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Author: Michael Sellers

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.

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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.

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