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Basic Black; Girl At Risk


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Basic Black
Girl At Risk
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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

Filmmaker Michelle Nicolasen has spent the past three years documenting the relationship between Big Sister volunteer, Oneta Bobbett and her little sister, Sharnita. Sharnita has been been in and out of foster care, abandoned by family members, and desperate to find a secure home. Compelling issues of family, race, and class unfold as years pass and the "sisters" remain close—ultimately demonstrating that one person can indeed make a difference.



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Broadcast program

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Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Basic Black; Girl At Risk,” 03/27/2003, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 23, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_90DECD6C0DD54C77BB628242B66B494B.
MLA: “Basic Black; Girl At Risk.” 03/27/2003. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 23, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_90DECD6C0DD54C77BB628242B66B494B>.
APA: Basic Black; Girl At Risk. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_90DECD6C0DD54C77BB628242B66B494B
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