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Basic Black
Sports Dream, The
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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

Program Description

For many young men, the dream of making it in professional sports is a dream deferred. BASIC BLACK host Darren Duarte talks to some professional athletes-including Patriots wide receiver Terry Glynn-about their own sports experiences.

Professional sports are among the most elusive yet rewarding careers in the United States. BASIC BLACK explores The Sports Dream and the impact it had on three African American men—two who "made it" and one who didn’t.

BASIC BLACK host Darren Duarte talks to New England Patriots wide receiver Terry Glenn about overcoming adversity to become one of the Patriots’ top players. Although his mother was killed when he was young, Glenn persevered at both athletics and academics, through high school and college at Ohio State. His professional football career has been marked by ongoing injuries. Glenn tells BASIC BLACK how he has achieved success against great odds.

Next, Duarte catches up with Celtics point guard Kenny Anderson, who has been painted as basketball’s "bad boy" by the NBA and by the media. Anderson defends his reputation, his apparent refusal to sign an autograph during the NBA strike, and his confidence that some perceive as arrogance. BASIC BLACK profiles Anderson’s life on the court and off, including his outreach efforts in his native New York and here in Boston.

BASIC BLACK also profiles Miles McLean, an athlete who did not realize the dream of professional sports. The North Carolina native played football at Northeastern University then had several tryouts with professional teams but never made the cut. Now a computer technician, McLean finished his degree after giving up on professional sports. Yet he hasn’t abandoned sports altogether: McLean is a motivational speaker and trainer at Northeastern University’s Center for Sport and Society.



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Broadcast program

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Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
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