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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.

Panel:
- Callie Crossley, Host, Under the Radar with Callie Crossley
- Kim McLarin, cultural commentator and Assistant Professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing, Emerson College
- Peniel Joseph, Professor of history,Tufts University
- Phillip Martin, Senior Reporter, WGBH News




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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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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