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Say Brother
Face of Love, 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 a special presentation of The Face of Love, a one-man musical theater piece starring E.L. James. The Face of Love reflects on the various kinds of love individuals can feel - whether for people, material goods, countries, or ideas. Performance consists of short scenes (mostly) punctuated by vocal pieces, and include a construction worker's reading of Othello, the story of a homeless man, a man reflecting on the death of his aunt, a gambler talking about his love for a Spanish woman, a soldier away from home whose girlfriend breaks up with him via mail, an overzealous patriot, an immigrant in the United States to study, and an elderly man reflecting on heaven. Written by Vantile Whitfield and E.L. James with music and lyrics by Payton-James-Payton and Glaude, all of the Face of Love Company, Washington, DC. Program made possible in part by the Communications Institute of New England.

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Face of Love, The (theatrical production)
James, E.L.
African American theater
African American actors
Whitfield, Vantile
Television adaptations
Race and Ethnicity
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Atwood, David (Director)
Face of Love Company (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
White, Conrad (Stage Manager)
Plausse, John (Lighting Director)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
LaBillois, Ann (Intern)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
MacKnight, John (Lighting Assistant)
LeCain, Larry (Lighting Assistant)
Hill, Rebecca (Make Up)
Smith, Lee (Lighting Assistant)
Koppel, Tiit (Lighting Assistant)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Chigas, Basil (Lighting Assistant)
Hutton, David (Videotape Recordist)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Johnson, Nathaniel (Audio)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Lane, Frank (Assistant Cameraman)
DeVitt, Doug (Videotape Recordist)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Assistant)
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