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American Black Journal

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.

9/20/22: American Black Journal – Detroit Black Film Festival, Black Reading Month, Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts Tribute

The 3rd annual Detroit Black Film Festival returns Sept. 21, featuring 86 films by Black independent filmmakers. September is Black Reading Month encourages people to read books, magazines and journals by Black writers. Plus, a tribute to renowned Detroit artist Aaron Ibn Pori Potts, who passed away at age 80.

September is Black Reading Month Encourages People to Read Black Authors, Understand Black History

September is Black Reading Month Co-Founder Malik Yakini joins “American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson to talk about the 43rd anniversary of the annual observance, why people should read Black writers, improving literacy rates, and how African Americans can understand their history and culture through stories written by Black authors.

3rd Annual Detroit Black Film Festival to Feature 86 Films By Black Filmmakers, Motown Productions Special Screening

The 3rd annual Detroit Black Film Festival returns to the city Sept. 21-25, featuring 86 films by Black independent filmmakers. “American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson talks with the film festival co-founders about what’s on tap for the five-day event and a special opening night screening of “Lady Sings the Blues.”

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.

Michigan Barber School Reflects on 75 Years of Training Black Barbers and Hair Stylists

The Michigan Barber School celebrates 75 years of teaching Black barbers and hairstylists. Michigan Barber School Director Saul Green talks with guest host Trudy Gallant-Stokes about the barber school’s founding and its success throughout the decades.

Detroit Chapter NABJ Celebrates 40th Anniversary With Yearlong Slate of Events

The Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announces a yearlong slate of events to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Guest Host Trudy Gallant-Stokes talks with anniversary co-chair and Chalkbeat Editor-in-Chief Nicole Avery Nichols about the events planned, NABJ’s history, and a scholarship program for youth.

9/06/22: American Black Journal – Detroit Chapter NABJ 40th Anniversary, Michigan Barber School 75th Anniversary

The Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced a yearlong slate of events to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Plus, the Michigan Barber School celebrates 75 years of teaching Black barbers and hairstylists.

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.

GIVEAWAY: Detroit Jazz Festival 2022 Poster and Two VIP Passes

American Black Journal and The Detroit Jazz Festival have partnered to provide some lucky viewers with a chance to win an official Detroit Jazz Festival 2022 poster and the grand prize winner will also receive a pair of VIP passes for Monday, Sept. 5. 

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Fundraising Gala Celebrates Legacy of WGPR-TV 62, America’s First Black-Owned TV Station

Fundraising Gala Celebrates Legacy of WGPR-TV 62, America’s First Black-Owned TV Station

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.

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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.

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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.

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Keeping Commitments? The State of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Efforts in the Workplace

Keeping Commitments? The State of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Efforts in the Workplace

“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.

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8/02/22: American Black Journal – DEI Workplace Efforts, Ebiara Fund for Minority Developers

8/02/22: 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.

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The Black Church’s Role in Reducing Gun Violence in the Communities They Serve 

The Black Church’s Role in Reducing Gun Violence in the Communities They Serve 

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.

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