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American Black Journal Episode List

Detroit piano prodigy BLKBOK, 4th annual Obsidian Theatre Festival | American Black Journal

Detroit piano prodigy BLKBOK, 4th annual Obsidian Theatre Festival | American Black Journal

For Black Music Month, guest host Trudy Gallant-Stokes talks with Detroit piano prodigy and composer, BLKBOK, whose real name is Charles Wilson III, about creating neoclassical music. Plus, Gallant-Stokes gets details about the 4th annual Obsidian Theatre Festival in Detroit from June 27-30, which features original plays from Black storytellers, a musical, and cabaret performances.

‘7 Mile + Livernois’ DIA exhibit, DABO Community Empowerment Speaker Series | American Black Journal

‘7 Mile + Livernois’ DIA exhibit, DABO Community Empowerment Speaker Series | American Black Journal

The exhibit “Tiff Massey: 7 Mile + Livernois” at the Detroit Institute of Arts pays homage to Black Detroiters’ style and culture. Host Stephen Henderson talks with Massey about the sculptures she created to celebrate Black Detroiters. Plus, Detroit Association of Black Organizations’ CEO Rev. Horace Sheffield III shares details about a free Community Empowerment Speaker Series.

Black church provides sanctuary, support for youth facing mental health challenges

Black church provides sanctuary, support for youth facing mental health challenges

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The “Black Church in Detroit” series examines the church’s role in providing a safe place and support for young people struggling with mental health challenges. We’ll talk about the reasons for the growing rates of depression, loneliness, anxiety and suicides among young African Americans and how the church can lead the way in promoting mental wellness.

‘Double ID’ exhibit at The Wright, Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion | American Black Journal

‘Double ID’ exhibit at The Wright, Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion | American Black Journal

Acclaimed actress CCH Pounder visits Detroit to talk about her personal art collection on display at the Charles H. Wright Museum. Host Stephen Henderson talks with Pounder about her “Double ID” exhibit. Plus, a Detroit nonprofit gets a new name and its first Black leader. Henderson talks with the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion’s new Co-Executive Director, Yusef Bunchy Shakur.

Detroit NAACP Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner, Mental Health Awareness Month | American Black Journal

Detroit NAACP Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner, Mental Health Awareness Month | American Black Journal

The Detroit Branch NAACP’s 69th annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner at Huntington Place in downtown Detroit features President Joe Biden as the keynote speaker, marking only the second time a sitting U.S. President has given the keynote. Plus, May is Mental Health Awareness Month and “American Black Journal” examines the unique challenges the Black community faces in navigating mental health issues.

Detroit Family Caregivers’ Project creates caregiving ministries in local Black churches

Detroit Family Caregivers’ Project creates caregiving ministries in local Black churches

For National Minority Health Month, American Black Journal’s “Black Church in Detroit” series looks at caregiving ministries and the efforts of the Black church to provide resources, referrals and respite for family caregivers. Host Stephen Henderson talks with Dr. Marilyn French Hubbard, project manager for the Detroit Family Caregivers’ Project, and Rev. Dr. Georgia Hill, pastor of LifeChurch Riverside.

National Minority Health Month, 2024 NFL Draft in Detroit | American Black Journal

National Minority Health Month, 2024 NFL Draft in Detroit | American Black Journal

For National Minority Health Month, Dr. Hayley Thompson, director of Wayne State University’s CHECK-UP, talks with host Stephen Henderson about the efforts to tackle health inequities in Detroit and Michigan. Plus, Visit Detroit President and CEO Claude Molinari and Faye Nelson from the Detroit Sports Organizing Corp share how the 2024 NFL Draft in Detroit will impact tourism in the city.

‘The Best of the Best: Jazz from Detroit’ documentary, ‘Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971′ exhibit | American Black Journal

‘The Best of the Best: Jazz from Detroit’ documentary, ‘Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971′ exhibit | American Black Journal

A local documentary, “The Best of the Best: Jazz from Detroit,” explores Detroit’s jazz legacy and impact on the world. Host Stephen Henderson talks with the film’s co-producer and writer. Plus, the Detroit Institute of Arts’ “Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971″ exhibit highlights the trailblazing Black filmmakers and actors from the early days of cinema through the Civil Rights Movement.

Detroit Neighborhood Vitality Index, Ruth E. Carter Afrofuturism exhibit | American Black Journal

Detroit Neighborhood Vitality Index, Ruth E. Carter Afrofuturism exhibit | American Black Journal

There’s a new online tool available for Detroiters to access timely data about how city neighborhoods are doing. Host Stephen Henderson speaks with Jane Morgan, president of JFM Consulting Group, about the Neighborhood Vitality Index. Plus, Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter discusses her exhibit “Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design” at the Wright Museum through March 31.

Grow Detroit’s Young Talent jobs program, Detroit DJ Stacey ‘Hotwaxx’ Hale | ABJ Full Episode

Grow Detroit’s Young Talent jobs program, Detroit DJ Stacey ‘Hotwaxx’ Hale | ABJ Full Episode

The annual Grow Detroit’s Young Talent summer jobs program has returned for its 10th year. Host Stephen Henderson speaks with three guests connected to the program about the job opportunities and career training provided. Plus, in recognition of Women’s History Month, contributor Cecelia Sharpe of 90.9 WRCJ about her career and the importance of uplifting the next generation of women DJs.

Gospel’s orgins and evolution, Gospel artist Darius Twyman, Detroit’s gospel history | American Black Journal

Gospel’s orgins and evolution, Gospel artist Darius Twyman, Detroit’s gospel history | American Black Journal

In conjunction with the PBS docuseries, “GOSPEL,” explore Detroit’s influence on gospel music. Gospel radio host and historian Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard gives a history lesson on the origins and evolution of the genre. Plus, gospel artist Darius Twyman and Greater Grace Temple’s Bishop Charles Ellis III talk about how Detroit has influenced gospel in the Black church.

‘GOSPEL’ docuseries, Techno pioneer Carl Craig, 2024 Sphinx Competition winner | American Black Journal

‘GOSPEL’ docuseries, Techno pioneer Carl Craig, 2024 Sphinx Competition winner | American Black Journal

Kick off Black History Month with a look at three music genres and their connection to the African American experience. “GOSPEL” producer/director Stacey Holman discusses the new PBS docuseries featuring Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Pioneering techno producer Carl Craig talks about techno’s African American roots in Detroit. Plus, a performance by 2024 Sphinx Competition Senior Division winner Nathan Amaral.

Sickle cell disease treatment, Returning citizens’ Trauma Camp, DJ Drummer B | American Black Journal

Sickle cell disease treatment, Returning citizens’ Trauma Camp, DJ Drummer B | American Black Journal

University of Michigan professor Dr. Melissa Creary shares two groundbreaking new gene therapies approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a treatment option for sickle cell disease. A Trauma Camp in Northern Michigan helps returning citizens adjust to life outside of prison. Plus, a performance by a member of the second generation of Detroit’s techno community, DJ Drummer B.

Wayne State Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute, United Way Racial Equity Fund | American Black Journal

Wayne State Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute, United Way Racial Equity Fund | American Black Journal

In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, get the details about Wayne State University’s two-day tribute to Dr. King’s life and legacy. The events will explore the impact of the arts, music and culture on the civil rights movement. Plus, United Way for Southeastern Michigan shares details about the latest round of Racial Equity Fund grants to eliminate racial disparities in the region.

Year in Review: Notable conversations and guests from 2023 | American Black Journal

Year in Review: Notable conversations and guests from 2023 | American Black Journal

From commemorating the anniversary of a historic civil rights march to conversations around police brutality, African Americans’ contributions to the arts, the impact of climate change on Black and brown communities, and stories on Detroit’s Black church community, American Black Journal reflects on some of its significant stories from 2023.

Black church leaders discuss their top 2024 priorities for their congregations and community | American Black Journal

Black church leaders discuss their top 2024 priorities for their congregations and community | American Black Journal

Heading into 2024, the “Black Church in Detroit” series examines the focus areas, issues and opportunities that lie ahead in the new year for leaders of Detroit’s Black churches. Three Detroit ministers talk about increasing outreach, encouraging voter participation, eradicating gun violence in the community, and the importance of working together to bring about change.

Rose Morton’s Family Roots, Tracing Black Ancestry, Robert Smalls Graphic Novel | American Black Journal

Rose Morton’s Family Roots, Tracing Black Ancestry, Robert Smalls Graphic Novel | American Black Journal

Author Rose Morton shares her journey of learning about her enslaved ancestors and the families that owned them. Internationally known genealogist Tony Burroughs outlines the steps to take when researching your ancestry. Plus, Rob Edwards discusses his graphic novel “Defiant” coming out in February 2024 detailing a little-known figure of America’s Black history: Robert Smalls.

Rev. Charles G. Adams’ legacy, Growing Michigan’s prosperity with Global Detroit | American Black Journal

Rev. Charles G. Adams’ legacy, Growing Michigan’s prosperity with Global Detroit | American Black Journal

Detroit and the nation are mourning the loss of one of this country’s most influential African American ministers. Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams, of Detroit’s Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, passed away at age 86. Host Stephen Henderson discusses Adams’ legacy with his son Rev. Charles Christian Adams. Plus, Global Detroit talks about how immigrants can help revitalize Detroit and the region.

Helping the homeless during the holidays, Cranbrook Museum’s Black realism exhibit | American Black Journal

Helping the homeless during the holidays, Cranbrook Museum’s Black realism exhibit | American Black Journal

Two Detroit nonprofits talk about the current state of homelessness and poverty in Detroit and how they’re working to provide help and hope for the less fortunate during the holidays and beyond. Plus, Cranbrook Art Museum unveils a new exhibit, “Skilled Labor: Black Realism in Detroit,” an exhibit created by 20 contemporary artists who explore the representation of the Black body in art.

Shifting faith: Growing trend of young Black Americans embracing spirituality over religion | Black Church in Detroit

Shifting faith: Growing trend of young Black Americans embracing spirituality over religion | Black Church in Detroit

A growing trend of younger African Americans are shifting from organized religion to spirituality. A Pew Research survey found that young Black adults are not only less religious but also less engaged with predominantly Black churches compared to their older counterparts. Guest host Orlando Bailey of BridgeDetroit talks with three ministers about young African Americans’ evolving faith practices.

The Children’s Center CEO, Higher education access, Detroit EV Mobility Program | American Black Journal

The Children’s Center CEO, Higher education access, Detroit EV Mobility Program | American Black Journal

The Children’s Center’s new CEO Nicole Wells Stallworth sits down with host Stephen Henderson to share her vision for the organization. Henderson leads a panel discussion with some of Michigan’s top experts in college access and equity about how Michigan can improve outcomes for students of color. Plus, an EV Automotive Mobility Program is training Detroiters for the jobs of the future.

Interfaith relationships and the impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict | American Black Journal

Interfaith relationships and the impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict | American Black Journal

The “Black Church in Detroit” series examines the impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on interfaith relationships in Detroit and how the Black Church can better navigate the tensions arising from it. Host Stephen Henderson talks with Bishop Charles Ellis III of Greater Grace Temple, Rev. Dr. Constance Simon from Fellowship Chapel, and Bishop Mbiyu Chui from the Shrine of the Black Madonna #1.

Fundraiser for the wrongfully convicted, The Yunion’s 20th anniversary | American Black Journal

Fundraiser for the wrongfully convicted, The Yunion’s 20th anniversary | American Black Journal

In recognition of International Wrongful Conviction Day, explore the barriers and challenges faced by men and women returning to society after a wrongful conviction and learn about an upcoming fundraiser to support their re-entry. Plus, The Yunion marks 20 years of service to Detroit youth. Learn about The Yunion’s 20th anniversary gala and state-of-the-art youth development center in Detroit.

Technology trends and artificial intelligence in the Black Church, Caleb’s Kids | American Black Journal

Technology trends and artificial intelligence in the Black Church, Caleb’s Kids | American Black Journal

The “Black Church in Detroit” series examines how the latest technology trends are shaping the present and future of the Black Church. Two Detroit pastors delve into the thought-provoking realm of artificial intelligence. Plus, in recognition of Suicide Prevention Month in September, Caleb’s Kids Founder and CEO Kiesha Jackson shares her mission to help middle and high school students with mental health struggles.

DPSCD Update, September is Black Reading Month, Detroit Month of Design

DPSCD Update, September is Black Reading Month, Detroit Month of Design

Detroit Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti gives an update on the current state of the district. Plus, September is Black Reading Month, highlighting the importance of reading works by African American authors. September is also Detroit Month of Design. Learn how design impacts our every day lives.

Detroit’s home repair crisis and its impact on residents and neighborhoods | American Black Journal

Detroit’s home repair crisis and its impact on residents and neighborhoods | American Black Journal

American Black Journal teams up with BridgeDetroit for a special episode examining the great need for home repairs in Detroit. BridgeDetroit reporter Malachi Barrett talks with residents about the barriers in obtaining financial support. Plus, Stephen Henderson hosts a panel discussion on Detroit’s home repair program, years in disinvestment, and the impact it’s having on the city’s neighborhoods.

The Black Church’s role in the Civil Rights Movement, Detroit City of Peace | American Black Journal

The Black Church’s role in the Civil Rights Movement, Detroit City of Peace | American Black Journal

American Black Journal’s “Black Church in Detroit” series delves into the contemporary significance of civil rights, the March on Washington’s impact, and the state of civil rights today. Two Black church leaders reflect on the 1963 Detroit Walk to Freedom and Dr. King’s legacy. Plus, the Church of the Messiah’s “Detroit: City of Peace” event celebrates the accomplishments of Detroit’s youth.

Motown Records’ civil rights recordings, Masterpiece Sound Studios’ cover song contest | American Black Journal

Motown Records’ civil rights recordings, Masterpiece Sound Studios’ cover song contest | American Black Journal

Motown Museum CEO Robin Terry sheds light on Motown Records’ groundbreaking decision to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches available on record albums and how that continues to influence the museum’s initiatives. Plus, Masterpiece Sound Studios recently showcased the power of Motown’s musical legacy with its cover song contest, crowning Drey Skonie and The Klouds as the first-place winner.

The power of the prophetic voice in the Black Church and its importance to the community | American Black Journal

The power of the prophetic voice in the Black Church and its importance to the community | American Black Journal

American Black Journal’s “Black Church in Detroit” series examines the power of the prophetic voice of the Black Church and its importance today amid issues harming African Americans and other marginalized groups. Host Stephen Henderson talks with two local pastors about the church’s role and responsibility in the prophetic biblical tradition to speak out against racial and social injustice.

ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day, African World Festival, Detroit Food Academy | American Black Journal

ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day, African World Festival, Detroit Food Academy | American Black Journal

The 17th annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day returns with more than 100 events and community service projects around the city. We preview of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s 40th annual African World Festival. Plus, BridgeDetroit reporter Micah Walker visits the Detroit Food Academy, a nonprofit that teaches culinary and life skills to young Detroiters.

The 60th anniversary of the Detroit Walk to Freedom | American Black Journal

The 60th anniversary of the Detroit Walk to Freedom | American Black Journal

The Detroit NAACP gets set to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1963 Detroit Walk to Freedom that featured Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. American Black Journal host Stephen Henderson talks with the Detroit NAACP about the planned events. Plus, two Detroit women reflect on attending the march 60 years ago.

5/16/23: American Black Journal – Small Business Workshop, Passing Strange musical, De’Sean Jones & Urban Art Orchestra

5/16/23: American Black Journal – Small Business Workshop, Passing Strange musical, De’Sean Jones & Urban Art Orchestra

“American Black Journal” examines the impact of rising inflation and a looming recession on small businesses with The LEE Group ahead of its ninth annual Small Business Workshop. Then, a look at Detroit Public Theatre’s production of the Tony Award-winning rock musical “Passing Strange.” Plus, a performance by saxophonist De’Sean Jones, accompanied by the Urban Art Orchestra.

2/14/23: American Black Journal – Black History Month at The Wright, Sphinx Organization 25th anniversary, Sphinx Competition 2023

2/14/23: American Black Journal – Black History Month at The Wright, Sphinx Organization 25th anniversary, Sphinx Competition 2023

“American Black Journal” shares the events being held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for Black History Month. The show explores how the Sphinx Organization has empowered minority classical string players and has diversified classical music. Plus, hear a performance from Sphinx Competition 2023 senior division winner, violinist Njioma Grevious.

11/22/22: American Black Journal – DEI workplace efforts, Ebiara Fund for minority developers

11/22/22: American Black Journal – DEI workplace efforts, Ebiara Fund for minority developers

Two years after the murder of George Floyd, where do diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) commitments from businesses stand today? “American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson explores the state of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Plus, Henderson gets details on the new Ebiara Fund to help eliminate systemic barriers for emerging minority real estate developers in Detroit.

10/25/22: American Black Journal – The Black church’s role in Black politics

10/25/22: American Black Journal – The Black church’s role in Black politics

Ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, “The Black Church in Detroit” series examines the political power of the Black church. Host Stephen Henderson talks with Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony and Rev. Charles E. Williams II about the church’s role in getting people to vote, its influence on key issues like voter suppression, representation in Congress, and prominent political leaders who came from the Black church.

10/18/22: American Black Journal – DPSCD Supt. Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Forgotten Harvest’s CEO Kirk Mayes, Detroit’s Black fraternities & sororities

10/18/22: American Black Journal – DPSCD Supt. Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Forgotten Harvest’s CEO Kirk Mayes, Detroit’s Black fraternities & sororities

Detroit Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti discusses the district’s COVID recovery, plans for $700 million in ARPA funds, and student outcomes. Forgotten Harvest CEO Kirk Mayes announces his resignation and shares his accomplishments there and future plans. Plus, City of Detroit Historian Jamon Jordan takes viewers on a tour of Detroit’s historic Black fraternity and sorority houses.

10/11/22: American Black Journal – Black Midwest Symposium, Detroit Artists Market, State of the Hood Summit

10/11/22: American Black Journal – Black Midwest Symposium, Detroit Artists Market, State of the Hood Summit

“American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson learns more about the 2nd biennial Black Midwest Symposium coming to Detroit Oct. 20-22, 2022. The Detroit Artists Market celebrates its 90th anniversary with a new, multigenerational exhibit. Plus, the State of the Hood summit on Detroit’s east side brings civic leaders and community activists together to explore solutions for stopping gun violence.

10/04/22: American Black Journal – Making Black America Documentary, Black Fraternities and Sororities

10/04/22: American Black Journal – Making Black America Documentary, Black Fraternities and Sororities

Host Stephen Henderson talks with “Making Black America” documentary producer and director, Stacey Holman, about the creation of Black organizations and social networks and how Black people have remained resilient and joyful even amid struggles. Plus, excerpts from Detroit Public TV and WDET-FM’s “Making Black Detroit” Town Hall on the importance of Detroit’s Black fraternities and sororities.

9/27/22: American Black Journal – The Black Church in Detroit | Seminary education and the future of ministry

9/27/22: American Black Journal – The Black Church in Detroit | Seminary education and the future of ministry

“American Black Journal” continues its series on “The Black Church in Detroit” with a look at the state of seminary education and the future of ministry in Detroit. Host Stephen Henderson talks with seminary leaders and students about the importance of seminary education, the challenges of leading an urban-centered ministry, and how seminaries must stay relevant in today’s changing landscape.

9/13/22: American Black Journal – Reducing Gun Violence

9/13/22: American Black Journal – Reducing Gun Violence

This week, American Black Journal exa the efforts in Detroit to reduce gun violence and crime. We’ll take you to this year’s “Silence the Violence” march on Detroit’s east side. Then, host Stephen Henderson talks with the director of FORCE Detroit, a non-profit focused on building a safer Detroit. Plus, we’ll air a portion of Mayor Mike Duggan and Police Chief James White’s conversation with Stephen at the 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference, focusing on gun violence, crime and policing in the city.

8/30/22: American Black Journal – The Black Church in Detroit Roundtable on Youth

8/30/22: American Black Journal – The Black Church in Detroit Roundtable on Youth

Have today’s youth fallen out of their faith and belief in religion? “American Black Journal” continues its “Black Church in Detroit” series with a look at the Black Church as a center of solutions for the community, especially as it relates to issues surrounding youth. Two Detroit pastors discuss how youth feel about religion, the importance of making church relevant to them, and how the church can intervene in the cycle of violence involving young people.

8/16/22: American Black Journal – Reparations: What Is Owed to Black Americans?

8/16/22: American Black Journal – Reparations: What Is Owed to Black Americans?

Host Stephen Henderson revisits highlights from American Black Journal and BridgeDetroit’s reparations town hall with special guests Rev. Dr. JoAnn Watson, Lauren Hood, Andre Perry and Keith Williams. The group discuss what reparations are owed to Black Americans and what form they should take. Plus, Hood and Williams share information about a new Detroit task force to explore reparations.

8/09/22: American Black Journal – Detroit Jazz Festival Returns In Person for 2022 Labor Day Weekend

8/09/22: American Black Journal – Detroit Jazz Festival Returns In Person for 2022 Labor Day Weekend

After two years of virtual performances, Detroit Jazz Festival, the annual Labor Day weekend tradition is planning to return to live, public performances in downtown Detroit for its 43rd festival season. “American Black Journal” gets the full scoop from festival artistic director Chris Collins. Plus, a sneak peak into jazz violinist Leslie DeShazor’s inaugural solo performance, and the support provided to the festival by Central Michigan University.

7/19/2022: American Black Journal – Domestic Violence Calls Increase, Detroit Summer Jobs Program

7/19/2022: American Black Journal – Domestic Violence Calls Increase, Detroit Summer Jobs Program

Domestic violence calls have increased during the pandemic, but what’s behind the rise? Host Stephen Henderson talks with HAVEN of Oakland County to find out why we’re seeing an uptick in the number of victims seeking help and how Black women have been disproportionately affected. Plus, Stephen catches up with the City of Detroit’s ‘Grow Detroit’s Young Talent’ summer jobs program for more on what’s in store for youth and employers this season.

7/05/22: American Black Journal – Overturning Roe V. Wade, MRCC Training Center, African World Festival

7/05/22: American Black Journal – Overturning Roe V. Wade, MRCC Training Center, African World Festival

This week, American Black Journal host Stephen Henderson examines the impacts that overturning Roe V. Wade will have on Black women’s health and medical decisions. Then, producer AJ Walker takes viewers to the ribbon cutting of a new Michigan Regional Chamber of Carpenters and Millwrights training center in Northwest Detroit. Plus, the Charles H. Wright Museum’s African World Festival returns this year, but to a new location. American Black Journal gets an update from Festival Director Njia Kai about this year’s activities.

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

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.

6/21/22: American Black Journal – Reducing Gun Violence and Crime in Communities of Color

6/21/22: American Black Journal – Reducing Gun Violence and Crime in Communities of Color

This week, American Black Journal exa the efforts in Detroit to reduce gun violence and crime. We’ll take you to this year’s “Silence the Violence” march on Detroit’s east side. Then, host Stephen Henderson talks with the director of FORCE Detroit, a non-profit focused on building a safer Detroit. Plus, we’ll air a portion of Mayor Mike Duggan and Police Chief James White’s conversation with Stephen at the 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference, focusing on gun violence, crime and policing in the city.

6/14/22: American Black Journal – Juneteenth Celebration, BLAC Policy Recommendations, ‘Boys Come First’ Novel

6/14/22: American Black Journal – Juneteenth Celebration, BLAC Policy Recommendations, ‘Boys Come First’ Novel

This week, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History CEO Neil Barclay joins host Stephen Henderson to talk about how the museum plans to celebrate Juneteenth. Then, a conversation about 11 new policy recommendations just released by the Black Leadership Advisory Council on reducing racial equity gaps in Michigan. Plus, in recognition of Pride Month, producer AJ Walker talks with journalist Aaron Foley about his first novel, “Boys Come First,” a story of three gay Black friends in Detroit.

6/07/22: American Black Journal: Midwest Invitational Rodeo, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park, Trumpeter Kris Johnson

6/07/22: American Black Journal: Midwest Invitational Rodeo, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park, Trumpeter Kris Johnson

“American Black Journal” explores a part of Black history rarely told. Guest host Trudy Gallant-Stokes talks with Midwest Invitational Rodeo about the rich cultural history of the Black rodeo. Plus, producer AJ Walker reports on the new Ralph C. Wilson Centennial Park on Detroit’s West Riverfront. And Grammy-nominated trumpeter and composer Kris Johnson performs an original song.

5/31/22: American Black Journal – Mental Health Awareness in the Black Church

5/31/22: American Black Journal – Mental Health Awareness in the Black Church

“American Black Journal” continues its “Black Church in Detroit” series with a candid conversation about mental health in the Black church. Guest host Trudy Gallant-Stokes examines the Black church’s role in helping congregants with mental health issues and why it’s important for pastors to practice self-care too. 

5/23/22: American Black Journal – Buffalo Grocery Store Shooting, Cost of Water for Communities of Color

5/23/22: American Black Journal – Buffalo Grocery Store Shooting, Cost of Water for Communities of Color

Another racially motivated shooting has rocked Black America. Host Stephen Henderson talks with Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Wendell Anthony about the tragic mass shooting in Buffalo, NY that killed 10 African Americans and injured 3 others. Plus, Stephen looks at the rising cost of water and its impact on communities of color with We the People of Detroit co-founder Cecily McClellan and Wayne State law professor Peter Hammer.

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