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As the era of segregated entertainment and culture came to an end, black youth were offered visions of escape from ghetto life by rags-to-riches stories of famous actors, sports heroes, and entertainers. Mass communications amplified this trend and exploited the gladiatorial, masculine culture of professional sports and popular entertainment to reach an economically-influential segment of African-American youth. ABJ interviewees from this sector discussed their controversial position as role models for urban black males.

CPT 1967 Detroit Riot (1968)
Guests: Bill Murphy, Kim Weston, Hal McKinney, Gwen McKinney, George Kirby
Host: Tony Brown, Sandy Lawrence, Abe Ulmer
Producer : Tony Brown
Duration: 01:00:03
Description: The program covers community events, local news, a segment on the role of the public school system in the 1967 Detroit Riot, and a segment on Harriet Tubman.
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 2 Colored People's Time 2 (October 23, 1968)
Guests: Stokely Carmichael, John Conyers, Wild Bill Davis, Harry Edwards, Inkster Community Choir, CLR James, John Lewis, Kent Martin, Hal McKinney, Martha Jean Steinberg, Rosalyn Russell, The Brothers of Soul, Lorenzo Wright, William Watson
Host: Tony Brown, Sandy Lawrence, Reginald Wilson
Producer : Gilbert Maddox, Tony Brown
Duration: 01:01:01
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.
Colored People's Time 2: Colored People's Time 2: "Free Your Mind" Public Service Announcement ("Two Selves") (October 23, 1968)
Guests: Tony Brown


Duration: 00:00:00
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 explores the complexity of integrating ones public and private identities. Essentially, at the heart of the message is the idea that Black Americans may feel that in order to succeed in the corporate America they must assimilate and either imitate or adapt Eurocentric characteristics. It is only in private, among family and friends, that the ethic identity can be fully embraced. The clip challenges viewers to question if the two selves can ever be fully reconciled and brought together. Thus achieving professional success while still being true to one's ethic identity.
CPT Episode 3 (October 30, 1968)
Guests: Hal McKinney, Gwen McKinney, Bill Murphy, Earl Grant, George Kirby, Horace Bradfield, Robert Tindal
Host: Sandy Lawrence, Abe Ulmer, Tony Brown
Producer : Tony Brown
Duration: 01:00:15
Description: The program covers community events, entertainment news, and the upcoming presidential election. Includes musical acts such as the Hal McKinney Quintet, Bill Murphy, Earl Grant, and Ernest Fowler and The Voices of Conquest, as well as a performance by comedian George Kirby.
Colored People's Time 5: Colored People's Time 5: "Free Your Mind" Public Service Announcement (Skin Lightening Cream) (November 14, 1968)
Guests: Tony Brown


Duration: 00:00:49
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.
CPT Episode 7 Part 2 (November 27, 1968)
Guests: None
Host: Abe Ulmer, Tony Brown, Sandy Lawrence
Producer : Tony Brown
Duration: 00:31:45
Description: Hosts Abe Ulmer, Tony Brown, and Sandy Lawrence discuss current events, fashion, makeup, and hair styling, and a segment about the life of Frederick Douglass.
Colored People's Time 13 (January 22, 1969)
Guests: The Contemporary Jazz Quintet, Eugene Eda, William Walker, The CPT Players, Kent Martin, Carmen Murphy, James Catchings, Joanne Robinson
Host: Tony Brown, Sandy Lawrence, Abe Ulmer
Producer : Tony Brown
Duration: 01:01:47
Description: This show features an investigative segment on the black middle class (00:11:12), a piece on black history, a performance by the CPT Players - led by Kent Martin, and dramatic poetry readings. Abe Ulmer delivers the news, and Sandy Lawrence provides a snapshot of Detroit's upcoming events in the Grapevine feature.

Guests include the Contemporary Jazz Quintet, a local group that will be recording a jazz blue note album (00:03:02-00:08:19); Chicago artists Eugene Eda and William Walker; and the CPT Players.
Tony Brown (1975)
Guests: Tony Brown, Nadine Brown
Host: Candy Shannon
Producer : Deborah Ray
Duration: 00:24:38
Description: This show from the mid-1970s 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.
Fannie Lou Hamer (1977)
Guests: Pearl Cleage
Host:
Producer :
Duration: 00:12:06
Description: Clips from several different segments: an obituary of Fannie Lou Hamer, an interview with Pearl Cleage, poetry by Arna Bontemps, a slideshow of black artists and political figures, and a slideshow of African art. None of the clips are complete segments.
Eartha Kitt Eartha Kitt (1978)
Guests: Eartha Kitt
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:30:03
Description: In a sometimes emotional interview, legendary singer, dancer and actress Eartha Kitt talks with host Ron Scott about her career, her personal philosophy, and the professional price she paid for her political honesty.
Street News Dance (September 20, 1978)
Guests: None
Host:
Producer :
Duration: 00:05:46
Description: Footage of a performance that combines dance, music, and poetry.
Tommy Hearns: A Knockout (November 6, 1978)
Guests: Thomas Hearns, Emanuel Steward, Lois Hearns, Leonard, Angelo Dundee, Bob Arum
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 00:29:27
Description: A special about boxer Thomas (Tommy) Hearns.
Chuck Jackson (February 16, 1979)
Guests: Chuck Jackson
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Ron Scott
Duration: 00:27:33
Description: Host Ron Scott and guest Chuck Jackson discuss Jackson's career.
Fitzgerald Whitney and Nigerian Showcase (1980)
Guests: Fitzgerald Whitney, Jimmie Okera Hightower, Victoria Ene Oloja, Ademola Onibonokuta
Host: Deborah Ray
Producer : Deborah Ray
Duration: 00:31:40
Description: Host Deborah Ray and guest Fitzgerald Whitney discuss Whitney's career as a black photographer. Also, a performance by Jimmie Okera Hightower and a segment on the Nigerian Showcase at the Detroit Institute of the Arts.
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.
Ron Milner: Cracksteppin' Back Home (1980)
Guests: Ron Milner
Producer: Ray, Deborah
Producer :
Duration: 00:59:37
Description: A documentary about the production of Ron Milner's new play, Cracksteppin'.
Stevie Wonder: A Motown Legacy Stevie Wonder: A Motown Legacy (1980)
Guests: Ted Hull, Ester Gordy Edwards, Stevie Wonder
Host: Gene Elzy
Producer : Deborah Ray
Duration: 00:29:26
Description: This program, from very early in 1980, is an exploration of the career and music of Stevie Wonder, who joined Motown Records at age 12 and soon became one of the record label's most popular and successful recording stars.
The Harlem Dance Theater (1980)
Guests: Arthur Mitchell
Host: Gene Elzy
Producer : Deborah Ray
Duration: 00:25:31
Description: This upbeat show includes scenes of dancing at the Harlem Dance Theater, an interview with Arthur Mitchell, the dance director for the Theater, and footage of Arthur Mitchell teaching an audience about dance.
Hastings Street Jazz Experience (January 29, 1980)
Guests: None
Host:
Producer :
Duration: 00:30:36
Description: Footage of several pieces being performed by the Hastings Street Jazz Experience. Songs include "Liberation Suite", "Chioke", and "Be-Bop Blues."
Dick Gregory Dick Gregory (1981)
Guests: Dick Gregory, Barbra Tracey
Host: Paul Clements
Producer : Deborah Ray
Duration: 00:29:16
Description: This program from 1981 is an unusual example of the range of programs represented in the Detroit Black Journal series. Less polished and focused than many of the other programs in the series, it nevertheless confronts a serious issue - the Atlanta Child Killings - that was of intense interest to African Americans, at the time.
Image Makers (1982)
Guests: Esther Rolle, Topper Carew, Kamal Amen Ra

Producer : Deborah Ray
Duration: 00:56:18
Description: This show is about the images people present of themselves, focusing on the guests, their beliefs, and how they present themselves to reflect those beliefs.

Guests include actress Esther Rolle (most famous for her roles in "Maude" and "Good Times"); Topper Carew, the president of Rainbow Television Workshop; and African drummer, Kamal Amen Ra.
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever (Part 2) (1983)
Guests: DeBarge, High Inergy, Smokey Robinson, Linda Ronstadt, Adam Ant, Diana Ross, The Supremes
Host: Richard Pryor
Producer : Don Mischer, Buz Kohan
Duration: 00:49:08
Description: Part 2 of a special about Motown.
Rock, Radio, and Racism (1983)
Guests: Choker Campbell, Don Davis, Pat Holliday, Ken Lowery, Terry Fox, Ricky Rouse, Brian Sheffield, Larry Strauss, Doug Podell, Jim McFarlin, Fred Jacobs, W. Kim Heron, Niki Buzz, Joe Spencer, Paul Christy, The Electrifying Mojo
Host: Jim Ingram
Producer : Deborah Ray
Duration: 00:58:39
Description: Part 1 of a special about racial discrimination in the music industry, especially with rock music.
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: 00:56:43
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.
Ali Mazrui (1986)
Guests: Ali Mazrui
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:30:00
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guest Dr. Ali Mazrui discuss Mazrui's controversial upcoming PBS series, The Africans.
Anita Baker (1986)
Guests: Anita. Baker
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Gallant-Gordon
Duration: 00:23:52
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guest singer Anita Baker discuss Baker's career.
Mary Wilson (October 27, 1986)
Guests: Mary Wilson
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:28:45
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guest Mary Wilson discuss her career with the Supremes and her new book.
Isaac Hayes (February 16, 1987)
Guests: Isaac Hayes
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:25:08
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guest Isaac Hayes discuss his career and latest album, U-Turn.
Reverend Al Green (May 14, 1987)
Guests: Al Green
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant
Duration: 00:30:40
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guest Rev. Al Green discuss Green's career and his latest album, Soul Survivor.
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.
Explicit Lyrics (June 22, 1987)
Guests: Ronald Rice, James Alexander, R.J.
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:28:01
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guests Ronald Rice, James Alexander, and musician R.J. discuss recent controversy regarding sexually explicit music. Includes clips from music videos by Prince, Apollonia 6, Sheila E., and R.J.
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.
Facial Surgery (October 5, 1987)
Guests: George Levy, Noelle Clark, Gloria House, Shirley Moulton
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:30:32
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guests Dr. George Levy, Dr. Noelle Clark, Dr. Gloria House, and Shirley Moulton discuss a recent trend of cosmetic surgery.
Sheryl Lee Ralph (November 2, 1987)
Guests: Sheryl Lee Ralph
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Trudy Gallant, Ed Gordon
Duration: 00:30:16
Description: Host Ed Gordon and guest Sheryl Lee Ralph discuss Ralph's acting career and her new beauty instructional video.
Philip Michael Thomas (August 16, 1988)
Guests: Philip Michael Thomas
Host: Ed Gordon
Producer : Gordon and Gallant
Duration: 00:28:29
Description: This show is an interview with actor/musician Philip Michael Thomas (most famous for his role in "Miami Vice").

Detroit Pistons (1989)
Guests: Jim Holley, Leon Bradley
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 00:38:23
Description: Host Trudy Gallant and guests Rev. Jim Holley and Leon Bradley discuss recent criticism of the Detroit Pistons.
Dr. Hare & Detroit Pistons (1989)
Guests: Julia Hare, Nathan Hare, Jim Holley, Leon Bradley
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 01:04:23
Description: Host Trudy Gallant and guests Dr. Julia Hare and Dr. Nathan Hare discuss their new book and the relationships between black men and women. Also, Rev. Jim Holley and Leon Bradley discuss recent criticism of the Detroit Pistons.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1989)
Guests: Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:22:47
Description: Jackie Joyner-Kersee was one of the most successful women athletes of the 20th century, winning a total of five Olympic medals in track and field events spread over four consecutive Olympic Games. The peak of her Olympic career was in 1988, when she won gold medals in both the heptathlon and the long jump.
Pistons Racism (March 27, 1989)
Guests: Jim Holley, Leon Bradley
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 00:29:41
Description: Host Trudy Gallant and guests Rev. Jim Holley and Leon Bradley discuss allegations of racism made against the management of the Detroit Pistons.
Oba Oba (June 5, 1989)
Guests: Olga Marie, Marta Sargentelli, Franco Fontana
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 00:27:38
Description: Host Trudy Gallant and guests Franco Fontana, Olga Marie, and Marta Sargentelli discuss Oba Oba, a musical that will be opening in Detroit.
Pistons (June 19, 1989)
Guests: Ben Kelso, Cliff Russell, Ray (voice only) Scott
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 00:27:47
Description: This show is about the Pistons winning the NBA championship.
Guests include Ben Kelso, former piston and at the time of interview, coach of the Cooley Cardinals; Cliff Russell, a reporter from WWJ radio who covered the championship game; and over the phone Ray Scott, a former Piston's coach.

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.
Cadence Promotional Footage (1990)
Guests: Martin Sheen, Larry Fishburne
Host:
Producer :
Duration: 00:22:15
Description: Promotional footage for the film Cadence.
Miss USA (1990)
Guests: Carole Gist, Joan Gist
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Duration: 00:28:54
Description: This show is an interview with Carole Gist, the first black Miss USA (1990), and her mother about the pageant and their lives.
One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (November 19, 1990)
Guests: Ron Milner, Ted Lange, Fields, Kim Fields
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:29:25
Description: This show is about the play, "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show".
Guests include playwright Ron Milner, the director of the play; actor Ted Lange, best known for his role as the bartender in the TV series Love Boat; actress Chip Fields, mostly known for her roles in a multitude of TV shows, but also appeared in movies and on Broadway; and Chip's daughter, actress Kim Fields, best known for her role as Tootie on the TV show The Facts of Life.

Danny Glover (1991)
Guests: Danny Glover, Alfred Anderson, Gilbert Cargill, Leslie Morris
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:24:18
Description: This show is an interview with Danny Glover about his new movie "To Sleep with Anger" and a salute to Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
Guests include actor Danny Glover; Leslie Morris, president of N.I.A.; and Gilbert Cargill and Chief Alfred Anderson, former flight instructors at the Tuskegee Institute.
Matty Rich (1991)
Guests: Matty Rich
Host: Nkenge Zola
Producer :
Duration: 00:20:33
Description: Nkenge Zola interviews Matty Rich about his debut film, Straight Out of Brooklyn.
Ralph Cooper/Amateur Night (1991)
Guests: Ralph Cooper
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:26:15
Description: This show is an interview with Ralph Cooper about amateur night at the Apollo and what it has done to dispel racism. Ralph Cooper was the founder and MC of amateur night.
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.
Gospel (June 17, 1991)
Guests: None
Host:
Producer :
Duration: 0:18:26
Description: Footage of a performance by an unnamed gospel group.
Afrocentric Education (1992)
Guests: Molefi Asante, Mbongeni Ngema, Leleti Khumalo
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:30:51
Description: Dr. Molefi Asante gives a speech about teaching African-American students the history of Africa and African-Americans. Also, Cliff Russell interviews Mbongeni Ngema about his play Serafina!, and talks to actress Leleti Khumalo about her role in the film based on the play.
Willie Horton (1992)
Guests: Willie Horton
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:29:06
Description: Host Cliff Russell and guest Willie Horton discuss Horton's baseball career and his community outreach work.
The Boys (May 2, 1992)
Guests: Khiry Abdulsamad, Hakeem Abdulsamad, Bilal Abdulsamad, Tajh Abdulsamad
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:29:07
Description: This show is an interview with the musical group, The Boys. Members of the group are Khiry, Hakeem, Bilal, and Tajh Abdulsamad.
African Culture and Folklore (July 20, 1992)
Guests: Frankey Quimby, Doug Quimby, Julie Dash, Joseph N'Diaye
Host: Mike Neal
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:29:29
Description: This show is about African culture and folklore that was better preserved through island life. It also includes an interview with Julie Dash about her movie, "Daughters of the Dust".

Guests are storytellers Frankey and Doug Quimby, who tell about their heritage; Joseph N'Diaye, the curator of the Museum des Esclaves; and film writer, director, producer, Julie Dash.
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.
Black Cinema (1993)
Guests: Bob Scott, Robert Townsend
Host: Rosalind Smith, Dianna Craig
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:27:58
Description: This show discusses the films "Poetic Justice" and "Meteor Man" and includes clips from the movies.

Guests include former Michigan film commissioner Bob Scott and writer/director/actor Robert Townsend.
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.
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.
Student Films (1993)
Guests: Elliot Wilhelm, John Cohen, Lauren Laicu, Zac Fink, Mike Brower, Quincy Hinton, Andrew Erickson, Tracy McLeod
Host: O'dell Nails
Producer : Michael Rose
Duration: 0:53:47
Description: Host O'dell Nails and Detroit Film Theatre curator Elliot Wilhelm present the films screened at the 24th Annual Michigan Student Film and Video Festival at the Detroit Institute of Arts and interview the student filmmakers.
Urban City Gambling Urban City Gambling (1993)
Guests: Rev. E.D. Cobbin, Theo Broughton, Ted Gatzaros
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:27:59
Description: Casino gambling roiled the political waters of Detroit for nearly a quarter century before the city's first casino opened in 1999. This program, from mid-1993, illustrates the intensity of the debate that raged in the early 1990s over whether casinos should be allowed in Detroit.

Black Male/Female Relationships Black Male/Female Relationships (January 25, 1993)
Guests: Debra Crable, Darryl Roberts, Latricia Loftin, Rev. David Payton, Raymond Whitfield
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:27:46
Description: This program from January 1993 revisits the issue of relationships between black men and women that was the subject of a pair of broadcasts in 1986. This time, however, the program examines a popular culture take on the issue, rather than taking a sociological approach.
Chris Webber Chris Webber (March 1, 1993)
Guests: Chris Webber
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:27:07
Description: In this program from March 1, 1993, host Cliff Russell devotes the entire program to an extended interview with Chris Webber, then a key leader of the University of Michigan's "Fab Five" basketball team. Webber went on to a long and successful career in the National Basketball Association, where he played for at least five different teams, including the Detroit Pistons.
Arthur Mitchell Arthur Mitchell (1994)
Guests: Arthur Mitchell
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: In this program, from 1994, host Darryl Wood interviews Arthur Mitchell, founder of the Dance Theater of Harlem. Mitchell was in Detroit to launch a youth dance program in conjunction with the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts.
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.
O.J. Simpson (July 6, 1994)
Guests: Jim McFarlin, Elbert Hatchett, Emery King
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: 00:28:03
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.
Tiger Stadium Lisa Ilitch Murray (July 13, 1994)
Guests: Lisa Ilitch Murray
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: 00:28:21
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.
Behind the Scenes in Music (July 20, 1994)
Guests: Greg Gumbel, Kathy Baylor, Michael J. Powell
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: 00:27:46
Description: This show features an interview with Greg Gumbel, a television sportscaster, about his life, a music video by Tony, Toni, Tone, and discussion of how song writing and publishing works.

Guests include Greg Gumble, Kathy Baylor, a creative scout for Midnight Music, and Michael J. Powell a music producer.
Reality TV (July 27, 1994)
Guests: Jim McFarlin, Jerry Cleveland, Council Cargle, Kim Newhouse, Alonzo De Carlo
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: 00:28:18
Description: This show explores how realistically blacks are portrayed on TV shows and the impact these shows have on society. It also includes a feature on the play, "A Soldier's Play".

Guests include Jim McFarlin, TV critic for the Detroit News; Jerry Cleveland, the director of "A Soldier's Play"; and actors Council Cargle, Kim Newhouse, and Alonzo De Carlo from "A Soldier's Play".
Hoop Dreams (1995)
Guests: Arthur Jr. Agee, William Gates, Perry Watson, Ron 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: 00:30:44
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guests Arthur Agee, Jr. and William Gates discuss a recently-released documentary about them and their efforts to become professional basketball players. Also, Perry Watson and Ron Washington discuss the economic factors that influence young black men to want to become professional athletes.
O.J. Simpson (February 17, 1995)
Guests: Elbert Hatchett, Jim McFarlin, Desiree Cooper
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: 00:29:19
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guests Elbert Hatchett, Jim McFarlin, and Desiree Cooper discuss the O.J. Simpson trial and the factor that race will play in the verdict.
Recorders Court (September 22, 1995)
Guests: Kim Worthy, Benjamin Blake, Esther Rolle
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: 00:27:46
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.
Killing Time (1996)
Guests: Donald Freed
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: 00:30:04
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest Donald Freed discuss Freed's new book "Killing Time" and the O.J. Simpson trial.
Real Sports (1996)
Guests: Ike Griffin
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: 00:29:47
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest Ike Griffin discuss athletes being accused of crimes and the economics of college athletics.
Oscar Blackout (March 29, 1996)
Guests: Greg Mathis, Lisa Wexton, Jim McFarlin
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: 00:27:46
Description: This show is about the status of blacks in Hollywood.
Guests are Judge Greg Mathis; Jim McFarlin, a TV critic for the Detroit Sunday Journal; and Lisa Wexton, a film critic from the Metro Times.
Tavis Smiley: Hard Left (June 21, 1996)
Guests: Tavis Smiley
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: 00:33:30
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest Tavis Smiley discuss his book Hard Left, and the need for racial diversity in talk radio.
Vibe Magazine (November 27, 1996)
Guests: Keith Clinkscales
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: 00:32:11
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest Keith Clinkscales discuss the magazine's hiring practices and its promotion of black culture.
Gladys Knight (1997)
Guests: Gladys Knight
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: 00:27:15
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest Gladys Knight discuss Knight's life and Motown career. Includes footage of a music video featuring Knight.
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: 00:32:08
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.
Sports Forum: Ike Griffin, Mike Stone, Quentin King (January 29, 1997)
Guests: Ike Griffin, Quentin King, Mike Stone
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: 00:30:20
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guests Ike Griffin, Mike Stone, and Quentin King discuss criminal activity by athletes, racial bias in the NFL, and Tiger Woods.
Isiah Thomas part 2 (February 19, 1997)
Guests: Isiah Thomas
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: 00:27:46
Description: This show is the continuation of an interview with Isiah Thomas, a basketball player for the Detroit Pistons.
Sports Forum: Ike Griffin, Damon Perry, and Eric Pate (May 14, 1997)
Guests: Ike Griffin, Damon Perry, Eric Pate
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: 00:27:46
Description: This show is about racial issues in sports, focusing on Tiger Woods.
Guests include Ike Griffin, host of the "real zone" evening show from WXYT radio; Damon Perry, "morning drive" host from WDFN sports radio; and Eric Pate, a sports columnist and WDFN sports radio personality.
Black Films: Stereotypes (October 15, 1997)
Guests: Donald Bogle
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: 00:25:41
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.
Sports Forum: Ike Griffin, Eric Pate, and Kevin Poston (October 22, 1997)
Guests: Ike Griffin, Eric Pate, Kevin Poston
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: 00:27:07
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guests Ike Griffin and Eric Pate discuss current events in sports news. Also, a segment by Kevin Poston about challenges faced by black sports agents.
A Celebration of Pride (1998)
Guests: Tony Brown, Abe Ulmer
Host: Ed Gordon
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Duration: 00:51:37
Description: A special for DBJ's 30th anniversary about the show's history, featuring clips from previous episodes.
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: 00:27:10
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: 00:27:10
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: 00:27:24
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.
NBA Lockout (1998)
Guests: Rob Parker, Drew Sharp, Kevin Poston
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: 00:27:17
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guests Rob Parker, Drew Sharp, and Kevin Poston discuss labor disputes between NBA players and management.
Tavis Smiley: On Air (1998)
Guests: Tavis Smiley
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: 00:29:10
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest Tavis Smiley discuss Smiley's new book, On Air, opportunities for black journalists, and the importance of political activism.
Sports Forum: Ike Griffin, Mike Stone, and Eric Pate (February 4, 1998)
Guests: Ike Griffin, Mike Stone, Eric Pate
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: 00:27:36
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guests Ike Griffin, Mike Stone and Eric Pate discuss recent events that have hurt the public image of the NBA and racial diversity in sports.
Montell Jordan (1999)
Guests: Montell Jordan
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: 00:26:50
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest Montell Jordan discuss Jordan's career and his new job as the host of Motown Live.
Patricia Haley-Brown and Apple Book Center (1999)
Guests: Patricia Haley-Brown, Sherry McGee
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: 00:27:35
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest Patricia Haley-Brown discuss self-publishing and Christian fiction. Also, Sherry McGee talks about the Apple Book Center, the independent bookstore that she opened.
Sports Forum: Eric Pate, Ken Brown, Jamie Samuelsen (1999)
Guests: Ken Brown, Eric Pate, Jamie Samuelsen
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: 00:25:39
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guests Eric Pate, Jamie Samuelsen, and Ken Brown discuss Serena Williams, Barry Sanders leaving the Detroit Lions, Grant Hill, and Bison Dele.
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: 00:27:13
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest Tommy Ford discuss Ford's career, opportunities available for black actors, and his experiences performing in Detroit.
Nelson George (2000)
Guests: Nelson George
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: 00:27:19
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guest Nelson George discuss George's writing process, his views on the media that is consumed by young people, and his new book.
Proposal A (2000)
Guests: Bob Gosselin, Freeman Hendrix
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: 00:28:36
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guests Bob Gosselin and Freeman Hendrix discuss a proposal to raise taxes to fund cultural institutions.
Sports Forum: Eric Pate, Ken Brown and Bobby Ross (2000)
Guests: Ken Brown, Eric Pate, Bobby Ross
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: 00:30:47
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guests Eric Pate and Ken Brown discuss crimes committed by professional athletes and a declining public interest in sporting events. Also, Bobby Ross talks about the upcoming NFL draft.
Sports Forum: Eric Pate, Sean Baligian, and Dan Gutowsky (2000)
Guests: Eric Pate, Sean Baligian, Dan Gutowsky
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: 00:27:09
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guests Eric Pate, Sean Baligian, and Dan Gutowsky discuss Michael Jordan's return to basketball, black quarterbacks, and Tiger Woods.
Sports Forum: Ken Brown, Mike O'Hara, and Eric Pate (2001)
Guests: Ken Brown, Mike O'Hara, Eric Pate
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: 00:26:45
Description: Host Darryl Wood and guests Ken Brown, Mike O'Hara, and Eric Pate discuss Tiger Woods' bid for history, the NBA combatting its thug image, the Detroit Tigers opening their season and fan attendance, and the Detroit Lions prepare for the Super Bowl.