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Basic Black; Battle for District 4


MASTER Program #3507 Program Title: Battle For District 4 Length: 26:46 Broadcast Date: 10/30/03 Subject: Ezedi, Yancy

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Basic Black
Battle for District 4
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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

20-year incumbent Boston City councilor Charles Yancey may be facing the stiffest competition of his political career. A 29-year-old minister and son of an immigrant pharmacist, Ego Ezedi, Jr. is canvassing black neighborhoods in Dorchester and Mattapan with the goal of challenging the politics that have gotten Yancey reelected nine times. Yancey is seen as an antagonist towards the city's white political structure, Ezedi is taking the "I can fix your pothole" approach. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is behind candidate Ego Ezedi. Who is the right candidate? This will be a conversation and debate with both candidates on Basic Black.



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Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
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