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Basic Black: Hollywood Star Power and Politics

This week on Basic Black: the clash of Hollywood star power and politics. We take a look at Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby: just as Cosby was being arraigned on charges of sexual assault, Clinton’s well-documented sexual assault allegations and extramarital affairs have re-emerged, following Hillary Clinton on the presidential campaign trail. But is there any difference in the way both men are being viewed in the media… should there be a difference? Also on the show, actress Jada Pinkett Smith has called for a boycott of the Oscars to protest the lack of diverse nominees, but others argue that boycotting the box office makes a bigger statement.

(Note: The creator of #OscarSoWhite is April Reign.)

- Latoyia Edwards, Anchor, New England Cable News
- Kim McLarin, Associate Professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing, Emerson College
- Phillip Martin, Senior Reporter, WGBH News
- Julio Ricardo Varela, Digital Media Director, NPR’s Latino USA