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(Originally streamed November 18, 2011)
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.
After the broadcast our conversation dug deep into the deluge of racist tweets from Bruins fans towards Joel Ward, the black player from the Washington Capitals who scored the winning goal, thus ending the Bruins march towards the Stanley Cup.
May 10, 2013
Earlier this week, Charles Ramsey of Cleveland, Ohio rescued three women and a six year old who had been held captive by his neighbor for a decade. But it was the interview Ramsey gave to a reporter on the scene that day that made him an internet sensation. Within hours, he was trending on Twitter and the subject of numerous autotune creations.
But Ramsey's two minute interview (and the later released call he placed to 911) grew into a larger examination of race, class and the media. The stories of the abducted women has rightfully taken center stage, but questions about Ramsey's introduction to the world media remain. This week on Basic Black, what can we learn from Charles Ramsey?
June 7, 2013
The folks who make Cheerios thought their commercial highlighted the heart health benefits of their product. All anyone sees is the interracial family consuming the cereal; the virulent racist reaction moves YouTube to shut down the comments section...
Michelle Obama confronts a heckler who interrupted her remarks at a private fundraiser…Twitter erupts on all sides of the issue...
And a challenge to the appointment of a white person to lead the board of Roxbury Community College sparks a debate….?
June 21, 2013
After the broadcast, the conversation continued: what consitutes a good apology, what happens after the tweeting stops, and online vs. real time mobilizing.
This week "Black Twitter" erupted after the news of Food Network chef Paula Deen admitted to routinely using the n-word ("Yes, of course…" replied Deen when asked) and dreamt of creating a slave-themed wedding party. What takes this out of the realm of private conversations between friends is that the admissions came during a deposition in which Deen and her brother are being sued for racial discrimination and sexual harassment. It's also ironic that this episode occurred on Juneteenth. Within hours, #paulasbestdishes was the leading trend on Twitter. At first glance, it looked like an any other active Twitter feed. But a longer look leads to deeper questions including:
- What would this story have looked like 10 years ago, before the advent of social media?
- Because the response to Paula Deen's acknowledgement rose out of social media, does that make the response less serious? Especially since were talking about the n-word...
- Is social media best suited to cultural themes, or can it be pushed into creating real-time action (and what could this mean for New England's communities of color?)
- In order for any of the tweets to have impact beyond humor, the reader has to have some sort of knowledge or connection to history, otherwise, "Nat Turnip Greens" has no meaning for you…
Basic Black contributor Alesha Gunn goes behind the scenes with Beyond Measure Productions. Their latest feature film, The Last Shot, explores the violence in Boston's urban communities.more
Elon James White was a presenter on a panel on satire and its role in progressive media at the 2011 National Conference on Media Reform (NCMR) held in Boston April 8-10. He also spoke about the importance and responsibility of progressives and people of color to take control of their own messaging.
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