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Say Brother; Say Brother Presents: The Isley Brothers


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Say Brother
Say Brother Presents: The Isley Brothers
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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

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In this special presentation, we enjoy the sounds of one of the longest performing R&B families in history. The Isley Brothers have been making music since 1959 with their first single "Shout," written by Ron Isley. Say Brother interviewed Ron about what it takes to stay in the music business, as well as WILD's program director Ken Johnson, who knows firsthand why The Isley Brothers will continue in their musical success.



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