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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Sarah-Ann Shaw, a lifelong community and civil rights activist, is best known for becoming Boston’s first African American reporter in 1969. She worked for WBZ-TV for more than 30 years, both as a reporter and as host of the public affairs program Mzizi Roots. She also appeared regularly on the WGBH show Say Brother, which eventually became Basic Black.
A native of Roxbury, Massachusetts, she was heavily involved in her community from her childhood. In the late 1950s she was asked to lead the Boston Northern Student Movement, which involved organizing voter education, high school tutoring, and economic housing education. She has long been involved with Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), which offers job training to the disadvantaged, and Boston Partners in Education, which provides volunteers to the Boston Public Schools. She has served as president of both the Boston Coalition of Black Women and the League of Women for Community Service.
Sarah-Ann Shaw has been recognized with numerous honors, including Lifetime Achievement awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and the ABCD.
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