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10/23/16: Former Mayor Dennis Archer / Ingenuity College Preparatory Institute

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Former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer joins Stephen for a wide-ranging interview about his history making career, this year's historic Presidential election, and Detroit's historic bankruptcy and resurgence. Episode 4503.

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Uniting for Flint Kids / Russell Simmons on Flint / Gary Simmons Public Art Installation

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Hip hop mogul and philanthropist Russell Simmons talks about the devastating impact of the lead-contaminated water on Flint residents and what he's doing to continue to draw attention to the crisis. Episode 4502.

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10/9/16: National Museum of African American History / DPS Foundation

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We talk about America's newest cultural attraction, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Plus, the DPS Foundation honors champions of education, while raising money for students. Episode 4501.

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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

56.2 DPTV WORLD Channel

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

WDET - 101.9 FM

Fridays 7:30 p.m. ET

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