Browse shows on: Religion and Spiritual Life

Religious communities provided a powerful element of continuity and stability in the African-American experience. These ABJ shows examine the ongoing faith of African-American denominations at the same time that Islam became a controversial and increasingly attractive alternative for black youth.

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.
The Winans (May 11, 1987)
Guests: Marvin Winans, Michael Winans, Ronald Winans, Carvin Winans
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:28:32
Description: This show is an interview and performance by the Winans brothers. The Winans are a Grammy award winning gospel group.
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.
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.
Holiday Show Holiday Show (December 1990)
Guests: Diane Campbell, Tina Brooks, Lisa Page, Keith Staten, Witness, Yolanda Harris
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:28:21
Description: This program from December 1990 is a Christmas special devoted to gospel music. Host Trudy Gallant introduces two contemporary gospel music acts: a women's quartet known as Witness and solo performer Keith Staten.
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.
Black Church's Children Black Church's Children (1991)
Guests: Mother Gertrude Stacks, Rev. Ron Spann, Fr. George Clements, Deacon Reginald Dokes, Rev. Jim Holley
Host: Deborah Smith-Barney
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This program from the early fall of 1991 features a panel discussion with leaders from four Detroit churches to examine the question of what churches are - and need to be - doing to help young people with the struggles that they face.
Black Muslims (February 25, 1991)
Guests: Rasul Muhammad
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:29:18
Description: This show is about the Muslim religion. Includes clips of speech by Louis Farrakhan. The guest is Nation of Islam's local leader, Rasul Muhammad.
Modern Day Griot Modern Day Griot (1992)
Guests: Katherine Blackwell, Baba Inshangi
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:26:29
Description: This program, broadcast in 1992, is hosted by Cliff Russell. Divided between a music-dance performance by the Ishangi family from West Africa, and a presentation by Katherine Blackwell, an African American storyteller, the show illustrates the efforts of African Americans to explore - and to transmit to their children - the African roots of American culture.
Rev. Cecil Williams (November 30, 1992)
Guests: Cecil Williams
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:22:53
Description: This show is an interview with Reverend Cecil Williams. He founded the Liberation of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church, and is known not only as a minister, but also as an author, activist, and leader.
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".
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.
Nation of Islam (August 3, 1994)
Guests: Ajib Rashadeen, Rasul Muhammad
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: 00:28:46
Description: This show is an effort to dispel myths about Islam.

Guests include Minister Rasul Muhammad and Minister Rashadeen Ajib, both ministers of separate local mosques.
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.
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.