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.
"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 profile of Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in pro sports with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Included: comments from his widow, Rachel; his daughter, Sharon; actor Ossie Davis; and the Mets' Butch Huskey, who wears Jackie's number 42.
"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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
A profile of Tony Award-winning director George C. Wolfe, who discusses his life and career, including his interest in supporting and producing emerging artists. Also: comments by Broadway colleagues, including Savion Glover and Ann Duquesnay.
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.