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Say Brother; Blues Ain't Nothing But a Poem, The

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Say Brother
Blues Ain't Nothing But a Poem, The
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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 an interview with Washington, DC poet and playwright Everett Goodwin. Host Barbara Barrow speaks with Goodwin about the ideas behind his poems, how he started writing and getting published, and issues related to the production of his upcoming play. Program includes Goodwin's readings from his book of poems The Blues Ain't Nothing But a Poem, including, "Loving Nothing But The Blues," "To A Down and Out Brother," "Love Poem for Shauna," and "Ode to Reefer"). Program includes the "Community Calendar."



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Broadcast program

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Oral interpretation of poetry
African American poets
Goodwin, Everett
Civil rights
Race and Ethnicity
White, Conrad (Director)
Barbara Barrow (Producer)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Tsiang, Kaisan (Assistant Cameraman)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Handyside, Keith (Video)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant To The Producer)
Hudson, Harvey (Audio)
Koppel, Tiit (Lighting Assistant)
Balhatchet, Tom (Audio Editor)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Editor)
Wareham, Skip (Stage Manager)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Director)
Kramer, Sharon (Graphic Designer)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Editor)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Nicholas , Huntley, Jr. (Film Sound)
Berg, Patricia (Assistant Cameraman)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Portilla, Alfred (Assistant Cameraman)
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