One Detroit, American Black Journal Wins 1st Place in Health, Sports Reporting and Weekly News Program at 2022 SPJ Awards
From local broadcast news reporting, racial justice and health reporting to our digital and social media strategy, One Detroit and American Black Journal took home 9 awards in 6 categories from the 2022 Society of Professional Journalists Detroit – Excellence in Journalism Awards.
This week, “American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson hears about the return of Bookstock, the Detroit-area’s largest used book and media sale, from the charitable event’s organizers and beneficiaries. Producer Eden Sabolboro explores a new spring MOCAD exhibit and the works of Detroit artist Sterling Toles. Plus, singer Aaron Lewys performs his original song “Stop Wasting My Time.”
A new exhibit series at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) celebrates and uplifts Black artists from Detroit and the works they have created. Producer Eden Sabolboro tells the story of Detroit-native Sterling Toles, whose creative works can be seen on display at MOCAD’s new spring/summer 2022 exhibit series.
Bookstock, the Detroit-area’s largest used book and media sale, returns this year after a two-year COVID-related hiatus. Host Stephen Henderson sits down with the event organizers and educators to discuss the state of literacy in metro Detroit, the importance of accessibility to books and the impact of the pandemic on education.
What have the weeks after 26-year-old African immigrant Patrick Lyoya was fatally shot by a white Grand Rapids police officer looked like for Grand Rapids? Host Stephen Henderson sits down with leaders from the Greater Grand Rapids NAACP and Black Lives Matter Detroit to discuss the ramifications of the tragic incident on the Grand Rapids community.
Host Stephen Henderson leads a roundtable with Greater Grand Rapids NAACP President Cle Jackson and Black Lives Matter Detroit Co-founder John Sloan III about the fatal shooting of African immigrant Patrick Lyoya by a white police officer. Plus, Stephen talks with bass-baritone Davóne Tines about his role in portraying Malcolm X in Detroit Opera’s “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X.”
“American Black Journal” producer AJ Walker visits St. Charles Lwanga parish, formerly known as St. Cecelia Church, for a wide-ranging discussion with its pastor, Fr. Theodore Parker, as the parish prepares for its 100th-anniversary celebration. The two talk about the history of Black Catholicism, the church’s name change and the controversy over a painting of Black Jesus.
Detroit’s Black Catholic population isn’t what it used to be. What was once a thriving religious community here has dwindled over the years. Host Stephen Henderson sits down with leaders from the University of Detroit Mercy and the Archdiocese of Detroit for a discussion about the dwindling population of Black Catholics and parishes Detroit and what efforts are being made to rebuild the community.
“American Black Journal” continues its series The Black Church in Detroit with an examination of the impacts and contributions Black Catholics and parishes have made in Detroit. Host Stephen Henderson and producer AJ Walker will explore the history of the Black Catholic Church, its support during the civil rights movements and its focus on equal rights and racial justice.
The Wolverine Bar Association’s major fundraising event, the Barristers’ Ball, returns in 2022 after a two-year pandemic-related hiatus. Host Stephen Henderson sits down members from the association to talk about the upcoming ball and the association’s importance to the Black legal community.