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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.


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)



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Jun 25 2015
Obama used the n-word appropriately

  Guest editorial by Rev. Irene Monroe When news broke that President Obama used the n-word during the podcast interview ??WTF with Marc Maron?? about America??s racial history, it caused shock waves. We are shocked because we are all confused as to when ?? if ever ?? there is an appropriate context to use the […]

May 06 2015
The Moynihan Report And The Black Family: 50 Years And Waiting

Guest editorial by Emmett G. Price In the shadow of the assassination of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X), the Selma to Montgomery march and escalating racial tensions throughout the country, a significant report, The Negro Family: The Case for National Action was shared in limited number within the Johnson Administration. Authored by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, […]

Feb 23 2015
Black History, Police Body Cameras and the Urgency of Now

Guest editorial by Kevin C. Peterson Though it may sound counter-intuitive, this Black History Month is an occasion to reflect on the necessity of arming the police with body cameras. As recent history has painfully taught us, there is an urgent need to dispel all ambiguity surrounding the murder of black males by local law […]

Feb 22 2015
Why The ‘Selma’ Soundtrack Deserves An Oscar

Guest editorial by Emmett G. Price, III Selma is powerful, provocative, conversation starter on race relations in our nation. While pundits and critics focus on the portrayal of President Lyndon Johnson and others bemoan the lack of awards, don??t sleep on the music! Selma offers the perfect soundtrack to not only make the screenplay come […]

Feb 20 2015
A Road Map Beyond Black History Month

Guest editorial by Rev. Irene Monroe Black History Month (which kicked off on Feb. 1) became a national annual observance in 1926. The goal of the month is to honor and celebrate the achievements of African-Americans. If Dr. Carter Woodson, the Father of Black History, were alive today, he would be proud of the tenacity […]

Jan 18 2015
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the power of righteous anger

Guest opinion by Kevin C. Peterson As we celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.??s birthday this weekend its difficult to say exactly what he would be angry about. But he??d be angry. Yes, it’s accurate to describe King as an ??apostle of love?? because of the gospel of non-violence he preached. King obsessively sought […]

Jan 18 2015
Martin Luther King Jr.’s expansive dream

Guest opinion by Rev. Irene Monroe Martin Luther King’s actual birthday is January 15th, and I believe if MLK were alive today he would be well pleased with Ava DuVernay’s film “Selma.” Many people working for justice today stand on the shoulders of Martin Luther King Jr and what he achieved in Selma. But I […]

Dec 12 2014
Iâ??m Mad as Hellâ?¦ and Thankful

Guest editorial by Emmett G. Price, III I??m mad as hell! Regardless which side of the street you stand on there are no winners in Ferguson. Just a glimpse at ongoing news coverage, or a peek at the comment sections of online sources reveal rage- both black and white – concerning Michael Brown Jr.??s death. […]

Dec 11 2014
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Dec 10 2014
World AIDS Day and my communityâ??s ongoing struggle

Guest editorial by Rev. Irene Monroe Dec. 1 was World AIDS Day! President Obama conveyed hopeful remarks on World AIDS Day at George Washington University (GWU) in D.C. by vowing to continue efforts to combat the disease. ??We??re closer than we??ve ever been to achieving the extraordinary: an AIDS-free generation,?? Obama stated to the GWU […]

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