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Basic Black; From Port Au Prince to Mattapan


record date: July 8, 2004

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Basic Black
From Port Au Prince to Mattapan
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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

Out of a history of struggle, pride and perseverance, Haitian immigrants have built strong communities throughout the U.S. Many who came to this region following family and seeking better opportunities have decided to call Boston home, making Haitians the largest black immigrant community in metro Boston. While the Haitian community has experienced success in education and entrepeuneurship, the unyielding persistence of domestic violence and AIDS are a constant threat to the survival of the community. Leaders from Boston's Haitian commuity discuss these and other challenges for the future of generations.



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Broadcast program

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Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues
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