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Basic Black; Grand Families


Grandfamilies House in Dorchester

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Basic Black
Grand Families
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Series Description

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

Program Description

In 1997, a groundbreaking new housing facility was opened in Dorchester: Grandfamilies House is the nation's first housing complex to address the housing needs of grandparents raising their grandchildren. Basic Black follows the creation and development of Grandfamilies House and surveys the trend of grandparents raising their children's children.



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
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