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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 LIVE: Haiti - Rebuilding After the Earthquake

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

(Originally broadcast on April 8, 2010)  This week Basic Black discusses the current state of life and rebuilding in Haiti as well as the continuing impact on Boston's Haitian community.

 

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Basic Black LIVE ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Haitians in Boston After The Earthquake

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

Originally broadcast April 8, 2010)  After the broadcast, our panelists continued the discussion to talk about the impact of the earthquake on Haitians living in Boston.

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Basic Black Live: The Images & Realities of Black Women

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast July 22, 2010)  Basic Black looks at the image of black women in America from Michelle Obama to Shirley Sherrod.

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Basic Black Live: The Images & Realities of Black Women

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

(Originally broadcast July 22, 2010)  Basic Black looks at the image of black women in America from Michelle Obama to Shirley Sherrod.

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Basic Black LIVE: Haiti - Rebuilding After the Earthquake

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

(Originally broadcast on April 8, 2010)  This week Basic Black discusses the current state of life and rebuilding in Haiti as well as the continuing impact on Boston's Haitian community.

 

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Basic Black: Feminism Isn't Black and White

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

December 20, 2013

This week on Basic Black, our first conversation examines the recent media coverage of Michelle Obama and the meaning of feminism to women of color.  An article in Politico dubbed the First Lady as a "feminist nightmare" while later coverage characterized her as the "angry black woman" when the President took a selfie with Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at the funeral of Nelson Mandela.  Both episodes illustrated the great divide between black and white women on the issue of feminism , with many African American commentators saying, in essence, "your feminism ain't like mine…"



(Photo:  First Lady Michelle Obama introducing President Barack Obama before his address to injured veterans and guests on the critical issues facing veterans during the DAV National Convention in Orlando, Fla. Michelle Obama is taking her “Let’s Move!” campaign to Arthur Ashe Kids Day. AP Photo/Julie Fletcher - Aug. 10, 2013, File)

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Basic Black: Brothers and Sisters on the Run

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

April 18, 2014

Runners of color, specifically from Kenya have a long and visible presence in marathons around the country, including the Boston Marathon.  But a closer look reveals a low percentage of Americans of color who participate in marathon running.  Most American runners of color who advance in their sport become headliners in track and sprinting but where are the stars in marathon running?  As we head into the 118th Boston Marathon, Basic Black discusses reasons for the dearth of American runners of color in long distance running and the benefits (to the runner and the community) of improving the numbers.


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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Why Run?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

April 18, 2014

After the conversation, the panel discussed the health, cultural, and societal benefits of running as well as some of the challenges, i.e. running while black, so to speak...

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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Iconic women of "black prophetic fire"

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Politics

October 24, 2014

After the broadcast, the conversation turned to an examination of iconic African American women Cornel West highlighted in his book, Black Prophetic Fire, as well as the question of West and his hopes for his legacy in social justice.

 

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