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Say Brother; Slices of Life

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Say Brother
Slices of Life
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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 consists of a collection of excerpts from works made by independent video artists utilizing the 1/2 inch videotape format. Selections focus on social interaction, the oral tradition, performance, and special effects, and include Neighborhoods First (about historic preservation advocates in Chicago), Street Games in Cultural Communities (about children's play and its reflection on their culture), Brother Blue (a lesson on mathematics by the Boston-based storyteller Dr. Hugh Morgan Hill); Eva Jessye: Black American Folk Music (about folk musician Eva Jessye), and No Crystal Stair (a compilation of archival performance footage). Films introduced via the narration of WNAC TV arts critic Tanya Hart.



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Neighborhoods First (Motion picture)
Civil rights
African Americans in motion pictures
Television broadcasting of films
Jessye, Eva, 1895-1992
Brother Blue
Street Games in Cultural Communities (Motion picture)
Brother Blue (Motion picture)
Eve Jessye: Black American Folk Music (Motion picture)
No Crystal Stair (Motion picture)
Bryan, Marie
African American women
Race and Ethnicity
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Barbara Barrow (Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Speight, Alonzo R. (Producer)
Speight, Alonzo R. (Researcher)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Handyside, Keith (Video)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Assembly)
Marshall, Carolyn (Production Secretary)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Assembly)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
DeVitt, Doug (Videotape Assembly)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant To The Producer)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Slices of Life,” 12/30/1976, GBH Archives, accessed January 27, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Slices of Life.” 12/30/1976. GBH Archives. Web. January 27, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Slices of Life. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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