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Say Brother; Experimental TV; Blast from the Past with FCC Commissioner Benjamin Hooks

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09/19/1975

In this clip, Summary"Blast from the Past" features an excerpt from a 1972 interview with FCC Commissioner Benjamin Hooks on the need to increase the numbers of African Americans in the television and radio professions. Overall the program is divided into two halves: the first consisting of five dance segments aired in previous programs, the second of news magazine-style segments. Dance performances are by the Dance Company of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (performing the piece "Doogla"), the Dance Theatre of Boston (performing "Black Light"), and Halim Adbur Rashid (Fred Johnson, performing a mime/modern dance piece). Additional segments include "Information" (on preparing for unemployment), "Community Access" (on the work of the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency and its role as a financier of mixed income developments), "Blast from the Past" (with an excerpt from a 1972 interview with FCC Commissioner Benjamin Hooks on the need for increasing the numbers of African Americans in the television and radio professions), the "Community Calendar," and "Commentary" by Producer Marita Rivero (consisting of film footage of an African American couple on a date). Produced by Marita Rivero. Directed by Conrad White.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Experimental TV
Program Number

429

Title

Blast from the Past with FCC Commissioner Benjamin Hooks

Series Description

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

Program is divided into two halves: the first consisting of five dance segments aired in previous programs, the second of news-magazine style segments. Dance performances are by the Dance Company of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (performing "Dooga") and The Dance Theatre of Boston (performing "Black Light"). Halim Adbur Rashid (Fred Johnson) performs a mime/modern dance piece. Additional segments include: "Information" (on preparing for unemployment); "Community Access" (on the work of the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency and it role as a financier of mixed income developments); "Blast from the Past" (with an excerpt from a 1972 interview with FCC Commissioner Benjamin Hooks on the need for increasing the numbers of African Americans in the television and radio professions); "Community Calendar" (with community and cultural events listings); and "Commentary" by Marita Rivero (consisting of film footage about a black couple on a date).

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Hooks, Benjamin L. (Benjamin Lawson), 1925-
Civil rights
National Center of Afro-American Artists. Dance Company
African Americans in radio broadcasting
African Americans in television broadcasting
Masssachusetts Housing Finance Agency (Boston, Mass.)
Dance Theatre of Boston
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Segregation
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Contributors
Smith, Lee (Studio Technician)
Simons, Fred (Videotape Engineer)
Chigas, Basil (Studio Technician)
Floyd, Michael (Studio Technician)
Balhatchet, Tom (Engineer)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Engineer)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Engineer)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
Crane, David (Videotape Engineer)
Sullivan, John L. (Still Photography)
Bordett, Bruce (Studio Technician)
LeCain, Larry (Studio Technician)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Boston Art Ensemble (Theme Music)
Koppel, Tiit (Studio Technician)
Holden, Dick (Studio Technician)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Fairweather, Bill (Engineer)
Wareham, Skip (Studio Technician)
Plausse, John (Studio Technician)
Wilson, Bob (Studio Technician)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Lane, Frank (Studio Technician)
Charette, Bill (Studio Technician)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
MacDonald, Greg (Studio Technician)
Correia, Dennis (Engineer)
Handyside, Keith (Engineer)
Henry, Arthur (Videotape Engineer)
Buccheri, Ron (Studio Technician)
Jones, Vickie (Production Assistant)
Smith, Kathy (Studio Technician)
Spangler, Jennifer (Engineer)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Experimental TV; Blast from the Past with FCC Commissioner Benjamin Hooks,” 09/19/1975, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 2, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E28FB33AB4434C2C9AEC8CCF0DD9C73E.
MLA: “Say Brother; Experimental TV; Blast from the Past with FCC Commissioner Benjamin Hooks.” 09/19/1975. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 2, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E28FB33AB4434C2C9AEC8CCF0DD9C73E>.
APA: Say Brother; Experimental TV; Blast from the Past with FCC Commissioner Benjamin Hooks. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E28FB33AB4434C2C9AEC8CCF0DD9C73E
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