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American Black Journal

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5/10/22: American Black Journal – Bookstock Returns, MOCAD Spring Exhibit, Aaron Lewys Performs

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.”

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5/03/22: American Black Journal – Police Reform and Patrick Lyoya, Davóne Tines Portrays Malcolm X

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.”

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4/26/22: American Black Journal – The Black Catholic Church in Detroit

“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.

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American Black Journal Individual Segments

Mental Health Awareness Month Highlights Disparities and Stigma in the Black Community

For National Mental Health Awareness Month, host Stephen Henderson talks with Eric Doeh, President & CEO of Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network (DWIHN), about the pandemic’s impact on mental health, the stigma of mental illness in the Black community, economic barriers and health disparities affecting minorities, and access to mental healthcare services. 

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MOCAD Launches Spring Exhibit Series Celebrating Black Artistry in Detroit

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. 

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Patrick Lyoya and Police Reform: A Roundtable with the NAACP and Black Lives Matter

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.

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St. Charles Lwanga Parish Prepares for its Centennial Celebration

“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.

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