I enjoy honoring Black History Month (BHM) on my blog because there are so many excellent Christmas episodes, specials and TV movies with exceptional African-American cast members. There are also many outstanding or touching Christmas TV story lines aimed at black audiences. In the upcoming month, I'll highlight a few of my favorites. If you have a particular episode, special or TV movie that you'd like me to discuss here in Black History Month, please comment below and ask about it. I'll see what I can do.
One outstanding TV series for children is Nick Jr.'s Little Bill, created by Bill Cosby Jr.
[Cosby also created the 1970s classic Fat Albert Saturday morning TV series. Click here to see my post on the Fat Albert's Christmas Special.] Little Bill includes a yuletide episode from 2001 entitled "Merry Christmas, Little Bill."
|Siblings April, Little Bill and Bobby looking in a toy store window on Christmas Eve|
|Snowed in at the airport in Cincinnati, Alice the Great calls home.|
|Sister April helps Little Bill address his envelope to Santa Claus.|
|Alice the Great is voiced by the great Ruby Dee.|
This is a very simple yet heartwarming story. Alice the Great is voiced by actress/activist Ruby Dee. She's had a tremendous career both on the stage and on the screen. My favorite movie she's in is 1961's Raisin in the Sun with Sydney Poitier.
|Husband and wife, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee|
Though Little Bill may be a simple series aimed at a pre-school audience, it has its values in the right place. This story is about a little boy wanting his family to be together for Christmas. It rarely gets much better than this. I'll also add that this series isn't too saccharine (or mindless) for the adults in the room to watch along with their children!
I found this episode available for viewing on the Nick Jr. Favorites Holiday DVD at my local library. I also see it airing repeatedly on television each December on Nick Jr.
What, if any, childen's programs do you enjoy watching along with the young members of your family? Please feel free to comment below and share it.