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Basic Black: "Black Power"... Then and Now

Basic Black: "Black Power"... Then and Now

Basic Black

April 11, 2014

This week, the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill was celebrated in a week-long summit at the LBJ Library in Austin, TX with President Barack Obama as one of the keynote speakers.  Two years after the signing of that bill, Stokely Carmichael would raise his voice and his fist in a call to action for Black Power.  Black Power was a movement, a philosophy, a strategy, and an attitude that was frightening to some, but empowering to those who had grown impatient with larger civil rights movement and its use of non-violence as the way of combatting racial injustice. Stokely: A Life is the newest biography of of the architect of the American Black Power movement, written by historian Peniel Joseph. We'll take a look at the impact of Carmichael's activism on contemporary progressive movements.


(Image: Stokely: A Life by Peniel Joseph)

Basic Black: Becoming Black Americans

Basic Black: Becoming Black Americans

Basic Black

April 4, 2014


In "The changing face of citizenship," Boston Globe reporter Maria Sacchetti examines how a increasing number of black immigrants are committed to becoming American citizens, in fact it is a point of great pride once the goal is met.  In Massachusetts, as Saccetti reported, the number of new black citizens has in fact doubled.  This week on Basic Black our conversation explores the political, economic, and cultural impacts of this growing trend.  We're joined by Evandro Carvalho, a native of Cape Verde and winner of the 5th Suffolk District State Rep primary race and Samuel Gebru, founder of the Ethiopian Global Initiative.



Photo: Amina Ahmed, formerly from Nigeria, takes the oath of citizenship during a swearing-in ceremony for 5,000 new citizens at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Basic Black: Black History Icons - Respected, Revered, and ...Repackaged?

Basic Black: Black History Icons - Respected, Revered, and ...Repackaged?

Basic Black

February 28, 2014

Today is the last day of Black History Month, a time when the civil rights pioneers are learned about and revered.  But what meaning can an icon have when recording artist Nicki Minaj can use one of the most famous images of Malcolm X in her CD cover art with the n-word emblazoned near Malcolm X's head? Or Lil Wayne can write lyrics using the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in a manner so provocative that the uproar surrounding the episode moved Mountain Dew to drop their multi-million-dollar endorsement?   This week on Basic Black, how far has popular culture separated the icons from their historical meaning and what are the implications, especially in teaching the millennials and generations to come.

Basic Black: Jordan, Trayvon, and the Consequences of Implicit Bias

Basic Black: Jordan, Trayvon, and the Consequences of Implicit Bias

Basic Black

February 21, 2014

Less than a year after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin, a mistrial was declared in the shooting death of another 17-year-old African American boy, Jordan Davis. In both cases, much of the public conversation has been about racism and the validity of "stand your ground" laws, but this week on Basic Black, we take a look at implicit bias, the hidden prejudices and biases we all have, but when acted upon in the extreme, can have deadly consequences.


Basic Black: PTSD and The Lingering Impact of Violence

Basic Black: PTSD and The Lingering Impact of Violence

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(Please note: This is an encore presentation of an earlier show.)


Conversations about gun violence usually center around criminal justice strategies and gun control, but often lost in the debate is the connection to public health.  Last week, Pro Publica, the non-profit investigative journalism news organization published a piece by Lois Beckett, entitled, The PTSD Crisis That's Being Ignored: Americans Wounded in Their Own Neighborhoods.  As the spike in shootings  makes headlines in Boston, our Basic Black conversation focuses on the public health impact to communities in the wake of gun violence.


(Please note: There will be no live chat this evening; join us for new conversations beginning April 4 at 7:30pm EST.)

Basic Black: Lessons in History and Legacy

Basic Black: Lessons in History and Legacy

Basic Black

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.




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

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Originally broadcast on October 26, 2012:

The deadline is fast approaching on a federal mandate for the Boston City Council to pass a plan that reorganizes the city’s voting districts. But there seems to be no clear consensus among council members, nor among many in Boston’s communities of color, on how to do it. The mayor has already vetoed two maps. A coalition representing African American, Asian, and Latino voters has vowed to sue if they are unsatisfied with the council's solution. Emotions are running high, and only ten days remain.

Our panelists:
- Latoyia Edwards, anchor, New England Cable News
- Phillip Martin, senior reporter, 89.7 WGBH Radio
- Kevin C. Peterson, executive director, New Democracy Coalition
- Alejandra St. Guillen, executive director, Oiste
- Sean Daughtry, political action chair, Boston branch, NAACP

Relevant links:
As deadline looms, state of play in redistricting
Gintautas Dumcius, Dorchester Reporter, October 26, 2012

Group pitches alternative voting maps to city council
Jeremy Fox, Boston Globe, September 29, 2012

More city council redistricting maps with Consalvo and Yancey verbal sparring

David Ertischek, Roslindale Patch, October 4, 2012

Redistricting map passes despite objections form Communities of Color Coalition and councilors of color
Mark Liu, Chinese Progressive Association, MySouthEnd.com, August 29, 2012

Boston City Council Census and Redistricting Committee


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