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Say Brother; Night of the Blues, A

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Say Brother
Night of the Blues, A
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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 country music of Georgian blues artist Larry Johnson via a special presentation of the film Toughing it Out by Jim McGlynn and Chuck Rosin. Film features interviews with, and performances by, Johnson, who talks about his life in Georgia, the experiences that led him to New York, his discovery of major New York blues musicians, the making his first record, living in Harlem, and playing music. The movie was produced, directed, and conceived by Jim McGlynn and Chuck Rosin, photographed and edited by Werner Bundschuh, and executive-produced by Chuck Rosin. Copyright 1976, "A CR Production." Program includes the "Community Calendar." Original air date estimated.



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Broadcast program

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Johnson, Larry, 1938-
African Americans in motion pictures
African American musicians
Blues (Music)
Toughing it Out (Motion picture)
African American singers
Blues musicians
Civil rights
Television broadcasting of films
Race and Ethnicity
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Jim Mc Glynn; Chuck Rosin (Producer)
Rivero, Marita (Host)
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