Basic Black

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Tavis Smiley and Cornel West

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West join Kim McLarin for a provocative conversation on race, black leadership, and accountability. Journalist and activist Tavis Smiley has been described as a "cultural phenomenon" by the New York Times. He is the host of the nightly Tavis Smiley show on public television, and his weekly radio show can be heard on Public Radio International (PRI).

A renowned public intellectual, electrifying speaker, and currently the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University, Cornel West has been called "an eloquent prophet with attitude" by Newsweek. Author of more than a dozen books, including the best-selling Race Matters, West's most recent work is Hope on a Tightrope.

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ABOUT BASIC BLACK

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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