Stephen talks with Tonya Allen, president & CEO of The Skillman Foundation, about distance learning for students and the educational resources that local non-profits are providing.
Stephen has a frank conversation about the connection between race, health and the COVID-19 pandemic. How are health disparities in urban cities like Detroit, New Orleans and Chicago contributing to the spread of the coronavirus?
3/29/20: American Black Journal – Small Business / Detroit neighborhoods / Remembering Marlowe Stoudamire
Stephen has a frank conversation with Pastor Barry Randolph of Detroit’s Church of the Messiah on how the outbreak is impacting residents in city neighborhoods.
We learn how the River Rouge school district is providing students with food and learning materials while schools are shut down in wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
University of Michigan professor Alford Young, Jr. talks about his groundbreaking book on low-income African Americans living in Ypsilanti and their views on navigating a world of work that focuses on technology.
The National Business League (NBL), founded by Booker T. Washington in 1900, is hosting The Black Economic Agenda Summit in Detroit this month. Stephen talks with NBL leadership about the event and economic strategies to empower the Black community.
Veteran actress CCH Pounder sits down with reporter Will Glover to talk about her private art collection titled “Queen,” which is on display at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.
We have the Detroit premiere of Sphinx founder Aaron Dworkin’s groundbreaking performance that combines an original spoken word narrative with the music of Afro-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.
Stephen talks with actor and philanthropist Hill Harper about his decision to invest in Detroit by purchasing an historic home and a business in the city.
Stephen talks with the African-American businessman who made history by signing a multi-million dollar contract with the City of Detroit to provide fuel for the city’s fleet of vehicles. And, a national non-profit organization is putting young people to work and helping them learn how to become self-sufficient.
1/26/20: American Black Journal – Detroit Future City / 2020 Business Outlook / Women & STEM Careers
The nonprofit Detroit Future City opens a new center that will use extensive research, data and stakeholder engagement to promote economic equity in Detroit. Plus, we’ll have advice for business owners on how to navigate the challenges and opportunities of 2020.
On the next American Black Journal, we’ll take a look at the power of diversity and inclusion in the arts with The Sphinx Organization. Also, we’ll talk about the 23rd annual Sphinx competition for young classical musicians of color, and have an in-studio performance by a talented cellist.
January is National Mentoring Month and Stephen talks with two organizations that are helping young African Americans develop into future leaders.
Stephen takes a look back at some of the notable interviews and topics on the program during 2019.
Our special roundtable guests take on some of the stories in 2019 that had a significant impact on African Americans. We’ll talk about President Trump’s impeachment, the Black Lives Matter and Me Too movements, and the digital divide.
Danny Burton spent 32 years in prison on a wrongful murder conviction before being released. Stephen talks with Danny and a member of his legal team about what led to his conviction being overturned.
Stephen talks with marketing specialist Eric Thomas about his recent Detroit Free Press guest column on the need to preserve Black spaces in Detroit as the city continues to go through a major transformation. Plus, we’ll get an advance look at the redevelopment plans for Detroit’s historic Shrine of the Black Madonna Bookstore & Cultural Center.
Stephen talks with Detroit Youth Choir Manager LaVell Nero, Theater Coach Kyle Sammy, and DYC member Imari Carl about the group’s sudden rise to fame as runners up on “America’s Got Talent.” We’ll hear what’s next for the choir. Plus, we’ll learn what’s new for students enrolled in the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program — or DAPCEP — as they explore the STEM careers of the future.
The song that first put Motown’s Temptations at the top of the charts turns 55 years old. Two of the original group members’ children and the founder of the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame are here to talk about the anniversary celebration for “My Girl.”
The non-profit organization Detroit Future City releases its 2019 Detroit Reinvestment Index, showing how national business leaders, Detroiters and suburbanites perceive the city. DFC Executive Director Anika Goss talks about the findings.
On the next American Black Journal, the non-profit organization ARISE Detroit! releases the results of its first annual State of the Neighborhoods survey. Executive Director Luther Keith talks about what Detroit residents think of their neighborhoods.
Stephen is at the Business Leaders for Michigan CEO Summit. He talks with Larry Alexander, CEO of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, about the impact of Detroit’s comeback on the city’s tourism industry. Plus, Amber Arellano.
Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Wendell Anthony talks with Stephen about the legacy of the late John Conyers, who made history as the longest serving African American member of Congress.
Stephen talks with Paul Ajegba, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, about the condition of state roads, transportation funding, his first year in the position, and the MDOT jobs outlook. Plus, we’ll continue our conversation about workforce development by taking a closer look at some of the in demand careers over the next seven years.
Small business owners on Livernois Avenue in Detroit have been struggling to keep their doors open as they wait out a major streetscape construction project. Stephen talks with two business owners and City of Detroit executive Arthur Jemison about the impact and what the city is doing to assist the businesses. Plus, the late journalist and former Detroit Black Journal host Cliff Russell is being honored at a tribute dinner given by the Black Historic Sites Committee of the Detroit Historical Society. We’ll hear from Cliff’s family members and the hosts of the event.
In a new Workforce Development Roadshow filmed September 9 at the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, “One Detroit” and “American Black Journal” went on the road to discuss workforce issues.