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Say Brother
Television Violence and Its Effect on Children
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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 explores the effect of television violence on children via a joint discussion between host Melvin Moore (a psychologist) and two professors currently collaborating on a project to study the ability of children to evaluate television program content: Dr. Aimee D. Leifer (Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education) and Dr. Sheryl B. Graves (Professor of Psychology at New York University). Topics include why we still see a great deal of violence on television, in what ways television violence is different from "real-life" violence, what can kids learn from watching violent programs, if violence watched translates to "real life," if there are racial differences that children learn on television, if there are differences between what boys and girls learn, and if we should try to program television in any particular way.



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Dorr, Aimee
Violence in television
Violence in television
African American women
Dorr, Aimee
African American children
Graves, Sheryl B.
African American psychologists
African American women
African American children
African American psychologists
Graves, Sheryl B.
Race and Ethnicity
Barbara Barrow (Producer)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Johnson, Lenita (Intern)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Smith, Lee (Lighting Assistant)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Sullivan, John L. (Assistant Stage Manager)
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Marshall, Carolyn (Production Secretary)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant To The Producer)
Plausse, John (Lighting Director)
Valdes, Mario (Researcher)
Songai, Jahid (Intern)
Moore, Melvin (Host)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
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