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.
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.
"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.
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 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.
A report on diversity in the workplace includes an interview with Mal Goode, the first black reporter for a major network (ABC); and R. Roosevelt Thomas Jr., founder of the American Institute for Managing Diversity Inc. Louis Gossett Jr. hosts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.