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January 23, 2015

Boston won the opportunity to represent the United States in a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, erupting a host of opinions, with very few opinions coming down the middle, but all of them mentioning the cost.  What will be the impact good or bad, for Boston's neighborhoods?  Later in the show, we review Boston Mayor Marty Walsh¹s first State of the City address.  What do his plans mean for the future of race relations, economic development, and public safety?



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Jan 18 2015
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the power of righteous anger

Guest opinion by Kevin C. Peterson As we celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.??s birthday this weekend its difficult to say exactly what he would be angry about. But he??d be angry. Yes, it’s accurate to describe King as an ??apostle of love?? because of the gospel of non-violence he preached. King obsessively sought […]

Jan 18 2015
Martin Luther King Jr.’s expansive dream

Guest opinion by Rev. Irene Monroe Martin Luther King’s actual birthday is January 15th, and I believe if MLK were alive today he would be well pleased with Ava DuVernay’s film “Selma.” Many people working for justice today stand on the shoulders of Martin Luther King Jr and what he achieved in Selma. But I […]

Dec 12 2014
Iâ??m Mad as Hellâ?¦ and Thankful

Guest editorial by Emmett G. Price, III I??m mad as hell! Regardless which side of the street you stand on there are no winners in Ferguson. Just a glimpse at ongoing news coverage, or a peek at the comment sections of online sources reveal rage- both black and white – concerning Michael Brown Jr.??s death. […]

Dec 11 2014
Is civil rights leadership on the sidelines?

Guest editorial by Kevin C. Peterson PHILADELPHIA, PA –Its not clear that this generation of civil rights leaders can win this one. Thousands of defiant marchers protested across the nation this weekend where hundreds lay prostrate in the streets whispering ??I can??t breathe.?? The chant has become almost ubiquitous since a Staten Island grand jury […]

Dec 10 2014
World AIDS Day and my communityâ??s ongoing struggle

Guest editorial by Rev. Irene Monroe Dec. 1 was World AIDS Day! President Obama conveyed hopeful remarks on World AIDS Day at George Washington University (GWU) in D.C. by vowing to continue efforts to combat the disease. ??We??re closer than we??ve ever been to achieving the extraordinary: an AIDS-free generation,?? Obama stated to the GWU […]

Nov 07 2014
Menino: an ally to Black LGBTQ communities

Guest editorial by Rev. Irene Monroe   Thomas Menino was inarguably one of the best mayors the city of Boston ever had. As Boston said farewell to its longest-serving mayor, the city also celebrated the life, career, and integrity of a great public servant. As mayor to “all the people?? of Boston??African American LGBTQ communities […]

Oct 22 2014
Confronting echoes of the AIDS hysteria as we battle Ebola

Guest editorial by Rev. Irene Monroe Exactly a decade ago this month I received an email flagged as urgent from Monrovia, Liberia. It was from Lee Johnson, then coordinator of “Liberian Youths Against HIV/AIDS.?? “Presently, the HIV/AIDS scourge is deeply eating into the fabric of our society and there is little being done to bring […]

Sep 26 2014
Lessons from Ferguson

  September 26, 2014 WGBH News’ Morning Edition host Bob Seay spoke with Peniel Joseph, professor of history at Tufts University and author of Stokely: A Life, about the continuing lessons from Ferguson, MO about race, civil rights in the aftermath of the killing of an unarmed black youth. “What you saw in Ferguson in […]

Sep 18 2014
Black children are beloved and beaten

Guest editorial by Rev. Irene Monroe “Beloved and beaten” is a phrase that best depicts how many African-American children??past and present??are disciplined. It is an authoritative type of African-American parenting discipline style that is painfully revered. Yet, in too many incidents, it continues to be uncritically passed along generationally. When Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian […]

Sep 12 2014
Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? …Now

Guest review by Kevin C. Peterson Against the political backdrop of a dashing, brilliant black president, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the racial crisis now roiling in Ferguson, Missouri over the murder of unarmed Michael Brown by a local white police officer, the themes and tropes that comprise Guess Who??s Coming […]

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