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Basic Black: Immigration Reform and... an Icon Implodes?

November 21, 2014

This week on Basic Black: President Obama has thrown down the gauntlet to his detractors on immigration reform in the form of an executive action. Who does it impact and does this signal the beginning of a battle with Congress?  Later in the show, the unmaking of an icon, as up to 13 women have come forward with accusations of sexual assault against comedian Bill Cosby.

Photo: President Obama delivers an address on immigration reform from the East Room of the White House, November 20, 2014.  (Official White House photo by Pete Souza.)


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Nov 07 2014
Menino: an ally to Black LGBTQ communities

Guest editorial by Rev. Irene Monroe   Thomas Menino was inarguably one of the best mayors the city of Boston ever had. As Boston said farewell to its longest-serving mayor, the city also celebrated the life, career, and integrity of a great public servant. As mayor to “all the people?? of Boston??African American LGBTQ communities […]

Oct 22 2014
Confronting echoes of the AIDS hysteria as we battle Ebola

Guest editorial by Rev. Irene Monroe Exactly a decade ago this month I received an email flagged as urgent from Monrovia, Liberia. It was from Lee Johnson, then coordinator of “Liberian Youths Against HIV/AIDS.?? “Presently, the HIV/AIDS scourge is deeply eating into the fabric of our society and there is little being done to bring […]

Sep 26 2014
Lessons from Ferguson

  September 26, 2014 WGBH News’ Morning Edition host Bob Seay spoke with Peniel Joseph, professor of history at Tufts University and author of Stokely: A Life, about the continuing lessons from Ferguson, MO about race, civil rights in the aftermath of the killing of an unarmed black youth. “What you saw in Ferguson in […]

Sep 18 2014
Black children are beloved and beaten

Guest editorial by Rev. Irene Monroe “Beloved and beaten” is a phrase that best depicts how many African-American children??past and present??are disciplined. It is an authoritative type of African-American parenting discipline style that is painfully revered. Yet, in too many incidents, it continues to be uncritically passed along generationally. When Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian […]

Sep 12 2014
Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? …Now

Guest review by Kevin C. Peterson Against the political backdrop of a dashing, brilliant black president, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the racial crisis now roiling in Ferguson, Missouri over the murder of unarmed Michael Brown by a local white police officer, the themes and tropes that comprise Guess Who??s Coming […]

Sep 04 2014
Reconsidering the Boston Caribbean Parade

Guest editorial by Kevin Peterson The murder of 26-year-old Dawnn Jaffier on a Saturday morning in August should lead us to a sobering conclusion: it??s time to cancel the Boston Caribbean Parade. Forever. The yearly carnival is supposed to be a celebration of West Indian culture. But over the years it has become an event […]

Aug 18 2014
The stigma of black suicide is killing us

Guest editorial by Rev. Irene Monroe When the first news reports of Robin Williams?? death hit the media, few questioned the report that the country’s most beloved comedian had committed suicide. This reaction stands in stark contrast to the reaction to the 2012 news of the death of “Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius. Cornelius was […]

Aug 14 2014
More Than One…

Guest editorial by Rev. Willie Bodrick II, M.Div The debate continues over Governor Patrick??s announcement that Massachusetts would temporarily aid in the humanitarian emergency to shelter refugee children at our country??s southern borders. This came weeks after celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at the Museum of African American History, […]

May 29 2014
Maya Angelou recites her poem “On The Pulse Of Morning” at the Clinton Inauguration

(Courtesy: William J. Clinton Presidential Library)  

May 08 2014
Military’s ban on nappy hair

Guest posting by Rev. Irene Monroe African American female service members comprise the highest percentage of women in the military. And with these sister servicewomen enlisting in the military at higher rates than their white, Asian and Latina sisters to serve and die for our country, the last thing the military should be squawking about […]

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