Duke Ellington. A most fitting tribute to a great man who proudly celebrated the history of African Americans, from slavery to civil-rights struggles. 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. Ellington was not a street. A poetic tribute about growing up amidst many of the great figures in African American history. 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.