The Case for Black With a Capital B



1.   Q: Are Basic Black or Say Brother programs available for purchase?

      A: Unfortunately, due to legal restrictions on our programs, past and present shows are not available for purchase.


2.   Q: How do I reach the staff of Basic Black, contributors to Black Perspectives Now, or guests who have appeared on the  show?

      A.  Please feel free to submit queries to the Comments section of this site or contact us via email at basic_black@wgbh.org.  Our mailing address is: WGBH/Basic Black, One Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135.

3.   Q: Is the broadcast program taped in front of a studio audience/how do I get tickets to see the program?

      A: Basic Black is not usually taped in front of a studio audience. However, if an opportunity arises when we tape a program in front of an audience, we will extend an invitation to our viewers whenever possible.


4.   Q: How do I suggest a story idea for Basic Black?

      A: Please send topic ideas via email or regular mail.

5.   Q: Is there any way for me to communicate with other fans of Basic Black?

      A: Yes. You can discover the latest Basic Black news, chat with fellow Basic Black fans, and post comments on our Facebook page, here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=18263909818. 


6.   Q: Does Basic Black broadcast outside of Boston?

      A:  Basic Black can be seen in the Boston metro region on WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and WGBH World.  Our broadcasts can also be seen in some parts of New England and Canada. However, if you live outside of these areas, you can still view our programs online where our shows are streamed following their premiere dates. Please visit: www.wgbh.org/basicblack for Broadcast Schedule information.


7.   Q: When did Basic Black change its name from Say Brother and why?

      A: After 30 seasons, the decision was made to update the show from its 1960’s origins to reflect the sensibilities of current times.  The series was renamed Basic Black in 1998.


8.   Q: How long has Basic Black been on air and why was it created?
      A: Basic Black is WGBH's and New England's longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans, and was formerly named Say Brother. During the same month, WGBH aired a concert starring James Brown the night after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. In addition to being credited with helping to keep Boston calm during nationwide riots after Dr. King's death, the James Brown concert is considered the precursor of Say Brother. Say Brother made its official debut on July 15, 1968.


9.   Q: I am interested in jobs at WGBH or Basic Black. How do I apply?

      A: Basic Black is currently seeking contributors to create video shorts for the Black Perspectives Now section of our site. Please contact Executive Editor Valerie Linson at basic_black@wgbh.org to learn more.  To learn more about other positions at WGBH, please visit: http://main.wgbh.org/wgbh/jobs/.


10. Q: I am interested in becoming an intern with Basic Black. How do I apply?

      A: If you are interested in becoming an intern at Basic Black, please send your resume and cover letter to: WGBH/Basic Black, c/o Associate Producer, One Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135. We encourage applications for the fall, summer, and spring terms.