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Say Brother; Rapping with the Bluenotes

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Say Brother
Rapping with the Bluenotes
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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 focuses on three members of the musical group Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes. Host Barbara Barrow and intern Brian Clarke interview Bluenotes musicians Jerry Cummings, Dwight Johnson, and Bill Spratley, all from the recording label Philadelphia International Records. Topics discussed include their new featured musician, vocalist Sharon Paige, the links between Philadelphia International Records, Harold Melvin Enterprises, Inc., and Melvin and the Bluenotes, the Internationals, a music group Cummings belonged to prior to the Bluenotes, the Bluenotes' new recording, Wake Up Everybody, their current tour, and their recent four-day engagement in Boston. Program includes two performances by mime Fred Johnson (Halim Adbur Rashid). Original air date estimated.



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Cummings, Jerry
Internationals, The (Musical group)
African American musicians
Spratley, Bill
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes (Musical group)
African Americans in the performing arts
African American singers
Philadelphia International Records
Melvin, Harold
Johnson, Dwight
Race and Ethnicity
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Marita Rivero (Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Allen, Lydia (Intern)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Charette, Bill (Camera)
Handyside, Keith (Video)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Bourne, Wendell (Intern)
Bundy, Kissette (Intern)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Editor)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Chigas, Basil (Stage Manager)
Sullivan, John (Lighting)
Clarke, Brian (Host)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Editor)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Rapping with the Bluenotes,” 05/11/1976, GBH Archives, accessed January 27, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Rapping with the Bluenotes.” 05/11/1976. GBH Archives. Web. January 27, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Rapping with the Bluenotes. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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