Basic Black is a weekly television series airing on WGBH in Boston. Originally known as Say Brother, the show was created in 1968 and aims to reflect the concerns and culture of African Americans through short-form documentaries, performances, and one-on-one conversations.[1]

Say Brother and Basic Black together represent WGBH Boston's longest-running public affairs program produced by, for and about African Americans.[2] In April 2000, the WGBH Media Library and Archives was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Archives and Special Collections Preservation and Access grant to preserve Say Brother tapes dating from 1968 to 1982. The Say Brother Collection[3] is accessible online in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting including 83 programs and interviews.


  1. ^ "About Basic Black". WGBH. Archived from the original on 15 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  2. ^ "Browse Records By Series". WGBH. Archived from the original on 2009-01-09. Retrieved 2008-12-03.
  3. ^ "Say Brother". Retrieved 2020-06-10.