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Say Brother; Slices of Life; Eva Jessye: Black American Folk Music

Part of Say Brother.

12/31/1976

This clip is excerpts from a filmed interview with the African-American singer, composer, choral director and actress Eva Jessye as she reminisces about her early career. Overall the program consists of a collection of excerpts from works made by independent video artists utilizing the 1/2 inch videotape format. Selections focus on social interaction, the oral tradition, performance, and special effects, and include Neighborhoods First (about historic preservation advocates in Chicago), Street Games in Cultural Communities (about children's play and its reflection on their culture), Brother Blue (a lesson on mathematics by the Boston-based storyteller Dr. Hugh Morgan Hill); Eva Jessye: Black American Folk Music (about folk musician Eva Jessye), and No Crystal Stair (a compilation of archival performance footage). Films introduced via the narration of WNAC TV arts critic Tanya Hart. Produced by Barbara Barrow. Directed by Conrad White.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Slices of Life
Program Number

711

Title

Eva Jessye: Black American Folk Music

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 consists of a collection of excerpts from works made by independent video artists utilizing the 1/2 inch videotape format. Selections focus on social interaction, the oral tradition, performance, and special effects, and include Neighborhoods First (about historic preservation advocates in Chicago), Street Games in Cultural Communities (about children's play and its reflection on their culture), Brother Blue (a lesson on mathematics by the Boston-based storyteller Dr. Hugh Morgan Hill); Eva Jessye: Black American Folk Music (about folk musician Eva Jessye), and No Crystal Stair (a compilation of archival performance footage). Films introduced via the narration of WNAC TV arts critic Tanya Hart.

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Civil rights
African American women
Neighborhoods First (Motion picture)
Eve Jessye: Black American Folk Music (Motion picture)
Brother Blue
Jessye, Eva, 1895-1992
No Crystal Stair (Motion picture)
Brother Blue (Motion picture)
African Americans in motion pictures
Bryan, Marie
Street Games in Cultural Communities (Motion picture)
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Speight, Alonzo R. (Producer)
Contributors
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Clarke, Brian (Still Photography)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Assembly)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
Handyside, Keith (Video)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Assembly)
DeVitt, Doug (Videotape Assembly)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Speight, Alonzo R. (Researcher)
Marshall, Carolyn (Production Secretary)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Slices of Life; Eva Jessye: Black American Folk Music,” 12/31/1976, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 10, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6B43537694434107B6A5B56F17D0ABAE.
MLA: “Say Brother; Slices of Life; Eva Jessye: Black American Folk Music.” 12/31/1976. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 10, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6B43537694434107B6A5B56F17D0ABAE>.
APA: Say Brother; Slices of Life; Eva Jessye: Black American Folk Music. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6B43537694434107B6A5B56F17D0ABAE
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