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1/21/18: Reformed: Memoir of a Juvenile Killer / John W. Barfield Interview

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On the next American Black Journal, we'll have the incredible story of Mario Bueno, who turned his life around after a childhood filled with drug abuse, violence and a prison sentence for killing a drug dealer at the age of 16. Episode 4611.

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1/14/18: MLK Day at the Wright Museum / Hate Crimes Rise

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he Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is hosting a commemorative breakfast and daylong celebration for the Martin Luther King holiday. We'll get the details on the family friendly activities and special guests at the event. Episode 4610.

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1/7/18: William V. Banks Broadcast Museum & Media Center / Family Health Fair and Taste Fest

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A Detroit museum dedicated to the country's first Black owned-and-operated television station, WGPR-TV 62, is celebrating its 1st anniversary with a public event on Martin Luther King Day. Episode 4609.

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12/17/17: Hate Crimes Spike in Michigan / Hugs Not Bullets

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New FBI statistics show that hate crimes reported to police spiked last year in Michigan. Stephen talks with the head of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights about this disturbing trend. Episode 4606.

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12/10/17: Motor City Re-Store / Mend on the Move

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The first round of matching grants in the new Motor City Re-Store program has been announced. More than 40 Detroit business owners will get financial assistance to make exterior improvements to their businesses. Episode 4605.

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12/3/17: Spirit of Giving Awards / International Blues Challenge

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A Detroit non-profit organization honors unsung heroes for their commitment to children, families and senior citizens. We'll get details on the "Spirit of Giving" awards gala given by Franklin-Wright Settlements. Episode 4604.

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11/26/17: Hope Starts Here / Black Male Teachers

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On the next American Black Journal: An early childhood initiative, "Hope Starts Here," led by The Kresge Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation reaches an important milestone in its mission to make Detroit a city that puts young children and families first.

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About The Show

American Black Journal is a window into American history. For more than 40 years, American Black Journal has been a vibrant and provocative forum for newsmakers, celebrities and everyday people. Currently hosted by Stephen Henderson, Editorial Page Editor of the Detroit Free Press. The show features topics about arts and culture, and community issues such as politics, race, and religion.

Read more about the history of Detroit Public TV's American Black Journal.

The Host

StephenHenderson.jpg Stephen Henderson is the host of American Black Journal and editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press. A Detroit native, Henderson is a graduate of University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the University of Michigan. He has worked previously as a reporter, editorial writer and editor at the Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Tribune, and the Knight Ridder Washington bureau, where he covered the U.S. Supreme Court from 2003-2007. Henderson's work has been honored with more than a dozen national awards, including for work that is published in the book, "Best Newspaper Writing 2001." Henderson is a frequent contributor to Flashpoint on WDIV and was the subject of PBS's Expose: America's Investigative Reports about the world of death penalty defense. In 2014, Henderson won the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary for his analysis of Detroit's financial collapse. 

The Producer

American Black Journal is produced by Daphne Hughes. Hughes is a former News Manager and Producer/Writer at WDIV-TV and Senior Communications Specialist at Mort Crim Communications, Inc. She has produced several television programs, including a half-hour Detroit Public Television show focusing on The Skillman Foundation's "Good Schools in Detroit" initiative and a 13-part series on the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, which aired on WDIV.

Program Schedule

Watch American Black JournalSundays at 9:30 a.m.
Repeats air Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Broadcast Information

56.1 DPTV-HD

Sundays 9:30 a.m. ET
Wednesdays 7:30 p.m. ET

56.4 DPTV WORLD Channel

Saturdays 5:30 p.m. ET
Sundays 6:30 p.m. ET


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