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The automobile promoted an industry, a culture, and a complex multicultural community of migrants from the South and immigrants from abroad, a mixture of profit and communitarian ideals that describes Detroit's unique position in the American urban dynamic. These ABJ shows reflect on black Detroit, the automobile as its signature icon, and its modern significance in American life.

Coal Strike Coal Strike (1978)
Guests: Helen Huddleston, Burdette Crowe, Len Gross, John Hutchinson, Wayne Busby, Alec Meiklejohn, Kathy Busby, Cecil Roberts, Mike Meares, John Huddleston, Jane English
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 00:26:20
Description: This program is unusual in the Detroit Black Journal series in that it takes on a topic that does not, on the surface, appear to be directly related to Detroit or African Americans. Nevertheless, it shows the scope of the program's interests.
Coal Strike (Clip 1) (1978)
Guests: John Huddleston, Mike Meares, Jane English, Wayne Busby, John Hutchinson, Len Gross, Burdette Crowe, Helen Huddleston, Alec Meiklejohn, Kathy Busby, Cecil Roberts
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 00:26:20
Description: The episode opens with statements from President Jimmy Carter announcing the strike settlement. Carter also recognizes the difficulty of the job of a miner. Next is a preview of a family, one who says that the miners have no choice but to stay out of the mines.
Coal Strike (Clip 2) (1978)
Guests: John Huddleston, Mike Meares, Jane English, Cecil Roberts, Kathy Busby, Alec Meiklejohn, Wayne Busby, John Hutchinson, Len Gross, Burdette Crowe, Helen Huddleston
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 00:26:20
Description: The episode opens with statements from President Jimmy Carter announcing the strike settlement. Carter also recognizes the difficulty of the job of a miner. Next is a preview of a family, one who says that the miners have no choice but to stay out of the mines.
Coal Strike (Clip 3) (1978)
Guests: John Huddleston, Mike Meares, Jane English, Cecil Roberts, Kathy Busby, Alec Meiklejohn, Wayne Busby, John Hutchinson, Len Gross, Burdette Crowe, Helen Huddleston
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 00:26:20
Description: The episode opens with statements from President Jimmy Carter announcing the strike settlement. Carter also recognizes the difficulty of the job of a miner. Next is a preview of a family, one who says that the miners have no choice but to stay out of the mines.
Rock, Radio, and Racism, part 2 (February 15, 1980)
Guests: Pat Holliday, Brian Sheffield, Larry Strauss, Fred Jacobs, Miller (voice only) London


Duration: 00:57:06
Description: This show looks at racism in the music industry, mostly focusing on Detroit radio stations.

Guests include Pat Holliday, radio personality from CKLW; Brian Sheffield, a manager and promoter; attorney Larry Strauss; Fred Jacobs, program director for WRIF; and over the phone Miller London, vice president of sales for Motown Records. There are also appearances by various other artists and radio personnel that are not named.
Upon This Rock (1983)
Guests: Charles Butler, Jim Holley, Imam Saleem Amir Rahman, Charles Adams, Woodrow Smith, John W. Peoples, James Robinson
Host: Ben Frazier
Producer : Juanita Anderson
Duration: 00:50:00
Description: This show looks at the black religious experience in America and Detroit. There are a few musical performances.
Guests include Reverend Charles Butler of New Calvary Baptist Church; Reverend Jim Holley of Little Rock Baptist Church; Imam Saleem Amir Rahman of Masjid Wali Muhammad; Reverend Charles Adams of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church; Bishop Woodrow Smith of Shrine of the Black Madonna; Councilman John W. Peoples, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church; and Father James Robinson of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral.
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.
Dave Bing and Earl Graves Dave Bing and Earl Graves (1986)
Guests: David Bing, Earl Graves
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson-Hudson
Description: The search for economic autonomy and self-determination has long been an important concern in the African American community. This 1986 program explores the state of that search through a discussion between host Ed Gordon and two prominent African American businessmen: Earl Graves, editor and publisher of Black Enterprise Magazine, and Dave Bing, president of Bing Steel and a former member of the Detroit Pistons.
Graduation is the Bottom Line (1986)

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

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

Guests are students, parents, members of the community, school administrators, and teachers.
Drug Business (May 12, 1986)
Guests: Joel Gilliam, Ed Bell, Ken Walton
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Dianne Atkinson Hudson
Duration: 00:27:29
Description: This show is about the war on drugs in Detroit. Includes commentary from Susan Watson.

Guests are Joel Gilliam, the Detroit Police narcotics inspector; defense attorney Ed Bell; and special agent, FBI, Ken Walton.
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.
Teen Violence (November 3, 1986)
Guests: Elizabeth Hood, Charles Harper, Hartford Smith, Susan Watson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:29:33
Description: This show is a discussion of teen violence in Detroit. It includes commentary by Susan Watson.

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

Duration: 00:28:22
Description: This show is an interview with Arthur Johnson about his election to the presidency of the Detroit NAACP and the direction he plans on leading the NAACP.
Motown Records (February 2, 1987)
Guests: Earl Van Dyke, Thomas Bowles
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:28:47
Description: This show is about motown records. Guests include Earl Van Dyke, a keyboardist for Motown Records' in-house Funk Brothers band and for other famous performers (Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, etc), as well as a soloist; and Thomas Bowles, a Motown saxophonist and leader of the Swinging Dashikis, a band that played back up for Motown acts.
Blacks in Sports (June 8, 1987)
Guests: Earl Lloyd, Joe Lapointe, Mel Farr, Gates Brown
Host: Ed Gordon,
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:26:31
Description: This show is about racism in sports. Guests include Mel Farr, a former player for the Detroit Lions; Gates Brown, a former player for the Detroit Tigers; Earl Lloyd, former coach of the Detroit Pistons; and over the phone, Joe Lapointe, a writer for the Detroit Free Press.
Housing Discrimination (October 19, 1987)
Guests: Sue Alexander, Marvin Thomas, Jeff McCall
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:28:24
Description: This show is about housing discrimination in Detroit.
Guests are Sue Alexander, a woman who won a discrimination suit against a rental agent; Jeff McCall, a realtor who owns his own real-estate company; and Marvin Thomas of the Fair Housing Center.
Natalie Cole (November 9, 1987)
Guests: Natalie Cole
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:28:28
Description: This show is an interview with singer and songwriter, Natalie Cole.
Urban League (November 16, 1987)
Guests: Charles Anderson, Claud Young
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:28:27
Description: This show is about the effectiveness of Southern Christian Leadership Conference and National Urban League in the civil rights struggle of the 1980's. Guests include Charles Anderson, president of the Detroit Urban League; and Dr. Claud Young, president of Michigan SCLC.
Strategic Plan (November 23, 1987)
Guests: Erma Henderson, Arthur Johnson, Jim Holley
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:28:26
Description: This show is about the Detroit Strategic Planning Project to try to better Detroit, and whether it may really have an impact. The show begins with an outtake from a speech by Walter McCarthy, the co-chairman of the Detroit Strategic Plan, and comments from Mayor Coleman Young.
Guests include Erma Henderson, president of the Detroit City Council, and executive committee member for the Detroit Strategic Plan; Dr. Arthur Johnson, the co-chairman of race relations for the Detroit Strategic Plan; and Reverend Jim Holley of Little Rock Baptist Church.
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.
Headlines (February 22, 1988)
Guests: Chauncey Bailey, Cliff Russell, Steve Crump
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:28:21
Description: This show looks at headlines in Detroit over the weeks before the show and how they affect black people in Detroit.

Guests include Chauncey Bailey, reporter for the Detroit News; Cliff Russell of WWJ radio; and Steve Crump, at the time a reporter for WJBK TV.
Crack Continues (February 29, 1988)
Guests: Ron Lockett, Jacqueline Morrison, Nathaniel Topp
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:29:42
Description: This show is a part two of a series looking at the role of the community in putting an end to crack cocaine in Detroit.
Guests are Ron Lockett, the executive director of Family and Youth Resources; Jacqueline Morrison senior community prevention consultant of Project EPIC, a substance abuse prevention program; and Nathaniel Topp, the commanding officer of the Crime Prevention Unit of the Detroit Police Department.
Entrepreneurship (June 6, 1988)
Guests: Porterfield Wilson, Sampson Mathews, Gerald Davis, Ed Vaughn, Larry Mongo, Thomas Hutcherson, Charles W. Butler
Host: Ed Gordon

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

Guests include Ed Vaughn, president of the Thursday Luncheon Group and executive assistant to mayor Coleman Young; Thomas Hutcherson, vice president of the Booker T. Washington Association; Larry Mongo, a Detroit businessman; and Reverend Charles W. Butler, president of the Council of Baptist Pastors.
Casino Gambling (June 13, 1988)
Guests: Lawrence Doss, Helen Kelly, Keith Butler, Michael Jefferson
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Ed Gordon, Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:28:42
Description: This show is about the allowance of more casinos in Detroit. Guests include Lawrence Doss and Helen Kelly, both of the Casino Gaming Study Commission; Reverend Keith Butler, president of the Alliance Against Casino Gambling; and Michael Jefferson from Citizens for Detroit's Future.
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.
Motown Revue Reunion Motown Revue Reunion (1989)
Guests: Johnny Bristol, Sylvia Moy, Ian Levine, the Satintone, the Velvelettes
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: In 1989, a British record producer who had grown up listening to the hits of Detroit's Motown Records during the 1960s decided to bring together many of the old groups together for to make a series of new recordings. In this program, host Trudy Gallant interviews the producer, Ian Levine, and two of the former Motown songwriters - Sylvia Moy and Johnny Bristol - who were involved in the new project.
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.
Adoption (1990)
Guests: Cheryl Coleman, Scott Damaschkes
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:26:47
Description: This show is about adoption, and whether black children would be better off in black homes.
Guests are Scott Damaschkes, who is bi-racial and was raised in a white home; and Cheryl Coleman, the Family Preservation Committee Chair from the National Association of Black Social Workers.
Blacks and the Civil War (February 26, 1990)
Guests: Dale Rich
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 00:27:54
Description: This show is about the role black Americans played in the Civil War. The guest is civil war historian, Dale Rich.
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.
Infant Mortality Prevention (May 7, 1990)
Guests: Vernice Davis-Anthony, Edna E. Batiste, Diane Whitney
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 00:27:57
Description: This show is about the high infant mortality rate in Detroit, and how to reach a solution.

Guests include Edna E. Batiste, administrator of the Detroit Health Department; Vernice Davis-Anthony, the executive director of the Wayne County Task Force for Infant Mortality; and Diane Whitney, a mother of six and former drug abuser.
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.
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.
SOSAD (May 1, 1991)
Guests: Clementine Barfield, Peggy Djurdjulov
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:28:47
Description: This show is about children getting killed in Detroit and how parents can help to stop it.
Guests are Clementine Barfield, founder and director of Save Our Sons and Daughters (SOSAD); and Peggy Djurdjulov, vice president of sales for Frito Lay (at the time Frito Lay was working with SOSAD to improve the community).
McGriff/School Year 90-91 (June 10, 1991)
Guests: Deborah McGriff, Gerald K. Smith, Emmett Moten
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:28:59
Description: This show is an interview with the Detroit public schools superintendent, Deborah McGriff, about the challenges and future of the schools. There are two taped segments added into the show. The first includes statements from Gerald K. Smith of the Kellogg Foundation about the Kellogg Foundation's commitment to the schools, and Emmett Moten, the co-chair of Northern Lights. The second clip is from a previous show.
Black Governance & Programs (October 17, 1991)
Guests: Lynn Smith, Ron Hall, N. Charles Anderson
Host: Dennis Archer
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:29:13
Description: This show is about what educational, civic, and healthcare are available for young black people.

Guests include Lynn Smith, director of the Youth Advisory Commission; Ron Hall, assistant vice president of New Detroit, Inc; and N. Charles Anderson, president and CEO of the Detroit Urban League.
Detroit Public Housing Detroit Public Housing (1992)
Guests: Bob Armstrong, Kevin Fobbs, Keith Butler, Ruth Williams
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:28:48
Description: This episode focuses on the problems of public housing in Detroit.
Black Enterprise 100 (June 15, 1992)
Guests: Don Barden
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:28:53
Description: This show is an interview with Don Barden after he was named one of the 100 most successful black business entities by Black Enterprise magazine.
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.
Black TV Programming in Detroit (1993)
Guests: David Rambeau, Jeff Miller, Kathy Young-Welch, Al Mitchell
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:27:45
Description: This show looks at TV shows that deal with black people and what kind of message they send out.

Guests include David Rambeau, the executive producer of Project Black Awareness in Television, an organization that produces black TV shows; Jeff Miller, the host and creator of the TV show, Transition; Al Mitchell, a director and producer of black shows; and Kathy Young-Welch, a journalist involved with local programming.
Detroit Auto Industry Detroit Auto Industry (1993)
Guests: Theresa Jones, Charles Harrell, Mel Farr, Nathan Conyers
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:27:56
Description: Originally broadcast in January 1993, the program consists of a roundtable discussion, moderated by host Cliff Russell, between four prominent African American auto dealers from the Detroit area: Mel Farr, a former star athlete with the Detroit Lions, owner of Mel Farr Ford, and chairman of the Black Auto Dealers Association; Charles Harrell, owner of Harrell Chevrolet; Theresa Jones, owner of Northwestern Dodge and former director of nursing at Henry Ford Hospital; and Nathan Conyers, owner of Riverside Ford. This program explores the status and progress of African Americans in the U.S. auto industry as the owners of auto dealerships.
Blue Pigs/ Hugh Burrell (March 22, 1993)
Guests: Hugh Burrell
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:28:46
Description: This show is about the Blue Pigs, a musical outreach program of the Detroit Police Department. The guest is Hugh Burrell, the lead vocalist of the Blue Pigs.
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.
Blacks and the Auto Industry (July 12, 1993)
Guests: Mel Farr, Nathan Conyers, Chuck Harrell, Theresa Jones
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:28:17
Description: This show is a discussion with local auto dealers.
Guests include Mel Farr, former football player and currently (at the time) chairman of National Black Automakers Association; Nathan Conyers of Riverside Ford; Chuck Harrell of Harrell Chevrolet; and Theresa Jones of Northwestern Dodge.
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.
Berry Gordy Berry Gordy (1994)
Guests: Berry Gordy
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: Founder of Motown Records, Berry Gordy is a legend in Detroit and around the country. Broadcast in 1994 as part of Gordy's tour to promote his autobiography, "To Be Loved," host Darryl Wood talks with Gordy about the early days of his career.
Gun Safety (1994)
Guests: Benny Napoleon, Corey Edwards, Eugene Edwards, Robert Ficano
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: 00:28:04
Description: This show is about increases in gun violence and lack of proper gun safety in the home. It includes interviews with Deputy Chief of Detroit police, Benny Napoleon, and a victim of gun violence, Corey Edwards as well as gun safety tips. Other guests include Corey's father, Eugene Edwards and Robert Ficano the Wayne County sheriff.
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".
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.
Tiger Stadium Lisa Ilitch Murray (July 13, 1994)
Guests: Lisa Ilitch Murray
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: 00:28:21
Description: This show is about the prospect of a new baseball stadium in Detroit. The guest is Lisa Ilitch Murray, Build the Ballpark coordinator and spokesperson. Also includes previews for upcoming summer shows.
Foster Care (1995)
Guests: Donald Phillips, Ernest Turner, Deirdre Bellomo, John Krapohl
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: 00:28:20
Description: This show explores reasons black children are in foster care, and adoption of black children by white families.
Guests include Donald Phillips, community outreach coordinator for Lutheran Social Services of Michigan's Detroit foster care program; Reverend Ernest Turner, a foster parent; Deirdre Bellomo the white mother of an adopted African American child; and John Krapohl, an African American who was adopted by a white family.
Made in Detroit (May 19, 1995)
Guests: Bill Merriweather, Gerald Johnson, Joan Knight, Dewayne Porter
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 development in Detroit.
Guests are Made in Detroit Incorporated members, Bill Merriweather and Gerald Johnson. The normal show is followed by a segment on the Detroit Symphony Show house, with its history given by Joan Knight of Joan Knight Interiors, and information on the decor from interior designer, Dewayne Porter.
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.
Mojo/Classical (April 12, 1996)
Guests: Electrifying Mojo, Brazeal Dennard, Leslie B. Dunner
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 African American music and the end of the Electrifying Mojo's career. Guests are the Electrifying Mojo, a Detroit based radio personality; and Dr. Leslie B. Dunner; conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. There is also a clip of Brazeal Dennard, a choral founder and conductor for an all black group named after himself.
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.
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.