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Say Brother
Experimental TV
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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 is divided into two halves: the first consisting of five dance segments aired in previous programs, the second of news-magazine style segments. Dance performances are by the Dance Company of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (performing "Dooga") and The Dance Theatre of Boston (performing "Black Light"). Halim Adbur Rashid (Fred Johnson) performs a mime/modern dance piece. Additional segments include: "Information" (on preparing for unemployment); "Community Access" (on the work of the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency and it role as a financier of mixed income developments); "Blast from the Past" (with an excerpt from a 1972 interview with FCC Commissioner Benjamin Hooks on the need for increasing the numbers of African Americans in the television and radio professions); "Community Calendar" (with community and cultural events listings); and "Commentary" by Marita Rivero (consisting of film footage about a black couple on a date).

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Broadcast program

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Housing development--Massachusetts
African Americans in radio broadcasting
African Americans in the performing arts
African Americans in television broadcasting
National Center of Afro-American Artists. Dance Company
Dance Theatre of Boston
Masssachusetts Housing Finance Agency (Boston, Mass.)
Hooks, Benjamin L. (Benjamin Lawson), 1925-
African American dance
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Race and Ethnicity
White, Conrad (Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Marita Rivero (Producer)
Handyside, Keith (Engineer)
Chigas, Basil (Studio Technician)
Cogell, Lloyd (Still Photography)
Wilson, Bob (Studio Technician)
Crane, David (Videotape Engineer)
LeCain, Larry (Studio Technician)
Hutton, David (Videotape Engineer)
McGuire Nicholas, Sallie (Production Assistant)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Engineer)
Spangler, Jennifer (Engineer)
Boston Art Ensemble (Theme Music)
Floyd, Michael (Studio Technician)
Plausse, John (Studio Technician)
Lane, Frank (Studio Technician)
Smith, Lee (Studio Technician)
Sullivan, John L. (Still Photography)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Engineer)
Buccheri, Ron (Studio Technician)
Bordett, Bruce (Studio Technician)
MacDonald, Greg (Studio Technician)
Henry, Arthur (Videotape Engineer)
Balhatchet, Tom (Engineer)
Correia, Dennis (Engineer)
Koppel, Tiit (Studio Technician)
Smith, Kathy (Studio Technician)
Jones, Vickie (Production Assistant)
Wareham, Skip (Studio Technician)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Engineer)
Fairweather, Bill (Engineer)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Simons, Fred (Videotape Engineer)
Charette, Bill (Studio Technician)
Holden, Dick (Studio Technician)
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