John Henry. Based on the famous African American folk ballad, this story tells of the legendary contest between a spirited man with a hammer and a steam drill. Ellington was not a street. A poetic tribute about growing up amidst many of the great figures in African American history. Ella Fitzgerald: the taler of a vocal virtuosa. The dramatic story of how Ella got her sound, on the way to a most remarkable and inspiring career. Duke Ellington. A most fitting tribute to a great man who proudly celebrated the history of African Americans, from slavery to civil-rights struggles.