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Say Brother National Edition; Attica

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Say Brother National Edition
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Series Description

In 1975 the purpose of Say Brother National Edition was to introduce and demonstrate to people the vitality of Black Americans and their community life. Under producer Marita Rivero and executive producer Topper Carew a series of 13 half-hour programs for the national audience was produced from existing programs.

In weekly half-hours, Say Brother National Edition presented the many dimensions of black American life as seen from one city’s vantage-point. It was in a magazine format, each segment representing a different perspective: music, history, dance, culture, drama, language, old folks, young people, families, issues, person-on-the street, and others. Series release date: 1975

Program Description

Program focuses on the rebellion that took place at Attica State Prison, New York, September 13, 1971. Using original footage of the rebellion (prisoners, hostages, McKay Commission excerpts, police preparing to enter the prison, etc.), an "Information" segment with material on the National Prisoners' Rights Association and the National Coalition to Help Prisoners, and commentary by Askia Muhammad, Say Brother seeks to point out the flaws of the penal system and offer ways it could be improved. Additional segments include "Bookbeat," an interview with African American television producer Tony Brown on changing Black programming, a poetry reading/performance by Sam Stamper, the "Historical Minute" with Georgia State Representative Julian Bond, and a segment interlude with Ric Mandrill (of the musical group Mandrill).



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Broadcast program

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Race and Ethnicity
Carew, Topper (Executive Producer)
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