legislature before the vote to expel him.)

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