In celebration of hip hop’s 50th birthday, HOT 107.5 WGPR FM radio shares its history as Michigan’s first Black-owned radio station and Detroit’s only all-hip hop radio format.Read More
Category: Detroit Journalism Cooperative
Dr. Hasan Jeffries discusses his participation in the PBS “Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World” documentary, executive produced by Chuck D of Public Enemy, and the history of political messages in hip hop.Read More
Detroit has lost one of its greatest supporters of the city’s jazz music and arts scene. Gretchen Valade, the “Angel of Jazz,” passed away at age 97. Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation President Chris Collins talks about Valade’s legacy.Read More
The Detroit Opera is bringing back one of the most famous operas, “Aida,” after nearly a decade for a one-night only concert performance.Read More
One Detroit producer Chris Jordan takes viewers back to the two-day Detroit All-Star Garage Rock Punk Revue music festival to learn more about the origins of Detroit’s punk rock history and how it continues to evolve. He talks with festival organizer Smitt E. Smitty, host Michael Halloran, and several of the artists who performed there about the foundation many of the early bands laid, and how newcomers are turning those influences into their own unique sounds.Read More
The 9th annual Detroit Bass Day celebrates the 50th recording anniversary of the song “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone,” made famous by The Temptations, with fifty bass players coming together in front of the Motown Museum to play its iconic bass line. Producer Daijah Moss visits the celebration at the Motown Museum to learn more about the annual gathering and this year’s theme of exploring family life and fatherhood.Read More
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has partnered with Kadima, a mental health services center, to teach group music classes where clients learn beginner and intermediate music skills, and their favorite songs. One Detroit Arts & Culture Producer Sarah Smith takes viewers behind the scenes of the center’s music therapy classes with the DSO for a look at the benefits of music therapy.Read More
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.Read More
“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.Read More
Detroit’s All-Star Garage-Rock Punk Revue returns for its 4th year, expanding to two days this year. One Detroit’s Chris Jordan caught up with the show’s organizer, Smitt E. Smitty of the 1980s Detroit band Figures on a Beach, as well as iconic WDET ‘Radios in Motion’ DJ Michael Halloran and musician Gary Reichel of Cinecyde, to discuss the show and how it captures Detroit’s punk music history.Read More
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s 39th annual African World Festival celebrates its 39th anniversary with a return to the location where the festival got started: Detroit’s Hart Plaza. One Detroit contributing producer AJ Walker takes viewers to Hart Plaza on Detroit’s riverfront for a look at how the 39th annual African World Festival played out in 2022.Read More
At the Center for Performance Arts and Learning, or Cen4Pal for short, culture and diversity come together to provide a safe space for individuals to try their hand at a variety of creative arts. “Detroit Performs: Live From Marygrove” visits Cen4Pal to hear about the environment the educational organization is cultivating and the mission to boost students’ confidence through the creative arts.Read More
Concert of Colors, Detroit’s annual world music festival, returns to stages across Detroit this year, July 16-24, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the festival. Ahead of the festival, One Detroit speaks with founder Ismael Ahmed and others involved about the festival’s track record of fostering diversity through world music in Detroit.Read More
“American Black Journal” explores how gospel music grew from the blues. Host Stephen Henderson sits down with Baptist pastor and blues musician Rev. Robert Jones, Sr. to explore the connection between the blues and gospel music, and their symbolic, symbiotic relationship. Plus, they discuss gospel music’s roots in the African American community then and today.Read More
American Black Journal Producer AJ Walker talks with Dr. Brandon Waddles, a composer, arranger, choir director and music instructor at Wayne State University, about how Negro spirituals uplifted enslaved Africans brought to this country and how it served as a universal language that helped lead them to freedom. Plus, they discuss R&B singers, past and present, whose musical roots stemmed from the Black Church.Read More
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Announces 2022-2023 Season Lineup, Featuring New Commissions, Piano Soloists, Strings Performances
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) returns for its 45th season with a lineup of A-list composers and performers set to take the Orchestra Hall stage later this year. WRCJ Producer and Host Peter Whorf talks with DSO President and CEO Erik Ronmark about what’s ahead for the DSO’s 2022-2023 season and the relationships the symphony has built with artists over the years.Read More
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance masters student and saxophonist Valentin Kovalev performs ‘The Great Gate of Kyiv’ with friend and Ukrainian pianist Alexander Polyakov for a Ukraine Benefit Concert.Read More
Grammy-Winning Cuban Pianist Jesús “Chucho” Valdés Discusses Detroit Jazz Fest 2022 Artist Residency
Renowned Cuban pianist, composer and bandleader Jesús “Chucho” Valdés, 80, has amassed...Read More
WRCJ 90.9 FM host Cecelia Sharpe sits down with Kris Johnson to talk about his upcoming role in and excitement for the Paradise Jazz Series Big Band debut concert. Plus, the duo discusses Detroit’s rich jazz history in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month in April.Read More
A new live performance arranged by vocalist Joan Ellison is paying tribute to the iconic American actress and singer Judy Garland’s centennial. WRCJ 90.9 FM radio host Cecelia Sharpe sat down with Ellison for a look at Judy Garland’s legacy and how her live show “Get Happy” got started.Read More
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