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Basic Black: Free Speech and Fair Play

Basic Black: Free Speech and Fair Play

Basic Black

May 15, 2015

This week on Basic Black: When free speech slams into race and social media on the college campus: controversy erupts over racially-charged tweets sent by incoming Boston University sociology professor Saida Grundy. Also, in the midst of Deflategate, with domestic violence, child abuse, and drug abuse as part of professional football, we ask if the NFL really knows how to prioritize its penalties.

 

Photo: (Left) Professor Saida Grundy, Twitter profile.  (Right) Tom Brady, January 18, 2015, (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File).

Basic Black: Baltimore... From The Streets To The Stage

Basic Black: Baltimore... From The Streets To The Stage

Basic Black

May 8, 2015

This week Basic Black opens with a follow-up look at the events in Baltimore with a conversation about black leadership and variations on the “blue wall of silence.”  Later in the show: as tensions in Baltimore increased, it was the White House Correspondents Dinner which included a few jokes on the state of race relations, that took center stage in many media outlets; and just after the state of emergency in Baltimore was lifted, the comedy duo Key and Peele premiered a sketch called “Negrotown”… we ask, when is the right time for satire?

 



Photo: (Left) Scene from “Negrotown” Key & Peele, Comedy Central.  (Right) Protesters demonstrate as a curfew imposed in the aftermath of rioting following Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray goes into effect Friday, May 1, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

 

Basic Black: A Change Is Gonna Come

Basic Black: A Change Is Gonna Come

Basic Black

May 1, 2015

From anger, to resilience, to a call for calm, this week Basic Black looks at the lessons to be learned from the eruptions in Baltimore on race, class, and rebuilding community.

 
 
 
Photo: A man makes a heart shape with his hands during a peaceful protest near the CVS pharmacy that was set on fire on Monday in Baltimore. Credit Andrew Burton/Getty Images for NPR.
 

Show title from A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke, 1964.

Basic Black: Historical Facts and Uncomfortable Truths

Basic Black: Historical Facts and Uncomfortable Truths

Basic Black

April 24, 2015

Renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates is under fire for giving in to a demand to change content for his Finding Your Roots program. Actor Ben Affleck asked Gates to leave out information about his slave holding ancestors. We'll explore what happens when an historical fact is an uncomfortable truth.
 
Later, Michael Eric Dyson’s 10,000 word, detailed, blistering, take-down of Cornel West, his one-time friend and mentor. Is this a personal spat, or a long overdue reset of the role of  public intellectuals in the age of BlackLivesMatter?
 
And finally join us online to take a look at the road to the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, to become the first African American woman US Attorney General.
 
 

Photo:  Henry Louis Gates Jr., executive producer of "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr.," addresses reporters during the PBS Summer 2013 TCA press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

 

 

Basic Black: A Thaw in the Cold War?

Basic Black: A Thaw in the Cold War?

Basic Black

April 17, 2015

It was more than just a handshake at the Summit of the Americas last week as President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuba’s President Raul Castro. It has been widely described as the beginnings of a thaw in US-Latin American relations. It’s been welcomed in some quarters as a mark of progress in American foreign policy while condemned by others as a capitulation to a long-standing communist enemy.  

This week, Basic Black looks at the changes in US-Latin American relations and what impact this could have on Latinos living in the United States, immigration reform and economic development for Latin America.

 

Photo: US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shake hands at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, Saturday, April 11, 2015. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Basic Black: Urban Renaissance

Basic Black: Urban Renaissance

Basic Black

April 10, 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.

 

Schedule

Friday
5/29/15 7:30 PM
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Sunday
5/31/15 8:00 AM
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5/31/15 8:30 AM
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5/31/15 4:00 PM
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June 20, 2014

On June 23rd the American Experience presented a preview of the film Freedom Summer at the Strand Theatre, Dorchester, Mass. The screening was followed by a discussion with filmmaker Stanley Nelson and activists and icons of the civil rights movement, Bob Moses and Dave Dennis. Basic Black was on hand to live tweet the event; see below for an archive of photos and comments from the evening.

 

(PLEASE NOTE: BASIC BLACK RETURNS IN THE FALL WITH NEW CONVERSATIONS - CHECK BACK LATER THIS SUMMER FOR DETAILS.)

 



 

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