Thousands View “Arab Detroit” Television Special on Detroit Public Television WTVS Channel 56
On Sunday evening, January 3rd, members of the Arab American and greater Detroit community watched the “Arab Detroit” television premiere on Channel 56 (WTVS) Detroit Public Television.
The program, was co-produced, by Detroit Public Television and Arab Detroit.com, with financial support from the American Syrian Arab Cultural Association (ASACA). The “Arab Detroit” program is a pilot for a potential magazine-style series of 13 (30) minute programs which will explore all aspects of the Arab American community including the history, immigration, religion, institutions, education, business/professionals, culture, traditions and music.
In Sunday’s program, Dr. Sally Howell, assistant professor of history at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, spoke about the early Syrian and Lebanese community which settled over one hundred years ago on the Detroit’s east side and in Highland Park. Many of Arab Detroit’s institutions were highlighted in a segment which featured Edward Deeb, president of the Michigan Professional and Business Association. Finally, the arts, culture and music of the Arab American community was explored in an interview with Mike Mosallam, director of the Wayne County Film Initiative. The program was hosted by Reema Samman and reported by Siham Awada Jaafar, Will Youmans, and Ameera David. The program was written by Susan Giffin. Executive Producers were Jeff Forster, Vice President of Production and Station Enterprises for Detroit Public Television and Warren David, founder and publisher of Arab Detroit.com.
Warren David, producer/director of the program said, “It is the first of what could be an entire series. We are confident that the necessary funds will be raised this year which will allow us to produce a thirteen week series.” He went on to say, “This series will be aired locally and disseminated nationally to many of the public television affiliates across the U.S.” David and Detroit Public Television are hoping to produce the series in the late spring and summer of this year.
Due to popular demand, Detroit Public Television announced that they will re-run “Arab Detroit” at a soon to be announced date. The program will also be available for on-demand viewing on the Detroit Public Television website (www.dptv.org) next week.
|Posted by Tony on Wednesday, October 13, 2010|
I am not American, that doesn't in any way make me feel sad however I have always found Lebanese to range in extremes from excitable peacock youth to sober and educated older people. I really enjoy the food and the hospitality of them and other Arabs. That is an art from the heart but in political, particularly Presidential non arab America it is an art from the mind, a prelude to manipulation. I have enjoyed exposure to your culture, I am besotted by your foor but wariness must be an alert that most countries find it fearful when an expat culture becomes significant unles it is unavoidably a culture of best practice example and human kindness. "Ghettos" are not only inclusive of one culture but exclusive of others. The politically productive deliberately engendered paranoia of the whitehouse affects all of America which sees Arabs as always a hidden threat, a hidden agenda. Indians are loathed for their success world wide by easier going cultures also, for example, it's not an easy road to travel these days for indigenous or expats but I think that if I had to qualify my preferences in a sort of broad brush approach other than non soviet disturbed mafia I'd prefer European s but almost in the same breath the Arabs and especially those I know best, Lebanese and Palestinian. If I knew others betetr and I will not claim it as it isn't true, I suspect I'd like them too. How I'd like some fried Kibbi here and associated condiments right now.Good luck, you deserve it but yur success is coming from hard work,what you are and that you are determined to be fairly and honestly and profoundly presented...Voila
|Posted by Big Bald-headed baby on Sunday, March 28, 2010|
I want to urge all arab-americans to participate in the Census this year and 1) write in "arab" and their specific ethnicity and 2) petition the federal government (OMB) for an Arab race category in 2020 to get the recognition we deserve.
|Posted by Sid Shahin on Saturday, January 09, 2010|
I am so sorry I missed this program But due to circumstances beyond our reach, one friend got sick, the other took off to Florida and my wife tripped and fell after church on Sunday. Sid Shahin of Westland