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Capturing Black Life: A Conversation with Photo Historian Deborah Willis

Arts & Culture | Politics

Photographer and photo historian Deborah Willis discusses her life and work.

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Poet Major Jackson

Arts & Culture | Politics

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.

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Walter Mosley: On Writing and Politics

Arts & Culture | Politics

In this interview author Walter Mosley talks about his latest mystery, The Long Fall; his decision to focus on black male heroes; and his hopes for the Obama presidency.

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First Person: Sarah-Ann Shaw

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

Boston’s first African American television reporter, Sarah-Ann Shaw, talks about her early political influences, her activism during the civil rights era in Boston, and how she became a broadcasting pioneer. Always outspoken, Shaw is also very candid about the changes she has seen in the commitment of present-day black activists, churches, and reporters. 

 

(First Person is an oral history interview series with New England's iconic leaders of color.)

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Basic Black: The Power of Boston's Black Vote

Black Boston | Politics

(Broadcast on October 29, 2009) 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.

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Basic Black: The Power of Boston's Black Vote

Black Boston | Politics

(Broadcast on October 29, 2009) 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.

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Basic Black LIVE: A Focus on Current Health Issues

Black Boston | Health | Politics

(Originally broadcast on November 19, 2009)  In this episode of Basic Black the focus is on health. We'll take a look at the high rates of the H1N1 virus among African Americans and Latinos. We'll also discuss the status of health care reform and the impact of new legislation on communities of color.

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Basic Black Live: Profiling for Terrorists & Cultural Portrayals

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast January 7, 2010)  Basic Black kicks off 2010 with a look at the thwarted terror attempt on Christmas Day and the implications for racial and religious profiling.  We'll also discuss the continuing struggle for accurate cultural portrayals by looking at reecnt movies, Tiger Woods, and Tyler Perry.
 

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Basic Black LIVE: Massachusetts Politics

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Business | Health | Politics

(Originally broadcast February 4, 2010)   Our panelists discuss Senator Scott Brown and the African American community and then take a look at the beginning of the Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign.

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Basic Black LIVE: Black History Month Revisited and The Question of Class

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Education | Politics

(Originally broadcast on February 18, 2010)  This week: A conversation on the relevance of Black History Month and a look at class divisions within the African American community.

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