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Say Brother; Women; For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is not Enuf

Part of Say Brother.

12/09/1977

This clips features an in-studio performance by Barbara Alston from the play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is not Enuf by Ntozake Shange. This performance was filmed at the time the play was being staged in Boston. Overall the program consists of a number of magazine-style segments, including a Barbara Barrow interview with actors Paula Larke and Barbara Alston about their current performances in a production of Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is not Enuf, three performances from For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is not Enuf (two by Paula Larke, one by Barbara Alston); an "Open Platform" debate moderated by Melvin Moore on whether or not Third World women should participate in the women's movement (with debaters Brenda Verner (a media analyst) and Michele Wallace (lecturer at New York University), and panelists Leah Fletcher (reporter for the Boston Herald American) and freelance writer Jan Gadson), and the "Say Brother News" with Leah Fletcher, Sonny Joe White, Eric Sampedro, and Milly Kiung. Fletcher's report features an interview with sociologist Joyce Ladner, who recently spoke at Boston University about the Black family; White's report features an interview with jazz musician Dexter Gordon. Produced by Barbara Barrow. Directed by Eric Himes.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Women
Program Number

811

Title

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is not Enuf

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

Program consists of a number of magazine-style segments, including a Barbara Barrow interview with actors Paula Larke and Barbara Alston about their current performances in a production of Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is not Enuf, three performances from For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is not Enuf (two by Paula Larke, one by Barbara Alston); an "Open Platform" debate moderated by Melvin Moore on whether or not Third World women should participate in the women's movement (with debaters Brenda Verner (a media analyst) and Michele Wallace (lecturer at New York University), and panelists Leah Fletcher (reporter for the Boston Herald American) and freelance writer Jan Gadson), and the "Say Brother News" with Leah Fletcher, Sonny Joe White, Eric Sampedro, and Milly Kiung. Fletcher's report features an interview with sociologist Joyce Ladner, who recently spoke at Boston University about the Black family; White's report features an interview with jazz musician Dexter Gordon.

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Gadson, Jan
Fletcher, Leah
Wallace, Michele
African American theater
African American actresses
Verner, Brenda
Alston, Barbara
Kirk, Roland
Larke, Paula
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Not Enuf (Theatrical production)
Gutierrez, Fernando
Ladner, Joyce
Gordon, Dexter
Tri-City Mental Health Center (Malden, Mass.)
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Himes, Eric (Director)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Contributors
Fletcher, Leah (Reporter)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Waters, Mitch (Lighting Assistant)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
White, Conrad (Stage Manager)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Tomaselli, Robert (Camera)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Kiung, Milly (Reporter)
Moore, Melvin (Host)
McGonagle, Richard (Camera Assistant)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
Cronin, Mary (Audio)
Plausse, John (Lighting Assistant)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
LaBillois, Ann (Intern)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
Sampedro, Eric (Reporter)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Recordist)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Women; For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is not Enuf,” 12/09/1977, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 10, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1CAAFD187B914423893693CF3EE26759.
MLA: “Say Brother; Women; For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is not Enuf.” 12/09/1977. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 10, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1CAAFD187B914423893693CF3EE26759>.
APA: Say Brother; Women; For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is not Enuf. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1CAAFD187B914423893693CF3EE26759
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