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Say Brother; Ronnie Laws and Pressure

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Say Brother
Ronnie Laws and Pressure
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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 explores the personal life of jazz recording-artist Ronnie Laws, a saxophonist. Host Barbara Barrow speaks with Laws about his interest in performing in Boston, his motivations for his second recording, the influence his mother had on his music, his brother (internationally known musician Herbert Laws), how long he has been playing and recording professionally, and his wife, Carmen. Program includes a performance by Laws with the band Pressure, the "Say Brother News" with reporters Leah Fletcher, Eric Sampedro, Justina Chu, and WNAC TV arts critic Tanya Hart, and the "Community Calendar."



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Broadcast program

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African Americans in television broadcasting
African American musicians
Laws, Ronnie
Television broadcasting of news
Pressure (Musical group)
Race and Ethnicity
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Barbara Barrow (Producer)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
DeVitt, Doug (Videotape Assembly)
Sampedro, Eric (Reporter)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Sullivan, John (Assistant Stage Manager)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Morton, Wil (Audio Editor)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Plausse, John (Lighting)
Koppel, Tiit (Assistant Stage Manager)
Hart, Tanya (Reporter)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant To The Producer)
MacKnight, John (Lighting)
Marshall, Carolyn (Production Secretary)
Coleman, Vernon (Audio)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Assembly)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Fletcher, Leah (Reporter)
Chu, Justina (Reporter)
Valdes, Mario (Researcher)
Crane, David (Videotape Assembly)
Floyd, Mike (Switcher)
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