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Say Brother
African Artist, The
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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 the painting of Gambian artist Momodou Ceesay, painting instructor at the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts and at Roxbury Community College. Host Marita Rivero speaks with Ceesay about what we can expect from art and its function is, his ideas and techniques (which are often inspired by children's stories from Gambia), his efforts to preserve Africa's traditional landscapes via illustration, and the fact that much of his work is derived from memory. Ceesay works in watercolor and acrylic paint. Program includes numerous slides of the artist's work, accompanied by narrated explanations, and the "Community Calendar."



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Broadcast program

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Ceesay, Momodou, 1945-
African American arts
African American painters
White, Charles
Race and Ethnicity
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Marita Rivero (Producer)
White, Conrad (Director)
Rivero, Marita (Host)
Allen, Lydia (Intern)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Kramer, Sharon (Graphic Designer)
Spangler, Jennifer (Audio)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
Crane, David (Videotape Editor)
Floyd, Michael (Lighting Assistant)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Bourne, Wendell (Intern)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Chigas, Basil (Stage Manager)
Hutton, David (Videotape Editor)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Clarke, Brian (Intern)
White, Don (Video)
Bundy, Kissette (Intern)
Smith, Lee (Assistant Cameraman)
Plausse, John (Lighting)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Chicago: “Say Brother; African Artist, The,” 06/07/1976, GBH Archives, accessed January 18, 2022,
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