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Basic Black; Black Communities and New Technologies


CC Master Black Communities and New Technologies Show #3918 Tape Date: 4/16/08 Broadcast Date: 5/1/08 Producer Valerie Linson Length: 26:46

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Basic Black
Black Communities and New Technologies
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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

Cell phones, MP3 players, and broadband Internet access are all staples in the lives of well-wired Americans. For African Americans, home broadband access has exploded in the last few years. And African Americans are more likely to use cell phones for text messaging and surfing the Net than their white counterparts, according to recent surveys by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Yet why are some still lagging behind the cyber learning curve?

In this roundtable discussion, host Kim McLarin explores how African Americans are engaging in new technologies and examines their preparedness for the digital age. Guests include Linda Grisham (shown), associate professor and director of the Science in Education program at Lesley University; Patricia Hill Collins, professor of sociology at the University of Maryland; and Hiawatha Bray, technology reporter for the Boston Globe.

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Broadcast program

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Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues
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