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Say Brother; Concert Violence Cover Up


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Say Brother
Concert Violence Cover Up
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Say Brother is WGBH's longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans, and is now known as Basic Black. Since its inception in 1968, Say Brother has featured the voices of both locally and nationally known African American artists, athletes, performers, politicians, professionals, and writers including: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Thomas Atkins, Amiri Baraka, Doris Bunte, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Nikki Giovanni, Odetta Gordon, Henry Hampton, Benjamin Hooks, Jesse Jackson, Hubie Jones, Mel King, Eartha Kitt, Elma Lewis, Haki Madhubuti, Wallace D. Muhammad, Charles Ogletree, Babatunde Olatunji, Byron Rushing, Owusu Sadaukai, and Sonia Sanchez. Series release date: 7/15/1968

Program Description

An in-depth look at the growing incidents of violence at popular music concerts. Interviews with concert promoter Alan Haymon, performer Rick James (audio only), venue managers, and municipal officials explore allegations that the city has a racial double standard in citing the violence issue when denying concert permissions to artists. For example, white rock groups Rolling Stones and The Who received permission, but Parliament/Funkadelic did not. Features live concert footage of the Whispers at the Strand Theater and Parliament/ Funkadelic. Clip of the aftermath of the troubled Who concert in Cincinnati.



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Broadcast program

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Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Say Brother; Concert Violence Cover Up,” 05/27/1980, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed June 4, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BCDFDADC291640B287295C320E82D021.
MLA: “Say Brother; Concert Violence Cover Up.” 05/27/1980. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. June 4, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BCDFDADC291640B287295C320E82D021>.
APA: Say Brother; Concert Violence Cover Up. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BCDFDADC291640B287295C320E82D021
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