National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England Chapter Honors WGBH’s “Basic Black” with the 2020 Governors’ Award
Virtual Awards Ceremony, Saturday, June 13 at 7:00PM eastern
BOSTON, MA – (May 6, 2020) – The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Boston/New England Chapter is delighted to announce that WGBH’s “Basic Black”, the longest running live, weekly program on public television focusing on people of color, will receive the 2020 Governors’ Award. Basic Black will be honored at this year’s Boston/New England Emmy® Awards unprecedented virtual ceremony on Saturday, June 13.
The prestigious Governors’ Award is given to individuals, organizations, or companies with ties to the New England region in recognition of achievements which do not fall within the structure of the Chapter’s regular awards. Historically, the Governors’ Award is for truly outstanding and unique accomplishments or for achievements of some duration and durability. For this award, an Emmy® statuette is given.
Originally called “Say Brother”, the show was created in 1968 during the height of the civil rights movement as a response to the demand for public television programs reflecting community concerns.
“Basic Black is a groundbreaking television program that has reflected the relevant topics of communities of color for over fifty years”, said Danielle Mannion, President of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England Chapter. “It is a privilege and an honor to present the Governor’s Award to WGBH and everyone who has contributed to the success of this iconic series.”
“Basic Black” is produced by Executive Producer, Delores Edwards, and has been hosted by broadcast journalist, Callie Crossley since 2008. Crossley spoke to her experience hosting the show in this interview from the 50th Anniversary of the program in 2018.
This year, due to the social distancing mandate from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, the 43rd Emmy® Awards will take place on a virtual streaming ceremony on Saturday, June 13 at 7:00 PM EST.