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12/16/18: American Black Journal – Aretha Franklin’s Detroit Home / “Birth to 5”

On the next American Black Journal, the new owner of Aretha Franklin’s Detroit home talks with Stephen about his vision for the historic mansion, the importance of preserving Detroit homes, and African American home ownership. Plus, families in an east side Detroit neighborhood get access to early childhood education with the opening of the area’s first “Birth to 5” Head Start center. It’s all part of revitalization efforts in the once thriving community known as Regent Park.

12/09/18: American Black Journal – Black Bottom Historical Marker / “Junior”

On the next American Black Journal, community input is being sought on the placement and content for a Michigan Historical Marker in Detroit’s former Black Bottom neighborhood. The area was home to several African-American businesses, social institutions and nightclubs until it was demolished to make way for the Chrysler Freeway and Lafayette Park in the early 1960’s. Plus, a Detroit-based filmmaker’s short film about bullying, titled “Junior,” has gone viral and earned an award for its young lead actor from Detroit.

12/02/18: American Black Journal – Motor City Match / Mario Moore

Detroit’s small business funding initiative, “Motor City Match,” announces its latest round of winners who will share in a $500,000 cash award.  Stephen talks with one of the latest awardees, a previous winner whose business is up and running, and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation’s VP of Small Business Services.  Plus, a Detroit artist uses his experiences as a Black man to create a thought-provoking exhibition using a unique art technique.

Fundraising to fix a surging problem in Islandview

In this Islandview update, One Detroit producer Bill Kubota, talks with MACC Development’s Ezekiel Harris about the recent power surges that have rendered 5 of the washing machines at the local cafe / laundromat unusable and what they’re trying to do to address the problem

11/25/18: American Black Journal – Coleman A. Young / Student Mobility Discussion

On the next American Black Journal, this year marks what would have been Detroit Mayor Coleman Young’s 100th birthday. Stephen talks with the head of the Coleman A. Young Foundation about the Mayor’s legacy, how the foundation is preparing Detroit youth for college and beyond, and an upcoming fundraiser featuring comedian D.L. Hughley. Plus, a special look at the issue of children frequently changing schools in Detroit. We’ll share a portion of a WDET/DPTV public discussion about the causes, consequences and possible solutions.

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