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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.