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Basic Black: Politics and Prose

February 27, 2015

February 27, 2015

This year’s Oscar© ceremony has been described as one of the most political in recent memory, as winners acceptance speeches included history lessons and calls to action on women’s issues and immigration.  We’ll take a closer look at comments on equal pay for women, feminism, and the civil rights movement coming out of the Oscars© winners circle.  Later in the show, as Black History Month comes to a close, we pause to remember the artistry of writer James Baldwin, whose provocative essays on race and identity in America still resonate.


?- Latoyia Edwards, anchor, NECN

?- Phillip Martin, senior reporter, WGBH News

?- Kim McLarin, Associate Professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing, Emerson College

?- Peniel Joseph, Professor of History, Tufts University?

- Rev. Irene Monroe, Syndicated columnist for The Huffington Post and Bay Windows?

(Image source: CNN, Patricia Arquette, Common, and John Legend, @Academy Awards, February 22, 2015)