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Basic Black; Community Beat


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Basic Black
Community Beat
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Series Description

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

Program Description

When it comes to reporting events and issues in communities of color, who’s telling the story is often as important as the story itself. Basic Black hosts three veteran journalists—Howard Manly, Editorial Page Columnist of the Boston Herald; Yawu Miller, Managing Editor of the Bay State Banner; and Janine Fondon, Founder & Publisher of Unity First Online Newswire— in a discussion of the many views a story can have when viewed through the prism of race.



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Broadcast program

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Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Basic Black; Community Beat,” 07/08/2004, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 25, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_308C6DDE0A5849DBAC62F800FE421708.
MLA: “Basic Black; Community Beat.” 07/08/2004. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 25, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_308C6DDE0A5849DBAC62F800FE421708>.
APA: Basic Black; Community Beat. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_308C6DDE0A5849DBAC62F800FE421708
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