Part 1 of two. Profiles of black Americans who live and work in Paris. Included: songstress Ursuline Kairson, who stars in a Las Vegas-style revue. Also: scientist Tannie Stovall, an Atlanta native who works for the French government; designer Richard Allen.
Michael Warren hosts a report on black youth. Included: hip-hop lifestyles; former gang members who turned their lives around; talk-radio host Tavis Smiley. Also: Jack and Jill of America Inc., an organization that emphasizes positive values.
Sheryl Lee Ralph hosts "Paris: In Search of a Dream Update," which revisits previously profiled black Americans who live and work in Paris. Included: author Barbara Chase-Reboud ("Echo of Lions"); jazz singer Spanky Wilson; model Gamiliana.
A solution-oriented study of racial prejudice features school programs designed to teach youngsters acceptance and respect. Included: tensions on high-school and college campuses; youth "hate groups." Host: Louis Gossett Jr.
Conclusion. Profiles of black Americans who live and work in Paris. Included: artist Barbara Chase-Riboud, who moved to the City of Light in the 1960s. Also: Carol Mongo of the Parson School of Design; and model Gamiliana.
"African American Expression" examines black achievement in dance, theatre, music and art. Included: choreographer Keith Young; dance-theater artist David Rousseve; musicians Branford Marsalis and Taj Mahal. Also: a tribute to choreographer Michael Peters. Host: Tommy Ford.
Revisiting three cities---Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles---to assess changes in each since 1992. Included: comments from Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell; L.A. police chief Willie Williams. Host: Michael Warren.
Inner-city students from various ethnic backgrounds take a trip across the country and share their feelings about the experience. Also: authors Claude Brown and Nathan McCall discuss their childhood memories and challenges facing today's urban youth.
Blacks working in the production end of the entertainment industry. Included: writers, directors, producers; developing and financing projects; casting; off-stage talent and crew. Mario Van Peebles and Sheryl Lee Ralph host.
A report on A Better Chance, a nonprofit organization founded in 1963 that offers educational opportunities and career guidance to talented students of color. Included: a profile of Better Chance president Judith Berry Griffin.
Observing the increase in the number of interracial couples, and how these relationships might affect a person's ethnic identity. Included: conversations with couples, their families and friends, and people who disapprove of such unions. Louis Gossett Jr. is the program host.
A look at African-American influence on dance, theater, music and art. Examined: the impact of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Foundation on dancers and choreographers; the revival of black theater; the music of New Orleans; the diversity of "black art." Featured: the Neville Brothers, Robert Guillaume, Taj Mahal, Kool Moe Dee and Branford Marsalis.