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1/31/16: Flint Water Crisis / DABO “State of the Race” Conference

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The Flint water crisis draws cries of racism as the head of the NAACP visits the city. Plus, the details on a Detroit conference that focuses on the current state of the black race in America. Episode 4417.

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1/24/16: The District Detroit / WGPR-TV Historical Exhibit

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We talk with the head of a minority firm selected to support the Ilitches new District Detroit project. Plus, native Detroiter and entertainment host Shaun Robinson comes home to help launch a museum exhibit about WGPR-TV. Episode 4416.

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1/17/16: Coalition of Churches and Communities / MLK Day at the Wright

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A new organization is connecting Detroit churches with local social service agencies in order to better meet the needs of residents. Also, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is the Charles H. Wright Museum’s biggest day in terms of attendance. We’ll hear about all of the exciting activities planned for children and adults. Episode 4415.

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11/22/15: College Campus Racism Protests / Black Friday “Black Out On The Avenue”

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College students are protesting racism on campuses across the country, following the incidents at the University of Missouri. We’ll hear from the University of Michigan about its plan to get in front of the issue and address diversity and racial equity on campus. Plus, a local event that encourages shoppers to support black businesses in Detroit on Black Friday. Episode 4408.

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11/1/15: Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment / MCL Jasco

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Enrollment opens November 1st for health coverage next year under the Affordable Care Act. Our panel of experts will provide the information you need to know to access affordable, quality healthcare. Plus, one of Detroit’s most successful minority entrepreneurs is here to talk about his journey and his commitment to hiring young people. Episode 4405.

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10/4/15: Entrepreneur John W. Barfield / Mental Health Campaign

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Entrepreneur John Barfield is here to discuss his rags-to-riches story as the founder of one of the nation’s largest black-owned businesses. We discuss the new documentary and book that chronicles his amazing journey. Plus, two local agencies team up in an effort to get rid of the stigma associated with mental health disorders, especially in the African-American community. Episode 4401.

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9/20/15: MMSDC President / Men’s Empowerment Conference in Detroit

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We meet the new head of an organization that promotes the development of minority businesses and helps them secure contracts. Plus, a local church hosts a conference aimed at empowering men with the skills to succeed in life. And, we’ll meet an American Graduate Champion who’s helping young women transition from high school to college. Episode 4342.

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9/13/15: HistoryMakers Back-to-School Day of Service / Teenage Sculptor Austen Brantley

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Hundreds of African-American leaders across the country will go back to school on the last Friday of this month to encourage students to commit to finishing their education. Plus, we’ll meet a teenage sculptor whose artwork is fast becoming the talk of the town. Episode 4341.

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9/6/15: STEM Education / Detroit Head Start Learning Network

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A Detroit high school is making a huge investment toward educating its students for the careers of the future. We talk about the commitment by U of D Jesuit High School and Academy to provide a quality education in science and technology for our next generation of leaders. Plus, we hear about expanded efforts to provide early childhood learning for low-income families in Detroit. Episode 4340.

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8/30/15: Detroit Jazz Festival

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The world’s largest free jazz festival takes over Hart Plaza and Campus Martius over the Labor Day weekend. We devote our entire program to this year’s Detroit Jazz Festival, discussing the world-class lineup and the impact the Festival has on Detroit’s economy. Plus, we’re treated to an in-studio performance to honor the late Marcus Belgrave. Episode 4339.

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8/16/15: Voting Rights Act 50th Anniversary / Chene Park 30th Anniversary

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Fifty years after the Voting Rights Act, the struggle continues to make sure all African-Americans and Latinos have the right to vote. We talk about the new laws that are restricting access to the polls. Plus, it’s the entertainment venue that changed Detroit’s riverfront and was the vision of Mayor Coleman Young. We take a look at Chene Park, 30 years later. Episode 4337.

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8/9/15: African World Festival / Remembering Mel Farr

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This year’s African World Festival in Detroit pays homage to the 50th anniversary of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American history. We get the details on some of the exciting events planned for the festival, including some star power entertainment, a fashion show, and a 5K run/walk. Episode 4336.

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8/2/15: Minority-Owned Businesses in Detroit / Detroit Kitchen Connect

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The concern over a shortage of minority-owned businesses in Detroit’s downtown and midtown districts. Plus, we get expert financial and marketing advice for small minority businesses. And we show you how food entrepreneurs are getting a helping hand from Eastern Market. Episode 4335.

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7/26/15: National Medical Association Convention / Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority

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We look at health, wellness and fitness in the black community. Nearly 7,000 health professionals are converging on Detroit for the National Medical Association’s Convention & Scientific Assembly, and they’ll focus on the health of minority populations. Plus, we talk about the importance of mental health awareness among African Americans. And, the State debuts an adventure center designed to encou

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7/19/15: Detroit 1967 Project / Franklin-Wright Settlements, Inc.

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As we approach the 48th anniversary of the Detroit Riots, we look ahead to the massive community engagement project that’s being planned for the 50th anniversary in 2017. The head of the Detroit Historical Society joins us with the details. Plus, we learn about two local organizations that are preparing Detroit youth for successful futures. Episode 4333.

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