Shows Airing From 1990s

Blacks and the Civil War (February 26, 1990)

Guests: Dale Rich
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Description: This show is about the role black Americans played in the Civil War. The guest is civil war historian, Dale Rich.

Wilson/Slocom/Edwards (February 19, 1990)

Guests: Blenda Wilson, Harriet Slocom, Walter Edwards, Dudley Randall
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Description: This show is about the decrease in blacks in higher education.
Guests include Dr. Harriet Slocom, the director of the urban teachers program at Wayne County Community College; Dr. Walter Edwards, assistant dean of the graduate school at Wayne State University; and Blenda Wilson, the chancellor of University of Michigan, Dearborn. There is also a short reading by Dudley Randall, a Detroit poet laureate, from his poem "Booker T. and W.E.B." that is interrupted by various performers reciting the poem.

Coleman Young (October 8, 1990)

Guests: Coleman A. Young
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show is an interview with Detroit mayor Coleman Young.

Ombudsman (November 12, 1990)

Guests: Marie Farrell-Donaldson
Host : Trudy Gallant

Description: This show is about the problems with Detroit city services.
The guest is Ombudsman for the City of Detroit, Marie Farrell-Donaldson.

Adoption (1990)

Guests: Cheryl Coleman, Scott Damaschkes
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show is about adoption, and whether black children would be better off in black homes.
Guests are Scott Damaschkes, who is bi-racial and was raised in a white home; and Cheryl Coleman, the Family Preservation Committee Chair from the National Association of Black Social Workers.

Census (April 20, 1990)

Guests: Lyn Silas, Juliette Okotie-Eboh
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Description: This show is about the census and why people in Detroit should take part in it. Guests include Lyn Silas, a census awareness coordinator; and Juliette Okotie-Eboh, the mayor's liaison for census activities.

Highlights of Mandela's Visit (1990)

Highlights of Mandela's Visit Guests: Margaret Baylor, Paul Hubbard, Susan Watson, Nelson Mandela, Emery King
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : Gerald Smith, James Jackson, Trudy Gallant
Description: Nelson Mandela made a triumphal visit to the United States in June 1990, after his release from twenty-seven years' imprisonment in South Africa. It was a visit that brought a tremendous outpouring of emotion at every stop, especially, but not exclusively, from African Americans.

Holiday Show (December 1990)

Holiday Show Guests: Diane Campbell, Tina Brooks, Lisa Page, Keith Staten, Witness, Yolanda Harris
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
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.

Budget Cuts (1990)

Budget Cuts Guests: Lavelle Williams, Bill (George Martin) Black
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: In early 1990, the city of Detroit was facing a major budget crisis. Concerns about the city's finances, which had barely surfaced during the mayoral election in October and November of 1989, had suddenly erupted into an $80 million budget shortfall that prompted Mayor Coleman Young to propose drastic cutbacks in city services.

Reparations (1990)

Reparations Guests: Ray Jenkins, Christopher Alston
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: In early 1865, shortly before the end of the Civil War, General William T. Sherman began distributing parcels of land confiscated from Confederate supporters to former slaves along the coast of South Carolina and Georgia. He also loaned army mules to the former slaves to help them farm their newly acquired land.

Miss USA (1990)

Guests: Carole Gist, Joan Gist
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Description: This show is an interview with Carole Gist, the first black Miss USA (1990), and her mother about the pageant and their lives.

Louis Farrakhan (1990)

Louis Farrakhan Guests: Louis Farrakhan, Rasul Muhammad
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
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.

Minister Rasul Muhammad (December 10, 1990)

Guests: Rasul Muhammad
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
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.

Infant Mortality Prevention (May 7, 1990)

Guests: Vernice Davis-Anthony, Edna E. Batiste, Diane Whitney
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : James Jackson
Description: This show is about the high infant mortality rate in Detroit, and how to reach a solution.

Guests include Edna E. Batiste, administrator of the Detroit Health Department; Vernice Davis-Anthony, the executive director of the Wayne County Task Force for Infant Mortality; and Diane Whitney, a mother of six and former drug abuser.

Black Governance & Programs (October 17, 1991)

Guests: Lynn Smith, Ron Hall, N. Charles Anderson
Host : Dennis Archer
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show is about what educational, civic, and healthcare are available for young black people.

Guests include Lynn Smith, director of the Youth Advisory Commission; Ron Hall, assistant vice president of New Detroit, Inc; and N. Charles Anderson, president and CEO of the Detroit Urban League.

Afrocentrism (February 1991)

Guests: Arthur Carter, Lyn Lewis, James Jenkins, Larry Fishburne, Ann Eskridge
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
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.

Black Images, Stereotypes and Media (1991)

Guests: John Conyers Jr, Don Barden, Bill Black, Robert McTyre, Harold Sullivan, Ed Gordon
Host : Chauncey Bailey
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show is about black images, stereotypes, and media as they apply to black youth. It also deals with the marketing of alcohol and cigarettes to the black community. A clip of Michigan representative John Conyers, Jr. begins the show.

Guests include Don Barden of Barden Cable; Bill Black from WJR radio; Robert McTyre of the Michigan Chronicle; Harold Sullivan of Creative Communications; and Ed Gordon of BET news.

Homeless (March 25, 1991)

Guests: John Engler, Otis Green, Maureen Taylor, Olivia Wilcox, Florida A & M Gospel Choir
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show is about budget cuts in Michigan and how it is affecting the poor. The show starts with a statement from John Engler, governor of Michigan at the time; and ends with clips of A & M Gospel Choir.

Guests include Olivia Wilcox from the Coalition on Temporary Shelter; Sergeant Major Otis Green, bed and bread coordinator for the Salvation Army Harbor Light; Maureen Taylor, director of the community based restitution program; "Faith" of the Shepherd House, and some homeless people from the area that aren't named.

Les Brown (1991)

Guests: Les Brown
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show is an interview with motivational speaker, Les Brown about his life and how to be successful in the upcoming decade.

McGriff/School Year 90-91 (June 10, 1991)

Guests: Deborah McGriff, Gerald K. Smith, Emmett Moten
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show is an interview with the Detroit public schools superintendent, Deborah McGriff, about the challenges and future of the schools. There are two taped segments added into the show. The first includes statements from Gerald K. Smith of the Kellogg Foundation about the Kellogg Foundation's commitment to the schools, and Emmett Moten, the co-chair of Northern Lights. The second clip is from a previous show.

Minorities in Saudi Arabia (January 14, 1991)

Guests: Sharon Blackmon, Joyce Crutchfield, Osama Siblani, Elizabeth Allen
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show is about the Persian Gulf War and it's impact on local minority communities.
Guests include attorney Sharon Blackmon of the Ad Hoc African American Committee for Peace; Joyce Crutchfield from the Coalition to Stop U.S. Intervention in the Middle East; Dr. Elizabeth Allen, Vietnam combat nurse; and Osama Siblani, editor and publisher of Sada al-Watan, an Arab-American newspaper.

Ralph Cooper/Amateur Night (1991)

Guests: Ralph Cooper
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
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.

SOSAD (May 1, 1991)

Guests: Clementine Barfield, Peggy Djurdjulov
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show is about children getting killed in Detroit and how parents can help to stop it.
Guests are Clementine Barfield, founder and director of Save Our Sons and Daughters (SOSAD); and Peggy Djurdjulov, vice president of sales for Frito Lay (at the time Frito Lay was working with SOSAD to improve the community).

Wally Amos (1991)

Guests: Wally Amos, Anna Merritt, Deborah Flowers
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show is about literacy and African Americans.
Guests are Wally Amos, actor, writer, and founder of Famous Amos cookies, he is on the show for his work with Literacy Volunteers of America; and Anna Merritt and Deborah Flowers from Detroit branch of Literacy Volunteers of America.

Danny Glover (1991)

Guests: Danny Glover, Alfred Anderson, Gilbert Cargill, Leslie Morris
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
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.

Black Church's Children (1991)

Black Church's Children Guests: Mother Gertrude Stacks, Rev. Ron Spann, Fr. George Clements, Deacon Reginald Dokes, Rev. Jim Holley
Host : Deborah Smith-Barney
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This program from the early fall of 1991 features a panel discussion with leaders from four Detroit churches to examine the question of what churches are - and need to be - doing to help young people with the struggles that they face.

Black Youth Perspectives (1991)

Black Youth Perspectives Guests: Vincent Calles, Wenona Bryant, Chris Lee, Jasminder Grewal, Diona Smiley, Neeme Jarvi
Host : Randy Henry
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This program from the early fall of 1991 is the second of two special broadcasts focusing on city youth.

Black Colleges (1991)

Black Colleges Guests: Alvin O. Jr. Chambliss, Dr. Marjorie Harris, Dr. Anthony Ingram, Ed Vaughn
Host : Greg Mathis
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This program from the first months of 1991 is interesting, both for the subject matter and for some of the personalities involved in the show.

General Assistance Cuts, Part 1 (1991)

General Assistance Cuts, Part 1 Guests: Maryann Mahaffey, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, Joan Doyen
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This program from the fall of 1991 is the first of two DBJ broadcasts examining one of the hot-button issues in Michigan at that time - the state's decision to balance its budget by slashing its spending on general assistance welfare.

General Assistance Cuts, Part 2 (1991)

General Assistance Cuts, Part 2 Guests: Sam Chambers, City Councilman Keith Butler, State Rep. Morris Hood, State Rep. David Hollister, State Sen. David Holmes
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This is the second of two DBJ programs broadcast in the fall of 1991 as cutbacks in Michigan's state budget were throwing 90,000 state residents off of the general assistance welfare rolls.

Us Helping Us (1991)

Us Helping Us Guests: Richard Trice, Cheryl Coleman
Host : Lonnie Peek
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This broadcast from the fall of 1991 is really a continuation of the discussion in two earlier programs about the impact on welfare programs of massive budget cuts by the state of Michigan. The cuts had thrown more than 90,000 people off general assistance welfare rolls.

Reggae….The New Sound (1991)

Guests: Steve Nesbitt, Shelly Thunder, Selwyn Brown, Shinehead, Little Lenny (voice only)
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show features a series of music video clips with discussion of the music.
Guests include Steve Nesbitt, drummer for the band Steel Pulse; Shelly Thunder, a reggae singer and rapper; Selwyn Brown, the keyboardist for Steel Pulse; and Shinehead, a rap artist.

Black Muslims (February 25, 1991)

Guests: Rasul Muhammad
Host : Trudy Gallant
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show is about the Muslim religion. Includes clips of speech by Louis Farrakhan. The guest is Nation of Islam's local leader, Rasul Muhammad.

Modern Day Griot (1992)

Modern Day Griot Guests: Katherine Blackwell, Baba Inshangi
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
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.

Blacks in Basketball (July 27, 1992)

Guests: Nelson George, Brenda Gatlin, Ben Kelso
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
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 Enterprise 100 (June 15, 1992)

Guests: Don Barden
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show is an interview with Don Barden after he was named one of the 100 most successful black business entities by Black Enterprise magazine.

African culture and folklore (July 20, 1992)

Guests: Frankey Quimby, Doug Quimby, Julie Dash, Joseph N'Diaye
Host : Mike Neal
Producer : Carlota Almanza
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.

Malcolm X: The Man, The Memory (November 23, 1992)

Guests: Ed Vaughn, Alex Haley, Spike Lee, El Hajj Abdulaziz Omar, Waalee Muhammad
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show is about the Spike Lee Malcolm X movie and Malcolm X's life.
The beginning has clips of statements from Alex Haley, Ed Vaughn, and Spike Lee. Guests include Minister Waalee Muhammad, of the Islam Space Age Muslims; and Malcolm X's brother, El Hajj Abdulaziz Omar.

NABJ 17th Annual Convention and Job Fair (September 14, 1992)

Guests: Clementine Barfield, John Conyers, Arthur Ashe, William III Gray
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show is an overview of the events and footage from the convention and job fair of the National Association of Black Journalists. The footage includes speeches by tennis player Arthur Ashe; Minister William Gray III, the president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund and U.S. House of Representatives member; Clementine Barfield, founder and director of Save Our Sons and Daughters; and U.S. House of Representatives member, John Conyers.

Politics Show (1992)

Guests: Jim Hall, Lenora Fulani, Rasul Muhammad
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show takes place at the capitol in Lansing and is about whether black people should support democrats or republicans.
Interviews are done with Jim Hall, the vice chairman of Michigan Republican Party; Dr. Lenora Fulani, an independent candidate for president; and Minister Rasul Muhammad of the Nation of Islam.

Rev. Cecil Williams (November 30, 1992)

Guests: Cecil Williams
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
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.

Business Tax Abatements (January 27, 1992)

Guests: Gill Hill, Erma Henderson, Anthony Adams, George Geller, Victor Long
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show is about whether business tax abatements are worth it, or if they should be eliminated. Much of the discussion focuses on the Pepsi bottling company that received a tax abatement, but did not hire as many workers as promised.

Guests include Gill Hill, pro tem president of Detroit City Council; Erma Henderson, the former Detroit City Council president; attorney Anthony Adams; by phone, attorney George Geller; and Victor Long, a former Pepsi worker and protester.

Race Relations on Campus (1992)

Race Relations on Campus Guests: John Telford, Darryl Dawsey, Byron Williams, Tomeka Mingo
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: In this program from mid-1992, host Cliff Russell leads a panel discussion, with a studio audience, about the problems that black students face in dealing with racism on college campuses and in high schools. The discussion was an outgrowth of a similar forum conducted a few weeks earlier in the wake of the verdict in the Rodney King beating case and the subsequent rioting in Los Angeles.

Friends of African Art/King and Gold of Ghana (February 3, 1992)

Guests: Maurice D. Parrish, Laura R. Mosley, Judith Wyche, Ronald R. Dobbins
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: As part of February's Black History month, where the topic is African roots, this episode's focus is on the gold of Ghana. The show begins with footage from a Ghanaian king's visit to Detroit.

Guests include Maurice D. Parrish, deputy director of the Detroit Institute of Arts; Judith Wyche, the first vice chair of the Friends of African Art; Ronald R. Dobbins, the president of Omnicare; and Laura R. Mosley, of Friends of African Art.

Civil Rights (January 15, 1992)

Civil Rights Guests: Ernest C. Dillard Sr
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: Russell is joined by Ernest C. Dillard, Jr., a local historian and projects manager with the UAW. He is the author of Civil Rights in the 1990s: Race at the Crossroads, and Russell starts by posing the question to him of what he means by "crossroads." Dillard believes that they are at a stage where there is the opportunity for potentially great progress, but only if they choose to do the right thing. In his book, Dillard says that blacks are on equal footing with whites legally, in terms of things such as voting rights, but there are new issues that need to be addressed. These legal rights were the result of actions such as Martin Luther King.

Election '92 (1992)

Election '92 Guests: George H.W. Bush, Bishop Alfred Kelly, Larry Bivens, Michael Wimberley, Bill Clinton, H. Ross Perot
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This program, which was originally broadcast shortly before the presidential election of November 1992, examines what is at stake for African Americans in that election and how African Americans can have an impact on the political process.

Black Consumers and Black Business (1992)

Black Consumers and Black Business Guests: Herschel Richey, Ricardo Solomon, Clifton R. Wharton
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This program from the fall of 1992 examines the question of collective economics in the black community: Do African American consumers adequately support black-owned businesses, and if not, why not?

Detroit Public Housing (1992)

Detroit Public Housing Guests: Bob Armstrong, Kevin Fobbs, Keith Butler, Ruth Williams
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This episode focuses on the problems of public housing in Detroit.

Minority Mortgages, Part 1 (1992)

Minority Mortgages, Part 1 Guests: Karla Brintley, Eugene Perly, Lorraine Van Etten, Saleem Khalid
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: Few matters are more fundamental to people's lives than the idea of home, and this program from 1992 explores the difficulties that African Americans face in obtaining the mortgage loans that make home ownership possible.

Minority Mortgages, Part 2 (1992)

Minority Mortgages, Part 2 Guests: Don Bailey, Bernard Parker, Karla Brintley, Lorraine Van Etten, Saleem Khalid
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This is the second of two programs from 1992 examining the relationship between African Americans, banks and the granting of mortgage loans in the inner city. The program begins with host Cliff Russell posing the question: Do banks discriminate against the inner city in general and blacks in particular?

The Boys (1992)

Guests: Khiry Abdulsamad, Hakeem Abdulsamad, Bilal Abdulsamad, Tajh Abdulsamad
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show is an interview with the musical group, The Boys. Members of the group are Khiry, Hakeem, Bilal, and Tajh Abdulsamad.

Conflict Resolution (October 19, 1992)

Guests: Jameel Johnson, Lewis Colson, Carol E. Pearson, Allen Martin
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show is about violence among African American teens, and nonviolent conflict resolution.

Guests include Jameel Johnson, a survivor of violence; youth advisor and counselor Lewis Colson; Dr. Carol E. Pearson, a forensic child psychiatrist; and Allen Martin, a counselor from the Save Our Sons And Daughters organization.

Respect Yourself and Live (October 12, 1992)

Guests: Stephonia Fletcher, Lavett Pettiford, Sterling Sangoma, Robert Thornton
Host : Cliff Russell
Host : Cliff Russell
Description: This show is about sexual responsibility and AIDS in black youth.
Guests include 19 year old single mother, Stephonia Fletcher; 18 year old single mother, Lavett Pettiford; Sterling Sangoma, coordinator of the HIV counseling and testing division for the Detroit Public Health Department; and Robert Thornton, director of Project MR.

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
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.

Civilian Conservation Corps (1993)

Guests: John Roundtree, Johnnie Johnson, William Elum
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show is about the problem of unemployment and whether a CCC type government program is necessary and would work.
Guests include John Roundtree, president of the Detroit CCC; Johnnie Johnson, the founder of the Detroit CCC Alumni; and Reverend William Elum, chaplain of the Detroit CCC.

Pension Fund Investment (Empowerment) Capitol (April 5, 1993)

Guests: Raymond Welborne
Host : Ed Vaughn
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show is about control of pension investments and where that money is invested.
The guest is Raymond Welborne, a City of Detroit Pension Fund trustee.

Blue Pigs/ Hugh Burrell (March 22, 1993)

Guests: Hugh Burrell
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show is about the Blue Pigs, a musical outreach program of the Detroit Police Department. The guest is Hugh Burrell, the lead vocalist of the Blue Pigs.

Urban City Gambling (1993)

Urban City Gambling 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.

Detroit Auto Industry (1993)

Detroit Auto Industry Guests: Theresa Jones, Charles Harrell, Mel Farr, Nathan Conyers
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: Originally broadcast in January 1993, the program consists of a roundtable discussion, moderated by host Cliff Russell, between four prominent African American auto dealers from the Detroit area: Mel Farr, a former star athlete with the Detroit Lions, owner of Mel Farr Ford, and chairman of the Black Auto Dealers Association; Charles Harrell, owner of Harrell Chevrolet; Theresa Jones, owner of Northwestern Dodge and former director of nursing at Henry Ford Hospital; and Nathan Conyers, owner of Riverside Ford. This program explores the status and progress of African Americans in the U.S. auto industry as the owners of auto dealerships.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute (1993)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Guests: Coretta Scott King, Young people from Detroit and across the country
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almaza
Description: This program, produced to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday in January 1993, is an intriguing exploration of the continuing legacy of King and his principles of nonviolence.

Chris Webber (March 1, 1993)

Chris Webber 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.

Incarceration (1993)

Incarceration Guests: Ron Scott, Anthony McDuffie, Rev. Mikal Featchurs
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: In this program, broadcast in 1993, host Cliff Russell talks with three studio guests about the ways in which black men tend to get singled out for police attention and the reasons why black men constitute a disproportionately large segment of America's prison population.

Black Cinema (1993)

Guests: Bob Scott, Robert Townsend
Host : Rosalind Smith, Dianna Craig
Producer : Tony Mottley
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.

Blackmail (1993)

Guests: Pearl Cleage, Jason Hill, Philip Michael Thomas, France Zobda
Host : Rosalind Smith
Producer : Tony Mottley
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.

Dennis Archer (1993)

Guests: Dennis Archer
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This show is an interview with mayoral candidate, Dennis Archer.

Barbara Talley (1993)

Guests: Barbara Talley, Dale Rich, Dudley Moore
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This show focuses on black politics through a Detroit Institute of Arts exhibit and Barbara Talley's political career. It also has a segment on African art.

Guests include Barbara Talley, a candidate for Southfield City Clerk; Dale Rich, a researcher and exhibitor that put together a black lawmakers' exhibit; and Dudley Moore, an African artist.

Self Help Programs (1993)

Guests: David Gamlin, Clifton Morton
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This show is about black entrepreneurship.
Guests include David Gamlin, a board member of Joy of Jesus (an organization dedicated to helping urban youth succeed) and instructor for Detroit Center of Entrepreneurship, and Clifton Morton, a recent high school graduate and student at the Detroit Center for Entrepreneurship.

Family (1993)

Guests: Rochelle Riley, Joann Washington, William and Carol Smith
Host : Cliff Russell

Description: This show is about African American families.
Guests include author Rochelle Riley; African storyteller Joann Washington, and William and Carol Smith the adoptive parents of five brothers.

Detroit After the Election (November 3, 1993)

Guests: Bernard Parker, Errol Henderson, Kenneth Coleman, Roger Chesley
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This show is a discussion of what direction new mayor, Dennis Archer, will take Detroit, and where Detroit needs to go.

Guests include Wayne County Commissioner, Bernard Parker; Dr. Errol Henderson, member of SOSAD (save our sons and daughters organization); Kenneth Coleman Jr., a writer for the Michigan Chronicle; and Roger Chesley, a writer for the Detroit Free Press.

Kamal / Vibes International (December 29, 1993)

Guests: Lorenzo Geohagan, Kamal A. Amen Ra, Akoben
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This show features a musical performance by Akoben, including a quick interview with Kamal A. Amen Ra from the group. There's also an interview with Lorenzo Geohagan, editor of Vibes Magazine.

Blacks and the Auto Industry (July 12, 1993)

Guests: Mel Farr, Nathan Conyers, Chuck Harrell, Theresa Jones
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show is a discussion with local auto dealers.
Guests include Mel Farr, former football player and currently (at the time) chairman of National Black Automakers Association; Nathan Conyers of Riverside Ford; Chuck Harrell of Harrell Chevrolet; and Theresa Jones of Northwestern Dodge.

Black TV Programming in Detroit (1993)

Guests: David Rambeau, Jeff Miller, Kathy Young-Welch, Al Mitchell
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
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.

Domestic Financial Affairs (April 12, 1993)

Guests: George Johnson, David Robinson, Wanda Young, Agnes Patterson
Host : Alan Martin
Producer : Carlota Almanza
Description: This show is about effective management of financial affairs.
Guests include CPA George Johnson; Agnes Patterson, a small business developer; attorney David Robinson; and Wanda Young, an insurance, life annuity, and mutual fund specialist. Guest host is Al Martin.

Politics and the Media (October 6, 1993)

Guests: Sherry Washington, Bill Johnson, Adolph Mongo
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer :
Description: This show is about the Detroit mayor's race and whether the media has been fair. There's also short segments on art and Fannie Lou Hamer (a civil rights leader and American voting activist in the 1960's), and a poetry/music segment. Sherry Washington, owner of the Sherry Washington Art Gallery, starts off the show with the art segment.
Guests include political consultant Adolph Mongo, who served for multiple Detroit mayors, circuit court and court of appeals judges, Geoffrey Fieger, and two US congresswomen, among others; and Bill Johnson of the Detroit News.

Susan Taylor (1993)

Guests: Susan Taylor, Dudley Moore
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
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
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".

Arthur Mitchell (1994)

Arthur Mitchell 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
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.

Berry Gordy (1994)

Berry Gordy Guests: Berry Gordy
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
Description: Founder of Motown Records, Berry Gordy is a legend in Detroit and around the country. Broadcast in 1994 as part of Gordy's tour to promote his autobiography, "To Be Loved," host Darryl Wood talks with Gordy about the early days of his career.

New Work for a New Generation (1994)

Guests: Mel Farr, Harold Martin
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
Description: This show about entrepreneurship, focuses on the lives and work of two black entrepreneurs -- Harold Martin, former racecar driver and automotive engineer, now CEO of MVP Footwear, an international African American shoe company Martin founded; and Mel Farr, former football player, now automobile dealership owner.

Ken Cockrel / Grace Frazier (June 15, 1994)

Guests: Ken Jr Cockrel, Justin Ravitz, Grace Frazier, Duane A. Elston, Dannie Brown
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
Description: This show profiles the life of Ken Cockrel, a lawyer, city council member, and black activist leader. It also looks at Wayne State's educational programs using Grace Frazier's experience.

Guests include Ken Cockrel Jr., Ken Cockrel's son, Justin Ravitz, Cockrel's partner, Grace Frazier, an alumni of the community education outreach program, Duane A. Elston, a recruiter for the division of community education at Wayne State, and Dannie Brown, Wayne State University program coordinator.

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
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.

Gun Safety (1994)

Guests: Benny Napoleon, Corey Edwards, Eugene Edwards, Robert Ficano
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
Description: This show is about increases in gun violence and lack of proper gun safety in the home. It includes interviews with Deputy Chief of Detroit police, Benny Napoleon, and a victim of gun violence, Corey Edwards as well as gun safety tips. Other guests include Corey's father, Eugene Edwards and Robert Ficano the Wayne County sheriff.

Ken Cockrel / Mike's Guide (1994)

Guests: Ken Jr Cockrel, Justin Ravitz, Bruce Hunt, Debra White-Hunt, Michael E. Fisher
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
Description: This show profiles Ken Cockrel's life. It also features segments on the Detroit Dance Academy and "Mike's Guide to the Motor City".

Guests include Ken Cockrel's son, Ken Cockrel Jr.; Ken Cockrel's partner, Justin Ravitz; Debra White-Hunt and Bruce Hunt, founders of the Detroit-Windsor Dance Academy; and Michael E. Fisher, author of "Mike's Guide to the Motor City".

Money (March 30, 1994)

Guests: Terry Savage, Jessie Carney Smith
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
Description: This show is has segments on money management and the book "Black Firsts", and includes a tribute to Malcolm X from a 1979 episode.

Guests include Terry Savage, author and personal finance expert, and Jessie Carney Smith, the author of "Black Firsts".

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
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.

Calculating Change in Detroit (May 18, 1994)

Guests: Aziz Khalifa, Shirley Sanders, Jacqueline Morrison
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
Description: This show explores reasons children are not doing well in math and sciences and new initiatives to try to improve.
Guests include Aziz Khalifa, a high school science teacher; Shirley Sanders, a parent; and Jacqueline Morrison of the Detroit Urban League.

Black Conservatives/Ralph Wiley (1994)

Guests: Ron Edwards, Ralph Wiley
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
Description: This show is an interview with Ron Edwards, a radio talk show host and creator of "The Edwards Notebook", a radio commentary. It also includes a monologue by Ralph Wiley, author of "What Black People Should Do Now".

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
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.

Nation of Islam (August 3, 1994)

Guests: Ajib Rashadeen, Rasul Muhammad
Host : Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
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.

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
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".

South Africa (April 20, 1994)

Guests: Howard Wolpe, Nathan McCall
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
Description: This show examines South Africa's first multiracial election through discussion with Howard Wolpe, former congressman and the chairman of house subcommittee on Africa. It also includes an interview with Nathan McCall, author of the book "Makes Me Wanna Holler", about his life and time in prison.

Untold Tales / Sampler (February 2, 1994)

Guests: Elaine Latzman Moon, Norman McRae, Pearl Cleage
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
Description: This show is a celebration of the black history and heroes of Detroit. It also includes segments on books, art, and music.

Guests include Elaine Latzman Moon, author of the book "Untold Tales, Unsung Heroes"; and Norman McRae, a Detroit area historian. There's also a monologue by Pearl Cleage, author of the book "Deals with the Devil and Other Reasons to Riot"; and a performance by Akoben.

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
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.

Black Business in Detroit (January 12, 1994)

Guests: Ricardo Solomon, Richard W. Shealey, Nezaa Bandele
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
Description: This show focuses on business, and considers solutions to inner city problems - specifically a joint venture between a bank and churches trying to spark development.

Guests include Wayne County Commissioner, Ricardo Solomon; Richard W. Shealey, president and chief executive officer of First Independence National Bank; and Nezaa Bandele, owner of Alkebulan Arts, a Detroit store that sells African cultural goods.

The Black Russians (January 5, 1994)

Guests: Charles Quist-Adade, Joseph White Erakoptobor, Freddie Jackson, Ralph Wiley
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This show is about racism and persecution in Russia. It also includes short segments on music by Freddie Jackson and a book by Ralph Wiley.

Guests include Dr. Charles Quist-Adade, a professor from University of Windsor (at the time) who grew up in Ghana and earned a degree in Russia; Joseph White Erakoptobor, a sufferer of racism in Russia; Freddie Jackson, an R&B and soul singer; and author Ralph Wiley.

Economic Empowerment (June 29, 1994)

Guests: Gregory Reed, James Perkins
Host : Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
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.

The Criminal Justice System (June 16, 1995)

Guests: Henry W. III Glaspie, Elbert Hatchett, Conrad Jr. Mallet, Benjamin Blake
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
Description: This show is about blacks in the criminal justice system and whether prejudices exist.
Guests include Conrad Mallet Jr., a Michigan Supreme Court justice; criminal defense attorney Elbert Hatchett; Henry W. Glaspie III, a recruiter and community outreach officer for the FBI; and Benjamin Blake, division chief for the Wayne County prosecutor's office.

Domestic Terrorism (May 12, 1995)

Guests: Beth Hawkins, Howard Simon, Juan Mateo, General Laney
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
Description: This show is about the terrorism bill, exploring questions such as how much power is too much and how likely another bombing like Oklahoma City bombing is.

Guests include Howard Simon, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan; General Laney, executive director of the Motor City Sportsman's Association; attorney Juan Mateo, who has handle several cases involving federal police misconduct; and Beth Hawkins, an investigative reporter for the Metro Times.

Ethics in Journalism (December 22, 1995)

Guests: Michele Vernon-Chesley, Chuck Stokes, Desiree Cooper
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
Description: This show is about the role of journalists in today's society and the ethics of journalism.
Guests include Desiree' Cooper, editor and chief of the Metro Times; Michele Vernon-Chesley, director of the Journalism Institute for Minorities at Wayne State University; and, by phone, Chuck Stokes, editorial director of WXYZ-TV.

Made in Detroit (May 19, 1995)

Guests: Bill Merriweather, Gerald Johnson, Joan Knight, Dewayne Porter
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
Description: This show is about development in Detroit.
Guests are Made in Detroit Incorporated members, Bill Merriweather and Gerald Johnson. The normal show is followed by a segment on the Detroit Symphony Show house, with its history given by Joan Knight of Joan Knight Interiors, and information on the decor from interior designer, Dewayne Porter.

Media Misinformation & Million Man March (September 29, 1995)

Guests: Kwame Kenyatta, David X, Allen Tumpkin, Desiree Cooper
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
Description: This show is about the issues behind the idea of the million man march before it took place.
Guests include Desiree Cooper, editor in chief of the Metro Times; Kwame Kenyatta, a Detroit board of education member; talk show host Allen Tumpkin for WXYT radio; and Minister David X of the Nation of Islam.

Dr. Claud Anderson (October 27, 1995)

Guests: Claud Anderson, Kelvin Boston
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
Description: This show is an interview with Dr. Claud Anderson about the controversies surrounding his books. Dr. Anderson is the president of PowerNomics Corporation of America, a company aimed at making African Americans more self-sufficient and competitive. There is a short clip of Kelvin Boston, from the TV show "The Color of Money", between the interview with Dr. Anderson and footage of a speech given by him.

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
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.

RU 486 (April 14, 1995)

Guests: Rebecca J. Williams, Patricia A. Ferguson
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
Description: This show is a discussion of RU 486, the "abortion pill", and whether it is safe for black women and should be used.

Guests are Dr. Rebecca J. Williams, senior staff at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Henry Ford Hospital; and Dr. Patricia A. Ferguson, an obstetrician and gynecologist for a private practice.

Stanley Crouch / Jazz (December 1, 1995)

Guests: Stanley Crouch, Phil Lasley, Don Mayberry
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
Description: This show is an interview with Stanley Crouch about his view of America and his new book, "The All-American Skin Game, or Decoy of Race: The Long and the Short of It, 1990-1994". Stanley Crouch is a writer and jazz critic. Following the interview, there is a jazz performance by Detroit musicians Phil Lasley and Don Mayberry.

Susan Taylor (December 29, 1995)

Guests: 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
Description: This show is an interview with Susan Taylor about her new book, "Lessons in Living". She is the editor of Essence magazine, a TV show host, and activist.

Talk Radio (October 13, 1995)

Guests: Bob Law, John Arnold, Mark Scott
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
Description: This show is about the popularity of talk radio as "the voice of the people".
Guests include Bob Law, music director and host of "night talk" radio; John Arnold of WCHB radio; and Mark Scott of WXYT radio.

Jesse Jackson (3) (1995)

Jesse Jackson (3) Guests: Lois Williams, Deborah Franklin, Jesse Jackson
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
Description: This 1995 program, most of which consists of an interview of Jesse Jackson by host Darryl Wood, is fascinating because of the light it sheds on the political atmosphere of the mid 1990s.

Affirmative Action (March 31, 1995)

Guests: Jerome R. Watson, Reggie Turner
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
Description: This show is about Affirmative Action and what the focus of Affirmative Action policies should be. The show was prompted by president Clinton's review of Affirmative Action policies.

Guests include attorney Jerome R. Watson, who has written about and conducted seminars on Affirmative Action; and attorney Reginald Turner, president of the Wolverine Bar Association, a professional association of African-American attorneys in Michigan.

Relationships (1995)

Guests: Audrey Chapman
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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Description: This show is about relationships between black men and women.

The guest is Audrey B. Chapman, a counselor at Howard University, radio talk show host, and author of the book "Entitled to Good Loving".

Foster Care (1995)

Guests: Donald Phillips, Ernest Turner, Deirdre Bellomo, John Krapohl
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
Description: This show explores reasons black children are in foster care, and adoption of black children by white families.
Guests include Donald Phillips, community outreach coordinator for Lutheran Social Services of Michigan's Detroit foster care program; Reverend Ernest Turner, a foster parent; Deirdre Bellomo the white mother of an adopted African American child; and John Krapohl, an African American who was adopted by a white family.

Black Child in Crisis (January 27, 1995)

Guests: James Washington
Host : Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
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.

Black Man Come Home (June 7, 1996)

Guests: Lyn Lewis, Renee Lowe, Preston W. Smyth, Allen Martin
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
Description: This show is about the epidemic of single parent households among the black community.

Guests include Dr. Lyn Lewis, the chair of the sociology department at University of Detroit; clinical psychologist Renee Lowe, who works for Joy for Jesus, which helps urban youth to succeed and tries to have positive impacts on their families and communities; Preston W. Smyth, the associate pastor of Hope UMC and divorced father of three; and Allen Martin, substance abuse prevention coordinator for the city of Detroit and founder of 'Take Back Our City'.

Carl T. Rowan (November 13, 1996)

Guests: Carl T. Rowan
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
Description: This show is an interview with Carl T. Rowan about his book, The Coming Race War in America. Carl Rowan, a former National Security Council member, is considered one of the 20th century's most distinguished African American journalists. He was an award-winning columnist for the Washington Post and Chicago Sun-Times.

Computer Show (March 8, 1996)

Guests: Fred Hall, Hermine Turner
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
Description: This show is about computers - "from the basics to the internet". Guests are Fred Hall, founder and president of the Novatech Computer Services, a training and networking center; and Hermine Turner, of Midwest Business Systems.

Dr. Claud Anderson (December 18, 1996)

Guests: Claud Anderson
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
Description: This show is an interview with Dr. Claud Anderson about his books on economic empowerment for blacks. Dr. Anderson is the president of PowerNomics Corporation of America, a company aimed at making African Americans more self-sufficient and competitive.

Mojo/Classical (April 12, 1996)

Guests: Electrifying Mojo, Brazeal Dennard, Leslie B. Dunner
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
Description: This show is about African American music and the end of the Electrifying Mojo's career. Guests are the Electrifying Mojo, a Detroit based radio personality; and Dr. Leslie B. Dunner; conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. There is also a clip of Brazeal Dennard, a choral founder and conductor for an all black group named after himself.

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
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.

Wynton Marsalis (1996)

Wynton Marsalis Guests: Wynton Marsalis
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
Description: This 1996 program consists of an interview by ABJ host Darryl Wood with renowned trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis, who was 34 at the time. The interview provides insight, not just into Marsalis, but also into the nature of jazz music, and more broadly, the role of the artist in society.

Addiction to Gambling (January 19, 1996)

Guests: Warren Biller, Stephen A. Thomas, Steven R. Miller
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
Description: This show is about gambling addictions. Guests include Warren Biller, executive director of Michigan Council on Problem Gambling and addicted gambler; attorney Stephen A. Thomas, who specializes in bankruptcy; psychologist Dr. Steven R. Miller, who works with addicts; and "Jon", a member of Gambler's Anonymous.

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
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.

Color Blind (January 22, 1997)

Guests: Ellis Cose
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
Description: This show is an interview with Ellis Cose about his book, "Color Blind", and whether America can be improved in "seeing beyond race". Ellis Cose is a columnist, author, independent radio producer, and contributing editor for Newsweek magazine.

Confirmation (May 7, 1997)

Guests: Susan Taylor, Khephra Burns
Host : Darryl Wood [bio]Darrell Wood hosted the show for ten years from 1988 to 1998 under the title American Black Journal. His shows sought to focus on the skills and talents of many of the nation's leading African-American business people to public television.

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Producer : Tony Mottley
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.

Dennis Kimbro (January 8, 1997)

Guests: Dennis P. Kimbro
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
Description: This show is an interview with Dennis Kimbro about his book and how to achieve greatness. He is an author, professor, and motivational speaker.

Economic Development (June 25, 1997)

Guests: Anthony Neely, Gill Hill, Eddie Edwards, Charles Adams
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
Description: This show is about the role the black community will play in the economic redevelopment of Detroit.
Guests are Reverend Charles Adams of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church; Gill Hill, a Detroit City Council member; Anthony Neely, press secretary for mayor Dennis Archer; and Reverend Eddie Edwards from Joy of Jesus.

Glass Ceiling, Loida Lewis (April 2, 1997)

Guests: Loida Lewis
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
Description: This show is an interview with Loida Lewis about her husband's book and her view of corporate America. Loida Lewis is known as a lawyer, author, industrialist, philanthropist, and motivational speaker. She was also married to Reginald Lewis, the owner of the largest U.S. company to be owned by an African American.

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
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.

Domestic Abuse (May 6, 1998)

Guests: Imani Williams, Gail Parker, Joseph Gorman
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
Description: This show is about why domestic abuse happens and what can be done about it.
Guests include Imani Williams, a survivor of domestic abuse; clinical psychologist, Dr. Gail Parker; and Joseph Gorman, a specialist in violence in the workplace employee assistant programs.

News Forum (May 20, 1998)

Guests: Curt Guyette, Sharon Sexton
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
Description: This show is about Dennis Archer's plans for casinos in Detroit. Guests are Sharon Sexton, a reporter with the Michigan Citizen Newspaper; and Curt Guyette, an investigative reporter for the Metro Times.

Police Brutality (April 15, 1998)

Guests: Reginald Crawford, James Tignanelli, Geoffrey Fieger
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
Description: This show is about black people, white cops, and excessive force. Guests include attorney Geoffrey Fieger; field training officer Reginald Crawford of the Detroit Police Department; and president of the Police Officer's Association of Michigan, Jim Tignanelli.

Roberts vs Texaco (April 1, 1998)

Guests: , Bari-Ellen Roberts
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
Description: This show is a an interview with Bari-Ellen Roberts about her legal battle with Texaco and her book, "Roberts vs. Texaco: A True Story of Race and Corporate America". Bari-Ellen Roberts lead the lawsuit against Texaco, which was the largest discrimination suit in history.

Cornel West (1998)

Cornel West Guests: Cornel West
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
Description: In this program, from 1998, host Darryl Wood interviews highly regarded African American scholar Cornel West about the publication of his recently published book, "Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America." The book explores the meaning of community for African Americans and ideas for building a more hopeful future through a series of interviews with important public figures, such as Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Bill Bradley and Wynton Marsalis.

Malice Green Murder (1998)

Guests: Larry Simmons, Kym Worthy
Host : Cliff Russell
Producer : Tony Mottley
Description: This show looks at the Green murder trial and the community's response to it.
Guests include Larry Simmons, the executive assistant to Mayor Young, and Kym Worthy, the Wayne County assistant prosecutor.