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Say Brother; Que Pasa? Don't Ask If You Don't Want to Know

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Say Brother
Que Pasa? Don't Ask If You Don't Want to Know
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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 focuses on crime and housing problems in Boston's Spanish-speaking community and approaches to solving them. Host Barbara Barrow speaks with housing inspector Edward Baez (of the South End Little City Hall) about crime and housing, including his work as a housing inspector, drug counselor and minister, the problems he has encountered in the community in his different roles, drug trafficking, and where it occurs in Boston, drug cultures, obtaining assistance from the Boston Police Dept., why he (and others) are afraid to talk to the police, what he is doing to stop the sale of drugs, and what the different agencies in the South End are doing about the problem. Program includes the "Community Calendar" and an encore presentation of a dance solo by a member of the Dance Company of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (to the spiritual "I Told Jesus").



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African Americans in the performing arts
National Center of Afro-American Artists. Dance Company
African American dance
Civil rights
Baez, Edward
Hispanic American neighborhoods--Massachusetts--Boston
Race and Ethnicity
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Barbara Barrow (Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
MacDonald, Greg (Camera)
Wareham, Skip (Stage Manager)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
Kramer, Sharon (Graphic Designer)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Editor)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Marshall, Carolyn (Production Secretary)
Balhatchet, Tom (Audio Editor)
Charette, Bill (Camera)
Floyd, Mike (Switcher)
Plausse, John (Lighting Director)
Songai, Jahid (Intern)
Valdes, Mario (Researcher)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant To The Producer)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Johnson, Lenita (Intern)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Editor)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Que Pasa? Don't Ask If You Don't Want to Know,” 11/10/1976, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Que Pasa? Don't Ask If You Don't Want to Know.” 11/10/1976. GBH Archives. Web. January 18, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Que Pasa? Don't Ask If You Don't Want to Know. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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