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Say Brother; Cannonball Express

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Say Brother
Cannonball Express
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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 contains numerous "magazine-style" segments, of which the most prominent is host John Slade's interview with musician Cannonball Adderley. Accompanying the interview, in segments before and after, is performance footage of Adderley's jazz band "Cannonball Express" which was shot live in Boston the night before the interview. Other segments include a performance by the Immala Blakely Dancers; an interview with Harvard psychology professor Alvin Pouissant, discussing his book, "Why Blacks Kill Blacks"; a demonstration of self defense techniques using karate by black belt Harry Gardner; and a performance by jazz group "The J. R. Mitchell Experience."

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Broadcast program

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Immala Blakely Dancers
Paul's Mall (Boston, Mass.)
African American musicians
Pouissant, Dr. Alvin
African Americans--Psychology
Adderley, Cannonball
Cannonball Express (Musical group)
Racism--Psychological aspects
African American psychologists
African American dance
J.R. Mitchell Experience, The (Musical group)
Jazz musicians
Race and Ethnicity
John Slade (Producer)
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
Tillman, Russell (Director)
Slade, John (Host)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Production Assistant)
Johnson, Henry (Film Sound)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Loerzel, David (Film Sound)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Cannonball Express,” 04/25/1973, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Cannonball Express.” 04/25/1973. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Cannonball Express. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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