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Live (#4313)

This week on Basic Black: in the middle of Black History Month, we ask the question posed by the provocative new film premiering on PBS' Independent Lens series: Is Black History Month still necessary? The film More Than A Month is a chronicle of filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman?s one-man quest to end Black History Month.
This program will be a special national live broadcast on WGBH's World channel, and is a collaboration with The Root.com, a leading online source for news and commentary from an African American perspective.
Our panel this week: Callie Crossley, Host and Executive Editor, WGBH Radio; Kim McLarin, Assistant Professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing, Emerson College; Peniel Joseph, Professor of History, Tufts University, and Omar Wasow, Co-Founder of Black Planet and contributor to The Root.com. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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  • Sacred: African American Spirituality (#4306)

    Christianity has been at the root of African American life for centuries. In fact, it has shaped the identity of the black community both individually and collectively. And throughout time, some African Americans walked a spiritual path towards Islam, Buddhism, and Judaism. And yet still others have departed completely from a belief in a god to embrace atheism and humanism. As we enter the Christmas season, this live Basic Black conversation is a focus on the spectrum of religious beliefs in the African American community and how those beliefs have shaped our culture, politics, and history. What is the "Black Church" and is it still relevant? What does it mean for Africans Americans to believe and not believe in the 21st century? Our panelists in conversation will be Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, 89.7 WGBH radio; Kim McLarin, assistant professor of writing, literature and publishing, Emerson College; and Phillip Martin, senior reporter, 89.7 WGBH radio. Two additional guests will be named at a later date. Viewers will be able to watch the live broadcast on television and online. The broadcast will also be accompanied by a live chat, so viewers can comment and ask questions during and after the broadcast. The live online stream and chat can be accessed beginning at 7:15pm (Eastern) at www.basicblack.org. [28 minutes]

  • A Drum Major for Justice (#4308)

    As we head towards the Martin Luther King holiday we look back at the past year of protest at home and abroad. In the era of the civil rights movement, much of the attention focused on the leadership; but in this new era of protests, the focus has shifted to the masses. Have leaders become obsolete? Our conversation this week on Basic Black looks at the new role of leadership in grassroots movements, from the Tea Party to the Arab Spring to the Occupy Movement. [26 minutes]

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