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Basic Black; Conversation With Wole Soyinka


CC MASTER Program #3801 Program Title: Conversation with Wole Soyinka Producer: Valerie Linson Length: 26:45 Broadcast Date: 11/9/2006

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Basic Black
Conversation With Wole Soyinka
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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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Wole Soyinka, became Africa's first Nobel laureate, winning the prize for literature in 1986. A prolific writer of essays, fiction and theater, his plays have been staged throughout the world. Soyinka is also one of Africa's leading pro-democracy activists; in 1967 during the civil war in his native Nigeria he was imprisoned for his activism. Following his release two years later he has gone in and out of exile but remains a fierce critic of Nigeria's government. Soyinka's latest work is a memoir, You Must Set Forth At Dawn. Hosted by Howard Manly.



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Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
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