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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.

Tony Brown (No Date)
Guests: Tony Brown, Nadine Brown
Host: Candy Shannon
Producer : Deborah Ray
Duration: 00:24:32
Description: This show 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.
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 13: Colored People's Time 13: "Free Your Mind" Public Service Announcement ("Two Selves") (October 23, 1968)



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.
Colored People's Time 5: Colored People's Time 5: "Free Your Mind" Public Service Announcement (Skin Lightening Cream) (November 14, 1968)



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.
Colored People's Time 13 Colored People's Time 13 (January 22, 1969)
Guests: Inkster Community Choir, Lorenzo Wright, The Brothers of Soul, Stokely Carmichael, John Lewis, John Conyers, David Bing, Davis, Martha Jean Steinberg, Marcus Belgrave, Thomas Bowles, Carmen Murphy
Host: Tony Brown
Producer : Gilbert Maddox, Tony Brown
Duration: 01:01:04
Description: This program from the fall of 1968 is interesting for a variety of reasons. It's wide-ranging content mix of news, music, fashion, theater and cultural commentary offers fascinating insight into the concerns and interests of Detroit's African American community of the period. In addition, it provides an enlightening example of local television production style in the late 1960s. Moreover, the program is remarkable for the number of cast and crew members who went on to notable careers in the mass media and academia.
Eartha Kitt Eartha Kitt (1978)
Guests: Eartha Kitt
Host: Ron Scott
Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:30:13
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.
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.
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: 00:29:41
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1989)
Guests: Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Host: Trudy Gallant
Producer : Tony Mottley
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Boys (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.
Urban City Gambling Urban City Gambling (1993)
Guests: Rev. E.D. Cobbin, Theo Broughton, Ted Gatzaros
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
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 (January 25, 1993)
Guests: David Payton, Letricia Loftin, Sandra Beckham-Lewis, Darryl Roberts, Debra Crable, Raymond Whitfield
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Duration: 00:27:45
Description: This show is about the play, "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and the movie, "How U Like Me Now?", and the way they reflect black male/female relationships.

Guests include Reverend David Payton, playwright, producer, and director of "A Good Man is Hard to Find"; and Letricia Loftin, the promotions representative for the play. Actress Sandra Beckham-Lewis speaks about the play; and actress Debra Crable from "How U Like Me Now?"; Darryl Roberts, writer and director for "How U Like Me Now?"; and actor Raymond Whitfield from the same play all make comments on it.
Chris Webber Chris Webber (March 1, 1993)
Guests: Chris Webber
Host: Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
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]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: 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 Encore (May 4, 1994)
Guests: Mel Farr, Susan Taylor
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:28:10
Description: This show is an interview with Mel Farr, a car salesman and former football player; followed by a monologue from Susan Taylor, editor in chief of Essence Magazine.
O.J. Simpson (July 6, 1994)
Guests: Jim McFarlin, Elbert Hatchett, Emery King
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: 00:28:03
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]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.
Behind the Scenes in Music (July 20, 1994)
Guests: Greg Gumbel, Kathy Baylor, Michael J. Powell
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 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]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: 00:28:18
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".
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.
Oscar Blackout (March 29, 1996)
Guests: Greg Mathis, Lisa Wexton, Jim McFarlin
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 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.
Sports Forum II (May 14, 1997)
Guests: Ike Griffin, Damon Perry, Eric Pate
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 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 (October 15, 1997)
Guests: Donald Bogle
Host: Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
Duration: 00:25:41
Description: This show is about whether ending black stereotypes in movies will destroy the market for black films.
The guest is Donald Bogle, a well-known writer and film historian. His books focused on blacks in TV and movies.