The Case for Black With a Capital B




Valerie Linson is the Series Producer for Basic Black.  She is also the executive editor for the Basic Black broadband site.  

As a documentary filmmaker, Linson most recently produced “Inheritors of the Faith,” the fifth hour of the six-part series, This Far By Faith: African American Spiritual Journeys, a Blackside, Inc. documentary mini-series that was broadcast nationally on PBS in June 2003. Linson has also been an associate producer on several PBS documentary series including: On Our Own Terms: Death and Dying in America (with Bill Moyers); Free To Dance: African Americans in Modern Dance; and the documentary film Soldiers Without Swords: The Black Press (winner of a 2000 DuPont Award and 1999 Sundance Film Festival “Freedom of Expression” Award). She received Emmy nominations for her research for Free to Dance (1999) and W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices (1995). Linson has also received Emmy nominations for several Basic Black programs.



     Carrie English is the Production Assistant for Basic Black and for María Hinojosa: One-on-One.

     Carrie is also part of the team that oversees the production of the WGBH web series One Guest, as well as one of the show’s hosts. In her work for WGBH’s Boston Media Productions department she has conducted and edited numerous interviews, intensively researched countless shows, and co-produced for two series of video podcasts. English was an intern for Unnatural Causes, a four-hour PBS series about health disparities, and for In the Shadow of the House, a documentary about Cuban American photographer Abelardo Morell. An alumna of Queen’s University (Canada) and Cambridge University (England), English has been working at WGBH since 2004.





Bridgit Brown is an arts and entertainment writer for the Bay State Banner, as well as a contributing writer for Color magazine. Her work has also appeared in Exhale magazine. A graduate of Emerson College, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Cote d’Ivoire.




Talia Whyte is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Houston Chronicle, MSNBC, the Bay State Banner and the Progressive, among others. She is the founding executive editor and director of Global Wire Associates, which helps communications leaders in grassroots nonprofit organizations utilize new media tools to advance their causes.