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Say Brother
Black Stars
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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 examines the topic of Afro Americans in the film industry via a group discussion among industry professionals as directed by Say Brother Producer Topper Carew. Program guests are actress Lee Chamberlin, actor/producer Brock Peters, and New York Amsterdam News, New York Times and Encore film critic James Murray. All discuss the difference between theater and film, the recent marketing interest in black audiences and what it is black audiences want to watch. Films discussed include "Sounder," "Uptown Saturday Night," "Five on the Black Hand Side," "Superfly," "Nothing But a Man," and "Save the Children," of which clips from "Five on the Black Hand Side" and "Uptown Saturday Night" appear.

James Murray, whose recent book "Black Films: From Uncle Tom to Superfly" factors into the discussion, as does the ever-present controversy of the impact of drugs, violence, and sex in films on the viewer.

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Broadcast program

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Motion picture journalism
Murray, James P.
Poitier, Sidney
African American actresses
African American motion picture producers and directors
African American women
African American actors
Peters, Brock
African Americans in motion pictures
African American motion picture actors and actresses
Motion picture industry
Chamberlain, Lee
Race and Ethnicity
White, Conrad (Director)
Topper Carew (Producer)
Jones, Vickie (Associate Producer)
Carew, Topper (Host)
Johnson, Henry (Filmaker)
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