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.

CPT 1967 Detroit Riot (1968)
Guests: Bill Murphy, Kim Weston, Hal McKinney, Gwen McKinney, George Kirby
Host: Tony Brown, Sandy Lawrence, Abe Ulmer
Producer : Tony Brown
Duration: 1:00:03
Description: The program covers community events, local news, a segment on the role of the public school system in the 1967 Detroit Riot, and a segment on Harriet Tubman.
Detroit City Dance Center (1977)
Guests: Carol Morisseau
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 0:31:26
Description: Host Ron Scott and guest Carol Morisseau discuss the Detroit City Dance Center.
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.
Fannie Lou Hamer (1977)
Guests: Pearl Cleage
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Duration: 0:12:06
Description: Clips from several different segments: an obituary of Fannie Lou Hamer, an interview with Pearl Cleage, poetry by Arna Bontemps, a slideshow of black artists and political figures, and a slideshow of African art. None of the clips are complete segments.
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.
The New Klan: Heritage of Hate (1978)
Guests: None
Producer: Bingham, Eleanor, Shatz, Leslie
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Duration: 0:59:57
Description: A documentary about the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan.
Street News Dance (September 20, 1978)
Guests: None
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Duration: 0:06:56
Description: Footage of a performance that combines dance, music, and poetry.
Dr. Ben (February 14, 1979)
Guests: Yosef Ben-Jochannan
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 0:37:09
Description: Host Ron Scott and guest Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan discuss African history.
Creative Music in Detroit (June 26, 1979)
Guests: New Wave Chamber Jazz Quartet, Tony Holland, William Townley
Producer: Ray, Deborah
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Duration: 0:24:18
Description: A special about the music created by members of the Creative Arts Collective.
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.
Fitzgerald Whitney and Nigerian Showcase (1980)
Guests: Fitzgerald Whitney, Jimmie Okera Hightower, Victoria Ene Oloja, Ademola Onibonokuta
Host: Deborah Ray
Producer : Deborah Ray
Duration: 0:31:40
Description: Host Deborah Ray and guest Fitzgerald Whitney discuss Whitney's career as a black photographer. Also, a performance by Jimmie Okera Hightower and a segment on the Nigerian Showcase at the Detroit Institute of the Arts.
Hastings Street Jazz Experience (January 29, 1980)
Guests: None
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Duration: 0:30:36
Description: Footage of several pieces being performed by the Hastings Street Jazz Experience. Songs include "Liberation Suite", "Chioke", and "Be-Bop Blues."
Our Images, Our History, Ourselves (February 15, 1980)
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. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1981)
Guests: None
Host: Paul Clements
Producer : Deborah Ray
Duration: 1:00:01
Description: Paul Clements presents a documentary about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his work with the civil rights movement.
Kapingbdi, Strata Nova, and Steel Pulse (1981)
Guests: Leonard King, E. Kojo Samnels, Ronnie McQueen, David Hines
Producer: Ray, Deborah
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Duration: 0:28:33
Description: Footage of performances by Kapingbdi, Strata Nova, and Steel Pulse. Also, interviews of band members.
South African Rebels (1981)
Guests: Mike Morcan, Ellen Museala, Bird-Sco-Now Youth Band
Host:
Producer : Deborah Ray
Duration: 0:29:58
Description: Host Deborah Ray and guests Mike Morcan and Ellen Museala discuss efforts to rebel against the South African government. Also, a performance by the Bird-Sco-Now Youth Band.
Through the Artist Eyes (1981)
Guests: Walter Morgan, Burnis Day, Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts, Allie McGhee
Host: Deborah Ray
Producer :
Duration: 0:30:41
Description: A special about African-American artists.
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.
Vanity Ballroom Homecoming (1982)
Guests: Howard Armstrong, Alberta Adams, Eddie Burns, Kenneth Hagood, LaMonte Hamilton, Dave Wilborn, Thomas Bowles, Ivy Jo Hunter, Norma Jean Bell, Roy Brooks, Kafi Patrice Nassoma
Host: Harold McKinney
Producer : Deborah Ray
Duration: 0:53:27
Description: Harold McKinney discusses the history of the Vanity Ballroom in Detroit.
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever (Part 2) (1983)
Guests: DeBarge, High Inergy, Smokey Robinson, Linda Ronstadt, Adam Ant, Diana Ross, The Supremes
Host: Richard Pryor
Producer : Don Mischer, Buz Kohan
Duration: 0:49:08
Description: Part 2 of a special about Motown.
Rock, Radio, and Racism (1983)
Guests: Choker Campbell, Don Davis, Pat Holliday, Ken Lowery, Terry Fox, Ricky Rouse, Brian Sheffield, Larry Strauss, Doug Podell, Jim McFarlin, Fred Jacobs, W. Kim Heron, Niki Buzz, Joe Spencer, Paul Christy, The Electrifying Mojo
Host: Jim Ingram
Producer : Deborah Ray
Duration: 0:58:39
Description: Part 1 of a special about racial discrimination in the music industry, especially with rock music.
Black Teens (1984)
Guests: Claud Young, Martha Jean Steinberg, Marion Terrell, S.L. Jones, Erma Franklin, Robbie McCoy, Cecil Franklin, Fannie Tyler, Joel Bowman, Mark Tilles, Keith Binion, Kevin Binion, Jacqueline Tilles, Brandon Graham, Hazel Rucker, Nathaniel Rucker, LaMaurice Gardner, Shelly Boglin, Carol E. Pearson, Rosetta Hines, Rod Johnson, Mamie R. Wright, Brenda Mae Evans, Lawanda Fisher, Shawn Fisher, Sue Carol Fisher, Sarah A. Johnson, Cephaus Johnson, Cheryl Williams, Stacey Williams, Tenecia Gregory, Mary Wilks
Host: Ben Frazier
Producer : Alicia Nails, Ed Gordon, Njia Kai
Duration: 0:56:43
Description: A special about black teenagers, featuring segments about the death of Rev. C.L. Franklin, a charitable organization, the popularity of androgynous fashion, and a radio and television program created by high schoolers.
The State of Black America 1984 (May 23, 1984)
Guests: Robert Woodson, Unita Blackwell, Randall Robinson, Eleanor Holmes-Norton, Arthur Fletcher, Amiri Baraka
Host: Roger Wilkins
Producer : Tony Batten
Duration: 0:59:36
Description: Moderator Roger Wilkins and panelists Robert Woodson, Mayor Unita Blackwell, Randall Robinson, Eleanor Holmes-Norton, Arthur Fletcher, and Amiri Baraka discuss progress made and challenges faced by black Americans.
Forum on Black America (1985)
Guests: Robert Woodson, Ernest Green, M. Carl Holman, Marc Stepp, Geraldine Daniels, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Pendleton, Clarence M., Jr.
Host: Roger Wilkins
Producer : Tony Batten
Duration: 1:33:02
Description: Moderator Roger Wilkins and panelists Robert Woodson, Ernest Green, M. Carl Holman, Marc Stepp, Geraldine Daniels, Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Clarence M. Pendleton, Jr. discuss economic issues faced by black Americans and take audience questions.
Ali Mazrui (1986)
Guests: Ali Mazrui
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
Duration: 0:30:00
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guest Dr. Ali Mazrui discuss Mazrui's controversial upcoming PBS series, The Africans.
Black Men (1986)
Guests: Chris Wathen, Bobby Calhoun
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer :
Duration: 0:30:10
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guests Chris Wathen and Bobby Calhoun discuss black men and their role in their families and community.
Black Voters (1986)
Guests: F. Edward Johnson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson-Hudson
Duration: 0:30:43
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guest F. Edward Johnson discuss black voters and political parties.
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]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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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.
Boycotting and Civil Rights (1986)
Guests: Arthur Featherstone, Howard Simon, Joe Madison
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson Hudson
Duration: 0:31:28
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guests Arthur Featherstone, Howard Simon, and Joe Madison discuss whether boycotting is still an effective method of protesting for civil rights.
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.
NAACP (1986)
Guests: Charles Adams
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson-Hudson
Duration: 0:31:13
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guest Rev. Charles Adams discuss the relevance of the NAACP and its plans for the future.
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: 01:04:15
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.
America and Apartheid (June 30, 1986)
Guests: Mangedwa Nyathi, Reginald Nyovane, Clarence Lindsey
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson-Hudson
Duration: 0:30:21
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guests Rev. Mangedwa Nyathi, Reginald Nyovane, and Clarence Lindsey discuss American economic sanctions against the South African government in protest of Apartheid.
South Africa (June 30, 1986)
Guests: Mangedwa Nyathi, Reginald Nyovane, Clarence Lindsey
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson-Hudson
Duration: 00:28:54
Description: This show is a look at apartheid-induced violence in South Africa and where the US stands on the issue. Guests include Reverend Mangedwa Nyathi, a native of South Africa; writer Reginald Nyovane, also a native of South Africa; and Clarence Lindsey, a Detroit entrepreneur trying to secure a fuel depot in South Africa.
Arthur Johnson (December 15, 1986)
Guests: Arthur Johnson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:28:22
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guest Arthur Johnson discuss the controversial election that led to Johnson's appointment as President-Elect of the Detroit branch of the NAACP and his plans for the next two years as the head of the organization.
Arthur Johnson (December 15, 1986)
Guests: Arthur Johnson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 0:30:35
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guest Arthur Johnson discuss the controversial election that led to Johnson's appointment as President-Elect of the Detroit branch of the NAACP and his plans for the next two years as the head of the organization.
African-American Cooking (1987)
Guests: Howard Paige, Ulysses Maple
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 0:29:19
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guest Howard Paige discuss the history of African-American cooking, and cook some recipes with chef Ulysses Maple.
Agenda 1987 (1987)
Guests: Erma Henderson, Talib Karim-Muhammed, Jim Holly, Susan Watson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 0:31:04
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guests Erma Henderson, Imam Talib Karim-Muhammed, and Rev. Jim Holly discuss issues that will be faced by Detroit's black community in the upcoming year.
Senzenina: What Have We Done to Deserve This? (1987)
Guests: David C. Turnley
Producer: Anderson, Juanita, Scott, Robert J.
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Duration: 0:30:07
Description: A photo journal by David C. Turnley featuring photography of South African people, set to South African music.
Skin Color (January 26, 1987)
Guests: Gail Parker, Avvonne Mannings, Ingebord Taylor-Hill
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 0:30:02
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guests Dr. Gail Parker, Avvonne Mannings, and Ingeborg Taylor-Hill discuss discrimination within the black community.
Motown Remembered (February 2, 1987)
Guests: Earl Van Dyke, Thomas Bowles
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 0:31:10
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guests Earl Van Dyke and Thomas "Beans" Bowles discuss their Motown careers and their work with a production of the play Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.
Cooking Show (February 16, 1987)
Guests: Howard Paige, Ulysses Maple
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Gordon, Ed/ Gallant, Trudy
Duration: 00:28:34
Description: This show is about the history of black cuisine, and the role of African Americans in America's normal diet. Guests include Howard Paige, a culinary historian and author; and Ulysses Maple, the head chef at Oakwood Hospital.

Black Presidential Candidate (May 18, 1987)
Guests: Lenora Fulani
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 0:28:57
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guest Dr. Lenora Fulani discuss Rev. Jesse Jackson's presidential campaign.
Sheryl Lee Ralph (November 2, 1987)
Guests: Sheryl Lee Ralph
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 0:30:16
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guest Sheryl Lee Ralph discuss Ralph's acting career and her new beauty instructional video.
Black Women (December 21, 1987)
Guests: Valerie Childs, Lyn Lewis, Pat Coleman-Burns
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 0:32:24
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guests Pat Coleman-Burns, Dr. Lyn Lewis, and Valerie Childs discuss the rising number of single-parent black households.
Images and Ideas (1988)
Guests: Harold Allen, Alfred Hinton, Dwight Smith, Shirley Woodson, Jamal Jones, Steve Mealy, Arianne King, Richard Bennett, Christine Baker, Michael Gardner, Kwasi Asante, Gilda Snowden, Bill Sanders, Avery Boone, Allie McGhee
Host: Edsel Reid
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Duration: 0:30:35
Description: A video made by the Michigan chapter of the National Conference of Artists featuring fifteen black artists.
Black History (February 8, 1988)
Guests: Tyrone Tillery, Charles Wright
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 0:31:20
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guests Dr. Tyrone Tillery and Dr. Charles Wright discuss the importance of teaching black history.
Coleman Young (April 4, 1988)
Guests: Coleman Young
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 0:29:34
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guest Mayor Coleman Young discuss controversy regarding the expansion of an airport and Jesse Jackson's presidential campaign.
Les Brown 1988 (May 23, 1988)
Guests: Les Brown
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 0:29:11
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guest Les Brown discuss how the black community can benefit from using motivational speaking techniques.
Detroit Urban League (1989)
Guests: None
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Duration: 0:21:39
Description: Footage of a Detroit Urban League meeting.
Kenneth Cockrel (1989)
Guests: Dennis Archer, Jack Russell, Mike Hamlin, Justin Ravitz
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 0:29:16
Description: Host Trudy Gallant and guests Hon. Dennis Archer, Jack Russell, Mike Hamlin, and Justin Ravitz discuss the life of Ken Cockrel.
GM Lawsuit (February 8, 1989)
Guests: James Kennedy, Larry Kitchen, Dennis James, William Sebastian
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Duration: 0:29:09
Description: Host Trudy Gallant and guests Rev. James Kennedy, Larry Kitchen, Dennis James, and William Sebastian discuss a recent lawsuit against GM for discriminatory workplace policies.
Black vs. African American (February 13, 1989)
Guests: Ed Vaughn, Ali Mazrui, John Hendrik Clarke, Joe Madison
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 0:32:07
Description: Host Trudy Gallant and guests Ed Vaughn, Dr. Ali Mazrui, Dr. John Hendrik Clarke, and Joe Madison discuss the use of the term "African American".
Pistons Racism (March 27, 1989)
Guests: Jim Holley, Leon Bradley
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 0:29:41
Description: Host Trudy Gallant and guests Rev. Jim Holley and Leon Bradley discuss allegations of racism made against the management of the Detroit Pistons.
Older American Month (May 22, 1989)
Guests: Jacqueline Martin, Al Crawford, Mary McDougall
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer :
Duration: 0:29:29
Description: Host Trudy Gallant and guests Jacqueline Martin, Al Crawford, and Mary McDougall discuss issues faced by Detroit's black senior citizen population.
Supreme Court and Affirmative Action (June 26, 1989)
Guests: Tyrone Tillery, Zaida Giraldo, Carl Edwards
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 0:27:44
Description: Host Trudy Gallant and guests Dr. Tyrone Tillery, Carl Edwards, and Dr. Zaida Giraldo discuss a recent Supreme Court ruling that limits affirmative action.
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.
Kwanzaa 1989 (December 18, 1989)
Guests: Kofi Egbo, Louise Reid-Ritchie, Carmen N'Namdi
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza, James Jackson
Duration: 0:29:56
Description: Host Trudy Gallant and guests Dr. Kofi Egbo, Dr. Louise Reid-Ritchie, and Carmen N'Namdi discuss Kwanzaa rituals and symbols.
African History (1990)
Guests: Catherine Carter Blackwell
Host: Neal Shine
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 0:28:35
Description: Host Neal Shine and guest Catherine Carter Blackwell discuss the importance of educating African-American children about their history and culture.
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.

Blacks and the Environment 2 (April 9, 1990)
Guests: Bunyon Bryant, Grace Boggs, Gayle Rocker, Avery Brooks
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 0:29:18
Description: Host Trudy Gallant and guests Bunyon Bryant Ph.D., Grace Boggs, and Gayle Rocker discuss environmental issues that impact black urban communities. Also, Avery Brooks talks about a play about the life of Paul Robeson.
Dr. Joseph Lowery (April 9, 1990)
Guests: Joseph Lowery
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer :
Duration: 0:30:17
Description: Host Trudy Gallant and guest Dr. Joseph Lowery discuss his work with the civil rights movement.
Matty Rich (1991)
Guests: Matty Rich
Host: Nkenge Zola
Producer :
Duration: 0:20:33
Description: Nkenge Zola interviews Matty Rich about his debut film, Straight Out of Brooklyn.
Older, But Still Vibrant (1991)
Guests: Rosa Parks, Charleszetta Waddles
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 0:30:07
Description: Host Trudy Gallant and guests Rosa Parks and Rev. Charleszetta "Mother" Waddles discuss their work to promote civil rights and charity. Also, a video about the Henry O. Tanner exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Prostate Cancer in Black Men (1991)
Guests: Louis Sullivan, Ernest Oden, James Bennett, Alvin Poussaint, John Grant, Maxine Grant
Host:
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Duration: 0:18:25
Description: Dr. Louis Sullivan discusses the importance of having regularly scheduled prostate cancer examinations.
State of Black America Report (1991)
Guests: N. Charles Anderson, Alan L. Keyes
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 0:30:19
Description: Guest host Darryl Wood and guests N. Charles Anderson and Dr. Alan L. Keyes discuss the recently released State of Black America and its accusations that tax dollars are unfairly distributed.
Tap Dance and Malcolm X (1991)
Guests: Lloyd Storey, Amani Henry Kashaka, Paul D. Lee, Wilfred Little
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 0:32:22
Description: Host Trudy Gallant and guests Lloyd Storey and Amani Henry Kashaka discuss tap dancing for National Tap Dance Day. Also, Paul D. Lee and Wilfred Little discuss the life of Malcolm X.
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.
Afrocentric Education (1992)
Guests: Molefi Asante, Mbongeni Ngema, Leleti Khumalo
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 0:30:51
Description: Dr. Molefi Asante gives a speech about teaching African-American students the history of Africa and African-Americans. Also, Cliff Russell interviews Mbongeni Ngema about his play Serafina!, and talks to actress Leleti Khumalo about her role in the film based on the play.
Malice Green: Justice or Outrage...What's Our Future? (1992)
Guests: Isaiah Patterson, Jesse Mitchell
Host: Allen Martin
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 0:30:11
Description: Guest Host Allen Martin and guests Rev. Isaiah Patterson and Jesse Mitchell discuss police brutality and the recent deaths of Malice Green and Dion Williams.
Minority Cancer Awareness (1992)
Guests: Arthur Porter, Edna Batiste, Archilind Franklin, Sheresa Tomlin
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 0:35:17
Description: Host Cliff Russell and guests Arthur Porter, M.D., Edna Batiste, Archilind Franklin, and Sheresa Tomlin discuss the need for cancer awareness initiatives targeted to the black community.
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.
Police Community Outreach (1992)
Guests: Dorothy Knox, Fred Williams, Willie Horton, Hugh Burrell, George Adams
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 0:31:29
Description: Host Cliff Russell and guests Cmdr. Dorothy Knox, Fred Williams, Willie Horton, Hugh Burrell, and George Adams discuss whether the Detroit Police Department should do more community outreach work.
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.
Black Veterans (May 18, 1992)
Guests: Robert Fletcher, James Thompson, Wayne F. Smith, Paul Rease
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 0:31:40
Description: Host Cliff Russell and guests Robert Fletcher, James Thompson, Paul Rease, and Wayne F. Smith discuss challenges faced by black returning veterans in front of a live audience.
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.
Kwanzaa 1992 (December 21, 1992)
Guests: Mildred A. Kyles, Philip Cato, Darryl Totty
Host: Akua Buda Watkins
Producer :
Duration: 0:30:11
Description: Guest Host Akua Buda Watkins and guests Mildred A. Kyles, Philip Cato, and Darryl Totty discuss Kwanzaa traditions.
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.
Les Brown (1993)
Guests: Les Brown
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 0:29:05
Description: Host Cliff Russell and guest Les Brown discuss motivational techniques for the new year.
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.
Africa, The Motherland (May 3, 1993)
Guests: Lizzy Ikeji, Cheryl Dove, Quill Pettway, Cheryl Riley, Catherine Blackwell, Asie Kabuki Ocansey, Nene Katey Ocansey I, Jennifer Smith
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 0:28:59
Description: Host Cliff Russell and guests Lizzy Ikeji, Cheryl Dove, Quill Pettway, Cheryl Riley, and Catherine Blackwell discuss the importance of educating Americans, and especially African-Americans, about African culture and history.
Keith Butler and Ralph Wiley (November 3, 1993)
Guests: Keith Butler, Ralph Wiley
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 0:28:46
Description: Host Cliff Russell and guest Rev. Keith Butler discuss Butler's time on the Detroit City Council in Part 1 of Butler's interview. Also, Ralph Wiley talks about his new book, and a brief commentary piece from Cliff Russell about the planned closing of the Southwest Detroit Hospital.
Keith Butler and Shrines of the Black Madonna (November 3, 1993)
Guests: Keith Butler, Ayele Bennett
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 0:29:34
Description: Host Cliff Russell and guest Rev. Keith Butler discuss Butler's plans for the future after his resignation from the City Council in Part 2 of Butler's interview. Also, an interview with Ayele Bennett, the manager of Shrines of the Black Madonna bookstore and cultural center.
Ken Cockrel Sr. / Mike's Guide (1994)
Guests: Cockrel, Ken, Jr., Justin Ravitz, Michael E. Fisher, Bruce Hunt, Debra White-Hunt
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 0:28:06
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guests Ken Cockrel, Jr. and Justin Ravitz discuss Ken Cockrel Sr.'s political work. Also, an interview with Michael E. Fisher about his book, "Mike's Guide to the Motor City"
South Africa (April 20, 1994)
Guests: Howard Wolpe, Nathan McCall
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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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.
RU 486 (April 14, 1995)
Guests: Rebecca J. Williams, Patricia A. Ferguson
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:27:43
Description: This show is a discussion of RU 486, the "abortion pill", and whether it is safe for black women and should be used.

Guests are Dr. Rebecca J. Williams, senior staff at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Henry Ford Hospital; and Dr. Patricia A. Ferguson, an obstetrician and gynecologist for a private practice.
Economic Club of Detroit (October 30, 1995)
Guests: Bill Halling, Edgar Vann, Beverly Beltaire, Jesse Jackson
Host:
Producer :
Duration: 0:59:53
Description: Footage of a speech given by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson at an Economic Club of Detroit luncheon.
Are You Black, White, or What? (1996)
Guests: None
Producer: Paulmier, Lillian Anne
Producer :
Duration: 0:57:37
Description: A documentary about the experience of being biracial in America.
Struggles in Steel: A Story of African-American Steelworkers (1996)
Guests: None
Producer: Raymond, Tony, Henderson, Buba
Producer :
Duration: 0:58:34
Description: A special about the discrimination faced by African-American steelworkers.
Black Authors (1997)
Guests: LaJoyce Brookshire, E. Lynn Harris
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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Producer :
Duration: 0:28:18
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest LaJoyce Brookshire discuss Brookshire's novelization of the film Soul Food. Also, E. Lynn Harris discusses his writing career.
A Celebration of Pride (1998)
Guests: Tony Brown, Abe Ulmer
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer :
Duration: 0:54:22
Description: A special for DBJ's 30th anniversary about the show's history, featuring clips from previous episodes.
Black Women in History (1998)
Guests: Kathleen Thompson, Darlene Clark Hine
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 0:27:41
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guests Kathleen Thompson and Darlene Clark Hine discuss Thompson and Hine's new book on the history of black women in America.
Paul Robeson (1998)
Guests: Eric Williams, Charles Wright
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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Producer : Tony Mottley, Michael K. Sellers
Duration: 0:27:08
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest Eric Williams discuss the importance of preserving black literature. Also, Dr. Charles Wright discusses the life of Paul Robeson.
Black America: Facing the Millennium (January 6, 1998)
Guests: Manning Marable, Malika Sanders, Thaddeus Jr. Garrett, Carl Upchurch, James Jennings, Glenn Loury, Haki Madhubuti, Willie Sr. Bunton, Unita Blackwell, Unita Blackwell, James Anderson, Milton Jr. Polk, Oliver Mitchell, Faye Anderson, Bill Jr. Fletcher, Robert Bullard, Wesley Bishop, Greg Tate
Host: Lynne Thigpen
Producer : Debra Farrar-Parkman, Juanita Anderson
Duration: 0:56:28
Description: Influential members of the black community discuss challenges that will be faced by civil rights groups in the new millennium.
Deadly Effects of Racism (1999)
Guests: Melvin Williams
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 0:26:44
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest Dr. Melvin Williams discuss how racial discrimination in cities has an impact on the average lifespan of African-American residents.