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Say Brother; Poetry and Arts; Interview with poet Nikki Giovanni

Part of Say Brother.

12/12/1975

In this clip Poet Nikki Giovanni discusses her early career and the responsibility of artists to make their work known. Overall the program focuses on poetry not only as an art form, but as a vehicle for engendering social change and new attitudes towards the arts. Composed of a number of segments, Poetry and Arts includes a reading of a Paul Lawrence Dunbar poem by Elma Lewis (Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists) to a group of young children, an excerpt from an interview with poet Nikki Giovanni, a tutorial on getting published, an editorial on the "state of the arts" by House Representative Louis Stokes (Ohio), and a listing of new volumes of poetry of interest to the African American community. Produced by Marita Rivero. Directed by Conrad White.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Poetry and Arts
Program Number

110

Title

Interview with poet Nikki Giovanni

Series Description

Say Brother is WGBH's longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans, and is now known as Basic Black. Since its inception in 1968, Say Brother has featured the voices of both locally and nationally known African American artists, athletes, performers, politicians, professionals, and writers including: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Thomas Atkins, Amiri Baraka, Doris Bunte, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Nikki Giovanni, Odetta Gordon, Henry Hampton, Benjamin Hooks, Jesse Jackson, Hubie Jones, Mel King, Eartha Kitt, Elma Lewis, Haki Madhubuti, Wallace D. Muhammad, Charles Ogletree, Babatunde Olatunji, Byron Rushing, Owusu Sadaukai, and Sonia Sanchez. Series release date: 7/15/1968

Program Description

Rebroadcast as Basic Black program 2905, 12/24/1998 See Basic Black program record for additional assets

Program focuses on poetry not only as an art form, but as a vehicle for engendering social change and new attitudes towards the arts. Composed of a number of segments, Poetry and Arts includes a reading of a Paul Lawrence Dunbar poem by Elma Lewis (Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists) to a group of young children, an excerpt from an interview with poet Nikki Giovanni, a tutorial on getting published, an editorial on the "state of the arts" by House Representative Louis Stokes (Ohio), and a listing of new volumes of poetry of interest to the African American community.

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
African American women
Dunbar, Paul Laurence, 1872-1906
Giovanni, Yolande Cornelia ("Nikki")
Poetry
National Center of Afro-American Artists (Roxbury, Mass.)
Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts (Roxbury, Mass.)
Stokes, Louis
African American poets
Lewis, Elma
Poetry--Women authors
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
White, Conrad (Director)
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
Contributors
Speight, Alonzo R. (Community Coordinator)
Estus, Boyd (Camera)
LeCain, Larry (Studio Technician)
Wilson, Bob (Studio Technician)
Izzi, Steve (Sound)
Tarter, Margaret (Community Coordinator)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Correia, Dennis (Engineer)
Benson, Bill (Unit Manager)
Smith, Lee (Studio Technician)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Handyside, Keith (Engineer)
Henry, Arthur (Videotape Engineer)
MacIntosh, Clarence (Spot/Segment Producer (Non WGBH))
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Assistant Editor)
Haydock, Rodger (Assistant Cameraman)
Smith, Kathy (Studio Technician)
Hadfield, Peter (Graphics)
Wright, Sylvia (Community Coordinator)
Bagwell, Orlando (Assistant Cameraman)
Fletcher, Leah (Community Coordinator)
Marbury, Don (Spot/Segment Producer (Non WGBH))
Nicholas, Sallie M. (Production Assistant)
Simons, Fred (Videotape Engineer)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Engineer)
Bordett, Bruce (Studio Technician)
Webster Lewis Septet, The (Theme Music)
Sullivan, John L. (Studio Technician)
Rivero, Marita (Concept)
Wright, Rodner (Graphics)
Holden, Dick (Studio Technician)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Engineer)
Koppel, Tiit (Studio Technician)
Lane, Frank (Studio Technician)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
Chigas, Basil (Studio Technician)
Silva, Candelaria (Community Coordinator)
Kenner, Sharon (Graphics)
Fairweather, Bill (Engineer)
Plausse, John (Studio Technician)
Wing, Carla B. (Community Coordinator)
MacDonald, Greg (Studio Technician)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
Wareham, Skip (Studio Technician)
Balhatchet, Tom (Engineer)
Floyd, Michael (Studio Technician)
Charette, Bill (Studio Technician)
Devitt, Douglas (Videotape Engineer)
Loerzel, David (Assistant Cameraman)
Dick, Michael (Graphics)
Crane, David (Videotape Engineer)
Buccheri, Ron (Studio Technician)
Spangler, Jennifer (Engineer)
Johnson, Henry (Camera)
Crippens, David (Host)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Poetry and Arts; Interview with poet Nikki Giovanni,” 12/12/1975, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 8, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1B73D0E4B0124AB7B5804E07F076DC24.
MLA: “Say Brother; Poetry and Arts; Interview with poet Nikki Giovanni.” 12/12/1975. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 8, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1B73D0E4B0124AB7B5804E07F076DC24>.
APA: Say Brother; Poetry and Arts; Interview with poet Nikki Giovanni. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1B73D0E4B0124AB7B5804E07F076DC24
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