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Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion names new co-executive director, announces name change

The Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion has announced longtime community organizer and author Yusef Bunchy Shakur as the nonprofit’s new co-executive director. The nonprofit also plans to change its name to the Michigan Roundtable for Just Communities to better reflect the nonprofit’s mission. Host Stephen Henderson talks with Shakur about his new appointment and the name change.

‘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.

The Wright Museum opens ‘Double ID’ exhibit from TV actress, art collector CCH Pounder

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History has opened “Double ID,” a new art exhibit featuring 54 works from the private collection of acclaimed actress CCH Pounder. Running through Oct. 20, the exhibit delves into the representation of Black men through the lens of W.E.B. Du Bois’ theory of “double consciousness.” Stephen Henderson talks with Pounder about the works in her exhibit.

President Joe Biden to deliver keynote at Detroit NAACP’s Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner

The Detroit Branch NAACP’s 69th annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner features President Joe Biden as the keynote speaker, marking only the second time a sitting U.S. President has given the keynote. Detroit NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony talks about the importance of having President Biden deliver the keynote and outlines some of the vital issues in the Black community.

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.

Stigma, shortage of psychiatrists further exacerbates mental health disparities in the Black community

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and “American Black Journal” examines the unique challenges the Black community faces in navigating mental health issues. Carlynn Nichols, senior director of behavioral health at CNS Healthcare, talks about the mental health challenges facing children, individuals and families today and a growing shortage of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals.

2024 Small Business Workshop explores practical solutions to navigate evolving business landscape

The Small Business Workshop, hosted by The LEE Group, returns for its 10th year to explore practical solutions to navigate an evolving business landscape. Host Stephen Henderson talks with the event’s founder Mark S. Lee, President & CEO of The LEE Group, and Tawnya Rose, Vice President & Community Impact Manager at Fifth Third Bank, the event’s presenting sponsor.

Flint marks 10 years since water crisis: Mayor Neeley reflects on the progress, challenges

It has been a decade since the Flint water crisis. The public health disaster exposed tens of thousands of residents in the predominantly African American city to perilously high levels of lead contamination. Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley talks about the city’s current water quality, how residents are doing, and the challenges that are still present.

Flint Water Crisis’ 10-year anniversary, 10th annual Small Business Workshop | American Black Journal

Host Stephen Henderson talks with current Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley about the 10-year anniversary of the Flint water crisis. Plus, Henderson talks with the founder of the Small Business Workshop, Mark S. Lee, President & CEO of The LEE Group, and Tawnya Rose, Vice President & Community Impact Manager at Fifth Third Bank, about the 10th annual event.

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.

The Charles H. Wright Museum continues to enhance exhibits with technology, expand its theater

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History has been educating Detroiters and visitors on African American history since 1966. The museum continues to expand, introducing new exhibits, bolstering its technology, and expanding its theatre. One Detroit contributor Sarah Zientarski talks with Wright Museum President and CEO Neil Barclay about the improvements being made.

National Minority Health Month puts spotlight on health disparities faced by people of color

April is National Minority Health Month, an annual observance that highlights the health disparities faced by racial and ethnic minority communities. Dr. Hayley Thompson, director of Wayne State University’s CHECK-UP, talks about the efforts to tackle health inequities in Detroit and Michigan.

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.

2024 Detroit Jazz Festival artist-in-residence Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band perform

The Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation has announced acclaimed drummer, composer, and bandleader Brian Blade as the artist-in-residence for this year’s Labor Day weekend festival. As part of his residency, Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band performed during a special preview event at the Gretchen C. Valade Jazz Center at Wayne State University. Watch a portion of Blade’s performance.

Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump talks social, racial justice during The Wright Conversations

Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump discusses the need for justice and equality in contemporary society and making the world a better place for the future during the Charles H. Wright Museum’s “The Wright Conversations” lecture series. The Wright Conversations series is a platform for dynamic discourse on issues ranging from civic engagement to cultural heritage.

62nd Annual Barristers’ Ball returns to Detroit, celebrates the legacy of Motown music

The Wolverine Bar Association hosts its 62nd annual Barristers’ Ball, a cornerstone event in Detroit’s African American legal community. This year’s theme is “Motown: Back Down Memory Lane.” Wolverine Bar Association President Diane Hutcherson and State Bar of Michigan Diversity Director Gregory Conyers talk with host Stephen Henderson about the event and diversity in the legal profession.

2024 Barristers’ Ball, Attorney Ben Crump, Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band | American Black Journal

The Wolverine Bar Association hosts its 62nd annual Barristers’ Ball, a cornerstone event in Detroit’s African American legal community. Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump discusses the need for justice and equality in contemporary society during The Wright Conversations. Plus, Detroit Jazz Festival 2024 artist-in-residence Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band perform.

Detroit Institute of Arts ‘Regeneration’ exhibit spotlights trailblazing filmmakers, actors from early Black cinema

The Detroit Institute of Arts’ “Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971″ exhibit highlights the trailblazing African American filmmakers and actors from the early days of cinema through the Civil Rights Movement. Host Stephen Henderson speaks with Detroit Institute of Arts Curator and Head of the Center for African American Art Valerie Mercer about the museum’s landmark exhibition.

‘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.

Local documentary telling Detroit’s jazz legacy premieres at 2024 Freep Film Festival

The 11th annual Freep Film Festival returns to various locations across Detroit and its suburbs, featuring a host of local documentaries with strong ties to the community. One local documentary, “The Best of the Best: Jazz from Detroit,” explores the city’s innovative and influential jazz scene and its impact on the world. “American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson talks with the film’s co-producer and writer Mark Stryker.

Bookstock returns for 20th year to support literacy in metro Detroit

The 20th annual Bookstock returns to Laurel Park Place in Livonia, Michigan on April 7-14, bringing with it nearly 400,000 used books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, and vinyl records for sale. The community-driven initiative, organized entirely by volunteers, supports literacy education, including book clubs and poetry slams, and innovative programs like the Einstein Method in the Detroit metropolitan area and beyond.

Detroit symposium aims to tackle health disparities facing Black men

The Wayne State University School of Medicine, the Wayne Mobile Health Unit and community stakeholders host a symposium on Black men’s health. Scheduled for April 13 at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit, the “Brother, Let’s Talk: A Conversation on Black Men’s Health” symposium aims to shed light on the disparities and health challenges faced by Black men.

Black men’s health symposium in Detroit, 20th annual Bookstock returns | American Black Journal

The Wayne State University School of Medicine, the Wayne Mobile Health Unit and community stakeholders host a symposium on Black men’s health at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church on April 13. Plus, the 20th annual Bookstock returns to Laurel Park Place in Livonia, Michigan on April 7-14, bringing with it nearly 400,000 used books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, and vinyl records for sale.

Women’s History Month: The role of women in the Black Church | The Black Church in Detroit

American Black Journal’s “Black Church in Detroit” series examines the role of women in the Black church. Host Stephen Henderson discusses the issues impacting Black women in the church with two Detroit women ministers: Rev. Dr. Constance Simon of Fellowship Chapel and Rev. Dr. Remonia Chapman of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church.

Poet Nikki Giovanni discusses her literary works, outer space and a new documentary about her life

A new documentary, “Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project” details the extraordinary life and career of renowned poet Nikki Giovanni. Contributor Cecelia Sharpe sat down with Giovanni at the Wright Museum for a wide-ranging conversation about her life, career, literary works and future plans. Plus, Giovanni discusses the “Going to Mars” documentary and her fascination with outer space.

Renowned Poet Nikki Giovanni, Rosie White’s Black history impersonations | American Black Journal

Renowned poet Nikki Giovanni talks with contributor Cecelia Sharpe at the Charles H. Wright Museum about her life, career, literary works and her future plans. Plus, we meet an eight-year-old Detroit girl who has gone viral on social media for her impersonations of Black icons and historical figures from the past and present.

New Neighborhood Vitality Index measures, shares data about how Detroit’s neighborhoods are doing

There’s a new online tool available for Detroit residents, community development groups, local government and others to access timely data about how the city’s neighborhoods are doing. It’s called the Neighborhood Vitality Index (NVI) and its goal is to create a well-coordinated, effective, and equitable system for community development work in Detroit neighborhoods. Host Stephen Henderson talks with with Jane Morgan, president of JFM Consulting Group and one of the architects of the index.

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 kicks off 10th year of summer employment

The annual Grow Detroit’s Young Talent summer jobs program has returned for its 10th year. The program matches Detroit residents ages 14-24 with employers in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, IT, construction, entrepreneurship, and corporate work. Host Stephen Henderson speaks with three guests connected to the program about the job opportunities and career training provided.

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.

Eight-year-old Detroiter Rosie White goes viral for impersonations of Black icons, historical figures

Robyn McKee, or Rosie White as she’s known online, has gained national attention online for her video impressions of Black icons, capturing the attention of celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg and Michelle Obama. One Detroit’s Daijah Moss talks with Rosie, 8, of Detroit and her family about the inspiration, challenges and moments they’ve shared along the way.

AI and the Black church: Local ministers discuss the benefits, challenges of artificial intelligence

American Black Journal’s “Black Church in Detroit” series examines the impact of artificial intelligence on the African American community and the Black church. Guest Host Orlando Bailey of BridgeDetroit discusses the challenges and potential benefits of generative AI with Rev. Cindy Rudolph of Oak Grove AME Church and Rev. Lawrence Rodgers of Second Baptist Church.

New data released by EHproject shows Black women are at higher risk for heart disease

New data from the medical team at EHproject show African American women are at a greater risk for heart disease than their white counterparts. For American Heart Month, Henry Ford Health Cardiologist Dr. Brittany Fuller talks about the high rate of heart disease among Black women. Plus, she provides some helpful advice on what women can do to reduce their risk factors.

Black student artwork on display at The Carr Center, Bedrock’s ‘Celebrating Black Arts’ exhibit

The Carr Center and Bedrock have teamed up to celebrate Black arts with a new exhibit for Black History Month. The exhibit features artwork by 23 student artists and 10 emerging and established artists from Detroit. The Carr Center President Oliver Ragsdale shares details about the exhibit and its importance during Black History Month.

American Heart Month, ‘Celebrating Black Arts’ exhibit, 2024 NFL Draft | American Black Journal

For American Heart Month, Henry Ford Health Cardiologist Dr. Brittany Fuller discusses the high incidence of heart disease among Black women. The Carr Center President Oliver Ragsdale shares details about the center’s new “Celebrating Black Arts” exhibit with Bedrock. Plus, Visit Detroit CEO Claude Molinari shares the city of Detroit’s plans for hosting the 2024 NFL Draft.

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.

Darius Twyman discusses Detroit’s major influence on traditional and contemporary gospel music

Aretha Franklin, The Winans, Mattie Moss-Clark and The Clark sisters. The list of gospel artists with roots in Detroit is long and continues to grow. Local gospel artist Darius Twyman talks with “Detroit Performs” host Satori Shakoor and BridgeDetroit journalist Orlando Bailey about his musical start, Detroit’s major influence on gospel, and the meaning behind his original song “Made It Over.”

Gospel radio host, historian Deborah Smith Pollards gives history lesson on Detroit’s gospel influence

Few know the history of gospel music better than gospel radio host and historian Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard. In conjunction with the PBS docuseries, “GOSPEL,” Pollard talks about the origins of gospel music and how it has evolved over the years to the sound we hear today from contemporary gospel artists.

Violinist Nathan Amaral takes home first place in Sphinx Competition Senior Division

Violinist Nathan Amaral, a 28-year-old from Rio de Janeiro, has won the senior division of the 27th annual Sphinx Finals Competition. As the winner, Amaral receives the Robert Frederick Smith Prize, a $50,000 award, and the opportunity to perform with several major orchestras across the nation. Watch Amaral’s first-place performance, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Concerto for Violin in G minor.

Techno’s African American roots: Pioneering producer Carl Craig on carving a lane for Black electronic music

You can’t talk about Detroit’s African American techno roots without talking about pioneering producer Carl Craig. A leading figure in the second wave of Detroit techno, Craig talks about the city’s history in techno music. Plus, he discusses the importance and influence of the Black music experience locally and globally.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. examines gospel music’s rich history in new PBS docuseries ‘GOSPEL’

A new PBS docuseries, “GOSPEL,” from Henry Louis Gates, Jr. delves into the origins and influence of gospel music on Black spirituality. Host Stephen Henderson talks with Stacey L. Holman, the director and producer of the docuseries, about gospel’s rich history, its impact on the Black church, Detroit’s connection to the genre, and how other music genres have been influenced by gospel.

‘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.

Some young African Americans are moving away from the church toward individualized faith | Black Church in Detroit

Roughly three in ten young African Americans say they’re religiously unaffiliated. Host Stephen Henderson leads a conversation with three Detroit ministers on the changing faith practices of young African Americans, the growing trend to identify as spiritual instead of religious, and how religious leaders can bridge the generational divides in the Black Church.

Northern Michigan Trauma Camp takes alternative approach to helping returning citizens with re-entry

A retreat in Northern Michigan called Trauma Camp helps returning citizens re-adjust to life after they are released from prison. One Detroit senior producer Bill Kubota and contributor Mario Bueno talk with Trauma Camp creator Aaron Kinzel and some of its attendees about how the retreat is helping them with re-entry and to heal their traumas from childhood and incarceration.

FDA approves two groundbreaking new gene therapy treatments for sickle cell disease

Host Stephen Henderson examines the groundbreaking new gene therapies approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a treatment option for sickle cell disease. Dr. Melissa Creary, assistant professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, sits down with Henderson to talk about the pros, cons and possible barriers of the new gene-editing therapy.

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.

The AR-15 – The Gun that Divides a Nation | A conversation with Washington Post journalists

Three Washington Post journalists sit down for a conversation with University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy Dean Celeste Watkins-Hayes to talk about gun policies in America and their reporting on “The gun that divides a nation – revered as a modern-day musket; reviled as a tool for mass killers.”

Detroit Police Department Chief James White discusses drop in the city’s violent crimes in 2023 | American Black Journal

The city of Detroit saw a decrease in violent crimes in 2023. Host Stephen Henderson examines the 2023 crime data from the Detroit Police Department with Detroit Police Chief James White. They talk about the strategies that contributed to the reduction in homicides, non-fatal shootings and carjackings compared to 2022.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium | Keynote Memorial Lecture featuring Michelle Alexander

The University of Michigan hosts its 2024 symposium honoring civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The annual symposium’s theme calls on the community to grapple with the nature of ongoing discord around the globe and to examine how society can create a world where harmony is possible. Michelle Alexander, legal scholar, social justice advocate, columnist at The New York Times and visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary, delivers the memorial keynote lecture.

Two-day tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shared the arts’ impact on civil rights

Wayne State University’s annual tribute to the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns this year with a two-day event showcasing the impact of Detroit’s arts, culture and music on the civil rights movement. Guest host Trudy Gallant-Stokes talks with Wayne State’s Director of Community Affairs Stacie Clayton and the event’s special guest Santita Jackson.

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Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion names new co-executive director, announces name change

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The Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion has announced longtime community organizer and author Yusef Bunchy Shakur as the nonprofit’s new co-executive director. The nonprofit also plans to change its name to the Michigan Roundtable for Just Communities to better reflect the nonprofit’s mission. Host Stephen Henderson talks with Shakur about his new appointment and the name change.

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‘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.

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The Wright Museum opens ‘Double ID’ exhibit from TV actress, art collector CCH Pounder

The Wright Museum opens ‘Double ID’ exhibit from TV actress, art collector CCH Pounder

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History has opened “Double ID,” a new art exhibit featuring 54 works from the private collection of acclaimed actress CCH Pounder. Running through Oct. 20, the exhibit delves into the representation of Black men through the lens of W.E.B. Du Bois’ theory of “double consciousness.” Stephen Henderson talks with Pounder about the works in her exhibit.

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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.

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Stigma, shortage of psychiatrists further exacerbates mental health disparities in the Black community

Stigma, shortage of psychiatrists further exacerbates mental health disparities in the Black community

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and “American Black Journal” examines the unique challenges the Black community faces in navigating mental health issues. Carlynn Nichols, senior director of behavioral health at CNS Healthcare, talks about the mental health challenges facing children, individuals and families today and a growing shortage of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals.

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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.

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