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Say Brother; Fashion Fun

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Say Brother
Fashion Fun
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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

Host Barbara Barrow and Say Brother fashion consultant Rebecca Hill speak with two Boston-based clothing designers: Bettye Downs and Nik D'ambra. Subjects include how they started designing clothes, their choice of models, what people look for in custom clothing and why they are willing to spend so much, costs related to custom clothing, choice of fabrics, and design sensibility. Fashions by both designers are modeled during the program.



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Broadcast program

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African American women
Clothing and dress
Fashion designers--Massachusetts
Downs, Bettye
African American fashion designers
D'ambra, Nik
Race and Ethnicity
White, Conrad (Director)
Barbara Barrow (Producer)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Johnson, Lenita (Intern)
Valdes, Mario (Researcher)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
Marshall, Carolyn (Production Secretary)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Kaan, Valerie (Commentator)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Songai, Jahid (Intern)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Smith, Lee (Lighting Assistant)
Plausse, John (Lighting Director)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant To The Producer)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Sullivan, John (Assistant Stage Manager)
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