The history of gospel music and the gospel-music industry of the 1980s. Included: how gospel music has influenced the contemporary sounds of Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, the Beatles, Little Richard and Elvis Presley.
"Images" profiles black directors Bill Duke, Kevin Rodney Sullivan, Neema Barnette and Carl Franklin. The filmmakers reflect on their work, their influences and the role of black men and women in the creative process. Host: Blair Underwood.
A report on the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, a federal law passed in 1996 that overhauled welfare benefits. Included: interviews with welfare recipients and policy makers. Host: Nia Long.
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 look at the African-American influence on music and the visual arts. Examined: the music of New Orleans; the diversity of "black art." Featured: the Neville Brothers, Taj Mahal, Dianne Reeves, Kool Moe Dee, Branford Marsalis and Mtume. Host: Debbie Allen.
A look at African-American influence on dance and theater. Examined: the impact of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Foundation on dancers and choreographers; the revival of black theater. Featured: actor Robert Guillaume; choreographer George Faison; director-producer Gordon Davidson. Host: Debbie Allen.
"The Morehouse Mystique" examines the impact of Atlanta's Morehouse College on the education of black men. Included: an interview with college president Walter Massey; and a profile of Benjamin Elijah Mays, who headed the institution from 1940 to 1967.
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.
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.
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.