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    • Basic Black Live After The Broadcast: African American Spirituality
      Our panel this week: Callie Crossley, Host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Kim McLarin, cultural commentator and Assistant Professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing, Emerson College; Phillip Martin, Senior Reporter, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Dr. Tommie Shelby, Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy, Harvard University; and Dr. Corey D.B. Walker, Associate Professor and Chair of Africana Studies, Brown Universitymoreless
    • Basic Black After The Broadcast: Black Buying Power
      After the television broadcast the conversation shifted to focus on the economics of buying power in black communities. Our panel tonight: Phillip Martin, senior reporter, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Rep. Carlos Henriquez, 5th Suffolk District; Latoyia Edwards, anchor, New England Cable News; Earl Martin Phalen, CEO, Reach Out and Read; and Kim McLarin, assistant professor of writing, literature, and publishing, Emerson College.moreless
    • Basic Black After The Broadcast: Social Media, Occupy, & Hip Hop in the Academy
      After the broadcast the conversation continued to explore how African Americans are using social media, the changes in hip hop culture, and the Occupy Movement.
    • Basic Black Live: Revisiting a "High-Tech" Lynching and The Politics of Language
      Recently, conservative pundits have characterized the mainstream media's treatment of Herman Cain as racist, even invoking the "high-tech lynching" image from the Thomas hearings. The left wing responded with charges of hypocrisy. Do black conservatives really receive different treatment in the media than black liberals? Are liberals no more post-racial than the conservatives, but more subtle about showing it? Our panel this week: Callie Crossley, Host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Kim McLarin, Assistant Professor of Writing, Literature, and Publishing, Emerson College; Phillip Martin, reporter, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Ulli K. Ryder, Visiting Professor at Brown and Lecturer in Africana Studies, Simmons College; and Lionel McPherson, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University.moreless
    • Basic Black After The Broadcast: Herman Cain, GOP Frontrunner
      After the television broadcast, the conversation continued with an exploration of Herman Cain's continued popularity despite being accused of sexual harassment by several women. Our panel this week: Callie Crossley, Host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Kim McLarin, Assistant Professor of Writing, Literature, and Publishing, Emerson College; Phillip Martin, reporter, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Ulli K. Ryder, Visiting Professor at Brown and Lecturer in Africana Studies, Simmons College; and Lionel McPherson, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University.moreless
    • Basic Black: Occupy The Hood and Redistricting
      This week on Basic Black we take a look at recent local headlines. We start with Occupy The Hood: what makes it different than the larger Occupy Movement? Later in the show we turn our attention to the subject of redistricting and how it will change Massachusetts political landscape.
    • The Occupy Movement; The Rise of Herman Cain
      (Originally broadcast October 28, 2011) Our season premiere features a conversation on the growing Occupy Movement and how people of color are making their voice heard, either by joining the larger movement or its off-shoot, Occupy The Hood.
    • The Death Of Moammar Gadhafi
      10/28/11
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      After the broadcast the conversation continued with a discussion on the death of Moammar Gadhafi and the impact on Barack Obama's standing in foreign policy.
    • A New Look At the Life of Malcolm X
      A conversation on the recently released biography, Malcolm X: A Life Of Reinvention by Manning Marable. Marable passed away the weekend before the book's publication. However, provocative revelations about Malcolm X including his early criminal career, his encounters with homosexuality, and his relationship with his wife Betty Shabazz have stirred quite a controversy.moreless
    • Lessons from the Lives of LeBron James and Oscar Grant
      Basic Black looks at the image of African American men in contemporary society as we explore the similarities and differences in the lives of LeBron James and Oscar Grant.
    • The High Stakes of Race & Leadership
      Mayor William "Willy" Lantigua of Lawrence, MA is the subject of a recall effort which is gaining momentum. Many in the Latino community are deeply embarrassed by the entire situation, but should they be? From the White House to the State House, should communities of color hold their leaders to a different standard? Our panel: Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Kim McLarin, assistant professor of writing, literature and publishing, Emerson College; Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Alejandra St. Guillen, executive director, Oiste; and Russell Contreras, reporter, Associated Press.moreless
    • Homosexuality and the Black Community
      After a profanity-laced performance earlier this month, comedian Tracy Morgan came under fire for his provocative (some would say hateful) remarks regarding homosexuality. But June 2011 has been a particularly newsworthy month in regards to similar episodes which have prompted a discussion about homophobia in the black community.
    • Martin, Malcolm, & Magneto
      7/8/11
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      After the broadcast, the discussion turned to metaphors and the new summer movie, X-Men: First Class. According to some writers and reviewers, race is the x-factor in the new blockbuster film, which is set in 1962 during the height of the civil rights movement.
    • WILD and the Future of Black Radio in Boston
      After the broadcast, the conversation continued... WILD-AM recently changed its format from R&B music and popular black radio shows like The Tom Joyner Morning Show to Chinese language programming. Our panel: Latoyia Edwards, anchor, New England Cable News; Kim McLarin, Assistant Professor of Writing, Literature, and Publishing, Emerson College; Phillip Martin, Senior Investigative Reporter, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Rev. Dr. Evan Hines, Eliot Congregational Church of Roxbury, and Rev. Irene Monroe, Syndicated Columnist.moreless
    • Whitey Bulger and Black Boston
      6/24/11
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      After the broadcast, our panel discussed the connections between Whitey Bulger (one of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted who was recently captured in California) and the history of black boston.
    • The Link Between Poverty and Crime; Criticizing Obama
      Is there a link between poverty and prison? Also, criticism of President Obama comes from unexpected quarters, prompting the question, "How should people of color hold President Obama accountable?" In our online conversation after the broadcast, we discuss the end of an era and the cultural impact of Oprah Winfrey.
    • Criticizing Obama; The Cultural Impact of Oprah Winfrey
      After the broadcast, the discussion turned to Cornel West's recent criticism of President Obama which prompted the question, "How should people of color hold the President accountable?" Later, the conversation turned to explore the cultural impact of Oprah Winfrey, who ended the 25 year run of her television show.
    • The Freedom Riders and The Call To Civic Action
      May 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. On May 20th we're celebrating this seminal event in civil rights history and the release of the documentary film, Freedom Riders. Award-winning filmmaker and MacArthur "Genius" grant recipient Stanley Nelson will be our special guest panelist for a discussion on documentary film and the call for civic engagement in the age of social media.moreless
    • Local News Headlines
      5/13/11
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      This week a discussion on headlines in the local news including the growth of Dorchester, the return of the gambling issue, the call for tougher gun laws, redistricting, and a renewed push for immigration reform.
    • Redistricting and Casinos in Massachusetts
      After the broadcast, our panel turned to the looming issue of redistricting in Massachusetts and the renewed effort to establish more gambling casinos in the state. Our panel tonight: Latoyia Edwards, anchor, New England News; Kim McLarin, assistant professor of writing, literature, and publishing, Emerson College; Representative Linda Dorcena Forry (MA-12th Suffolk Dist.); Alejandra St. Guillen, executive director, Oiste; and Representative Carlos Henriquez (MA-5th Suffolk Dist.)moreless
    • The Death of Osama Bin Laden
      5/6/11
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      (Originally broadcast on May 6, 2011) This week: a discussion the death of Osama bin Laden and whether it has changed the conversation about Barack Obama's foreign policy and military leadership, as well as his standing in the 2012 election. Our panel tonight: Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Kim McLarin, assistant professor of writing, literature, and publishing, Emerson College; Jeffrey Taliaferro, associate professor of political science at Tufts University; and Melissa Nobles, professor of political science, MIT.moreless
    • Barack Obama and Election 2012
      5/6/11
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      After the broadcast the conversation continued online with a discussion of Barack Obama and the issues of the 2012 presidential campaign.
    • US Policy in Africa - and Barack Obama's Birth Certificate
      Our panel tonight: Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Kim McLarin, assistant professor of writing, literature, and publishing, Emerson College; Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, 89.7 WGBH Radio; and Ambassador Charles Stith, director of the African Presidential Archives and Research Center at Boston University.
    • Barack Obama's Birth Certificate
      4/29/11
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      After the broadcast, our panel delved into the issue of the release of Barack Obama's long form birth certificate.
    • The GOP Line-Up for Election 2012
      4/22/11
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      After the broadcast, the conversation continued with a discussion about the emerging contenders for the Republican Party and the black vote in election 2012. Our panel tonight: Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Kim McLarin, assistant professor of writing, literature, and publishing, Emerson College; Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, 89.7 WGBH Radio; and Lynnell Thomas, assistant professor of American Studies at UMass Boston and New Orleans native.moreless
    • Basic Black Live: The War Between the States and Sharpton v. West
      This week marks the official beginning of ceremonies marking the 150th Anniversary of The Civil War. How should African Americans look at the commemorations and historical re-tellings to come? Also, we'll examine the heated exchange between Rev. Al Sharpton and Cornel West over Barack Obama's leadership and whether he's done enough for communities of color.moreless
    • Navigating the Afrosphere (Part II)
      After the broadcast the conversation continued as to how digital media has replaced or enhanced the work of traditional institutions such as churches or civil rights organizations in encouraging/organizing social activism; we'll also look at recent trends in how African Americans in particular are using social media. Later the discussion turned to look at Election 2012 videos by Barack Obama and Tim Pawlenty.moreless
    • Navigating The Afrosphere (Part 1)
      This week on Basic Black: The National Conference for Media Reform is being held in Boston this week so we turn our attention to people of color and social media. We'll discuss how digital media has replaced or enhanced the work of traditional institutions such as churches or civil rights organizations in encouraging/organizing social activism; we'll also look at recent trends in how African Americans in particular are using social media.moreless
    • Uncle Tom in the 21st Century
      3/25/11
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      Our topic this week: black "authenticity." Grant Hill of the Phoenix Suns wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times in response to Jalen Rose, who accused him of being an Uncle Tom when Hill played for the basketball team at Duke University. This episode sparked a heated debate all across the internet; but in a deeper and more important sense, it also touched upon a familiar theme in African American life in regards to the question – what does it mean to be authentically black? And how do class distinctions contribute to the notion of black authenticity?moreless
    • The Census Results and Massachusetts Communities of Color
      After the broadcast, our panelists turned their attention to the recently released census results which showed an increase in the population of people of color in Massachusetts.
    • African American Muslims in Contemporary Times
      After the broadcast, the conversation continued to explore the fulfillment and challenges of being an African American Muslim in the United States.
    • A Conversation with the Candidates for Boston City Council District 7
      A Reporter's Roundtable: In conversation with the candidates for Boston City Council District 7.
    • Boston City Council District 7
      2/18/11
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      After the broadcast the conversation with the candidates for Boston City Council District 7 continued to include issues of public safety and job creation.
    • An African American View of the Democracy Movement in Egypt
      After the broadcast, the panel looked at the democracy movement in Egypt as it relates to African American history and freedom movements. Our panel: Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7 WGBH Radio; Kim McLarin, assistant professor of writing, literature, and publishing, Emerson College; C. Shawn McGuffey, assistant professor of sociology, Boston College; and Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, 89.7, WGBH Radio.moreless
    • Taking The History Out Of Black History
      After the broadcast, the conversation continued to explore the ways in which black history has been reinterpreted for political gain by representatives for conservative causes.
    • On The Sentencing of Chuck Turner
      1/28/11
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      After the broadcast, the discussion continued regarding the three-year prison sentence handed down to Chuck Turner earlier in the week. Turner was convicted on October 29th on federal charges of bribery.
    • After The 2010 Elections
      11/4/10
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      Basic Black looks at the results of the Massachusetts governor's race and the national midterm elections. Our panel: Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, WGBH Radio; Robert Fortes, conservative political consultant; Latoyia Edwards, anchor and reporter, New England Cable News; Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, MA-12th Suffolk District; and Russell Contreras, journalist, Associated Press.moreless
    • The Massachusetts Race For Governor
      For this Basic Black conversation, we sit down with the presumptive winners for MA State Representatives for the 5th and 6th Suffolk Districts: Carlos Henriquez (5th) and Russell Holmes (6th). We also take a look at the Massachusetts gubernatorial race. Our regular panelists: Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7; Latoyia Edwards, anchor and reporter, NECN; and Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, WGBH Radio.moreless
    • Scenes from the "Live Watch"
      10/28/10
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      After the broadcast, our panelist headed out into the WGBH Atrium to meet the guests of the Basic Black Live Watch. Our event was co-hosted by the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts. Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and Robert Fortes very graciously took questions from our guests and by most accounts, everyone appreciated the opportunity to network and the great conversations. My sincerest thanks to our panelists and to all of our guests.moreless
    • Countdown To The Massachusetts Race for Governor
      A look at all the issues in play with less than a week to go before Massachusetts makes its choice for governor. Our panelists: Latoyia Edwards, anchor and reporter, New England Cable News; Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, WGBH Radio; Kim McLarin, assistant professor, Emerson College; Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, MA-2nd Suffolk District; and Robert Fortes, conservative political consultant and president of Fortes Group.moreless
    • Politics and The Tragedy in Mattapan
      After the broadcast, our panel continued to discuss the Massachusetts governor's race; in the second part of the conversation, the panel reflected on the impact of the brutal murders in Mattapan on September 28th. Our panel: Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, WGBH Radio; Carlos Henriquez, candidate, 5th Suffolk District; Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7; Russell Homes, candidate, 6th Suffolk District; Latoyia Edwards, anchor and reporter, New England Cable News.moreless
    • Black Theater & "NEIGHBORS"
      1/21/11
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      A conversation about the Company One production of Neighbors, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. The play is probably most noted for its minstrel characters (black actors in blackface) but it's primary focus is on issues of racism, classism, and identity.
    • Political and Cultural News Opening 2011
      On this episode of Basic Black, we take a look at the work ahead for President Obama and the new Congressional Republican leadership. We'll also discuss early developments in the race for the Boston City Council seat being vacated by Chuck Turner, the sentencing of former State Senator Dianne Wilkerson, Huckleberry Finn and the n-word, the "redemption" of Michael Vick, and the release of the Scott sisters in Mississippi.moreless
    • Cultural News Opening 2011
      1/6/11
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      After the broadcast, we continued our look at the controversy surrounding the removal of the n-word from Huckleberry Finn, the "redemption" of Michael Vick, and the release of the Scott sisters in Mississippi.
    • The Black Church in the 21st Century
      As we head into the Christmas holiday, we want to stop and consider the power of faith and religion as it plays out in the political, cultural, and social life of a community. In essence, the overall question is what is the role of the black church in the 21st century?moreless
    • The Black Church in the 21st Century
      After the broadcast, our panel continued to discuss the significance of the black church, its response to homosexuality, and the travail of Bishop Eddie Long.
    • The Future of the Boston NAACP
      11/18/10
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      This week Basic Black looks at the future of the Boston NAACP in a conversation with the candidates vying for the presidency of the chapter.
    • The Future of the Boston NAACP
      10/18/10
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      After the broadcast our converation continued with the candidates vying for the presidency of the Boston NAACP.
    • The State of Black Boston
      11/11/10
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      After the broadcast, our panelists continued the conversation about The State of Black Boston, discussing the issue of job creation and employment opportunities. Our panelists: Barbara Lewis, Director, The Trotter Institute; Latoyia Edwards, nchor and reporter, New England Cable News; Darnell Williams, President and CEO of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts; and Kim McLarin, Assistant Professor, Writing, Literature & Publishing, Emerson College.moreless
    • Immigration, Health Care Reform, and Blacks in the Tea Party
      After the television broadcast, the conversation continued to cover immigration, health care reform, and tea party inroads into communities of color. Our panel: Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, WGBH Radio; Robert Fortes, conservative political consultant; Latoyia Edwards, anchor and reporter, New England Cable News; Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, MA-12th Suffolk District; and Russell Contreras, journalist, Associated Press.moreless
    • Looking At Race Through Arizona's Immigration Law and the USDA
      (Originally broadcast July 29, 2010) For an entire week at the end of July 2010, the story of Shirley Sherrod dominated the news cycle. But what got lost in much of the media firestorm was the government agency at the center of the controversy. Basic Black follows up with a look at the United States Department of Agriculture and its historically turbulent relationship with farmers of color. We'll also take a look at events surrounding Arizona's immigration law as it goes into effect on July 29th. Our panel: Latoyia Edwards, anchor, New England News; Marvin Venay, Think Politics; Lawrence Watson, executive director, SaveOurSelves Productions; and Marcela Garcia, managing editor, El Planeta.moreless
    • New Leadership and The Unemployment Rate
      This week on Basic Black our panelists: Latoyia Edwards, New England Cable News; Phillip Martin, journalist, The World; Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Council At-Large; and Marvin Venay, co-founder, Think Politics. Our panelists discuss how to cultivate new leadership in Boston's communities of color; we also take a look at the staggering unemployment rates among African Americans.moreless
    • Beyond Crime and Punishment
      6/24/10
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      Last week we looked at youth violence as a structural and criminal justice issue. This week, we return to the topic of youth violence but will explore the issue through the prism of spiritual, mental, community, and public health. Our panel: Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, WGBH Radio; Clementina Chery, president and CEO of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute; Dr. Chidi Achebe, executive director of the Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center; and Gary Bailey, associate professor of social work, Simmons College.moreless
    • President Obama in Iraq & Afghanistan
      This week, in advance of the Memorial Day weekend & observances, our panelists take a look at President Obama as commander-in-chief and his execution of the military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our panelists: Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, WGBH Radio; Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7; Latoyia Edwards, anchor, New England Cable News; and Lionel McPherson, associate professor of philosophy at Tufts University.moreless
    • Issues That Shaped This Season of Basic Black
      After the broadcast, our panel took a look at events over the past year that have shaped the national conversation on race. Our panel: Latoyia Edwards, anchor, New England Cable News; Marvin Venay, Think Politics; Lawrence Watson, executive director, SaveOurSelves Productions; and Marcela Garcia, managing editor, El Planeta.
    • The Images & Realities of Black Women
      Basic Black looks at the image of black women in America from Michelle Obama to Shirley Sherrod.
    • On What It Means To Be "Acting White"
      After the broadcast our panelists delved into a discussion of the notion of "acting white" based on a recent book by Stuart Buck.
    • The NAACP vs. The Tea Party
      7/15/10
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      Our panel: Latoyia Edwards, anchor, New England Cable News; Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, WGBH Radio; Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, WGBH Radio; and Kim McLarin, writer-in-residence, Emerson College.
    • US Justice Department vs. Arizona
      Our panel: Latoyia Edwards, New England Cable News; Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, WGBH Radio; Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, WGBH Radio; Maria Burns Ortiz, contributor, ESPN Soccernet; and Kim McLarin, writer-in-residence, Emerson College.
    • The Cambridge Police Department and Henry Louis Gates
      After the broadcast, our panelists discussed the recently released report on the arrest of Henry Loius Gates in his home one year ago. Our panel: Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, WGBH Radio; Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, WGBH Radio; Rev. Irene Monroe, syndicated columnist; and Kim McLarin, writer-in-residence, Emerson College.moreless
    • Youth Violence: Beyond Crime & Punishment
      After the broadcast our panel continued to explore youth violence as a mental, spriritual, and public health issue. Our panel: Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, WGBH Radio; Clementina Chery, president and CEO of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute; Dr. Chidi Achebe, executive director of the Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center; and Gary Bailey, associate professor of social work, Simmons College.moreless
    • Black Youth and Father's Day
      6/17/10
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      After the broadcast, our panel wrapped up the conversation on youth violence in Boston and turned towards thought on the meaning and significance of fathers. Our panel: Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7; Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, WGBH Radio; Kim McLarin, writer-in-residence, Emerson College, Rev. Jeffrey Brown, Executive Director, Boston Ten Point Coalition; and John Barros, Executive Director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative.moreless
    • Boston's Police Department and "Shaming" Alleged Gang
      After the broadcast panelists discussed the distribution of a flier created by the Boston Police Department aimed at combatting gang violence. Our panel: Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, WGBH Radio; Kim McLarin, writer-in-residence, Emerson College; Peniel Joseph, professor of history, Tufts University; and C. Shawn McGuffey, assistant professor of sociology, Boston College.moreless
    • The Gulf Coast Oil Spill and CORI Reform
      After the broadcast our panelists continued to discuss President Obama's strategies in Iraq & Afghanistan; later the conversation moved into a discussion of the recent developments around CORI (criminal offender records information). Our panelists: Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, WGBH Radio; Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7; Latoyia Edwards, anchor, New England Cable News; and Lionel McPherson, associate professor of philosophy, Tufts University.moreless
    • The Realities of Affirmative Action
      This week on Basic Black we discussed the consideration of affirmative action in the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Our panel: Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, chief medical officer, The Dimock Center; Latoyia Edwards, New England Cable News; Daren Graves, assistant professor of education, Simmons College; and Kim McLarin, writer-in-residence, Emerson College.moreless
    • The 50th Anniversary of The Pill
      5/20/10
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      This month marks the 50th anniversary of The Pill so after the television broadcast our panel examined the complicated and provocative history of birth control in communities of color. Our panel: Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, chief medical officer, The Dimock Center; Latoyia Edwards, New England Cable News; Daren Graves, assistant professor of education, Simmons College; and Kim McLarin, writer-in-residence, Emerson College.moreless
    • A Conversation on Black Masculinity
      An exploration on the meaning of "black masculinity". How have the stereotypes changed or remained the same? For example, at one time, "acting white" usually meant effeminate; today, "acting white" can mean the path to the US Presidency. Last weekend, an honor roll eighth grader who was thought by many to have a bright future was shot to death on a Roxbury basketball court. In an environment of promise and peril, what does "black masculinity" mean to the current and coming generations of young black men? Our panel: Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show on WGBH Radio; Latoyia Edwards, anchor, New England Cable News; Peter Roby, Athletic Director, Northeastern University; C. Shawn McGuffey, assistant professor of sociology, Boston College; and Rev. Brandon Crowley, Myrtle Street Baptist Church, Newton, MA.moreless
    • Black Masculinity - the conversation continues...
      After the broadcast our panel continued to explore the meaning of black masculinity in the 21st century. ? Our panel: Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show on WGBH Radio; Latoyia Edwards, anchor, New England Cable News; Peter Roby, Athletic Director, Northeastern University; C. Shawn McGuffey, assistant professor of sociology, Boston College; and Rev. Brandon Crowley, Myrtle Street Baptist Church, Newton, MA.moreless
    • Immigration Law Reform & Black/Latino Relations
      (Originally broadcast May 6, 2010) This week on Basic Black, we'll take a look at the recent passage of a controversial immigration law in Arizona and the potential wider impact on communities of color. We'll also discuss the current state of African American & Latino relations. Our panel: Latoyia Edwards, New England Cable News; Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter, WGBH Radio; Kim McLarin, writer-in-residence, Emerson College; Marcela Garcia, editor, El Planeta; and Patricia Montes, Executive Director, Centro Presente.moreless
    • Black/Latino Relations
      5/6/10
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      After the broadcast our panel tackled the controversial issues of conflict and community among African Americans and Latinos.
    • The Black Agenda
      The Black Agenda
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      4/29/10
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      After the broadcast, our panelists continued to discuss the idea of a "Black Agenda. A remembrance of civil rights icon Dorothy Height and the issue of reparations rounded out the discussion.
    • Bullying; Environmental Justice
      4/22/10
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      This week on Basic Black: This month marks the one year anniversary of the death of 11 year-old Carl Walker-Hoover, who committed suicide as a result of being bullied at school. Tonight, we'll look at the impact of bullying and potential solutions to keep children safe. Later, in recognition of Earth Day, we'll discuss the economic and health impacts of environmental racism and activism, as well as the benefits to communities of color of the "green economy." Our panelists: Kim McLarin, Writer-in-Residence, Emerson College; Peniel Joseph, professor of history, Tufts University; Kalila Barnett, Executive Director of Alternatives for Community and Environment; and Kim McLaurin, associate professor of law, Suffolk Law University.moreless
    • Environmental Activism
      4/22/10
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      After the broadcast, our panelists continued to discuss environmental activism in Boston and the importance of living and building "green" in communities of color. Our panelists: Kim McLarin, Writer-in-Residence, Emerson College; Peniel Joseph, professor of history, Tufts University; Kalila Barnett, Executive Director of Alternatives for Community and Environment; and Kim McLaurin, associate professor of law, Suffolk Law University.moreless
    • The Casino Debate and Communities of Color
      The impact of casino gambling on communities of color in Massachusetts.
    • Casinos & Communities of Color
      4/15/10
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      After the broadcast, our panel discussed what casinos might mean for Deval Patrick's legacy.
    • Haitians in Boston After The Earthquake
      After the broadcast, our panelists continued the discussion to talk about the impact of the earthquake on Haitians living in Boston.
    • The Cultural Significance of Black Film
      This week on Basic Black, our panelists consider the question, "What is "black film"? And later in the show, a look at the importance of Boston's neighborhood libraries.
    • Boston's Neighborhood Libraries
      4/1/10
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      After the broadcast, our panelists discussed the importance of Boston's branch libraries to the surrounding communities.
    • The Passage of Universal Health Care Legislation
      This week, Basic Black explores the impact of the passage of universal health care reform legislation - especially its impact on communities of color and the violent reaction from opponents to the legislation.
    • The Future of Black Print Media
      After the broadcast, our panelists turned their attention to a recent article about the troubles facing the iconic magazine, Ebony, and whether it signals a crisis for African American print publications. Our panelists: Latoyia Edwards, NECN; Phillip Martin, journalist, WGBH Radio; Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show on WGBH radio; Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, chief medical officer, The Dimock Center; and Robert Fortes, political consultant.moreless
    • A Black Woman's Worth
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      After the broadcast, our panelists continued the discussion about a report from the Insight Center for Community Economic Development which revealed the tremendous racial disparities in wealth accumulation. Our panel: Kim McLarin, writer-in-residence, Emerson College; Latoyia Edwards, New England Cable News; Rev. Irene Monroe, syndicated coluumnist; and Peniel Joseph, professor of history, Tufts University.moreless
    • Tavis Smiley vs. Al Sharpton
      After the broadcast, our panelists delved into the public feud between Tavis Smiley and Rev. Al Sharpton and the meaning of a "black agenda." In conversation: Kim McLarin, Phillip Martin, Latoyia Edwards, and Mingus Mapps.
    • Black History Month Revisited
      After the broadcast, our panelists continued to discuss the relevance of Black History Month and the challenge of making it relevant for young people.
    • Black Leadership and Unemployment
      2/11/10
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      After the broadcast, our panelists contiued the discussion on cultivating a new generation of leadership and the importance of responsibility, civic participation, and mentoring.
    • Politics and the TARP
      2/4/10
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      After the broadcast, our panelists discussed the impact President Obama's proposal of a $30 billion initiative that would give small banks more money to make loans to small businesses.
    • The State of the Union and Haiti Earthquake Coverage
      This week on Basic Black: Our panel reviews President Obama's State of the Union address and examines the media coverage of the earthquake in Haiti.
    • U.S. Senate & Obama's First Year
      Our panelists continued the conversation after the television broadcast to delve deeper into the significant moments in Barack Obama's first year as President.
    • The Earthquake in Haiti
      1/14/10
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      Basic Black takes a look at the devastating earthquake in Haiti and the response of New England's Haitian community with our panelists: Writer Kim McLarin, political consultant Tito Jackson, New England Cable News reporter Latoyia Edwards, Rep. Marie St. Fleur, and Davarian Baldwin, professor of American Studies, Trinity College. Also, a discussion on Tuesday's upcoming special election to fill the late Senator Ted Kennedy's seat and thoughts on the meaning of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.moreless
    • Haiti, US Senate, & MLK
      1/14/10
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      After the broadcast our panelists continued the conversation with a discussion on the upcoming special election to fill the late Senator Ted Kennedy's seat and thoughts on the meaning of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Our panelists: Rep. Marie St. Fleur, Latoyia Edwards from NECN, writer Kim McLarin, and professor Davarian Baldwin.moreless
    • Cultural Portrayals
      1/7/10
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      After the broadcast on January 7, 2010, our panelists continued the conversation delving into a discussion on the portrayal of African Americans in popular culture.
    • Religion, Politics & Tiger Woods
      'Tis the season... so our topic this week is religion - specifically the politics of religion. In this ONLINE EXCLUSIVE, our conversation continued after the broadcast to explore what can happen at the intersection of religion and politics. Our panelists also continued to discuss the race angle in the Tiger Woods saga.moreless
    • Searching for Sally Hemings: A Conversation with Author Annette Gordon-Reed
      Professor and author Annette Gordon-Reed is best known for her 1997 book, Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy. In that examination of the 38-year liaison between the third president and his house slave, Gordon-Reed looked at how historians and biographers had disregarded evidence of the affair; DNA tests have since proved that Jefferson indeed fathered children with Hemings.moreless
    • A Focus On Health Issues
      11/19/09
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      In this episode of Basic Black the focus is on health. After the broadcast concluded our panelists continued to discuss the impact of pending health care legislation on communities of color.
    • Images of African American Women & The Economy
      The first topic on the show is a discussion of the image of African American women using several recent examples from popular culture including the premiere of the movie Precious. Our second topic examines the staggering 15% unemployment rate in black communities.
    • 2009 Local Elections & Gay Rights vs. Civil Rights Movement
      Our first topic will be a discussion of the outcome of Massachusetts history making elections in the cities of Boston, Newton, and Lawrence.
    • Gay Rights and the Civil Rights Movement
      After the television broadcast, our panelists continued to explore the intersection of the gay rights movement and the modern civil rights movement.
    • The Power of Boston's Black Vote
      10/29/09
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      Basic Black looks at the impact of the black vote on Boston's upcoming elections for City Council At-Large, Mayor and U.S. Senate. Will black voters turn out to the polls? How are the candidates answering needs of communities of color? Which senate candidate is really carrying the torch of Ted Kennedy's legacy in championing civil rights. And we look at the potential for history to be made in the City Council At-Large race as one of the candidates is poised to become the first African American woman to hold the seat.moreless
    • Racist Dialogue or Reasoned Debate?
      "There is an African American who is at the very apex of the government in the United States. And with such change, of course there's going to be discontent... So frankly, I'm surprised there hasn't been more pushback... more out and out racism in the streets of America!" declares Randall Kennedy. In its season premiere, Basic Black examines the issue of racist opposition to Barack Obama.moreless
    • Jon Jeter
      Jon Jeter
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      "Globalization is an international shakedown, and its targets are ordinary people across the globe..." declares Jon Jeter in his new book, Flat Broke in the Free Market: How Globalization Fleeced Working People.
    • Walter Mosley: On Writing and Politics
      Novelist Walter Mosley has written fiction, science fiction, erotica, non-fiction, and a graphic novel, but he is best known for his crime fiction. His most famous mystery series stars Easy Rawlins, an African American veteran who works as a private investigator in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles in the decades following World War II. He has also written three Fearless Jones mysteries, three Socrates Fortlow mysteries, and one Leonid McGill mystery.moreless
    • First Person: Sarah-Ann Shaw
      Sarah-Ann Shaw, a lifelong community and civil rights activist, is best known for becoming Boston's first African American reporter in 1969. She worked for WBZ-TV for more than 30 years, both as a reporter and as host of the public affairs program Mzizi Roots. She also appeared regularly on the WGBH show Say Brother, which eventually became Basic Black.moreless
    • Basic Black LIVE, Part 2
      In this live broadcast, panelists Howard Manly, Kim McLarin, Latoyia Edwards, and Peniel Joseph discuss the state of diversity in Massachusetts and the week in news in a LIVE edition of Basic Black.
    • Basic Black LIVE, Part 1
      Basic Black discusses the arrest of renowned Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home in Cambridge, Mass.
    • 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).moreless
    • Capturing Black Life: A Conversation With Photo Historian Deborah Willis
      Photographer and photo historian Deborah Willis discusses her life and work.
    • Searching For Sally Hemings: A Conversation With Author Annette Gordon-Reed
      Professor and author Annette Gordon-Reed discusses her new book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, with host Kim McLarin.
    • Jazz and Rock Drummer Cindy Blackman
      Basic Black host Kim McLarin speaks with jazz and rock drummer Cindy Blackman.
    • Poetry & Conversation with Afaa Michael Weaver
      Poet Afaa Michael Weaver talks about the life stories that inspire his work.
    • 2008 Post-Election Roundtable
      Joining guest host Callie Crossley to discuss Barack Obama's election to the presidency are Massachusetts State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry, former ABC News anchor and senior correspondent Carole Simpson, Peniel Joseph, associate professor of Africana studies at Brandeis University, and Howard Manly, executive editor of the Bay State Banner.
    • The New Black Politics
      Basic Black premieres its 41st season with this live election special, featuring a roundtable discussion hosted by television and radio commentator Callie Crossley.
    • Election 2008: After the Last Primary
      As one of the most closely-watched Democratic primary seasons in memory comes to a close, Basic Black's Kim McLarin and Beat the Press contributor Callie Crossley co-host this LIVE special exploring Barack Obama's historic presidential nomination.
    • Author Randall Kennedy
      Randall Kennedy discusses his book Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal. In this conversation, Kennedy outlines his views on who is black, who speaks for the community, and who can be called a "sellout."
    • Choreographer Bill T. Jones
      Choreographer Bill T. Jones, recipient of a MacArthur "genius grant" in 1994, is celebrated for his work's powerful statements on race and sexuality. Jones discusses his life in the arts and the Boston premiere of
    • Poet Major Jackson
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      Major Jackson reads from his book of poetry Hoops and discusses the inspiration behind his work as well as his thoughts on how American history has influenced the work of generations of African American poets.
    • Poet Elizabeth Alexander
      Elizabeth Alexander reads from American Sublime, and her latest collection, Miss Crandall's School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color.
    • Tracy Sharpley-Whiting
      Author Tracy Sharpley-Whiting discusses the intersection of feminism, race, and hip-hop and the ramifications of marketing images that denigrate women.
    • Author Cora Daniels
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      Cora Daniels discusses how the concept of ghetto has permeated popular culture and how this mind-set affects communities of color.
    • Author John McWhorter
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      Author and intellectual John McWhorter asserts his thoughts on how black America can understand and solve its cultural dilemmas and what he thinks it means to be "authentically black."
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