One of the first feature-length productions from Black Entertainment Television's Arabesque Films, After All was based on the same-named novel by Lynn Emery. Having single-handedly yanked herself out of the ghetto, ambitious TV anchorperson Michelle Toussaint (Holly Robinson Peete) is determined not to let anyone or anything stop her upward climb in the important Los Angeles news market. Consequently, Michelle has put her own personal values and racial pride on hold, the better to succeed in a white male-dominated profession. But the heroine has not counted upon the return of her former sweetheart Anthony Hilliard (D.B. Woodside), now a TV cameraman and community activist. Egged on by Anthony, Michelle puts her career on the line by investigating public-housing corruption in her old South Central neighborhood -- and along the way champions the cause of a young activist who may have been framed for murder.After All made its American cable TV debut on December 3, 1999.