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ABJ is a veritable chronicle of big-city politics in a multicultural setting. From 1960 to 2000, Detroit's black community grew from 29% to 82% of the city's total population, becoming a political powerhouse that city, state, and national leaders had to court. ABJ shows highlight political leaders (especially Mayor Coleman Young, the colossus of Detroit politics during all but a few years of the existing ABJ archive), and their followers among the varied interests and neighborhoods that enlivened and complicated the city's politics.

Tony Brown (No Date)
Guests: Tony Brown, Nadine Brown
Host: Candy Shannon
Producer : Deborah Ray
Duration: 00:24:32
Description: This show is an interview with Tony Brown of Tony Brown Productions, Inc, who was the first host and producer of the show in 1968. He is also known as an author, educator, civil rights activist, radio host, and first and founding dean of the Howard University's School of Communications. The interview focuses on black presence in TV and "integration" of TV. The episode includes an "In My Opinion" segment with Nadine Brown.
Colored People's Time 3 (1968)
Guests: Bill Murphy, Earl Grant, George Kirby, Ray Jenkins
Host: Tony Brown
Producer : Tony Brown
Duration: 01:00:51
Description: This show includes musical performances by Bill Murphy, Earl Grant, and Hal McKinny Quintet, features on the presidential election and politics, and an interview with George Kirby. Sandy Lawrence provides a snapshot of Detroit's upcoming events in the Grapevine feature. Abe Ulmer highlights news stories.
Colored People's Time 5: Colored People's Time 5: "The Making of a Rioter" (October 23, 1968)



Description: This segment examines public education in Detroit. Highlighting the unsafe infrastructures, lack of adequate resources, and substandard curriculum inner city youth grappled with everyday. The staff reporters interviews students at Northeastern High School to gain insight into their thoughts about the situation. The interview reveals the students' frustration, anger and disillusionment with a system that has all but forgotten them. The students have staged a walkout and formed a Black Student organization to address their concerns.
Colored People's Time 5 Colored People's Time 5 (November 14, 1968)
Guests: International Gospel Choir, Black Students Association, Arthur Ashe Jr, George Kirby, Bill Murphy, Gwen McKinney, Kim Weston, Marcus Belgrave, Thomas Bowles, Diane Carol, Hal McKinney
Host: Tony Brown
Producer : Gilbert Maddox, Tony Brown
Duration: 56:53:09
Description: The program opens with Hal McKinney's jazz band performing "Freedom Jazz Dance," featuring Hal and Gwen McKinney on vocals. Although they are not individually credited, it appears that at least two prominent jazz musicians, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave and saxophonist Thomas "Beans" Bowles, are members of McKinney's band...
Colored People's Time 5: Colored People's Time 5: "Free Your Mind" Public Service Announcement (Skin Lightening Cream) (November 14, 1968)



Description: One of the creative aspects of the show is the incorporation of "Public Service Announcements," that take a satirical look at Black identity. This "Free Your Mind" clip tackles the issues surrounding the use of beaching and whitening creams. Since the late 1800s Blacks who were unhappy with their skin complexion or thought they could change their social status by lighting their skin, engaged in the process of skin bleaching. Critics of the process argue that internalized racism and self-contempt have caused such individuals to accept degrading and negative images associated with Blackness, thus causing them to over identifying with Eurocentric standards of beauty. While skin whitening is one the most obvious forms of negating Blackness is discussions have also focused on hair styles, chemical process that are used to straighten hair, colored contacts, and cosmetic surgery that alters characteristically African features like the nose and lips. Skin bleaching creams are still sold and used today.
Bobby Seale (Clip 1) (1978)
Guests: Bobby Seale
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 00:01:45
Description: The show opens with a recording of one of Bobby Seale's speeches in Oakland in the 1960s about what blacks want, need, and are entitled to in the world. Seale is then introduced as a guest on the show and the interview begins.
Bobby Seale (Clip 2) (1978)
Guests: Bobby Seale
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 00:02:26
Description: The show opens with a recording of one of Bobby Seale's speeches in Oakland in the 1960s about what blacks want, need, and are entitled to in the world.
Bobby Seale (Clip 3) (1978)
Guests: Bobby Seale
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 00:04:11
Description: The show opens with a recording of one of Bobby Seale's speeches in Oakland in the 1960s about what blacks want, need, and are entitled to in the world.
Bobby Seale (Part 1) Bobby Seale (Part 1) (1979)
Guests: Bobby Seale
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 00:28:20
Description: Bobby Seale was a key figure in the development of African American consciousness and radical political activism in the 1960s. Seale was one of the founders of, and an important spokesman for, the Black Panther Party. In this program from 1979, Seale talks with host Ron Scott about his role with the Black Panthers, his recently published autobiography, and his new sense of direction for the 1980s.
Bobby Seale (Part 2) Bobby Seale (Part 2) (1979)
Guests: Bobby Seale
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 00:29:30
Description: Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, talks with host Ron Scott about his role with the Black Panthers, his recently published autobiography, and his new sense of direction for the 1980s. This is the second part of a two part interview in 1978.
Through the Artist Eyes (1981)
Guests: Walter Morgan, Burnis Day, Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts
Host: Deborah Ray
Producer : Deborah Ray
Duration: 00:30:22
Description: This show is a special showcasing black artists, including Walter Morgan, Burnis Day, and Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts.
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.
Reverend Franklin Reverend Franklin (1984)
Guests: C. L. Franklin, Claude Young, Martha Jean Steinberg, Erma Franklin, Robin McCoy, Fannie Tyler, The Royal Crusaders, S. L. Jones, Marlon Terrell
Host: Ben Frazier
Producer : Ed Gordon, Alicia Nails, Njia Kai
Duration: 00:53:00
Description: This hour-long program from 1984 is divided into four segments. Three of them deal with youth-related issues or programs, but the longest and most prominent of the four is a 20-minute tribute to the Rev. C.L. Franklin, one of Detroit's most prominent and influential ministers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1963 Civil Rights March (June 20, 1988)
Guests: William Ardrey, Edwina Pinson, Mel Ravitz, Maryann Mahaffey, Ken Cockrel, Ruby Turner, Nicholas Hood, William Anderson, James Del Rio, Tony Brown, Claud Young
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Carole Gibson
Duration: 00:28:10
Description: This show is about the march in Detroit with Martin Luther King Jr. 25 years earlier. There are clips of interviews with people who were there, including Reverend William Ardrey of St. Paul AME Zion Church; Reverend Edwina Pinson of West Side Unity Church; Mel Ravitz and Maryann Mahaffey from Detroit City Council; attorney Ken Cockrel; and Ruby Turner, former religion writer for Pittsburgh Courier.

Guests are Dr. Claud Young, president of the Michigan chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; councilman Nicholas Hood, who was active in the 1963 march; civil rights activist Dr. William Anderson; and by phone, Judge James Del Rio and Tony Brown, organizers of the 1963 march.
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.
Erma Henderson Erma Henderson (1989)
Guests: Erma Henderson
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Trudy Gallant
Description: This program, originally broadcast in late 1989, consists of an interview by Trudy Gallant of Detroit City Council President Erma Henderson. At the time, Henderson was preparing to leave the council after her fourth term. Henderson, who was the first black woman elected to the council and the first black person to serve as the council's president, had passed up an opportunity to run for reelection to the council to make an unsuccessful bid to be elected mayor.
Kenny Cockrel Kenny Cockrel (1989)
Guests: Dennis Archer, Justin Ravitz, Mike Hamlin, Jack Russell, Ken Cockrell
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Gerald Smith, James Jackson
Description: Ken Cockrel was an often-controversial, often-inspirational figure in Detroit politics, from his emergence as a radical black activist and lawyer in the 1960s, through a term on the Detroit City Council, to speculation that he would run for mayor. This program, aired shortly after Cockrel's sudden death from a heart attack in 1989, explores Cockrel's contribution to the city.
Tom Barrow (1989)
Guests: Tom Barrow
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 00:29:53
Description: This show is an interview with accountant Tom Barrow who was running against current mayor, Coleman Young, for his position.
University Programs (1989)
Guests: Darrell Dawsey, Mikal Ansari, Leigh Smith, Michael Goodin, Robert Lasker
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 00:27:31
Description: This show is a discussion of the effects of a protest at Wayne State to get an Africana studies program.

Guests include spokespersons and negotiators for the students Darrell Dawsey, Mikal Ansari, and Leigh Smith, as well as Michigan Chronicle reporter, Michael Goodin. Robert Lasker, editor in chief of South End newspaper (Wayne State's university paper) also joins the discussion over the phone.
Bill Johnson/Danton Wilson (July 17, 1989)
Guests: Bill Johnson, Danton Wilson
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 00:27:26
Description: This show is about "Coleman's Communication on Crime" newsletter.
Guests are Danton Wilson editor in chief of the Michigan Chronicle and former staff of the City of Detroit public information; and Bill Johnson, of the editorial staff of the Detroit News.
Saunders, Black, Russell (July 24, 1989)
Guests: Nelson Saunders, Bill Black, Cliff Russell
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 00:27:36
Description: This show is about how the mayoral race is shaping up.
Guests are state representative Nelson Saunders; reporter Bill Black of WJR radio; and reporter Cliff Russell of WWJ radio.
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.
Rich-Johnson (October 16, 1989)
Guests: Wilbur Rich, Bill Johnson
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 00:28:54
Description: This show is about political endorsements, and how they influence votes. Guests are Professor Wilbur Rich, who teaches political science at Wayne State University; and Bill Johnson from the editorial board of the Detroit News and former campaign strategist.
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.

Louis Farrakhan Louis Farrakhan (1990)
Guests: Louis Farrakhan, Rasul Muhammad
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:29:35
Description: Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam has been an important and controversial leader in the African American community since the late 1970s. A powerfully charismatic speaker, he was the primary organizer of the Million Man March in 1995. While many African Americans found the Million Man March to be a deeply inspirational event, Farrakhan has also been sharply criticized for his organization's separatist ideas and for comments that many considered anti-Semitic.
Census (April 20, 1990)
Guests: Lyn Silas, Juliette Okotie-Eboh
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 00:27:44
Description: This show is about the census and why people in Detroit should take part in it. Guests include Lyn Silas, a census awareness coordinator; and Juliette Okotie-Eboh, the mayor's liaison for census activities.
Coleman Young (October 8, 1990)
Guests: Coleman A. Young
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:27:46
Description: This show is an interview with Detroit mayor Coleman Young.
Ombudsman (November 12, 1990)
Guests: Marie Farrell-Donaldson
Host: Trudy Gallant

Duration: 00:26:54
Description: This show is about the problems with Detroit city services.
The guest is Ombudsman for the City of Detroit, Marie Farrell-Donaldson.
Minister Rasul Muhammad (December 10, 1990)
Guests: Rasul Muhammad
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:29:21
Description: This show is an interview with Minister Rasul Muhammad, the Nation of Islam's local leader. Includes clips of a speech by Louis Farrakhan.
General Assistance Cuts, Part 1 General Assistance Cuts, Part 1 (1991)
Guests: Maryann Mahaffey, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, Joan Doyen
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This program from the fall of 1991 is the first of two DBJ broadcasts examining one of the hot-button issues in Michigan at that time - the state's decision to balance its budget by slashing its spending on general assistance welfare.
General Assistance Cuts, Part 2 General Assistance Cuts, Part 2 (1991)
Guests: Sam Chambers, City Councilman Keith Butler, State Rep. Morris Hood, State Rep. David Hollister, State Sen. David Holmes
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This is the second of two DBJ programs broadcast in the fall of 1991 as cutbacks in Michigan's state budget were throwing 90,000 state residents off of the general assistance welfare rolls.
Michigan Budget Cuts (1991)
Guests: Bill Black, David Holmes, Marie Kaigler, Vicki Thomas, Joe Young
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:28:36
Description: This show is about Michigan budget cuts, and whether they are hitting the right departments.

Guests are Bill Black, a reporter for WJR radio; Vicki Thomas, a reporter for WDET radio; Marie Kaigler, a talk show host for WXYT radio; state senator David Holmes; and by phone, state representative Joe Young.
Us Helping Us Us Helping Us (1991)
Guests: Richard Trice, Cheryl Coleman
Host: Lonnie Peek
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This broadcast from the fall of 1991 is really a continuation of the discussion in two earlier programs about the impact on welfare programs of massive budget cuts by the state of Michigan. The cuts had thrown more than 90,000 people off general assistance welfare rolls.
Minorities in Saudi Arabia (January 14, 1991)
Guests: Sharon Blackmon, Joyce Crutchfield, Osama Siblani, Elizabeth Allen
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:29:02
Description: This show is about the Persian Gulf War and it's impact on local minority communities.
Guests include attorney Sharon Blackmon of the Ad Hoc African American Committee for Peace; Joyce Crutchfield from the Coalition to Stop U.S. Intervention in the Middle East; Dr. Elizabeth Allen, Vietnam combat nurse; and Osama Siblani, editor and publisher of Sada al-Watan, an Arab-American newspaper.
Homeless (March 25, 1991)
Guests: John Engler, Otis Green, Maureen Taylor, Olivia Wilcox, Florida A & M Gospel Choir
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:28:46
Description: This show is about budget cuts in Michigan and how it is affecting the poor. The show starts with a statement from John Engler, governor of Michigan at the time; and ends with clips of A & M Gospel Choir.

Guests include Olivia Wilcox from the Coalition on Temporary Shelter; Sergeant Major Otis Green, bed and bread coordinator for the Salvation Army Harbor Light; Maureen Taylor, director of the community based restitution program; "Faith" of the Shepherd House, and some homeless people from the area that aren't named.
Election '92 Election '92 (1992)
Guests: George H.W. Bush, Bishop Alfred Kelly, Larry Bivens, Michael Wimberley, Bill Clinton, H. Ross Perot
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This program, which was originally broadcast shortly before the presidential election of November 1992, examines what is at stake for African Americans in that election and how African Americans can have an impact on the political process.
Politics Show (1992)
Guests: Jim Hall, Lenora Fulani, Rasul Muhammad
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:27:37
Description: This show takes place at the capitol in Lansing and is about whether black people should support democrats or republicans.
Interviews are done with Jim Hall, the vice chairman of Michigan Republican Party; Dr. Lenora Fulani, an independent candidate for president; and Minister Rasul Muhammad of the Nation of Islam.
Civil Rights Civil Rights (January 15, 1992)
Guests: Ernest C. Dillard Sr
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:26:36
Description: Russell is joined by Ernest C. Dillard, Jr., a local historian and projects manager with the UAW. He is the author of Civil Rights in the 1990s: Race at the Crossroads, and Russell starts by posing the question to him of what he means by "crossroads." Dillard believes that they are at a stage where there is the opportunity for potentially great progress, but only if they choose to do the right thing. In his book, Dillard says that blacks are on equal footing with whites legally, in terms of things such as voting rights, but there are new issues that need to be addressed. These legal rights were the result of actions such as Martin Luther King.
Business Tax Abatements (January 27, 1992)
Guests: Gill Hill, Erma Henderson, Anthony Adams, George Geller, Victor Long
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:28:50
Description: This show is about whether business tax abatements are worth it, or if they should be eliminated. Much of the discussion focuses on the Pepsi bottling company that received a tax abatement, but did not hire as many workers as promised.

Guests include Gill Hill, pro tem president of Detroit City Council; Erma Henderson, the former Detroit City Council president; attorney Anthony Adams; by phone, attorney George Geller; and Victor Long, a former Pepsi worker and protester.
Malcolm X: The Man, The Memory (November 23, 1992)
Guests: Ed Vaughn, Alex Haley, Spike Lee, El Hajj Abdulaziz Omar, Waalee Muhammad
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:27:47
Description: This show is about the Spike Lee Malcolm X movie and Malcolm X's life.
The beginning has clips of statements from Alex Haley, Ed Vaughn, and Spike Lee. Guests include Minister Waalee Muhammad, of the Islam Space Age Muslims; and Malcolm X's brother, El Hajj Abdulaziz Omar.
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.
Blackmail (1993)
Guests: Pearl Cleage, Jason Hill, Philip Michael Thomas, France Zobda
Host: Rosalind Smith
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:28:11
Description: This show discusses the film "Blackmail" and the book "Deals with the Devil and Other Reasons to Riot."

Guests include writer Pearl Cleage, writer/director Jason Hill, composer/actor Philip Michael Thomas, and actress France Zobda.
Dennis Archer (1993)
Guests: Dennis Archer
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:28:12
Description: This show is an interview with mayoral candidate, Dennis Archer.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute (1993)
Guests: Coretta Scott King, Young people from Detroit and across the country
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almaza
Duration: 00:29:07
Description: This program, produced to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday in January 1993, is an intriguing exploration of the continuing legacy of King and his principles of nonviolence.

Pension Fund Investment (Empowerment) Capitol (April 5, 1993)
Guests: Raymond Welborne
Host: Ed Vaughn
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:27:41
Description: This show is about control of pension investments and where that money is invested.
The guest is Raymond Welborne, a City of Detroit Pension Fund trustee.
Politics and the Media (October 6, 1993)
Guests: Sherry Washington, Bill Johnson, Adolph Mongo
Host: Cliff Russell
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Duration: 00:27:46
Description: This show is about the Detroit mayor's race and whether the media has been fair. There's also short segments on art and Fannie Lou Hamer (a civil rights leader and American voting activist in the 1960's), and a poetry/music segment. Sherry Washington, owner of the Sherry Washington Art Gallery, starts off the show with the art segment.
Guests include political consultant Adolph Mongo, who served for multiple Detroit mayors, circuit court and court of appeals judges, Geoffrey Fieger, and two US congresswomen, among others; and Bill Johnson of the Detroit News.
Detroit After the Election (November 3, 1993)
Guests: Bernard Parker, Errol Henderson, Kenneth Coleman, Roger Chesley
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:28:48
Description: This show is a discussion of what direction new mayor, Dennis Archer, will take Detroit, and where Detroit needs to go.

Guests include Wayne County Commissioner, Bernard Parker; Dr. Errol Henderson, member of SOSAD (save our sons and daughters organization); Kenneth Coleman Jr., a writer for the Michigan Chronicle; and Roger Chesley, a writer for the Detroit Free Press.
Black Conservatives/Ralph Wiley (1994)
Guests: Ron Edwards, Ralph Wiley
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: 00:26:02
Description: This show is an interview with Ron Edwards, a radio talk show host and creator of "The Edwards Notebook", a radio commentary. It also includes a monologue by Ralph Wiley, author of "What Black People Should Do Now".
Ken Cockrel / Mike's Guide (1994)
Guests: Ken Jr Cockrel, Justin Ravitz, Bruce Hunt, Debra White-Hunt, Michael E. Fisher
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: 00:27:54
Description: This show profiles Ken Cockrel's life. It also features segments on the Detroit Dance Academy and "Mike's Guide to the Motor City".

Guests include Ken Cockrel's son, Ken Cockrel Jr.; Ken Cockrel's partner, Justin Ravitz; Debra White-Hunt and Bruce Hunt, founders of the Detroit-Windsor Dance Academy; and Michael E. Fisher, author of "Mike's Guide to the Motor City".
The Black Russians (January 5, 1994)
Guests: Charles Quist-Adade, Joseph White Erakoptobor, Freddie Jackson, Ralph Wiley
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:28:15
Description: This show is about racism and persecution in Russia. It also includes short segments on music by Freddie Jackson and a book by Ralph Wiley.

Guests include Dr. Charles Quist-Adade, a professor from University of Windsor (at the time) who grew up in Ghana and earned a degree in Russia; Joseph White Erakoptobor, a sufferer of racism in Russia; Freddie Jackson, an R&B and soul singer; and author Ralph Wiley.
Untold Tales / Sampler (February 2, 1994)
Guests: Elaine Latzman Moon, Norman McRae, Pearl Cleage
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: 00:28:06
Description: This show is a celebration of the black history and heroes of Detroit. It also includes segments on books, art, and music.

Guests include Elaine Latzman Moon, author of the book "Untold Tales, Unsung Heroes"; and Norman McRae, a Detroit area historian. There's also a monologue by Pearl Cleage, author of the book "Deals with the Devil and Other Reasons to Riot"; and a performance by Akoben.
Money (March 30, 1994)
Guests: Terry Savage, Jessie Carney Smith
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: 00:28:11
Description: This show is has segments on money management and the book "Black Firsts", and includes a tribute to Malcolm X from a 1979 episode.

Guests include Terry Savage, author and personal finance expert, and Jessie Carney Smith, the author of "Black Firsts".
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.
Lani Guinier / Her Story (May 25, 1994)
Guests: Lani Guinier
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: 00:27:46
Description: This show is an interview with Lani Guinier. She is Harvard Law School's first black female professor, and a civil rights activist.
Ken Cockrel / Grace Frazier (June 15, 1994)
Guests: Ken Jr Cockrel, Justin Ravitz, Grace Frazier, Duane A. Elston, Dannie Brown
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: 00:27:46
Description: This show profiles the life of Ken Cockrel, a lawyer, city council member, and black activist leader. It also looks at Wayne State's educational programs using Grace Frazier's experience.

Guests include Ken Cockrel Jr., Ken Cockrel's son, Justin Ravitz, Cockrel's partner, Grace Frazier, an alumni of the community education outreach program, Duane A. Elston, a recruiter for the division of community education at Wayne State, and Dannie Brown, Wayne State University program coordinator.
O.J. Simpson (July 6, 1994)
Guests: Jim McFarlin, Elbert Hatchett, Emery King
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: 00:28:03
Description: This show is about the media coverage and politics of the O.J. Simpson trial.

Guests include Emery King, an anchor of WDIV-TV; Jim McFarlin, a TV writer for the Detroit News; and attorney Elbert Hatchett.
Jesse Jackson (3) Jesse Jackson (3) (1995)
Guests: Lois Williams, Deborah Franklin, Jesse Jackson
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: 00:27:47
Description: This 1995 program, most of which consists of an interview of Jesse Jackson by host Darryl Wood, is fascinating because of the light it sheds on the political atmosphere of the mid 1990s.
Affirmative Action (March 31, 1995)
Guests: Jerome R. Watson, Reggie Turner
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: 00:28:17
Description: This show is about Affirmative Action and what the focus of Affirmative Action policies should be. The show was prompted by president Clinton's review of Affirmative Action policies.

Guests include attorney Jerome R. Watson, who has written about and conducted seminars on Affirmative Action; and attorney Reginald Turner, president of the Wolverine Bar Association, a professional association of African-American attorneys in Michigan.
Domestic Terrorism (May 12, 1995)
Guests: Beth Hawkins, Howard Simon, Juan Mateo, General Laney
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: 00:27:45
Description: This show is about the terrorism bill, exploring questions such as how much power is too much and how likely another bombing like Oklahoma City bombing is.

Guests include Howard Simon, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan; General Laney, executive director of the Motor City Sportsman's Association; attorney Juan Mateo, who has handle several cases involving federal police misconduct; and Beth Hawkins, an investigative reporter for the Metro Times.
Recorders Court (September 22, 1995)
Guests: Kim Worthy, Benjamin Blake, Esther Rolle
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: 00:27:46
Description: This show is about abolition of recorders court and the merging of its docket with Wayne county circuit court. It also includes an interview with actress Esther Rolle (famous for her roles in the TV shows "Maude" and "Good Times"), and Darryl Wood's commentary on the death of Deletha Word. Deletha Word died after being beaten to death on a bridge in Detroit in front of a crowd of 40 people.
Guests are Judge Kim Worthy of the Recorders Court; and Chief of the Youth Offender Victims Services and Community Outreach for the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, Benjamin Blake.
Media Misinformation & Million Man March (September 29, 1995)
Guests: Kwame Kenyatta, David X, Allen Tumpkin, Desiree Cooper
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: 00:27:45
Description: This show is about the issues behind the idea of the million man march before it took place.
Guests include Desiree Cooper, editor in chief of the Metro Times; Kwame Kenyatta, a Detroit board of education member; talk show host Allen Tumpkin for WXYT radio; and Minister David X of the Nation of Islam.
Talk Radio (October 13, 1995)
Guests: Bob Law, John Arnold, Mark Scott
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: 00:27:45
Description: This show is about the popularity of talk radio as "the voice of the people".
Guests include Bob Law, music director and host of "night talk" radio; John Arnold of WCHB radio; and Mark Scott of WXYT radio.
Million Man March (March 15, 1996)
Guests: Michael Cottman
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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Duration: 00:22:04
Description: This show is about the million man march after it took place focusing on whether it did anything and Michael Cottman's photo journal of the event.
Carl T. Rowan (November 13, 1996)
Guests: Carl T. Rowan
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: 00:27:45
Description: This show is an interview with Carl T. Rowan about his book, The Coming Race War in America. Carl Rowan, a former National Security Council member, is considered one of the 20th century's most distinguished African American journalists. He was an award-winning columnist for the Washington Post and Chicago Sun-Times.
Color Blind (January 22, 1997)
Guests: Ellis Cose
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: 00:27:46
Description: This show is an interview with Ellis Cose about his book, "Color Blind", and whether America can be improved in "seeing beyond race". Ellis Cose is a columnist, author, independent radio producer, and contributing editor for Newsweek magazine.
Economic Development (June 25, 1997)
Guests: Anthony Neely, Gill Hill, Eddie Edwards, Charles Adams
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: 00:27:46
Description: This show is about the role the black community will play in the economic redevelopment of Detroit.
Guests are Reverend Charles Adams of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church; Gill Hill, a Detroit City Council member; Anthony Neely, press secretary for mayor Dennis Archer; and Reverend Eddie Edwards from Joy of Jesus.
Cornel West Cornel West (1998)
Guests: Cornel West
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: 00:25:49
Description: In this program, from 1998, host Darryl Wood interviews highly regarded African American scholar Cornel West about the publication of his recently published book, "Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America." The book explores the meaning of community for African Americans and ideas for building a more hopeful future through a series of interviews with important public figures, such as Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Bill Bradley and Wynton Marsalis.

Malice Green Murder (1998)
Guests: Larry Simmons, Kym Worthy
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:28:03
Description: This show looks at the Green murder trial and the community's response to it.
Guests include Larry Simmons, the executive assistant to Mayor Young, and Kym Worthy, the Wayne County assistant prosecutor.
Police Brutality (April 15, 1998)
Guests: Reginald Crawford, James Tignanelli, Geoffrey Fieger
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: 00:25:39
Description: This show is about black people, white cops, and excessive force. Guests include attorney Geoffrey Fieger; field training officer Reginald Crawford of the Detroit Police Department; and president of the Police Officer's Association of Michigan, Jim Tignanelli.
News Forum (May 20, 1998)
Guests: Curt Guyette, Sharon Sexton
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: 00:25:39
Description: This show is about Dennis Archer's plans for casinos in Detroit. Guests are Sharon Sexton, a reporter with the Michigan Citizen Newspaper; and Curt Guyette, an investigative reporter for the Metro Times.
John Conyers John Conyers (2000)
Guests: John Conyers
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: 00:25:40
Description: In this program, broadcast in 2000, host Darryl Wood interviews U.S. Rep. John Conyers on a number of related topics. Woods questions Conyers on the changing focus of civil rights issues in the United States and efforts to win congressional approval for slavery reparations legislation. The interview offers valuable insights into the nation's shifting debate over civil rights issues at the turn of the century.