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DPTV remembers Cliff Russell

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Detroit Public Television is saddened to hear of Cliff Russell’s passing last Sunday at age 61. Russell regularly hosted “Detroit Black Journal,” now “American Black Journal” on DPTV in the early 1990s.

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2/18/18: African-American Family Book Expo / Sphinx Competition

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An upcoming book expo is hoping to increase literacy in the city by celebrating reading and African American authors. Plus, a special report on an African-American violinist who is taking the classical music world by storm. Episode 4614.

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2/11/18: Wayne County Executive Warren Evans / Pioneering Black Women in Advertising

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Stephen talks with Wayne County Executive Warren Evans about his family's deep roots in Detroit's Black history. Plus, details on a book about the trailblazing African-American women in the advertising business. Episode 4613.

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American Black Journal Roadshow - African Americans: Telling Our Story

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As American Black Journal celebrates its 50th year on Detroit Public Television, the show went on the road at the William V. Banks Broadcast Museum & Media Center for a frank conversation on the opportunities available for African Americans to tell their story.

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Detroit Public Television Honors Black History Month with a Variety of Programming Throughout February

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Detroit Public Television is proud to celebrate Black History this February and all year round!

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1/28/18: Detroit Homeless Continuum of Care / Equitable Development Initiative

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Detroit non-profit organizations that assist the homeless launch a new approach at getting people off the streets and into shelters and housing. Episode 4612.

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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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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.jpgStephen Henderson is the current host of American Black Journal, WDET's Detroit Today and former Pulitzer Prize-winning 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 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.” In 2014, Henderson won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Follow him on Twitter: @SHDetroit.

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

American Black Journal is a part of

One Detroit - Detroit Public TV


American Black Journal is Funded by

DTE Energy Foundation


Ford Motor Company Fund





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