Basic Black: Black History Icons - Respected, Revered, and ...Repackaged?
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
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
February 14, 2014
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.
Basic Black: Lessons in History and Legacy
February 7, 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.
Photo: Bernice King speaks during a news conference at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where her father Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Atlanta. King is in a legal battle with her brothers over her father's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Basic Black: One Day, Two "States"
January 31, 2014
One day, two "States," and many declarations. Were you happy with what you heard in Governor Patrick's State of the Commonwealth or President Obama's State of the Union? This week on Basic Black our panelists talk about what they heard, what they wanted to hear, and what they think will get accomplished as the Governor and the President head into the home stretches of their administrations.
(L) Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, center, greets law makers and guests as he enters the House chamber at the Statehouse before his State of the State address, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
(R) President Barack Obama acknowledges Army Ranger Cory Remsburg during his State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2014. Behind the President are Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Basic Black: American Promise and Crushing the Black Male Achievement Gap
January 24, 2014
The usual stories about African American boys and education most often center on public school systems. But what about the opposite end of the spectrum? American Promise is a documentary 13 years in the making, following the journeys of two African-American boys and their families from kindergarten through high school graduation. This provocative film provides a rare look into two middle class black families as they navigate the challenges of race, class and parenting within one of the wealthiest academic communities in America. Filmmaker Joe Brewster joins Basic Black to talk about the making of the film.
Join us at WGBH to continue the conversation and meet filmmaker Michele Stephenson on Tuesday February 25. For more info and tickets, visit our events page.
American Promise premieres on POV on February 3 at 10:00pm - check your local PBS listings. The companion book for the film, Promises Kept, is on bookshelves January 14.
(Photo: Idris Brewster and Oluwaseun (Seun) Summers. Credit: Michele Stephenson.)
American Promise is made possible by a grant from American Documentary | POV, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
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Our broadcast on Friday, July 8th at 7:30pm: Mayor William Lantigua of Lawrence, MA is the subject of a recall effort which is gaining momentum. Many in the Latino community are deeply embarrassed by the entire situation, but should they be? From the White House to the State House, should communities of color hold their leaders to a different standard?
Also, according to some writers and reviewers, race is the x-factor in the new blockbuster film X-Men First Class, which is set in 1962 during the height of the civil rights movement.
Our panel: Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Kim McLarin, assistant professor of writing, literature and publishing, Emerson College; Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Alejandra St. Guillen, executive director, Oiste; and Russell Contreras, reporter, Associated Press.
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