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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.

Panelists:
- Callie Crossley, host, Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, WGBH Radio
- Phillip Martin, senior reporter, WGBH News
- Emmett G. Price, III, Associate Professor of Music, Northeastern University
- Michael Jeffries, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Wellesley College
- Ruha Benjamin, Assistant Professor of Sociology & African American Studies, Boston University

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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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Basic Black Sun. Feb 14 at 4:00 PM WGBH WORLD
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Basic Black Sat. Feb 20 at 11:00 PM WGBH 2
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Basic Black Sun. Feb 21 at 4:00 PM WGBH WORLD
Basic Black Fri. Feb 26 at 7:30 PM WGBH 2
Basic Black Sat. Feb 27 at 11:00 PM WGBH 2
Basic Black Sun. Feb 28 at 8:00 AM WGBH WORLD
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Basic Black Fri. Mar 4 at 7:30 PM WGBH 2
Basic Black Sun. Mar 6 at 8:00 AM WGBH WORLD
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Basic Black Sun. Mar 6 at 4:00 PM WGBH WORLD

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