Browse shows on: Africa and African-Americans

Detroit's prominence as a center of African-American life attracted attention abroad, especially as African nations accelerated the century-long process of throwing off colonialism and solidifying economic and social ties with descendants in the United States. In addition, this period witnessed the demise of the apartheid state in South Africa, an event in which African-Americans expressed keen interest as ABJ guest Archbishop Desmond Tutu well understood. ABJ shows demonstrate the city's international influence, punctuated by interviews and special programs involving such visiting African dignitaries and African-American authors, including Alex Haley, who were inspiring a revival of interest in the African roots of the African-American experience.

Our Images, Our History, Ourselves (No Date)
Guests: Dick Gregory, George Ware, Archie Shepp, Steve Copher, Charleszetta Waddles


Duration: 00:47:47
Description: This show is about how images of black people are portrayed and perceived, and African/African American history. It isn't the normal format of the show, it is just a series of clips, including some from old shows. There are no formal guests, and only a handful of the people that speak are actually named.
Dr. Mehdi Dr. Mehdi (1977)
Guests: Dr. Mehdi
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:26:17
Description: This program features host Ron Scott in an extended interview with Dr. M. T. Mehdi, president of the American Arab Relations Committee, discussing America's role in the Middle East.
Millie Jackson Millie Jackson (1978)
Guests: Mildred Jackson
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 00:28:40
Description: The show opens with a 4 minute live performance of Millie Jackson singing "Sweet Music Man." Host Ron Scott interviews Jackson about a range of topics from her performance style to "kids today," women's liberation, and her plans for the future.
Black Art: Yesterday and Today (1980)
Guests: Adolphus Ealey
Host: Deborah Ray
Producer : Deborah Ray
Duration: 00:26:21
Description: This show is an interview with Adolphus Ealey, the director of the Barnett-Aden Gallery, about the role black art has played in history. Adolphus Ealey is also an artist himself, and a lecturer.
Generation of Resistance (1982)
Guests: Mangedwa C. Nyathi, Selby Msimang, Peter Mda, Elizabeth Mafekeng, Elias Ntloedibe, Lanford Ganyile, Mac Maharaj, Joe Gqabi, Harry Nengwekhulu, Don Ngubeni, William Leslie
Host: Motlatsi Motsoasele
Producer : Peter Davis, Deborah Ray
Duration: 00:58:19
Description: This show is a documentary-style special about the struggle against apartheid in South Africa through time. There are appearances by apartheid political activists Selby Msimang, Peter Mda, Elizabeth Mafekeng, Ganyile Lanford, Mac Maharaj, Joe Gqabi, Harry Nengwekhulu, and William Leslie; Reverend Mangedwa C. Nyathi of Hartford Avenue Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit; and author Elias Ntloedibe.
Bloodlines and Bridges: The African Connection (1986)
Guests: Imani Humphrey, Sharon Stallworth, Thomas F. Stallworth III, Samuel Ajiri, Ricardo Solomon, G. Mennen Williams, John Conyers, Walter Morgan, Marion Crawford, Elise Davis, Kamal Amen Ra
Host: 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 : Darryl Wood, Debra Mims
Duration: 00:55:05
Description: This show explores the African roots of Detroiters.


Guests include: Imani Humphrey, founder of Aisha Shule an African centered charter school in Detroit, Thomas and Sharon Stallworth, the parents of a child attending the school; Dr. Samuel Ajiri, the president of Western Medical Systems, Inc., who is a native of Nigeria; Ricardo Solomon, chairman of the International Exchange council; the chief justice of the Michigan supreme court, G. Mennen Williams; congressman John Conyers; artist and art dealer, Walter Morgan; secretary of Wayne County government, Marion Crawford; Elise Davis, a researcher of African American history; and Kamal Amen Ra, an African drummer and dancer.
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.
Desmond Tutu Desmond Tutu (January 15, 1986)
Guests: Desmond Tutu
Host: Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Producer : Ed Gordon, Deborah Mim, Carole Gibson, Leslie Paige, Dianne Hudson, Darryl Wood, Bill Page
Duration: 00:58:46
Description: In this live broadcast on January 15, 1986, special guest host Charlayne Hunter-Gault interviewed Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. Bishop Tutu was visiting the United States to rally American opposition to the South African system of apartheid.
20th Anniversary Special (September 25, 1989)
Guests: Tony Brown, Gil Maddox, Abe Ulmer, Ron Scott, Juanita Anderson, George (voice only) Martin
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 00:59:38
Description: This show is about the history of Detroit Black Journal, and is filled with clips from old shows.

Guests include the first host of the show, Tony Brown, Gil Maddox, who originally wrote the proposal for the show, Abe Ulmer, another host of CPT, Juanita Anderson, former executive producer of DBJ, Ron Scott, former producer and host of DBJ, and George Martin, who worked on CPT and DBJ.
Nigeria (October 31, 1989)
Guests: Sadiq Mohamed, Dean Johnson
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 00:26:06
Description: This show is about Nigeria and American trade opportunities there. Michigan opened an African trade office in Nigeria in the previous year, and set record sales, prompting the discussion topic.

Guests are Sadiq Mohamed, the deputy minister of the Nigerian Ministry of Trade; and Dean Johnson, of the Michigan Export Development Authority.
Highlights of Mandela's Visit Highlights of Mandela's Visit (1990)
Guests: Margaret Baylor, Paul Hubbard, Susan Watson, Nelson Mandela, Emery King
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Gerald Smith, James Jackson, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:53:01
Description: Nelson Mandela made a triumphal visit to the United States in June 1990, after his release from twenty-seven years' imprisonment in South Africa. It was a visit that brought a tremendous outpouring of emotion at every stop, especially, but not exclusively, from African Americans.

Afrocentrism (February 1991)
Guests: Arthur Carter, Lyn Lewis, James Jenkins, Larry Fishburne, Ann Eskridge
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:29:04
Description: This show is a review of black history month.
Guests include Dr. Arthur Carter, interim deputy superintendent of Detroit Public Schools; sociologist, Dr. Lyn Lewis of the University of Detroit Mercy; and writer Ann Eskridge. Clips contain statements from James Jenkins, the founder of Greystone International Jazz Museum; actor Larry Fishburne, best known for his role in the movie "The Matrix"; and the writers of the play "Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame", Flip Fraser and J.D. Douglas.
Modern Day Griot Modern Day Griot (1992)
Guests: Katherine Blackwell, Baba Inshangi
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:26:29
Description: This program, broadcast in 1992, is hosted by Cliff Russell. Divided between a music-dance performance by the Ishangi family from West Africa, and a presentation by Katherine Blackwell, an African American storyteller, the show illustrates the efforts of African Americans to explore - and to transmit to their children - the African roots of American culture.
Friends of African Art/King and Gold of Ghana (February 3, 1992)
Guests: Maurice D. Parrish, Laura R. Mosley, Judith Wyche, Ronald R. Dobbins
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:28:49
Description: As part of February's Black History month, where the topic is African roots, this episode's focus is on the gold of Ghana. The show begins with footage from a Ghanaian king's visit to Detroit.

Guests include Maurice D. Parrish, deputy director of the Detroit Institute of Arts; Judith Wyche, the first vice chair of the Friends of African Art; Ronald R. Dobbins, the president of Omnicare; and Laura R. Mosley, of Friends of African Art.
African culture and folklore (July 20, 1992)
Guests: Frankey Quimby, Doug Quimby, Julie Dash, Joseph N'Diaye
Host: Mike Neal
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:29:29
Description: This show is about African culture and folklore that was better preserved through island life. It also includes an interview with Julie Dash about her movie, "Daughters of the Dust".

Guests are storytellers Frankey and Doug Quimby, who tell about their heritage; Joseph N'Diaye, the curator of the Museum des Esclaves; and film writer, director, producer, Julie Dash.
Barbara Talley (1993)
Guests: Barbara Talley, Dale Rich, Dudley Moore
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:28:12
Description: This show focuses on black politics through a Detroit Institute of Arts exhibit and Barbara Talley's political career. It also has a segment on African art.

Guests include Barbara Talley, a candidate for Southfield City Clerk; Dale Rich, a researcher and exhibitor that put together a black lawmakers' exhibit; and Dudley Moore, an African artist.
Susan Taylor (1993)
Guests: Susan Taylor, Dudley Moore
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:18:54
Description: This show is an interview with Susan Taylor about being the editor of Essence magazine. There is also a segment on African arts, narrated by Dudley Moore of Moore African Art.
South Africa (April 20, 1994)
Guests: Howard Wolpe, Nathan McCall
Host: 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 : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:27:51
Description: This show examines South Africa's first multiracial election through discussion with Howard Wolpe, former congressman and the chairman of house subcommittee on Africa. It also includes an interview with Nathan McCall, author of the book "Makes Me Wanna Holler", about his life and time in prison.