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Say Brother National Edition; Old, Black and Alive

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Say Brother National Edition
Old, Black and Alive
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Series Description

In 1975 the purpose of Say Brother National Edition was to introduce and demonstrate to people the vitality of Black Americans and their community life. Under producer Marita Rivero and executive producer Topper Carew a series of 13 half-hour programs for the national audience was produced from existing programs.

In weekly half-hours, Say Brother National Edition presented the many dimensions of black American life as seen from one city’s vantage-point. It was in a magazine format, each segment representing a different perspective: music, history, dance, culture, drama, language, old folks, young people, families, issues, person-on-the street, and others. Series release date: 1975

Program Description

Program 101, the first in the Say Brother National series of programs, focuses on the African American elderly. Using excerpts from Jacquelyne J. Jackson's and Frank Cantor’s short film Old, Black and Alive and Say Brother segments, the program seeks to illustrate the wisdom, vitality, and struggles that define America’s seniors. Segments include a narrated "Information" segment on upcoming amendments to the Older Americans Act of 1975, a "Spotlight" segment with musician/actor Sherman "Scatman" Crothers, an interview with local historian Joseph Nelson, "Commentary" by Georgia State Representative Andrew Young, the "Historical Minute" with Georgia State Representative Julian Bond, "Bookbeat," and segment interludes with Gerald Durley, Louis Wilson (of the musical group Mandrill), and musician Grover Washington.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Television broadcasting of films
Older African Americans
Washington, Grover
African American politicians
Durley, Dr. Gerald
Old, Black and Alive (Motion picture)
African American actors
African Americans--Attitudes
Bond, Julian, 1940-
Nelson, Joseph
African American women
Civil rights
Crothers, Scat Man
Young, Andrew, 1932-
Wilson, Louis
African Americans in motion pictures
African American musicians
Race and Ethnicity
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
Topper Carew (Executive Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Carew, Topper (Executive Producer)
Speight, Alonzo R. (Community Coordinator)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Sound)
LeCain, Larry (Studio Technician)
Handyside, Keith (Engineer)
Crippens, David (Host)
Bravo Wing, Carla (Community Coordinator)
Lane, Frank (Studio Technician)
Bordett, Bruce (Studio Technician)
Simmons, Fred (Videotape Engineer)
Plausse, John (Studio Technician)
Wright, Rodner (Graphics)
Chigas, Basil (Studio Technician)
Izzi, Steve (Sound)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Bagwell, Orlando (Assistant Cameraman)
Buccheri, Ron (Studio Technician)
Lewis, Webster (Music Coordinator)
Henry, Arthur (Videotape Engineer)
Smith, Kathy (Studio Technician)
Floyd, Michael (Studio Technician)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Engineer)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
Silva, Candelaria (Community Coordinator)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
Fletcher, Leah (Community Coordinator)
Wareham, Skip (Studio Technician)
Fairweather, Bill (Engineer)
Charette, Bill (Studio Technician)
MacDonald, Greg (Studio Technician)
Benson, Bill (Unit Manager)
Devitt, Douglas (Videotape Engineer)
Wilson, Bob (Studio Technician)
Hadfield, Peter (Graphics)
Holden, Dick (Studio Technician)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Tarter, Margaret (Community Coordinator)
Correia, Dennis (Engineer)
Sullivan, John L. (Studio Technician)
Rivero, Marita (Concept)
Crane, David (Videotape Engineer)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Engineer)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
Spangler, Jennifer (Engineer)
Kenner, Sharon (Graphics)
Webster Lewis Septet, The (Theme Music)
Loerzel, David (Assistant Cameraman)
Haydock, Roger (Assistant Cameraman)
Estus, Boyd (Camera)
Balhatchet, Tom (Engineer)
Koppel, Tiit (Studio Technician)
Dick, Michael (Graphics)
Burnett, Hayes (Music Coordinator)
Smith, Lee (Studio Technician)
Wright, Sylvia (Community Coordinator)
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