Shows Airing From 1960s

Colored People's Time 5 (November 14, 1968)

Colored People's Time 5 Guests: International Gospel Choir, Black Students Association, Arthur Ashe Jr, George Kirby, Bill Murphy, Gwen McKinney, Kim Weston, Marcus Belgrave, Thomas Bowles, Diane Carol, Hal McKinney
Host : Tony Brown
Producer : Gilbert Maddox, Tony Brown
Description: The program opens with Hal McKinney's jazz band performing "Freedom Jazz Dance," featuring Hal and Gwen McKinney on vocals. Although they are not individually credited, it appears that at least two prominent jazz musicians, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave and saxophonist Thomas "Beans" Bowles, are members of McKinney's band...

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

Colored People's Time 5:
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: "Free Your Mind" Public Service Announcement ("Two Selves") (October 23, 1968)

Colored People's Time 13:
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: "The Making of a Rioter" (October 23, 1968)

Colored People's Time 5:
Description: This segment examines public education in Detroit. Highlighting the unsafe infrastructures, lack of adequate resources, and substandard curriculum inner city youth grappled with everyday. The staff reporters interviews students at Northeastern High School to gain insight into their thoughts about the situation. The interview reveals the students' frustration, anger and disillusionment with a system that has all but forgotten them. The students have staged a walkout and formed a Black Student organization to address their concerns.

Colored People's Time 3 (1968)

Guests: Bill Murphy, Earl Grant, George Kirby, Ray Jenkins
Host : Tony Brown
Producer : Tony Brown
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 (January 22, 1969)

Colored People's Time 13 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
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.

CPT 13 (January 22, 1969)

Guests: The Contemporary Jazz Quintet, Eugene Eda, William Walker, The CPT Players
Host : Tony Brown
Producer : Tony Brown
Description: This show features an investigative segment on the black middle class, 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; Chicago artists Eugene Eda and William Walker; and the CPT Players.