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 streamed on February 4, 2011) After the broadcast, the conversation continued to explore the ways in which black history has been reinterpreted for political gain by representatives for conservative causes.
Recent examples include Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour's cool recollections of Freedom Summer (a time which saw intimidation and murder visited upon civil rights activists) and Virginia's proclamation establishing Confederate History Month, without the mention of slavery.
Our panel: Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Rev. Irene Monroe, syndicated columnist and blogger; Lionel McPherson, professor of philosophy, Tufts University; and Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter.
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