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Say Brother; Look at Cuba, A

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Say Brother
Look at Cuba, A
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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 offers a contemporary profile of Cuba utilizing Say Brother interview footage shot during the production's 1977 visit to Cuba and two studio discussions (one which is "pro-Cuba" as it is, the other "anti-Castro"). Host Eduardo Diaz speaks with Mauricio Gaston (a designer in Cambridge and member of the Antonio Maceo Brigade) and Dr. Emilio Carrillo (who works at Cambridge City Hospital) about their positive experiences in Cuba (including their opinions on Cuban advancements in housing, healthcare, the political environment, and cultural expression) in discussion "one," and Ana Galbis (who recently moved to the United States from Cuba after living there for 17 years), Manuel Marquez-Sterling (Chairman of the History Department at the University of New Hampshire at Plymouth), and Modesto Maidique (a professor at the Harvard Business School, Harvard University) in discussion "two" (which looks at the changes in Cuba after the 1959 revolution, the sublimation of racism [rather than the eradication] and the lack of freedoms that prompted members participating in the discussion to leave). Segments filmed in Cuba feature Eduardo Diaz talking to Cubans living in Havana about their lives, as well as footage of Cuban dance and instrumental performances.



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Broadcast program

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Hispanic Americans
Lane, Lyle
Maidique, Modesto
Gaston, Mauricio
Cuba--Social conditions--1959-
Travel restrictions--United States
Antonio Maceo Brigade
Marquez-Sterling, Manuel
Cuba--Foreign relations--1959-1990
United States--Relations--Cuba
Carrillo, Emilio
Galbis, Ana
Race and Ethnicity
Barbara Barrow-Murray (Producer)
Atwood, David (Director)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Payne, Hunter (Lighting Assistant)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Recordist)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Assistant)
Rosenthal, Iris (Assistant Cameraman)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Cronin, Mary (Audio)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Bordett, Bruce (Stage Manager)
Diaz, Eduardo (Host)
LaBillois, Ann (Intern)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Koppel, Tiit (Camera)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
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