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Basic Black; Black Vote, The


CC Master The Black Vote Show #3910 Tape Date: 1/7/08 Broadcast Date: 1/10/08 Producer Valerie Linson Length: 26:46

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Basic Black
Black Vote, The
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THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.

Series release date: 1/8/1998

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In a country still struggling to overcome a painful history of racial division, Barack Obama, who became a US senator in 2004, has emerged as a unifier, attempting to bring all Americans together under a campaign of change and hope.

"Obviously, race is crucial to his campaign," says Terence Samuel, senior correspondent for The American Prospect, a liberal magazine based in Washington, D.C. "But he's not talking about race, which is this amazingly transcendent notion that you can be something without harping on it. And it appears to be working so far."

In this episode of Basic Black, Samuel joins host Kim McLarin in a discussion on the race to the White House. What are the predicted trends in black voting after Obama's victory in Iowa? And is America ready for a black president?

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Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues
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