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Say Brother
Evening With Eartha Kitt, An
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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

Host Barbara Barrow-Murray speaks with vocalist and actress Eartha Kitt, in Boston with the production of Timbuktu! Topics includeTimbuktu! as an extension of Kitt's Kismet, how long the show has been traveling, her role in Timbuktu! , the music in the production, interpreting her character Sahleem-La-Lume (which is not an essential one), her political positions and stance on the Vietnam War, and her difficult childhood. Program opens with excerpts from Kitt's interview with WGBH Radio FM's Ron Della Chiesa (host of the program Music America), and includes a studio dance performance of "Birds of Paradise" from Timbuktu! (performed by Martial Roumain and Cheryl Cummings), and a vocal performance by Kitt.



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Roumain, Martial
African American musicians
African American actresses
Della Chiesa, Ron
Timbuktu! (Theatrical production)
Kitt, Eartha
Cummings, Cheryl
African American women
Race and Ethnicity
Clarke, Brian (Director)
Deare, Beth (Associate Producer)
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
McKenna, Jim (Stage Manager)
Harrison, Rich (Video)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Gray, Randolph (Assistant Cameraman)
Valdes, Mario (Researcher)
Brennan, Susan (Audio)
Heitman, Clint (Scenic Design)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Recordist)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Hackshaw, Ademah (Assistant To The Producer)
LeCain, Larry (Camera)
Pugliesi, Joe (Video)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Rosenthal, Iris (Lighting Assistant)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
Crane, David (Videotape Recordist)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Wong, Evelyn (Production Assistant)
Goldman, Elias (Video)
Swan, Kim (Intern)
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