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August 27, 2018

Basic Black celebrates 50 years with special live-taping event at WGBH

On Friday, May 11, Basic Black, the longest-running public television program focusing on the interests of people of color, celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special event live-taping in WGBH’s Calderwood Studio.

The celebratory evening begins with a live broadcast of Basic Black in front of a studio audience, followed by a Facebook Live discussion with the show’s panelists, all former hosts of Basic Black (formerly Say Brother).

The panelists for the night’s special episode include Sarah-Ann Shaw, the first female African-American reporter to be televised in Boston, making her debut appearance on Say Brother in 1968, Kim McLarin, a novelist and former reporter who regularly appears onBasic Black, Darren Duarte, Chief of Staff to Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter and former Say Brother host, and Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter for WGBH News and regularBasic Black panelist.

Following the broadcast, a reception will take place and guests will have the opportunity to meet with the hard-working staff and individuals involved with the production, and to reminisce with friends and supporters from all around the Greater Boston community.

Basic Black is the longest-running program on public television focusing on the interests of people of color. It airs on Fridays at 7:30pm on WGBH 2, with a Facebook Live discussion immediately proceeding the end of the show. The show, which was originally called Say Brother, was created in 1968 during the height of the civil rights movement as a response to the demand for public television programs reflecting the concerns of communities of color.

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur and more than a dozen other primetime, lifestyle and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater Boston, Basic Black and High School Quiz Show. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR®; 99.5 WCRB Classical Radio Boston; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at