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Basic Black: Rap, Race, Free Speech and Crimes

January 17, 2014

On Monday, the New York Times featured an Op-Ed entitled, "Rap Lyrics on Trial".  As the title suggests, the issue at hand is whether rap lyrics can be used as evidence of a crime.  That question will be before the New Jersey State Supreme Court next week, and there was also a case closer to home in Massachusetts a little over a year ago.  This week on Basic Black, we'll look at what happens at the intersection of rap, race, free speech, and the criminal justice system.

Panelists:
- Callie Crossley, Host, Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, WGBH
- Phillip Martin, Senior Reporter, WGBH News
- Kim McLarin, cultural commentator and Assistant Professor of Writing, Emerson College
- Emmett Price, Associate Professor of Music, Northeastern University
- Frank Rudy Cooper, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School


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Basic Black is produced live in WGBH's Studio B featuring a panel of the region’s sharpest observers of the current news, events, and topics impacting black communities locally and nationally. A simultaneous live stream at www.basicblack.org gives viewers the opportunity to submit comments and questions in real time during the broadcast.

Since 1968, Basic Black (formerly Say Brother) has reflected on the concerns and culture of African Americans through conversations, performances, and short-form documentaries. Basic Black captures the stories and events that illuminate the African American experience in the Boston area and beyond.

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