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17 Nov 2018

Basic Black

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Produced live in WGBH's Studio B, Basic Black features a panel of the region’s sharpest observers of the current news, events, and topics impacting black communities locally and nationally.

Basic Black: "Victory for Baker | Viral Video from NYC"

Fridays at 7:30pm on WGBH 2

Charlie Baker beat the highly touted Democratic ground game to win the Massachusetts Governor’s race. What does his victory mean for communities of color?

And later in the show, the viral video that to date has gotten over 30 million views: men catcalling a woman while she's performing the simple act of walking through the streets of New York City. 

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    Basic Black - Charleston, SC: Remember Their Names...

    June 26, 2015 This week on Basic Black, we turn to the horrific murders in Charleston, SC and examine the impact on social justice movements and conversations around race in the wake of the Charleston massacre. The conversation continues as the city mourns those who lost their lives to senseless violence and virulent racism: Depayne Middleton Doctor, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Rev. Dr. Daniel Simmons, Sr., Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and Myra Thompson.

    After the broadcast, we dissect the meaning of the Rachel Dolezal episode… Panelists:
    - Callie Crossley, Host, Under The Radar with Callie Crossley, 89.7 WGBH
    - Peniel Joseph, Professor of History, Tufts University
    - Carole Bell, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Northeastern University
    - Keith Maddox, Associate Professor of Psychology, Tufts University
    - Rev. Emmett G. Price, III Associate Professor of Music, Northeastern University
    Photo: Terri Barr, of Columbia, S.C., stands silently against a fence while visiting a sidewalk memorial in memory of the shooting victims in front of Emanuel AME Church Monday, June 22, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Posted on 27 Jun 2015

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    Basic Black: A bigger, better, Boston

    May 29, 2015 This week on Basic Black - a vision for a new Boston. We take a look at Mayor Walsh’s Boston 2030, the first citywide plan in 50 years — it’s targeted to coincide with Boston’s 400th birthday.

    Panelists:
    - Callie Crossley, Host, Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, 89.7 WGBH
    - Phillip Martin, Senior Reporter
    - Jerome Smith, Chief of Civic Engagement, City of Boston
    - Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor At-Large
    - John Barros, Chief of Economic Development, City of Boston

  • Posted on 30 May 2015

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    Basic Black: Making history and living history

    May 22, 2015

    Looking forward, looking back -- Twitter abuzz as President Barack Obama signs on and the Guinness Book of World Records confirms he is now THE most followed person to join. And we know the stories about Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, but what about Rekia Boyd, Shelly Frey, and Darnisha Harris? Later in the show, connecting the dots from this week's events in history, to today's headlines… Panelists: - Callie Crossley, Host, Under The Radar with Callie Crossley, 89.7 WGBH - Phillip Martin, Senior Reporter, WGBH News - Kim McLarin, Associate Professor of Writing, Literature, and Publishing, Emerson College - Peniel Joseph, Professor of History, Tufts University Photo: President Obama sends his first tweet (Source: whitehouse.gov).

  • Posted on 23 May 2015

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    Basic Black: Free Speech and Fair Play

    May 15, 2015 This week on Basic Black: When free speech slams into race and social media on the college campus: controversy erupts over racially-charged tweets sent by incoming Boston University sociology professor Saida Grundy. Also, in the midst of Deflategate, with domestic violence, child abuse, and drug abuse as part of professional football, we ask if the NFL really knows how to prioritize its penalties.


    Panelists:
    - Latoyia Edwards, Anchor, New England Cable News
    - Phillip Martin, Senior Reporter, WGBH News
    - Kim McLarin, Associate Professor of Writing, Literature, and Publishing, Emerson College
    - Peniel Joseph, Professor of History, Tufts University
    - Dwayne Thomas, Chair and Associate Professor of Sports Management, Lasell College Photo: (Left) Professor Saida Grundy, Twitter profile. (Right) Tom Brady, January 18, 2015, (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File).

  • Posted on 16 May 2015

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    Basic Black: <em>A Change Is Gonna Come</em>

    May 1, 2015
    From anger, to resilience, to a call for calm, this week Basic Black looks at the lessons to be learned from the eruptions in Baltimore on race, class, and rebuilding community.

    Panelists:
    - Callie Crossley, host, Under The Radar with Callie Crossley, 89.7 WGBH Radio
    - Phillip Atiba Goff, President, Center for Policing Equity, UCLA; Visiting Scholar, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
    - Kim McLarin, Associate Professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing, Emerson College
    - Peniel Joseph, Professor of History, Tufts University
    - Phillip Martin, Senior Reporter, WGBH News
    Photo: A man makes a heart shape with his hands during a peaceful protest near the CVS pharmacy that was set on fire on Monday in Baltimore. Credit Andrew Burton/Getty Images for NPR.

    Show title from A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke, 1964.


  • Posted on 02 May 2015

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