Jackson honors African American veterans with garden dedication on Veterans Day
JACKSON, MI – More than a dozen people crowded around a garden in Jackson to honor all veterans for their service, including those sometimes overlooked. Diane Washington, founder of Young People of Purpose, hosted the dedication service for the African American Village Memorial Garden, 151 Rockwell St., on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11. Related: Honor veterans, active military members with these Veterans Day events in Jackson County“To be able to make a spotlight for our many wonderful veterans that have served is an honor,” Washington said. “It focuses on the African American culture, and in this neighborhood to be right here, it’s focusing on the females and males,” Holbrook said. “The work of African American veterans in this country dates all the way back to the Revolutionary War,” Willis said.mlive.com
Detroit Doll Show returns in 2022 after 2-year COVID hiatus
The Detroit Doll Show, an annual celebration of African American history, culture, self-love and diversity through the promotion of dolls of color, has announced its return in 2022 following a two-year COVID hiatus. Detroit Doll Show founder Sandra Epps sits down with “American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson to share what families can expect from the doll show. Plus, Epps talks about how African American dolls promote diversity, culture and self-love to young Black children, as well as adult collectors, and the importance of Black representation in toys. Go to topStay Connected:Subscribe to Detroit Public Television’s YouTube Channel & Don’t miss American Black Journal on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56. Watch American Black Journal on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56.onedetroitpbs.org
11/08/2022: American Black Journal – Lewis & Munday 50th anniversary, 2022 Detroit Doll Show, army recruitment shortage
This Week on American Black Journal:Black-owned Detroit law firm Lewis & Munday celebrates its 50th anniversaryOne of the nation’s oldest and largest African American-owned law firms is celebrating a major milestone this year. Lewis & Munday, P.C., located in Detroit, marks its 50th anniversary in the Motor City. Founded in 1972, the Black-owned law firm has made a major impact in Detroit through its legal counsel on large real estate development projects and investment in the next generation of African American lawyers. Lewis & Munday, P.C. President and CEO Reginald Dozier and Ronda Tate Truvillion, a shareholder and co-chair of the Litigation Practice Group, join “American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson for a conversation on how the law firm has helped shape important decisions across the city.onedetroitpbs.org
African American Film Series in Flint kicks off this month
FLINT, MI - An annual tradition designed to celebrate and inspire African American creatives is returning this month. Flint-based organization Communities First, Inc. has announced the eighth annual African American Film series in partnership with the Flint Institute of Arts. The films chosen are designed to “highlight the works of African American creatives,” according to a news release. CFI will host a panel discussion on Facebook Live on the Saturday following each film. Read more at The Flint Journal:First ever Flint Short Film Freakout coming next monthPrescription drug take back day happening Saturday in Flint, Genesee CountyFlint Black-owned bookstore receives $25K on Jennifer Hudson talk showDon Felipe Mexican Restaurant expands into New Lothropmlive.com
Ann Arbor weighs historic status for home of Black couple who broke racial barriers
ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor may soon add another house to the city’s vast list of protected historic properties. “It is one of the most interesting things I’ve worked on at the city,” said City Planner Jill Thacher, the city’s historic preservation coordinator. He also taught at Fisk University for over 20 years, but he and his family returned to Ann Arbor — to Gardner Avenue — in 1969, where he taught at UM until his death in 1980. She taught music in Nashville, New York and Ann Arbor and around the world, the report states. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Ann Arbor road project delayed after bids come in 193% higher than expectedHow Ann Arbor project got $20M earmark still a mystery to local lawmakersAnn Arbor Trash Talk Tour returns with tours of new city recycling plantI shot hoops at 30-plus Ann Arbor park basketball courts.mlive.com
Buttigieg awards big fed grant to dismantle racist highway
A long-delayed plan to dismantle Interstate 375, a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) depressed freeway in Detroit that was built by demolishing Black neighborhoods 60 years ago, was a big winner of federal money Thursday, the first Biden administration grant awarded to tear down a racially divisive roadway. It allows Michigan to move forward on its $270 million effort to transform the stretch in Detroit into a street-level boulevard, reconnecting surrounding neighborhoods and adding amenities, such as bike lanes. Black Bottom and Paradise Valley, two of the city's predominantly African American neighborhoods, were razed as part of the 1950s creation of an interstate highway system, displacing 100,000 Black residents and erecting a decades-long barrier between the downtown and communities to the east.news.yahoo.com
Kalamazoo Black Business Expo ‘an invitation to bridge the gap,’ highlight Black business
KALAMAZOO, MI — Nicole Triplett founded Black Wall Street Kalamazoo in 2018 as a way to help bring the Black business community together and support African American entrepreneurs. This year marks the fourth time her organization will host the Kalamazoo County Black Business Expo. The organizations will be able to answer questions about services and programs available to the general community as well as entrepreneurs, Triplett said. The head shots will be first-come, first-served and taking place for the duration of the event, Triplett said. The event is sponsored by the Stryker Johnston Foundation, Old National Bank, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Chase Bank and the Kalamazoo Black Arts and Cultural Center.mlive.com
Muskegon County celebrating Juneteenth with fireworks, music, educational events
MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI - Muskegon residents will gather to celebrate the Juneteenth holiday at various events across county Thursday through Sunday. Garlin Gilchrist II, issued a proclamation designating Sunday, June 19, 2022, as Juneteenth Celebration Day in Michigan. Muskegon County Democratic Black CaucusStart the Juneteenth celebration early by attending a narrative play about Juneteenth at the Bethesda Baptist Church, at 675 Getty Street in Muskegon. Muskegon Area District LibraryStory Trail Celebration - The unveiling of a new permanent Story Trail exhibit at Bethlehem Park in Muskegon Heights. The organizer, Jennifer Ross, told MLive that the city of Muskegon Heights and over 26 other organizations are sponsoring the event.mlive.com
First Black astronaut Maj. Robert Lawrence Jr.
U.S. Air Force Maj. Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. was an Englewood native who is considered the first African American astronaut. Lawrence was part of a classified military space program in the 1960s called the Manned Orbiting Laboratory, meant to spy on the Soviet Union. He died before flying in space when his fighter jet crashed on Dec. 8, 1967.chicagotribune.com
'This Is Us' to end with a 'meditative day,' creator reveals
It all comes down to one last good cry as NBC’s time-traveling family drama airs its final episode at 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday. Creator Dan Fogelman, who’d planned the show’s finite run from the start, is comfortable with his decision to leave viewers wanting more —- unusual for TV, which has no qualms in milking a popular series for all it's worth and then some. “If we had done anything different, it would have happened because of the wrong reasons,” Fogelman said.news.yahoo.com
Georgia students sue over blocked protest against rebel flag
Several Black students who were suspended for trying to protest Confederate flag displays at their school in Georgia have filed a federal lawsuit against their school district and its board members, accusing them of allowing an extensive pattern of racism including “overt bigotry and animosity by some white students and teachers against African American students.” The students, joined by their mothers as plaintiffs, already made news when their protest at Coosa High School was stifled last fall. Now, in their lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Floyd County school district and its board members, they allege an extensive pattern of racism, including white students reenacting the murder of George Floyd and posting it on social media, and a student who carried what appeared to be a whip and told a Black student “we used to whip you."news.yahoo.com
How to Watch “The Great Soul Food Cook-Off “ series premiere
The Great Soul Food Cook-Off premieres tonight at 10pm. Stream this new Oprah Winfrey Network competition series for free with Philo and FuboTV. Throughout the show, these seasoned kitchen masters will whip up their best work—hoping to out-perform the others and walk away with a $50,000 grand prize. Tune in tonight at 10pm on OWN to watch the premiere of The Great Soul Food Cook-Off. About the show: “In a cooking competition that celebrates soul food as the foundation of American cuisine and pays tribute to African American chefs, eight competitors go head-to-head in a high-stakes, emotional journey to win a grand prize of $50,000.” -OWNWhere to watch:mlive.com
‘A traffic stop should never be a death sentence’: Protesters demand action in deadly Grand Rapids police shooting
Hundreds of protesters were gathered outside the Grand Rapids Police Department Wednesday (April 13) afternoon, demanding justice in the case of an officer who shot and killed 26-year-old Patrick Lyoya.
Michigan court denies Black lawmakers’ challenge to new congressional maps
The Michigan Supreme Court has denied Black lawmakers’ challenge to new congressional and legislative maps, saying they showed no grounds to question the state redistricting commission’s decision to slash the number of majority-African American seats.
Biden to nominate 3 federal prosecutors for New York offices
FILE - In this March 17, 2021 photo, President Joe Biden speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Biden intends to nominate three African American prosecutors to run the U.S. attorneys offices in New York, including the first Black man to run the Southern District of New York. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is expected to nominate three prosecutors to run the U.S. attorney’s offices in New York state, including the first Black man to run the Southern District of New York in Manhattan and the first Black woman to head the Western District in Buffalo. Ross, a longtime federal prosecutor, is expected to run the office in the Buffalo-based Western District. Brooklyn federal prosecutors have been examining the state’s handling of COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes in a probe that drew public attention after a top aide to New York Gov.
Detroit nonprofit makes a difference for less fortunate
DETROIT – Love Only is a nonprofit that has been working to feed the homeless for over a decade. The ones behind the organization have started a life goal to help those who are less fortunate especially in the African American community. “It makes me happy to feed people. My mom kind of showed me that and it made her really happy to do it and it makes me happy,” said Love Only founder, Ivory Graves. Graves has been working to feed the homeless for 13 years and is widely known as Tree.
Granddaughter of Tuskegee Experiment victim urges Black Americans to get COVID-19 vaccine
As many people are searching for a chance to get their COVID-19 vaccine, a substantial number of Black Americans remain reluctant to get the COVID-19 vaccine. It stems from the Tuskegee Experiment, in which 600 black men were lured into a study with the promises of free health care. AdREAD: Medical community works to rebuild trust among people of color as COVID-19 vaccine gets approvalThe granddaughter of one of those individuals who were abused is speaking out to help others overcome their doubt about the COVID-19 vaccine. READ: Amid coronavirus pandemic, black mistrust of medicine loomsShe said her grandfather was denied treatment that could have extended his life. In Michigan, White residents are twice as likely to have received a COVID-19 vaccine as a Black resident.
Historic Dunbar Hospital: Detroit’s first for Black residents
DETROIT – Black doctors needed to establish their own hospitals in 20th-century Detroit due to segregation. Dunbar Hospital was the first of its kind in the city. The house that was once this hospital still stands at 580 Frederick Street. Here’s its story -- watch the video above. To learn more go here: BlackScrollNetworkMore: Black History Month sectionRelated: Work underway to restore Underground Railroad safe house in Walled Lake
Underground Railroad in Detroit: Important people, sites you might not know
DETROIT – Have you ever learned about George DeBaptiste? How about William Lambert? Here’s a look at some Detroiters who played big roles in the Underground Railroad, and the historic sites in the city (and just across the Detroit River in Canada) that you may never have noticed. Watch the full story above to learn all about it. More: Black History Month section
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History celebrates Black history year-round
DETROIT – Black History Month is just one of the 12 months a year when Black history is celebrated at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. Learn more about the museum in the video above. If you would like to visit, find more information here: www.thewright.orgMore: Black History Month stories
New museum traces history of Black music across genres
People walk to the entrance of the National Museum of African American Music, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A new museum two decades in the making is telling the interconnected story of Black musical genres through the lens of American history. Even as Nashville has long celebrated its role in the history of music, the new museum fills a gap by telling an important and often overlooked story about the roots of American popular music, including gospel, blues, jazz, R&B and hip-hop. “Most music museums deal with a label, a genre or an artist,” said H. Beecher Hicks III, the museum’s president and CEO. She noted that the museum put gospel music in context with how it inspired social change, especially during the civil rights era.
Biden's pick for UN post calls China 'a strategic adversary'
United States Ambassador to the United Nations nominee Linda Thomas-Greenfield testifies during for her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. Johnson asked her why she had said the United States is not in a new Cold War with China. “This speech is cheerleading for the Chinese Communist Party” and makes no mention of China’s human rights violations, he said. Johnson asked her what the stronger language and tougher tactics would be toward China. “And yet, I had an extraordinary 35-year career, that culminated as the assistant secretary of state of African affairs,” Thomas-Greenfield said.
Michigan task force addressing racial disparities amid pandemic sees signs of progress
A Michigan task force has been conducting research and implementing new protocols to help improve conditions for minority communities who have been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic -- and they have seen some notable progress so far. Gretchen Whitmer established the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities to address issues leading to the disproportionate havoc the pandemic has wreaked on communities of color compared to white communities. Since the task force was created, more than 20 “Neighborhood Testing sites” have been established in previously-underserved communities throughout Michigan, the state reports. Moving forward, the group intends to close the “digital divide” by ensuring minority communities have better access to internet, telehealth services and virtual learning. “It’s clear that the work of this task force ... has made significant progress in protecting families, frontline workers, and small businesses in communities of color,” said Celeste Sanchez Lloyd, task force member and community program manager for Strong Beginnings at Spectrum Health.
Newer breast cancer screening guidelines put Black women at disadvantage
Researcher Dr. Murray Rebner said the later guidelines are putting Black women at a disadvantage by ignoring some very key facts about their risk. While Black women are slightly less likely to get breast cancer, they’re significantly more likely to die from it. Studies find 23 percent of breast cancers in Black women are diagnosed before age 50 compared to 16 percent of all breast cancers in White women. Triple negative breast cancer makes up 21 percent of the cases in Black women compared to 10 percent in White women. READ: Study indicates that exercise can reduce risk of breast cancer returningRebner says the BRCA2 genetic mutation which dramatically raises the risk of breast cancer is also more common in Black women than White women who aren’t of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
JPMorgan puts $30B toward fixing banking's 'systemic racism'
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – JPMorgan Chase said Thursday it will extend billions in loans to Black and Latino homebuyers and small business owners in an expanded effort toward fixing what the bank calls “systemic racism” in the country’s economic system. “Systemic racism is a tragic part of America’s history,” said JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon in a statement. Citigroup announced last month it is committing $1 billion toward closing “the racial wealth gap” in the United States, including $550 million toward homeownership programs for racial minorities. He noted that there’s a 30% gap between Black and white homeownership, amounting to about 4.5 million households. JPMorgan was one of 27 major New York-based companies that joined a program to recruit 100,000 workers from the city's low-income, predominately Black, Latino and Asian communities over the next 10 years.
This world famous ballet dancer got her start in this program
Copeland joined the show today alongside Boys and Girls Clubs’ Youth of the Year Josias Reynoso to talk about the impact the program has had on their lives. Copeland joined the Boys & Girls Clubs at 11. “It has given me an understanding of what it means to be a leader” Copeland said. Josias Reynoso was chosen from more than 4 million club members to become the Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year. He says the Boys & Girls Clubs developed him into a leader rather than a follower, and he hopes to be able to help other kids find their potential.
Black singer of regional Mexican music sparks buzz, emotion
Sarah Palafox, an African American woman who sings regional Mexican music, poses in Moreno Valley, Calif., in this undated photo. Palafox, an African American woman raised by a Mexican immigrant family, has generated excitement online with her versions of regional Mexican music. Other videos of her singing banda — another form of regional music from Mexico’s southwest coast — also have been shared thousands of times. She would only say the music will be different and she’s not listening to critics who tell her she’s shouldn’t be singing regional Mexican music. “I was told you can’t wear braids, you can’t wear your Afro and go on stage and sing Mexican music,” Palafox said.
Michigan says racial disparities of virus have diminished
Garlin Gilchrist II chairs a state task force that is addressing virus-related racial disparities. "But thanks to the state of Michigan paying attention to this issue, prioritizing this issue — we have the most muscular response to racial disparities in the country — we can say that those disparities have flattened. In the most recent two-week period, the rate of new cases for Black people was about half that for white residents. The death rates for Black and white residents were about the same over those weeks. The rest were linked to universities and colleges, including Michigan State (1,295 cases) and Grand Valley State (811 cases.)
Black voters in Detroit key for Biden, but are they engaged?
Black voters across Michigan will be pivotal in deciding who will win the battleground state in November. Biden visited Detroit earlier this month, and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, was spending time in Flint and Detroit on Tuesday. In an interview this month with longtime Detroit radio host Mildred Gaddis, Biden noted that Michigan, and its Black voters in Detroit, are “critically important." Democratic state leaders said they learned hard lessons and that the party has worked to connect with Black voters. But challenges remain in connecting with apathetic voters and with younger Black voters who might have more progressive leanings — key demographics that Branden Snyder, the executive director of Detroit Action, said his organization is trying to reach.
Detroit activist and former judge says time has come to end racial inequality
DETROIT – Adam Shakoor is a distinguished and rare longtime leader in the Motor City. He has always been a leader in the City of Detroit, once serving as chief judge of the 36th District Court, and even executive deputy mayor under former Mayor Coleman Young. As far as Detroit, the eyes of the world are on the Motor City. And Shakoor applauds the work of Detroit Police Chief James Craig. He says he specifically remembers when the chief was a rookie and he’s proud of the work that’s been done.
WATCH: Dads speak on raising Black sons in America
DETROIT – It’s difficult watching what’s happened to Black men in our country. Many young Black men are taught by their parents how some people in the world might view them and the things they should do in hopes of staying safe. We sat down with three Black fathers about how and when they have this difficult conversation with their sons. They all spoke candidly about the challenges or differences raising black or biracial young men in today’s climate compared to their white counterparts. The conversations about race started when their sons began asking questions or as certain incidents, like George Floyd, have made headlines.
How Tux & Chucks is helping black-owned charities in Detroit
DETROIT – Jason Appling is walking the walk, literally. He co-founded the annual event Tux & Chucks, which raises thousands every year for Metro Detroit non profits. We sat down with him -- and his cute son -- to talk about the important work he is doing. Watch the interview above. For more information on Tux & Chucks, and CoolSmart Inc., go here.
Kaiser Permanente CEO Tyson dies unexpectedly at 60
Health care provider Kaiser Permanente said Sunday its chairman and CEO, Bernard J. Tyson, has died unexpectedly at the age of 60. Tyson was the first African American to head Kaiser Permanente as CEO when he took that position in 2013 after filling a number of roles over three decades at the company. He added that the board "has full confidence in Greg Adams' ability to lead Kaiser Permanente through this unexpected transition." A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Tyson received a bachelor's degree in health service management and an MBA in health service administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. While at Kaiser Permanente, he was a member of the Bay Area Council, a business-led public policy organization advocating for a strong economy for area residents.
Eastpointe voters elect Monique Owens, citys first black mayor
EASTPOINTE, Mich. "I was the first African American councilwoman here and now Im the first African American mayor, said Eastpointe mayor-elect Monique Owens. Voters chose Owens as the citys next mayor during Tuesdays elections. I want people to own their own homes, be proud of where they live at and invest more into the city, Owens said. But first, she wants to thank those who helped her with such a big accomplishment. "I want to say thank you to the city of Eastpointe for believing in me, even people outside Eastpointe, in Detroit and other parts of Michigan, Owens said.
Watch Local 4 News at Noon -- Nov. 4, 2019
DETROIT – Here’s what’s coming up on Local 4 News at Noon:Funeral service held for former Rep. John ConyersA funeral service is being held Monday for former Rep. John Conyers, who died Oct. 27 at age 90. Conyers spent more than 50 years in Congress and was its longest-service African American member. The funeral is being held at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.
Mississippi Emmett Till memorial sign protected by bulletproof glass
Allan Hammons via CNNSUMNER, Mississippi (CNN) - A memorial sign marking Emmett Till's death that was riddled with bullet holes earlier this year was rededicated Saturday -- this time with bulletproof glass. Patrick Weems, executive director of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission, said more than 100 people, including members of Till's family from Chicago, attended a ceremony near Sumner, Mississippi, rededicating the new and improved sign. Weems said the sign, which cost more than $10,000, weighs more than 500 pounds and is surrounded by security cameras. The sign appeared to be riddled with bullet holes in the photo, which was first published by the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting and ProPublica. When the marker was replaced, it was riddled with bullet holes.
African American guard's N-word request gets him fired
MADISON, Wisconsin (CNN) - An African American security guard told a student to stop calling him the N-word. Marlon Anderson was a security guard at Madison West High School in Wisconsin. Anderson is represented by a union, which filed a grievance with the school district this week on his behalf. He has two sons who attended Madison West High School. One is a current senior and the other is a graduate of the high school.
A night of masquerade to support the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
The Charles H Wright Museum is one of the largest African American museums in the nation, and now you can support all they do in the community by attending the at The Wright Gala Masquerade Ball. Chef Mandell Crawford from A Touch of Class Catering will be serving various meals that include lamb chops, salmon, carved beef tenderloin, dessert, and a potato bar. He will also serve vegan and vegetarian meals and sides. Ed Foxworth, Director of External Affairs says The Wright Gala is the premier fundraiser for education, literacy and public programs at the Charles H. Wright Museum. The Wright Gala is on Saturday, October 5, at 6 p.m. You can purchase tickets online.