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Basic Black; Kenya: Working Toward Peace


CC Master Kenya: Working Towards Peace Show #3914 Tape Date: 2/15/08 Broadcast Date: 2/21/08 Producer Valerie Linson Length: 26:46

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Basic Black
Kenya: Working Toward Peace
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THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.

Series release date: 1/8/1998

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There has been a rash of recent violence spurred by the contested presidential election of December 2007.

After Kenya's incumbent leader, Mwai Kibaki, claimed victory, and the leading opposition party alleged that votes were rigged in his favor, a tug-of-war for political power has ensued, displacing nearly 600,000 people from their homes and leaving more than 1,000 dead. According to some reports, mass protests in the East African nation continue to escalate.

In this episode of Basic Black, three members of Boston's Kenyan community — John Mugane, professor of African linguistics at Harvard University; Karimi Gituma, an activist and founder of Vuma Kenya, a nonprofit Kenyan relief initiative; and Paul Waithaka, independent producer of Jamhuritv.com, a Kenyan media network — join host Kim McLarin in a discussion on the crisis in their homeland.

While Mugane, Gituma, and Waithaka agree that much of the civil unrest appears to set ethnic groups against each other, attributing the conflict to ethnic rivalry oversimplifies the conflict; the problems are largely systemic and multifaceted, involving issues like economic disparities and land rights.

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Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
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