Browse shows on: Ed Gordon

Detroit School Board Detroit School Board (1984)
Guests: Clara Rutherford, Alonzo Bates
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Bob Rossbach, Dianne Atkinson-Hudson
Duration: 00:28:51
Description: In the early 1980s, the Detroit Board of Education became a lightning rod for criticism over some of its financial dealings and budgetary practices. The district was under increasing pressure because of public concerns over safety in the schools and the quality of education in the district, and district officials were seeking to draw attention to inequities in school funding statewide.
Blacks In Corporate America Blacks In Corporate America (1985)
Guests: Levi Jackson, Dr. Robert Newby, John Blunt, Michael Carr, Robert Hill
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This hour-long program from 1985 examines the status of African Americans in America's corporate world, in particular, the barriers that prevent black executives from advancing into the upper levels of corporate management.

Illiteracy and Black English (1985)
Guests: James Jr Smith, Delores Grant, Janet Morton, Steve Chennault, Jack Daniel
Host: Ed Gordon, Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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Producer : Dianne Hudson
Duration: 00:59:16
Description: This show focuses on adult illiteracy and the use of Black English as a language.
Guests include Janet Morton, the literacy co-coordinator for Detroit Public Schools; Delores Grant, a student at the Literacy Volunteers of America; James Smith Jr., a tutor for the Literacy Volunteers of America; Steve Chennault, a sociolinguist; and Jack Daniel, an associate professor of communication at the University of Pittsburg.
Teen Gang Violence Teen Gang Violence (1985)
Guests: Hartford Smith, James Younger, Emeral Crosby
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Hudson
Description: In this special, hour-long presentation from late 1985, host Ed Gordon explores the impact and causes of teen violence with a panel that includes a police official, a high school principal, a social work expert and a former teen gang member.

Black Relationships I Black Relationships I (1986)
Guests: Dr. Donnie Smith, Dr. Rosalind Griffin
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: In this first of two related programs from 1986, host Ed Gordon talks with Dr. Rosalind Griffin, a psychiatrist, and Dr. Donnie Smith, a family therapist, about the troubled world of relationships between black men and black women.

Black Relationships II Black Relationships II (1986)
Guests: Dr. LaMaurice Gardner, Dr. Rosalind Griffin, Susan Watson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: In late 1986, several months after Detroit Black Journal first addressed the state of relationships between black men and women, an outpouring of viewer interest prompted host Ed Gordon to return to the topic with the help of two Detroit area psychiatrists.

Dave Bing and Earl Graves Dave Bing and Earl Graves (1986)
Guests: David Bing, Earl Graves
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson-Hudson
Description: The search for economic autonomy and self-determination has long been an important concern in the African American community. This 1986 program explores the state of that search through a discussion between host Ed Gordon and two prominent African American businessmen: Earl Graves, editor and publisher of Black Enterprise Magazine, and Dave Bing, president of Bing Steel and a former member of the Detroit Pistons.
Dearborn Boycott 1986 Dearborn Boycott 1986 (1986)
Guests: Joe Madison, Howard Simon, Arthur Featherstone
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: In 1986, a move by the Detroit suburb of Dearborn to restrict access to city parks sparked an intense controversy. Many saw this as a racist attempt to keep black Detroiters out of the predominantly white suburb. The Dearborn City Council's action prompted a legal challenge and opponents of the new ordinance organized a boycott of Dearborn businesses, particular the Fairlane Mall, which had been a very popular shopping center for black Detroiters.
Dropout Show (1986)
Guests: Arthur Jefferson, Carmen Harlan, Tom Seabron, Greg Reed
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson Hudson
Duration: 00:59:06
Description: This show examines reasons for the high dropout rate in Detroit public schools, and emphasizes the importance of staying in school.

Guests include Dr. Arthur Jefferson, superintendent of Detroit Public Schools; Carmen Harlan, a news anchor for WDIV TV; entertainment attorney, Greg Reed; and former NFL player and stockbroker, Tom Seabron.
Graduation is the Bottom Line (1986)

Host: Beth Konrad, Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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, Ed Gordon, Diane Atkinson-Hudson, Trudy Gallant, Cheryl Head, Rich Mayk
Producer : Jay Nelson, Darryl Wood
Duration: 01:28:54
Description: This show is a discussion of what can be done about the high dropout rate in Detroit.

Guests are students, parents, members of the community, school administrators, and teachers.
Interracial Marriage (1986)
Guests: Bob McClary, Pat McClary, Bill Mayweather, Candace Spaulding
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:28:15
Description: This show is about the difficulties of interracial marriage, and how it is still almost taboo. Guests are two interracial couples, Bob and Pat McClary and Candace Spaulding and Bill Mayweather.
Jesse Jackson (1) Jesse Jackson (1) (1986)
Guests: Jesse Jackson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Carol Gibson
Duration: 00:28:47
Description: A Baptist minister, Jesse Jackson spent decades as a civil rights and community activist before a pair of campaigns for the presidency made him a prominent political figure. In this 1986 program, Jackson appears primarily in the role of minister and community activist as he and host Ed Gordon discuss the problems facing black youth in America. (A second program with Jackson, to be aired the following week, would address the situation in South Africa.)

Jesse Jackson (2) Jesse Jackson (2) (1986)
Guests: Jesse Jackson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Carole Gibson
Duration: 00:28:49
Description: In the second of two consecutive programs from 1986 featuring interviews with Jesse Jackson, host Ed Gordon engages Jackson in a discussion of national politics and the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa.
White Power White Power (1986)
Guests: Ted (no last name), Paul (no last name), Susan Watson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: In this provocative program from about 1986, host Ed Gordon, interviews two members of the Security Service Action Group about their white-separatist beliefs. The two men - identified only as Ted and Paul - are wearing black military-style uniforms that are starkly reminiscent of Nazi Germany, complete with red-and-black swastika armbands.
Cocaine and Crack (May 5, 1986)
Guests: Mary Bridges, Dennis Counts, Albert Lloyd
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson-Hudson
Duration: 00:29:29
Description: This show is about cocaine and crack (at the time, a new form of the drug) because it is the largest growing drug problem. The show begins with the story of a former cocaine user.

The guests are Dr. Mary Bridges, the medical director of chemical dependency at the Samaritan Health Center; Dennis Counts, a former cocaine abuser; and Albert Lloyd, a substance abuse counselor at the Samaritan Health Center.
Drug Business (May 12, 1986)
Guests: Joel Gilliam, Ed Bell, Ken Walton
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson Hudson
Duration: 00:27:29
Description: This show is about the war on drugs in Detroit. Includes commentary from Susan Watson.

Guests are Joel Gilliam, the Detroit Police narcotics inspector; defense attorney Ed Bell; and special agent, FBI, Ken Walton.
Financial Planning (May 19, 1986)
Guests: Keith Mason
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson-Hudson
Duration: 00:28:31
Description: This show is about financial planning, addressing the lack of understanding on the topic for many. The guest is Keith Mason, a financial planner for IDS American Express Financial Services.
Black Reporters Black Reporters (June 1986)
Guests: Bill Black, Chauncey Bailey, Emery King, Susan Watson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This program from June 1986 is a fascinating look at the intersection of race and media in the mid 1980s. Host Ed Gordon begins by playing a clip from the previous week's program in which Detroit Mayor Coleman Young criticizes news coverage in the city as unfair and racially biased.
Marie Farrell Donaldson Marie Farrell Donaldson (June 1986)
Guests: Marie Farrell-Donaldson, Susan Watson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This program from June of 1986 features an interview with Detroit Ombudsman Marie Farrell-Donaldson, whose office is charged with helping citizens navigate the city's bureaucracy and help them resolve problems with city services and agencies.
Drug Paraphernalia Ban (July 21, 1986)
Guests: Nicholas Jr. Hood, Al Jawad, Imam Abdullah El-Amin
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson-Hudson
Duration: 00:29:23
Description: This show is about a possible ordinance to ban the sale of drug paraphernalia in Detroit following a protest. Includes commentary by Susan Watson.
Guests are Nicholas Hood Jr. of the Detroit City Council; Al Jawad, the president of the Association of Independent Petroleum Dealers; and Imam Abdullah El-Amin of the Detroit Muslim Center, who led the protest the prior week.
Bill Lucas (September 29, 1986)
Guests: William Lucas
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:28:23
Description: This show is an interview with Wayne County executive William Lucas about running for governor.
James Blanchard (October 13, 1986)
Guests: James Blanchard
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Carole Gibson
Duration: 00:28:34
Description: This show is an interview with governor James Blanchard.
Teen Violence (November 3, 1986)
Guests: Elizabeth Hood, Charles Harper, Hartford Smith, Susan Watson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:29:33
Description: This show is a discussion of teen violence in Detroit. It includes commentary by Susan Watson.

Guests include Dr. Elizabeth Hood from Wayne State University School of Education, psychologist Charles Harper, Professor Hartford Smith from Wayne State University School of Social Work, and the voice of "John", a former drug dealer.
Teen Violence with Susan Watson (November 24, 1986)
Guests: Susan Watson, Thelma Curtis, Luvinia Hilson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:30:24
Description: This show focuses on coming up with solutions for teen violence in Detroit.
Guests include Susan Watson, writer for the Detroit Free Press; and Thelma Curtis and Luvinia Hilson, women whose sons was killed by teen violence.
Arthur Johnson (December 15, 1986)
Guests: Arthur Johnson
Host: Ed Gordon

Duration: 00:28:22
Description: This show is an interview with Arthur Johnson about his election to the presidency of the Detroit NAACP and the direction he plans on leading the NAACP.
Joe Madison (December 22, 1986)
Guests: Joe Madison
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:28:28
Description: This show is an interview with radio talk show host and activist Joe Madison about his proposal to start a new civil rights organization and his criticism of Coleman Young. It includes commentary by Susan Watson.
Julian Bond Julian Bond (1987)
Guests: Julian Bond
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:28:53
Description: This program, in which host Ed Gordon interviews civil rights leader and former Georgia state legislator Julian Bond, was broadcast in January 1987 on the national observance of the Martin Luther King Holiday.
Psychological Slavery Psychological Slavery (1987)
Guests: Dr. Robert Newby, Dr. Tyrone Tilory, Susan Watson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: In this program from 1987, host Ed Gordon engages in a fascinating discussion of African American psychology with two faculty members from Wayne State University: history professor Dr. Tyrone Tilory, and sociology professor Dr. Robert Newby.

School Crisis School Crisis (1987)
Guests: Teola Canty, George Vaughn, Arthur Jefferson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:28:18
Description: This program, broadcast live in the spring of 1987, was organized by WTVS as a public forum in response to the fatal shooting of a student at a Detroit high school. The panel discussion, led by host Ed Gordon, with Detroit Schools Superintendent Dr. Arthur Jefferson, school board member George Vaughn, and PTA President Teola Canty, illuminates the struggle of a major city to come to grips with violence in its schools and broader community.
Motown Records (February 2, 1987)
Guests: Earl Van Dyke, Thomas Bowles
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:28:47
Description: This show is about motown records. Guests include Earl Van Dyke, a keyboardist for Motown Records' in-house Funk Brothers band and for other famous performers (Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, etc), as well as a soloist; and Thomas Bowles, a Motown saxophonist and leader of the Swinging Dashikis, a band that played back up for Motown acts.
Teenage Pregnancy (February 9, 1987)
Guests: Emily Palmer, Richard Smith, Joyce Freeman, Robert Marshall
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:28:12
Description: This show is about how increasing teenage pregnancies affect the black community. Includes commentary from Susan Watson.

Guests are Emily Palmer, director of the Lula Belle Stewart Center for Pregnant Teens; Dr. Richard Smith, director of the Henry Ford Hospital Young Adult Clinic; 17 year old mother, Joyce Freeman; and 18 year old father, Robert Marshall.
AIDS (March 30, 1987)
Guests: Melinda Love, Scott Walton, Susan Watson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:30:32
Description: This show examines the incidence of AIDS in black Americans.

Guests include Dr. Melinda Love from the Detroit Board of Health; Scott Walton, the executive director of the Wellness Network; and Grace, a woman with AIDS who shares her story over the phone. Followed by commentary from Susan Watson.
The Winans (May 11, 1987)
Guests: Marvin Winans, Michael Winans, Ronald Winans, Carvin Winans
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:28:32
Description: This show is an interview and performance by the Winans brothers. The Winans are a Grammy award winning gospel group.
Radio Personnel (June 1, 1987)
Guests: Jay Butler, Clarence Rome, Steve Williams, John Mason
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:26:31
Description: This show is about the importance of music and radio in the black community.
Guests include radio disc jockeys John Mason, WJLB; Jay Butler, WQBH; Clarence "Foody" Rome, WGPR; and Steve Williams, WJZZ.
Blacks in Sports (June 8, 1987)
Guests: Earl Lloyd, Joe Lapointe, Mel Farr, Gates Brown
Host: Ed Gordon,
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:26:31
Description: This show is about racism in sports. Guests include Mel Farr, a former player for the Detroit Lions; Gates Brown, a former player for the Detroit Tigers; Earl Lloyd, former coach of the Detroit Pistons; and over the phone, Joe Lapointe, a writer for the Detroit Free Press.
Blacks and the Constitution (June 15, 1987)
Guests: Dennis Archer, Harold Norris, Avern Cohn, Charles Wright, Susan Watson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:26:29
Description: This show is about the relevance of the constitution to blacks because they were still in slavery at the time it was written. Includes commentary by Susan Watson.

Guests are Dennis Archer, then a Michigan Supreme Court Justice; the founder of the Museum of African American History, Dr. Charles Wright; Professor Harold Norris from the Detroit College of Law; and Judge Avern Cohn of the U.S. District Court.
Levert-Gordon-Levert (June 17, 1987)
Guests: Gerald Levert, Sean Levert, Marc Gordon
Host: Ed Gordon

Duration: 00:24:07
Description: This show is an interview with the musical group, Levert.
Black Vietnam Vets (June 29, 1987)
Guests: Von Washington, Mike Bethune, Liz Allen
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:28:39
Description: This show looks at issues of blacks in the Vietnam war and how black Vietnam veterans were portrayed in current movies of the time.

Guests include Von Washington, Mike Bethune, and Liz Allen, all Vietnam veterans.
School Strike (September 14, 1987)
Guests: Mary Blackmon, Sarah Burkhalter, Edmund Millet
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:26:31
Description: This show is about the Detroit schools teachers' strike.
Guests are Mary Blackmon, vice president of the Detroit School Board; Reverend Edmund Millet, a member of an ad hoc community group assisting to end the strike; and Sarah Burkhalter, recording secretary with the Detroit Federation of Teachers.
Housing Discrimination (October 19, 1987)
Guests: Sue Alexander, Marvin Thomas, Jeff McCall
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:28:24
Description: This show is about housing discrimination in Detroit.
Guests are Sue Alexander, a woman who won a discrimination suit against a rental agent; Jeff McCall, a realtor who owns his own real-estate company; and Marvin Thomas of the Fair Housing Center.
Recall (October 26, 1987)
Guests: Mzee Nabwi, Jessie M. Dillard, George Vaughn, Kay Everett
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:28:24
Description: This show is about the attempted recall of school board members, and also addresses the state of the school systems.
Guests are Mzee Nabwi of People to Open Schools; Jessie Dillard, a representative of Parents for Better Schools; and Detroit School Board members Kay Everett and George Vaughn.
Miki Howard (November 2, 1987)
Guests: Miki Howard
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:25:08
Description: This show is about singer/actress Miki Howard, her life, and music.
Natalie Cole (November 9, 1987)
Guests: Natalie Cole
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:28:28
Description: This show is an interview with singer and songwriter, Natalie Cole.
Urban League (November 16, 1987)
Guests: Charles Anderson, Claud Young
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:28:27
Description: This show is about the effectiveness of Southern Christian Leadership Conference and National Urban League in the civil rights struggle of the 1980's. Guests include Charles Anderson, president of the Detroit Urban League; and Dr. Claud Young, president of Michigan SCLC.
Strategic Plan (November 23, 1987)
Guests: Erma Henderson, Arthur Johnson, Jim Holley
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:28:26
Description: This show is about the Detroit Strategic Planning Project to try to better Detroit, and whether it may really have an impact. The show begins with an outtake from a speech by Walter McCarthy, the co-chairman of the Detroit Strategic Plan, and comments from Mayor Coleman Young.
Guests include Erma Henderson, president of the Detroit City Council, and executive committee member for the Detroit Strategic Plan; Dr. Arthur Johnson, the co-chairman of race relations for the Detroit Strategic Plan; and Reverend Jim Holley of Little Rock Baptist Church.
Best of Show (1988)

Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:27:40
Description: This show is an end-of -year special, featuring clips from the show throughout 1987.
Najee (1988)
Guests: Najee
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:25:28
Description: This show is an interview with Najee, a jazz artist who plays saxophones and flutes, and just had his first gold album. The show also includes clips from some of his music videos.
Black Folks (January 4, 1988)
Guests: John Conyers, Joe Wilson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:28:17
Description: This show is about the ramifications of recent massive GM layoffs for Detroit.
Guests include congressmen John Conyers; and Joe Wilson, the president of UAW local 15, who was recently laid off.
Racism (February 1, 1988)
Guests: Derwin Success, Keith Molin, Tracye Matthews, Joe Madison
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:30:22
Description: This show is about growing racism problems in the area and nationally. It includes commentary by Susan Watson.

Guests are Dr. Derwin Success, whose home was recently defaced with racial slanders and threatening messages; Keith Molin, the director of communications for the University of Michigan which has been a site of on-going racial problems; Tracye Matthews of the United Coalition Against Racism; and Joe Madison, chairman of the Michigan Leadership Conference.
Black Health Care (February 15, 1988)
Guests: Charles Vincent, John Waller, Jacqueline Flowers Lee
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:28:29
Description: This show is about health disparities in black people, and how things can be changed toward African Americans being healthier. The show ends with commentary from Susan Watson.

Guests are Dr. Charles Vincent, an OB/GYN; Dr. John Waller, the chairman of the Department of Community Medicine for Wayne State University; and Jacqueline Flowers Lee, a consultant for the Michigan Department of Health.
Headlines (February 22, 1988)
Guests: Chauncey Bailey, Cliff Russell, Steve Crump
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:28:21
Description: This show looks at headlines in Detroit over the weeks before the show and how they affect black people in Detroit.

Guests include Chauncey Bailey, reporter for the Detroit News; Cliff Russell of WWJ radio; and Steve Crump, at the time a reporter for WJBK TV.
Crack Continues (February 29, 1988)
Guests: Ron Lockett, Jacqueline Morrison, Nathaniel Topp
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:29:42
Description: This show is a part two of a series looking at the role of the community in putting an end to crack cocaine in Detroit.
Guests are Ron Lockett, the executive director of Family and Youth Resources; Jacqueline Morrison senior community prevention consultant of Project EPIC, a substance abuse prevention program; and Nathaniel Topp, the commanding officer of the Crime Prevention Unit of the Detroit Police Department.
Caucus Review (March 28, 1988)
Guests: Jack Casey, Kenneth Hill, Remer Tyson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:28:24
Description: This show is about Jesse Jackson winning the caucus vote and whether blacks in general can be elected for such positions as presidency despite racism.
Guests include political analyst Jack Casey; Dr. Kenneth Hill, a professor at Wayne State University; and Remer Tyson, a writer for the Detroit Free Press.
Entrepreneurship (June 6, 1988)
Guests: Porterfield Wilson, Sampson Mathews, Gerald Davis, Ed Vaughn, Larry Mongo, Thomas Hutcherson, Charles W. Butler
Host: Ed Gordon

Duration: 00:28:24
Description: This show is about relationships between black consumers and entrepreneurs. It begins with a recording of a speech by entrepreneur Porterfield Wilson, and comments from Reverend Sampson Mathews of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit, and Gerald Davis of the Thursday Luncheon Group.

Guests include Ed Vaughn, president of the Thursday Luncheon Group and executive assistant to mayor Coleman Young; Thomas Hutcherson, vice president of the Booker T. Washington Association; Larry Mongo, a Detroit businessman; and Reverend Charles W. Butler, president of the Council of Baptist Pastors.
Airplane Pyramid Scheme (June 27, 1988)
Guests: Susan Watson, Richard Smart, Robert McTyre
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:28:19
Description: This show is about the pyramid operation that was exclusively black, and whether that's the only reason it gained so much attention.

Guests include Richard Smart, the assistant deputy attorney general for Detroit; Detroit Free Press columnist Susan Watson, who wrote an article about the situation and has been receiving hate mail and threats because of it; and Robert McTyre of the Michigan Chronicle.