WGPR Historical Society President Joe Spencer and ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith join Stephen Henderson to talk about an upcoming fundraising gala celebrating the legacy of WGPR-TV 62, America’s first Black-owned and operated television station. WGPR-TV 62 went on the air in 1975 and launched the careers of several African American media professionals before being sold in 1995.
“American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson sits down with Detroit-born playwright Dominique Morisseau to talk about the success of her “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations” musical, its time on Broadway cut short by COVID-19, and the significance of bringing the show to Detroit.
The award-winning musical “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations,” has arrived in Motown, where it all began for the five singers. Plus, sports journalist Stephen A. Smith and WGPR-TV 62 Historical Society President Joe Spencer talk about an upcoming fundraising gala celebrating the legacy of WGPR-TV 62, America’s first Black-owned television station.
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
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.
A new fund, the Ebiara Fund, created by the Detroit-based economic growth nonprofit Invest Detroit, in partnership with URGE Imprint and with funding from The Kresge Foundation, will provide early-stage capital and process resources to minority-owned development firms working to grow and strengthen Detroit’s neighborhoods.
“American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson sits down with The LEE Group President Mark S. Lee and Nikki Pardo, from Global Alliance Solutions, for a candid conversation on the state of DEI efforts in the workplace at corporations across America and the status of new Chief Diversity Officer positions that were created. Plus, Henderson examines the amount of resources that have been allocated to DEI efforts and how they compare to the commitments made two years prior.
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.
7/26/22: American Black Journal – Black Church’s Role Reducing Gun Violence, ‘Hastings Street’ Musical
“American Black Journal” continues its Black Church in Detroit series with a look at the church’s role in helping to curb gun violence in the community. Then, producer Marcus Green takes us backstage for a look at the new musical “Hastings Street,” set in Detroit’s historic Black Bottom neighborhood in 1949.
In the wake of the recent mass shootings across the country, “American Black Journal” looks at the Black church’s moral and spiritual roles in helping curb gun violence in the community. Rev. Cindy Rudolph at Oak Grove AME Church talks to her congregation about the violence. Plus, host Stephen Henderson has a frank conversation about the root causes of the shootings, the church’s role in disrupting the violence, and the candid concerns of young people.