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Detroit Entrepreneurs / 1963 Civil Rights March Banner

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We get some expert advice on starting and growing a business. Plus, a Detroit woman donates a piece of her history to the National Museum of African American history in Washington.

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9/11/16: Hot Topics Roundtable / Dave Bing Future Leader Award Winner

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Our panel tackles some of the topics impacting the Black community: Donald Trump’s visit to a Black church in Detroit, NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest, and the firestorm created by actor/director Nate Parker’s rape case 17 years ago.

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7/3/16: Paradise Valley / "Poison on Tap"

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We talk with two people involved in the redevelopment of the Paradise Valley Cultural and Entertainment District. Plus, a new book provides the first comprehensive look at the Flint water crisis.

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Poverty, Prison & Delinquency / Earn + Learn Program

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We look at the connection between children who grew up poor and end up incarcerated. We also discuss a program that helps former inmates, minority males, and the chronically unemployed find work. Ep 4438.

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Focus: HOPE / Cleary University in Detroit

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Stephen talks with the new CEO of the nationally renown human rights organization, Focus: HOPE. Plus, a new partnership between a university and a Detroit church results in a new option for higher education in the heart of the inner city. Episode 4508.

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2/26/17: Wayne County Update / Closing the Gap Detroit

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An organization that is helping first generation and low income students realize their dreams of going to college. Episode 4520.

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3/26/17: 100 Years of Progress? / Grants for Detroit Community Leaders

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We get details on a groundbreaking new project that will trace the progress of African Americans in Michigan from 1915 to the present. Episode 4524.

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3/13/16: MDOT Trailblazer / 1967 Detroit

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In honor of Women’s History Month, we celebrate the trailblazing achievements of MDOT’s first African-American female Southwest Region Engineer. Plus, details on two major projects that are taking a look back at the 1967 Detroit rebellion and how far the City has come nearly 50 years later.

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5/15/16: Ford Freedom Award / Work It Out

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The year's Ford Freedom Award honors the contributions of African-American men of courage; a Detroit program uses a different approach to prevent obesity in children. Episode 4432.

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10/21/12: "The House I Live In" / Detroit Land Bank

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We discuss the war on drugs, and catch up wit the Detroit Land Bank. Episode 4138.

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10/28/12: Detroit Tigers / Detroit Public Safety Foundation / Detroit

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Discussion on the Tigers, the Detroit Public Safety Foundation, and Detroit art. Episode 4139. 

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1/29/17: African-Americans Under a Trump Administration

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A special roundtable discussion on the future for African-Americans and other minorities under a Trump administration. Episode 4517.

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5/6/18: Flint Water Crisis / National Small Business Week

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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver sits down with Stephen to talk about her city's ongoing water crisis, four years after the city's water source was switched to the Flint River, resulting in lead-tainted drinking water. Episode 4624.

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4/29/18: American Black Journal 50th Anniversary

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Four of the show's former hosts sit down to reminisce about their experiences on the program, the issues and topics they covered, and the importance of giving a voice to the African American community following the 1967 Detroit Rebellion. Episode 4623.

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American Black Journal | The Plot To Kill King, Cass Tech Scholarships

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American Black Journal delves into the decades long belief by some that Dr. King's assassination was the result of a government plot. And a Detroit entrepreneur gives back to his alma mater Cass Technical High School by awarding scholarships.

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