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Say Brother; Dinah Washington

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Say Brother
Dinah Washington
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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 focuses on the music of Dinah Washington and the tradition of Afro American female musicians that she participated in. Host Hayes Burnett, a bass player, provides brief biographical information about Washington and interviews both Washington's husband Dick Lane and vocalist Mae Arnette, early in her career when Washington was at the height of hers. Both guests discuss what Washington was like, the origins of her music, the difficulties inherent to being a black female musician, and what her life was like before she died. Additional segments include: a vocal performance by Arnette; a bass performance by Burnett (with accompaniment); "Information" (on the origins of Black American music); and "Commentary" by Hayes Burnett (on the great black female musicians).

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Washington, Dinah, 1924-1963
Arnette, Mae
African American singers
Lane, Dick
Burnett, Hayes
African American musicians
African American women musicians
Race and Ethnicity
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
Marita Rivero (Producer)
Burnett, Hayes (Host)
Davis, Tony (Production Assistant)
Tsiang, Kaisan (Assistant Cameraman)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Film Sound)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
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