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FORCE Detroit Discusses Creative Solutions to Gun Violence in Communities of Color

FORCE Detroit Director Alia Harvey Quinn joins “American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson for an in-depth conversation about how communities of color are affected in the aftermath of violent gun crimes. Plus, she talks about building relationships and establishing a new normal for those likely to be involved in violent crimes. 

The Sacred and the Secular: How Gospel Music Grew from the Blues

“American Black Journal" explores how gospel music grew from the blues. Host Stephen Henderson sits down with Baptist pastor and blues musician Rev. Robert Jones, Sr. to explore the connection between the blues and gospel music, and their symbolic, symbiotic relationship. Plus, they discuss gospel music's roots in the African American community then and today.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Announces 2022-2023 Season Lineup, Featuring New Commissions, Piano Soloists, Strings Performances

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) returns for its 45th season with a lineup of A-list composers and performers set to take the Orchestra Hall stage later this year. WRCJ Producer and Host Peter Whorf talks with DSO President and CEO Erik Ronmark about what's ahead for the DSO's 2022-2023 season and the relationships the symphony has built with artists over the years.

The Sacred and the Secular: How Gospel Music Grew from the Blues

“American Black Journal" explores how gospel music grew from the blues. Host Stephen Henderson sits down with Baptist pastor and blues musician Rev. Robert Jones, Sr. to explore the connection between the blues and gospel music, and their symbolic, symbiotic relationship. Plus, they discuss gospel music's roots in the African American community then and today.

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6/29/22: One Detroit: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month

In honor of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, One Detroit has compiled our most compelling stories centered around the LBGTQ+ community. Watch performances like "Considering Matthew Shepard," a choral arrangement telling the story of a gay man beaten to death in a hate crime, and "Hedwig & The Angry Inch," the story of a gender-queer punk rock singer from East Berlin. Plus, hear how two partners supported each other through the search of one's birth mother, and see performances from queer dancers at the Kristi Faulkner Dance company.

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6/28/22: American Black Journal – Gospel Music in the Black Church

American Black Journal's "Black Church in Detroit" series takes a look at the history of negro spiritual folksongs and gospel music in the Black Church. Producer AJ Walker learns more about how gospel music grew out of negro spirituals created by enslaved Africans. Then, host Stephen Henderson hears about the connection between gospel and blues music. Plus, a look at some of the past gospel performances featured on the show.

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Future of Work Town Hall | Michigan Redesigned

Does Southeast Michigan have the infrastructure, amenities and investments needed to attract and retain the future of workforce talent? One Detroit's Future of Work town hall looks at placemaking efforts, residents' quality of life, strategic city planning, public transit, and whether Michigan's current investments will be enough to keep young professionals in the state.

4/07/22: COVID313 – Special Education, Mental Health, COVID-19 Case Update

The COVID313 Town Hall takes a look at the social, emotional, behavioral and educational impacts of COVID-19 on special education students. Then, the Detroit Health Department gives an update on COVID-19 case rates, new variants and vaccines. Plus, the town hall talks about the pandemic's affect on workers' mental health.

6/28/22: American Black Journal – Gospel Music in the Black Church

American Black Journal's "Black Church in Detroit" series takes a look at the history of negro spiritual folksongs and gospel music in the Black Church. Producer AJ Walker learns more about how gospel music grew out of negro spirituals created by enslaved Africans. Then, host Stephen Henderson hears about the connection between gospel and blues music. Plus, a look at some of the past gospel performances featured on the show.

Negro Spirituals: The Music That Helped Free Enslaved African Americans

American Black Journal Producer AJ Walker talks with Dr. Brandon Waddles, a composer, arranger, choir director and music instructor at Wayne State University, about how Negro spirituals uplifted enslaved Africans brought to this country and how it served as a universal language that helped lead them to freedom. Plus, they discuss R&B singers, past and present, whose musical roots stemmed from the Black Church.

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