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.

CPT Christmas Special Part 2 (October 23, 1968)
Guests: None
Producer: Brown, Tony
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Duration: 0:31:20
Description: Part 2 of the 1968 Christmas special.
Only Then Regale My Eyes (1976)
Guests: None
Host: Paul Winter
Producer :
Duration: 0:32:09
Description: A documentary about French art.
Ntozake Shange and Tessie Hill (December 22, 1978)
Guests: Ntozake Shange, Tessie Hill
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 0:31:10
Description: Host Ron Scott and guest Ntozake Shange discuss Shange's play. Also, Tessie Hill talks about her music.
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.
Black Teens (1984)
Guests: Claud Young, Martha Jean Steinberg, Marion Terrell, S.L. Jones, Erma Franklin, Robbie McCoy, Cecil Franklin, Fannie Tyler, Joel Bowman, Mark Tilles, Keith Binion, Kevin Binion, Jacqueline Tilles, Brandon Graham, Hazel Rucker, Nathaniel Rucker, LaMaurice Gardner, Shelly Boglin, Carol E. Pearson, Rosetta Hines, Rod Johnson, Mamie R. Wright, Brenda Mae Evans, Lawanda Fisher, Shawn Fisher, Sue Carol Fisher, Sarah A. Johnson, Cephaus Johnson, Cheryl Williams, Stacey Williams, Tenecia Gregory, Mary Wilks
Host: Ben Frazier
Producer : Alicia Nails, Ed Gordon, Njia Kai
Duration: 0:56:43
Description: A special about black teenagers, featuring segments about the death of Rev. C.L. Franklin, a charitable organization, the popularity of androgynous fashion, and a radio and television program created by high schoolers.
The 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.
Reverend Al Green (May 14, 1987)
Guests: Al Green
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant
Duration: 0:30:40
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guest Rev. Al Green discuss Green's career and his latest album, Soul Survivor.
Young Black Males & Joe Clark (1989)
Guests: Gordan Patton, Todd Upshaw, Harold Upshaw, Wendell Anthony, LaGreta Blake-Smith, Joe Clark
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 1:00:13
Description: Host Trudy Gallant and guests Gordan Patton, Todd Upshaw, Harold Upshaw, Rev. Wendell Anthony, and LaGreta Blake-Smith discuss a church group for black teenage boys. Also, footage of a speech given by Principal Joe Clark at Wayne State University.
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.
Kwanzaa 1989 (December 18, 1989)
Guests: Kofi Egbo, Louise Reid-Ritchie, Carmen N'Namdi
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza, James Jackson
Duration: 0:29:56
Description: Host Trudy Gallant and guests Dr. Kofi Egbo, Dr. Louise Reid-Ritchie, and Carmen N'Namdi discuss Kwanzaa rituals and symbols.
Louis Farrakhan Louis Farrakhan (1990)
Guests: Louis Farrakhan, Rasul Muhammad
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:29:22
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.
1991 Holiday Show and 1992 New Year (1991)
Guests: Dick Gregory, Carol Brantley, Larry Whitfield, Synovia Weatherspoon, Veronica Wilson, Les Morgan, Edwin Ross, Resurrection, Les Brown
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 0:59:22
Description: The 1991 Christmas special and the New Year's advice special for 1992.
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
Duration: 00:30:01
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.
Holistic Living (1991)
Guests: Keefa Lorraine
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 0:30:37
Description: Host Trudy Gallant and guest Keefa Lorraine discuss physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.
Older, But Still Vibrant (1991)
Guests: Rosa Parks, Charleszetta Waddles
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 0:30:07
Description: Host Trudy Gallant and guests Rosa Parks and Rev. Charleszetta "Mother" Waddles discuss their work to promote civil rights and charity. Also, a video about the Henry O. Tanner exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
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.
Veteran's Support (May 27, 1991)
Guests: Debra Fisher, Murray Warren
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:27:34
Description: This show is about the post gulf war adjustment period, and the impact on the black community. Guests include Debra Fisher of the U.S. Veteran's Affairs Service Division; and Reverend Murray Warren of the Detroit Military Family Support Group.

Gospel (June 17, 1991)
Guests: None
Host:
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Duration: 0:18:26
Description: Footage of a performance by an unnamed gospel group.
Christmas Music Outtakes (November 6, 1991)
Guests: Ed Ross, Resurrection, Veronica Wilson, Angela Tukes
Host:
Producer :
Duration: 0:49:52
Description: Different takes of the musical segments from the 1991 Christmas special.
Holiday Show (1992)
Guests: St. Anthony's Angels, Andre Remus, Tramaine Fair, Veronica Wilson, One In Christ , Carol Brantley, Hugh Burrell, Al Fludd
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 0:30:24
Description: Host Cliff Russell presents the 1992 Holiday Show.
Maya Angelou: Rainbow In The Clouds (1992)
Guests: None
Host: Maya Angelou
Producer : Bill Jersey
Duration: 0:59:26
Description: A special about Maya Angelou, her work with the Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, and their efforts to end crack addiction.
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.
Kwanzaa 1992 (December 21, 1992)
Guests: Mildred A. Kyles, Philip Cato, Darryl Totty
Host: Akua Buda Watkins
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Duration: 0:30:11
Description: Guest Host Akua Buda Watkins and guests Mildred A. Kyles, Philip Cato, and Darryl Totty discuss Kwanzaa traditions.
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".
Mel Farr and Susan Taylor (May 4, 1994)
Guests: Mel Farr, Susan Taylor
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 0:28:13
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest Mel Farr discuss Farr's work ethic and his plan for success. Also, an interview with Susan Taylor about her work as the editor-in-chief of Essence magazine.
Mel Farr and Susan Taylor (May 4, 1994)
Guests: Mel Farr, Susan Taylor
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:28:10
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest Mel Farr discuss Farr's work ethic and his plan for success. Also, an interview with Susan Taylor about her work as the editor-in-chief of Essence magazine.
Economic Empowerment (June 29, 1994)
Guests: Gregory Reed, James Perkins
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:27:45
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]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:28:46
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.
The Million Man March (1995)
Guests: Jim McFarlin, Jonathan Blakley, Bill Johnson
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 0:29:15
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guests Jim McFarlin, Jonathan Blakley, and Bill Johnson discuss media coverage of the Million Man March and Louis Farrakhan's speech at the March.
Black Child in Crisis (January 27, 1995)
Guests: James Washington
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:27:26
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.
Ken Hamblin and the Henrietta Marie (1997)
Guests: Ken Hamblin, Michael Cottman
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 0:32:08
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest Ken Hamblin discuss Hamblin's radio show and the need for changes in how African-Americans present themselves to society. Also, Michael Cottman discusses his visit to the wreckage of the slave ship Henrietta Marie and the book that he wrote about the experience.
Confirmation (May 7, 1997)
Guests: Susan Taylor, Khephra Burns
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:27:47
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.
Cece Winans Part 1 (1998)
Guests: CeCe Winans
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 0:27:10
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest CeCe Winans discuss Winans' musical career, the gospel music industry, and her new album.
Cece Winans Part 2 (1998)
Guests: CeCe Winans
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 0:27:10
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest CeCe Winans discuss CeCe's split from her singing partner and brother BeBe Winans, balancing her career with her family life, and her faith. Also, announcing the results of a music giveaway.
Hip-Hop Music (1998)
Guests: Michael Eric Dyson, Karen Clark-Sheard
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 0:27:24
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest Michael Eric Dyson discuss the relationship between hip-hop music and black culture. Also, Karen Clark-Sheard discusses the influence that hip-hop has had on gospel music.
Sex in the Black Church (1998)
Guests: Michael Eric Dyson
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 0:28:23
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest Michael Eric Dyson discuss Dyson's new book and his criticisms of how the Black church deals with issues of gender and sexuality.
Michael Eric Dyson (1999)
Guests: Michael Eric Dyson
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 0:27:26
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest Michael Eric Dyson discuss Dyson's recent appointment as a professor at DePaul University and the relationship between academic ideas and political activism.
Thomas M. Ford (1999)
Guests: Thomas Ford
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 0:27:13
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest Tommy Ford discuss Ford's career, opportunities available for black actors, and his experiences performing in Detroit.
Bertice Berry (2000)
Guests: Bertice Berry
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darryl Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows focused on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 0:27:25
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest Bertice Berry discuss Berry's book, her life experiences, her views on family, and her writing process.