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Basic Black; Flippin’ the Script


MASTER (CC) Program #3610 Program Title: Flippin’ the Script Producer: Valerie Linson Broadcast Date: 6/16/2005 Length: 26:40 Subject: Poetry

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Basic Black
Flippin’ the Script
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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

In this episode, Boston-area poets demonstrate the power of poetry when experienced as spoken word.

Guests include Ayisha Knight, a deaf poet who has appeared on HBO's Def Poetry Jam. Curtis King, who is originally from Barbados, has been performing poetry since age 8.

Guest host Robin Chandler talks with these local poets about how their art speaks for them and their communities as well as how poetry makes demands, expresses love, hate, and hope, and realizes a shared experience.



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Broadcast program

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Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues
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