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Basic Black: A Hyphenated Life?

November 14, 2014

Identity is an ever evolving, some would say elusive concept in American culture:  Grammy award-winning artist Pharrell declares himself part of the “new black” generation… The US Army only last week eliminated “Negro” as a racial designation… “More Hispanics declaring themselves white” was a New York Times headline in May… and Asian American and Pacific Islander students at Harvard recently held a forum to bring their issues to the forefront.  This week on Basic Black we look at the common thread through these and other stories identity, and what it means on a personal level and the global landscape.


- Callie Crossley, Host, Under The Radar with Callie Crossley, WGBH News

- Kim McLarin, Assistant Professor of Writing, Emerson College

-Peniel Joseph, Professor of History, Tufts University

- Phillip Martin, Senior Reporter, WGBH News

- Julio Varela, journalist and founder, Latino Rebels


(Photo: Pharrell/Jonathan Short - Invision- Associated Press, 2014.)