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Basic Black; Welfare Reform: Surviving the Transition


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Basic Black
Welfare Reform: Surviving the Transition
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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

Basic Black looks at how the federally mandated welfare reform law changed the way states help poor people. With imposed time limits for the "able-bodied," the primary objective for the Massachusetts welfare reform bill, now known as the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) program, is to help people make the transition from welfare to work. But is the welfare department providing adequate services that will successfully move people out of poverty? Through the stories of former welfare recipients, we'll learn about the impact welfare reform has had on those trying to make the transition. Donnette Madrey, producer.

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Broadcast program

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Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues
Chicago: “Basic Black; Welfare Reform: Surviving the Transition,” 04/20/2000, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 20, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_433D8CE30C90458AA1330CE449CBBFF9.
MLA: “Basic Black; Welfare Reform: Surviving the Transition.” 04/20/2000. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 20, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_433D8CE30C90458AA1330CE449CBBFF9>.
APA: Basic Black; Welfare Reform: Surviving the Transition. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_433D8CE30C90458AA1330CE449CBBFF9
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