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2004, TV Show

Episode Detail: Los Angeles: Black Hollywood - America Beyond the Color Line

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.

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Premiered: February 03, 2004
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: 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.'



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