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Basic Black
Conversation With Alice Randall
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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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Novelist, scholar and screenwriter Alice Randall, author of the controversial parody The Wind Done Gone, talks with host Darren Duarte about the mythic status of Margaret Mitchell’s seminal Gone With the Wind and its troubling influence in shaping images of contemporary African Americans in this country and abroad.

On May 16, novelist, scholar and screenwriter Alice Randall, author of the parody The Wind Done Gone, talks with Basic Black host Darren Duarte about the mythic status of Gone with the Wind and how it has consequently shaped images of contemporary African Americans. The Wind Done Gone is told from the point of view of Scarlett O'Hara's mulatto half-sister and borrows some scenes and dialogue from the original novel. Although the ban on the publication of The Wind Done Gone was lifted in appeals court last year, the Margaret Mitchell Trusts has asked the full court to overturn the ruling.

"Particularly when I've traveled overseas, I've been asked time and again whether the book is an accurate description of the African American experience," says Randall. "It's time to expose the world to another perspective on the painful legacy of slavery."

Randall graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1981. As a screenwriter, she has worked on adaptations of Their Eyes Were Watching God, Parting the Waters, and Brer Rabbit. Randall first read Gone with the Wind when she was twelve years old. Years later, a question came to trouble her: where were the mulatto children of Tara? It was a question that interested her personally: she is of mixed-race ancestry and has been told that her great-great-grandfather was Confederate General Edmund Pettus. The Wind Done Gone is Alice Randall’s first novel.



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Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
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