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Say Brother; Something About the Blues; Vignette on the struggle to find employment

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01/12/1978

Excerpt from the studio performance of Something About the Blues, a play by Fred Johnson, in which the actors choose to revise the play's subject matter, using "real life" situations to illustrate the "singing of the blues.". Clifton Powell performs a vignette about the struggle to find employment. Overall the program examines themes in blues music via a for-television version of Something About the Blues, a play by Fred Johnson. A "play within a play," Something About the Blues takes place in a nightclub during a final rehearsal for a television program about the blues, in which the actors choose to revise the play's subject matter and uses "real life" situations to illustrate the "singing of the blues." Examples are personal (rather than political), and include: heartbreak, unemployment, loneliness, suspicion, street crime, humor, misunderstanding, and sorrow. Directed by Elaine T. Koury (theater) and John A. Ross (music). Produced by Barbara Barrow-Murray. Directed by David Atwood.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Something About the Blues
Program Number

913

Title

Vignette on the struggle to find employment

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 examines themes in blues music via a for-television version of Something About the Blues, a play by Fred Johnson. A "play within a play," Something About the Blues takes place in a nightclub during a final rehearsal for a television program about the blues, in which the actors choose to revise the play's subject matter and uses "real life" situations to illustrate the "singing of the blues." Examples are personal (rather than political), and include: heartbreak, unemployment, loneliness, suspicion, street crime, humor, misunderstanding, and sorrow. Directed by Elaine T. Koury (theater) and John A. Ross (music).

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Blues (Music)
African American theater
Something About the Blues (Teleplay)
Television adaptations
African American actors
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Atwood, David (Director)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Contributors
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Plausse, John (Lighting Director)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
McKenna, Jim (Lighting Assistant)
Carey, Nancy (Intern)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Norton, Randy (Lighting Assistant)
Rivera, George (Post Production Supervisor)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Chigas, Basil (Crane)
Bostic, Karl (Researcher)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Wong, Evelyn (Production Assistant)
Brennan, Susan (Audio)
White, Conrad (Stage Manager)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Assistant)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Hugentugler, Carol (Videotape Recordist)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Handyside, Keith (Video)
Koppel, Tiit (Boom Operator)
Lane, Frank (Boom Operator)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Something About the Blues; Vignette on the struggle to find employment,” 01/12/1978, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 7, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4AEA5E0DC5164A8BA7913782C373FDF9.
MLA: “Say Brother; Something About the Blues; Vignette on the struggle to find employment.” 01/12/1978. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 7, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4AEA5E0DC5164A8BA7913782C373FDF9>.
APA: Say Brother; Something About the Blues; Vignette on the struggle to find employment. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4AEA5E0DC5164A8BA7913782C373FDF9
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