Browse shows on: Literature and Language

An audiovisual record offers the unique and significant documentation of changing street vernaculars and the evolution of new forms of interpersonal communication. ABJ shows trace the transformation of letters and language in the black community through the ideas and reflections of important authors and speakers. The sermonic rhetoric of black ministers-turned-politicians and the formal styles of academic discourse are contrasted with the languages of family, neighborhood, and street that germinated new forms of music and literature.

Colored People's Time 13 Colored People's Time 13 (January 22, 1969)
Guests: Inkster Community Choir, Lorenzo Wright, The Brothers of Soul, Stokely Carmichael, John Lewis, John Conyers, David Bing, Davis, Martha Jean Steinberg, Marcus Belgrave, Thomas Bowles, Carmen Murphy
Host: Tony Brown
Producer : Gilbert Maddox, Tony Brown
Duration: 01:01:04
Description: This program from the fall of 1968 is interesting for a variety of reasons. It's wide-ranging content mix of news, music, fashion, theater and cultural commentary offers fascinating insight into the concerns and interests of Detroit's African American community of the period. In addition, it provides an enlightening example of local television production style in the late 1960s. Moreover, the program is remarkable for the number of cast and crew members who went on to notable careers in the mass media and academia.
Alex Haley: The Man Behind The Roots Alex Haley: The Man Behind The Roots (1977)
Guests: Alex Haley
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:30:07
Description: This special broadcast from 1977 features an extended interview with Alex Haley, author of Roots and The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
Ossie Davis Ossie Davis (1980)
Guests: Ossie Davis
Host: Gene Elzy
Producer : Deborah Ray
Duration: 00:28:55
Description: This features an interview with actor Ossie Davis about his career and his upcoming PBS television series, "Ossie and Ruby," which he has created with his wife, actress Ruby Dee.
To Be Woman, Gifted, and Black: From One Generation to Another To Be Woman, Gifted, and Black: From One Generation to Another (1980)
Guests: Lena Horne, Nikki Giovanni
Host: Gene Elzy
Producer : Alfa Harrison, Deborah Ray
Duration: 00:28:57
Description: This show features interviews with Lena Horne and Nikki Giovanni about their careers, work, and what it means to be a black woman in modern-day society.
Illiteracy and Black English (1985)
Guests: James Jr Smith, Delores Grant, Janet Morton, Steve Chennault, Jack Daniel
Host: Ed Gordon, Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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Producer : Dianne Hudson
Duration: 00:59:16
Description: This show focuses on adult illiteracy and the use of Black English as a language.
Guests include Janet Morton, the literacy co-coordinator for Detroit Public Schools; Delores Grant, a student at the Literacy Volunteers of America; James Smith Jr., a tutor for the Literacy Volunteers of America; Steve Chennault, a sociolinguist; and Jack Daniel, an associate professor of communication at the University of Pittsburg.
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.
Black Images, Stereotypes and Media (1991)
Guests: John Conyers Jr, Don Barden, Bill Black, Robert McTyre, Harold Sullivan, Ed Gordon
Host: Chauncey Bailey
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:29:56
Description: This show is about black images, stereotypes, and media as they apply to black youth. It also deals with the marketing of alcohol and cigarettes to the black community. A clip of Michigan representative John Conyers, Jr. begins the show.

Guests include Don Barden of Barden Cable; Bill Black from WJR radio; Robert McTyre of the Michigan Chronicle; Harold Sullivan of Creative Communications; and Ed Gordon of BET news.
Wally Amos (1991)
Guests: Wally Amos, Anna Merritt, Deborah Flowers
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:27:47
Description: This show is about literacy and African Americans.
Guests are Wally Amos, actor, writer, and founder of Famous Amos cookies, he is on the show for his work with Literacy Volunteers of America; and Anna Merritt and Deborah Flowers from Detroit branch of Literacy Volunteers of America.
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.
Blacks in Basketball (July 27, 1992)
Guests: Nelson George, Brenda Gatlin, Ben Kelso
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:27:30
Description: This show is about black contribution to sports, namely basketball, and "Elevating the Game" a book by Nelson George addressing the topic. Besides being an author, Nelson George also worked as a filmmaker, critic, columnist, and journalist. There are also interviews with Brenda Gatlin, the former athletic director for Southwestern High School; and Ben Kelso, the head basketball coach for Cooley High School.
NABJ 17th Annual Convention and Job Fair (September 14, 1992)
Guests: Clementine Barfield, John Conyers, Arthur Ashe, William III Gray
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:28:39
Description: This show is an overview of the events and footage from the convention and job fair of the National Association of Black Journalists. The footage includes speeches by tennis player Arthur Ashe; Minister William Gray III, the president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund and U.S. House of Representatives member; Clementine Barfield, founder and director of Save Our Sons and Daughters; and U.S. House of Representatives member, John Conyers.
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.
Alfred Ali (November 9, 1993)
Guests: Alfred Ali, P.K. McCary
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:27:45
Description: This show is about how American black men are spiritually dead. It is an interview with author Alfred Ali, who discusses his book on the subject. There is also a short excerpt from author P.K. McCary on her book, "Black Bible Chronicles".
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.
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".
Mel Farr Encore (May 4, 1994)
Guests: Mel Farr, Susan Taylor
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: 00:28:10
Description: This show is an interview with Mel Farr, a car salesman and former football player; followed by a monologue from Susan Taylor, editor in chief of Essence Magazine.
Economic Empowerment (June 29, 1994)
Guests: Gregory Reed, James Perkins
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 what churches do with their collection money and what should be done with it. It's an interview with attorney and author Gregory Reed about his book addressing the subject. Reverend James Perkins of Greater Christ Baptist Church also makes a statement in a short clip about what the church has done in the community.
Black Child in Crisis (January 27, 1995)
Guests: James Washington
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: 00:27:26
Description: This show is an interview with author James Washington focusing on his book, "Conversations with God". "Conversations with God" is about the history of African American prayer.
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.
Dr. Claud Anderson (October 27, 1995)
Guests: Claud Anderson, Kelvin Boston
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 Dr. Claud Anderson about the controversies surrounding his books. Dr. Anderson is the president of PowerNomics Corporation of America, a company aimed at making African Americans more self-sufficient and competitive. There is a short clip of Kelvin Boston, from the TV show "The Color of Money", between the interview with Dr. Anderson and footage of a speech given by him.
Stanley Crouch / Jazz (December 1, 1995)
Guests: Stanley Crouch, Phil Lasley, Don Mayberry
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: 00:22:30
Description: This show is an interview with Stanley Crouch about his view of America and his new book, "The All-American Skin Game, or Decoy of Race: The Long and the Short of It, 1990-1994". Stanley Crouch is a writer and jazz critic. Following the interview, there is a jazz performance by Detroit musicians Phil Lasley and Don Mayberry.
Ethics in Journalism (December 22, 1995)
Guests: Michele Vernon-Chesley, Chuck Stokes, 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 role of journalists in today's society and the ethics of journalism.
Guests include Desiree' Cooper, editor and chief of the Metro Times; Michele Vernon-Chesley, director of the Journalism Institute for Minorities at Wayne State University; and, by phone, Chuck Stokes, editorial director of WXYZ-TV.
Susan Taylor (December 29, 1995)
Guests: Susan Taylor
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 Susan Taylor about her new book, "Lessons in Living". She is the editor of Essence magazine, a TV show host, and activist.
Terry McMillan (May 17, 1996)
Guests: Terry McMillan
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 author Terry McMillan, best known for "Waiting to Exhale" and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back".
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.
Dr. Claud Anderson (December 18, 1996)
Guests: Claud Anderson
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: 00:26:46
Description: This show is an interview with Dr. Claud Anderson about his books on economic empowerment for blacks. Dr. Anderson is the president of PowerNomics Corporation of America, a company aimed at making African Americans more self-sufficient and competitive.
Dennis Kimbro (January 8, 1997)
Guests: Dennis P. Kimbro
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 Dennis Kimbro about his book and how to achieve greatness. He is an author, professor, and motivational speaker.
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.
Glass Ceiling, Loida Lewis (April 2, 1997)
Guests: Loida Lewis
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 Loida Lewis about her husband's book and her view of corporate America. Loida Lewis is known as a lawyer, author, industrialist, philanthropist, and motivational speaker. She was also married to Reginald Lewis, the owner of the largest U.S. company to be owned by an African American.
Confirmation (May 7, 1997)
Guests: Susan Taylor, Khephra Burns
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 show is an interview with Susan Taylor and Khephra Burns about their book, "Confirmation". Susan Taylor is also the editor of Essence magazine, and Khephra Burns is her husband, an author, and TV writer.
Black Films (October 15, 1997)
Guests: Donald Bogle
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: 00:25:41
Description: This show is about whether ending black stereotypes in movies will destroy the market for black films.
The guest is Donald Bogle, a well-known writer and film historian. His books focused on blacks in TV and movies.
Roberts vs Texaco (April 1, 1998)
Guests: , Bari-Ellen Roberts
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 a an interview with Bari-Ellen Roberts about her legal battle with Texaco and her book, "Roberts vs. Texaco: A True Story of Race and Corporate America". Bari-Ellen Roberts lead the lawsuit against Texaco, which was the largest discrimination suit in history.