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Basic Black; Poetry Slam


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Basic Black
Poetry Slam
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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

Panelists: Patricia Smith, author, Close to Death; Michael Brown, teacher and writer; Michael Franco, poet; Peter Davison, poet and editor; Erica Funkhouser, writer.



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Basic Black; Poetry Slam,” 01/06/2000, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 24, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AF128B73016D40B5B0EAA99E0FA91860.
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