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Basic Black
Basic Black Forum with Charles Ogletree, A
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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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Have we learned any lessons from the Stuart murder case? Amidst recent controversial shootings in New York and Providence, ’GBH/2’s Basic Black hosted a community forum exploring the issues that reverberated around the Stuart case and have been brought again to the public’s attention with the shooting deaths of Amadou Diallo and Officer Cornel Young, Jr.

Using the infamous Stuart case as a springboard, the panelists and audience members engaged in a multi-faceted conversation about racial profiling and the need for political empowerment. Among notable participants were William Bennett, the man wrongly charged with the murder of Carol Stuart; David Ropeik, the Boston journalist who broke the story that Stuart had confessed to pulling the trigger on both his wife and himself, and attorney Leslie Harris, who defended the first person wrongly accused in the Stuart case. A Basic Black Forum with Charles Ogletree was taped for broadcast at Roxbury Community College on Thursday, February 24.

Panel members included Harvard University Law Professor Charles Ogletree, as moderator, WBZ-TV reporter Charles Austin, Associate Dean of Student and Minority Affairs at Boston University Medical Center Dr. Kenneth Edelin, Boston Police Commissioner Paul Evans, Suffolk County District Attorney Ralph Martin, Greater Boston host Emily Rooney and City Councilor Charles Yancey. Basic Black host Darren Duarte and Greater Boston contributor John Carroll facilitated audience participation.



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Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
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