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Basic Black; Conversation and Poetry With Major Jackson


CC Master Conversation and Poetry with Major Jackson Show #3907 Tape Date: 11/7/2007 Broadcast Date: Producer Valerie Linson Length: 26:46

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Basic Black
Conversation and Poetry With Major Jackson
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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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Poet Major Jackson reads from his latest collection, Hoops, and discusses his literary influences and the the importance of art as a political message.

In the tradition of late poet Gwendolyn Brooks, who portrayed black life in Chicago, Major Jackson, in his second collection of poems, Hoops, has fashioned Philadelphia into poetic form. When Hoops was released in 2006, The New Yorker called the writing "witty, musical, and intelligent." In it, Jackson invokes childhood memories of growing up in North Philadelphia, such as his own baptism, tending the garden with his grandfather, and high school infatuations.



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Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues
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