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.
The One Detroit team takes an in-depth look at the growing problem of Detroit students who change school frequently and the impact it has on the classroom. In a special report, we visit Bethune-Fitzgerald K-8 School to see how transiency has been disruptive for teachers and students.
Join One Detroit and American Black Journal for a Solutions Roadshow at the Church of the Messiah in Detroit’s Islandview neighborhood.
In 1981, Detroit lawyer and activist George Corsetti decided he would capture the demise of Poletown on video, directing the documentary film, Poletown Lives!
Nolan Finley had an opportunity to sit down with Dingell for a one-on-one interview on the eve of Tuesday’s release of his new autobiography, “The Dean: The Best Seat in the House”.
Former Michigan Congressman John Dingell sits down for a one-on-one conversation with Nolan about politics, history, and his legacy — just as his new book, “The Dean: The Best Seat in the House,” is released.
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.
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.
In this One Detroit report, we meet a Detroit father who is helping other men become better parents. He leads regular meetings for dads and grandfathers through the Detroit Parent Network, where they talk about hot button issues and community concerns.
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
In a special Thanksgiving show, Christy, Nolan and Stephen reflect on what they are thankful for this holiday season and One Detroit looks back at some memorable stories.
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.