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Basic Black; Conversation With Sweet Honey In The Rock


Basic Black Program Title: A Conversation with Sweet Honey in the Rock Season 38 Show #3701 Taped: 11/5/05 Producer: Valerie Linson Length: 26:46

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Basic Black
Conversation With Sweet Honey In The Rock
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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

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Founded in 1973 by Bernice Johnson Reagon, the internationally renowned Sweet Honey in the Rock has been creating music inspired by the African American experience. This all-female a capella sextet blends together musical elements from the blues, jazz, gospel, spirituals, hymns, reggae, African chants, and hip-hop. In this Basic Black interview, hosted by Robin Chandler, founding member Carol Maillard and Ysaye Maria Barnwell reflect on the group's continuing mission to teach, heal, enrich, and empower communities of conscience worldwide.



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Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
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