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Say Brother; TV Violence and Its Effect on Children; Sheryl B. Graves interview

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In this clip host Melvin Moore asks about the differences in what children learn in relation to aggressive acts. Dr. Sheryl B. Graves, Professor of Psychology at New York University, talks about racial difference as it is portrayed on television. Studies show Black children pay different amounts of attention if the model is Black, or if the model is White, and that Black children are more likely to imitate White role models. Overall the program explores the effect of television violence on children via a joint discussion between host Melvin Moore (a psychologist) and two professors currently collaborating on a project to study the ability of children to evaluate television program content: Dr. Aimee D. Leifer (Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education) and Dr. Sheryl B. Graves (Professor of Psychology at New York University). Topics include why we still see a great deal of violence on television, in what ways television violence is different from "real-life" violence, what can kids learn from watching violent programs, if violence watched translates to "real life," if there are racial differences that children learn on television, if there are differences between what boys and girls learn, and if we should try to program television in any particular way. Produced by Barbara Barrow. Directed by Conrad White.

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Say Brother
TV Violence and Its Effect on Children
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Sheryl B. Graves interview

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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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Violence in television
Graves, Sheryl B.
African American children
African American women
Civil rights
Dorr, Aimee
African American psychologists
Race and Ethnicity
White, Conrad (Director)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Songai, Jahid (Intern)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
Johnson, Lenita (Intern)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Valdes, Mario (Researcher)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant To The Producer)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Marshall, Carolyn (Production Secretary)
Plausse, John (Lighting Director)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Sullivan, John L. (Assistant Stage Manager)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Moore, Melvin (Host)
Smith, Lee (Lighting Assistant)
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
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WGBH Educational Foundation
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