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10/22/17: "I Dream Detroit" / Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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A survey of women of color in Detroit shows that most don't feel included in the city's economic revival. Plus, it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We'll get the latest on research, screening and therapies. Episode 4551.

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Michigan State Police Protest / W.I.S.D.O.M.

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Local activists plan a rally at the Michigan State Police Headquarters in response to the death of a Black teen who was shocked with a Taser by a state trooper and a controversial social media post by the MSP director.

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10/8/17: Ford Resource & Engagement Center / Step Afrika!

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On the next American Black Journal: Ford Motor Company expands its commitment to Detroit neighborhoods by opening its second Resource and Engagement Center in the city. We'll get details on the support services and cultural activities offered to residents through the center. Plus, the Washington, D.C.-based dance company, Step Afrika!, combines the tradition of stepping with the paintings of Afri

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10/1/17: Motown Mansion / Diversity & Venture Capital

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One of Detroit's most famous private residences is having an estate sale and global auction. Plus, we discuss the efforts to increase minority leadership in start-ups and early stage companies. Episode 4548.

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American Black Journal | One Detroit Education Roadshow | Extras

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Get the extended tour of Brightmoor and hear more from DPSCD Superintendent Nikolai Vitti as he answers the audience's pressing questions about the state of education in Detroit.

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9/24/17: Do we really care about our kids' education?

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Hosts Stephen Henderson and Christy McDonald explore the topic of education in Detroit during this special American Black Journal and One Detroit Roadshow.

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9/17/17: "Summer '67" / Mission City in Brightmoor / Dr. Nikolai Vitti - Chalkbeat Detroit Report

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The historical society for the country's first Black owned and operated television station, WGPR, launches a series of screenings and talkbacks with filmmakers. The first documentary focuses on the lives lost during the 1967 Detroit rebellion. Plus, we'll preview our upcoming Education Roadshow with a look at the educational challenges in Detroit's Brightmoor community. Episode 4547.

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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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