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Say Brother; Lena: The Descent


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Say Brother
Lena: The Descent
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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

Through the hypnotizing movements of African-Caribbean dance, choreographer George Howard tells the story of Lena, a young woman trapped in the void between fantasy and reality. The power of the dance technique, the message of the story, and the haunting beat of the drums all combine to make this a fascinating look into the secrets of Haitian mysticism.



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Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “Say Brother; Lena: The Descent,” 03/15/1982, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed September 20, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_CBE20510C6F642468146CE1E5B00D152.
MLA: “Say Brother; Lena: The Descent.” 03/15/1982. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. September 20, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_CBE20510C6F642468146CE1E5B00D152>.
APA: Say Brother; Lena: The Descent. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_CBE20510C6F642468146CE1E5B00D152
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