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Basic Black; Conversation with Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, A


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Basic Black
Conversation with Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, A
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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

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Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West join Kim McLarin for a provocative conversation on race, black leadership, and accountability. Journalist and activist Tavis Smiley has been described as a "cultural phenomenon" by the New York Times. He is the host of the nightly Tavis Smiley show on public television, and his weekly radio show can be heard on Public Radio International (PRI).

Cornel West A renowned public intellectual, electrifying speaker, and currently the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University, Dr. Cornel West has been called "an eloquent prophet with attitude" by Newsweek. Author of more than a dozen books, including the best-selling Race Matters, his most recent work is Hope On A Tightrope.

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Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
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