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Valerie Linson

producer, Basic Black

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.