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Basic Black; 2008: The New Black Politics


CC Master Election 2008: The New Black Politics Show #4001 Tape Date: 10/30/08 Broadcast Date: 10/30/08 Producer Valerie Linson Length: 26:46

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Basic Black
2008: The New Black Politics
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THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.

Series release date: 1/8/1998

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Kim McLarin returns as series host for the 2008–2009 season of Basic Black.

In this season premiere of Basic Black, television and radio commentator Callie Crossley hosts a LIVE roundtable discussion about what has been called the most important presidential race in US history. Our guests — including Massachusetts State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry, former ABC News anchor and senior correspondent Carole Simpson, Peniel Joseph, associate professor of Africana Studies at Brandeis University, and Howard Manly, executive editor of the Bay State Banner — weigh in on the campaigns of Senators Barack Obama and John McCain and make a pre-election analysis on why voters might gravitate toward either candidate when they go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Who speaks to the hearts and pockets of African Americans about a shrinking economy and the impact it has had on struggling families, employment, and the sectors of banking, housing, and education? Our guests explore the greatest issues of concern to the black community and which problems will be the most important for the next administration to tackle. Also, does Obama's successful primary bid for the presidency symbolize that America is on the cusp of a new era of black political leadership, one that is not driven by a race-based agenda but is anchored in American solidarity? We examine all of this and more on this special edition of Basic Black.



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Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues
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