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America Beyond the Color Line

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A four-hour assessment of the state of black America at the beginning of the 21st century, presented by Harvard humanities professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., who hosted the 1999 PBS series `Wonders of the African World.'

Premiered: February 3, 2004

Rating: TV-PG

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Season 1, Episode 4 Los Angeles: Black Hollywood

First Aired: February 4, 2004

In the conclusion, Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. surveys the state of blacks in the movies. “Has Hollywood become colorblind in pursuit of profits at the box office?” he asks. Not yet, Gates concludes after interviewing a number of successful figures. “Hollywood is anti anything that isn't green,” Samuel L. Jackson tells him, but Jackson shows how that can cut both ways, a point echoed by Israeli-born producer Arnon Milchon, who casts a hypothetical film with combinations of white and/or black actors and speculates on how much money they'd make. Also interviewed: Chris Tucker, Quincy Jones, Alicia Keys, Don Cheadle, Nia Long, and directors John Singleton, Reginald Hudlin and Reggie Rock Blythewood.