- A day in various intertwined lives in Los Angeles
- Racial tensions between blacks, whites, and hispanics
- Tensions amongst blacks, some of whom are more militant and some of whom are trying to get along and make it in the white-man's world
- Socio-ecomonic conflict between "haves" and "have-nots"
- Musicians being actors
Opening scene including Richard Pryor and intra-racial tension
Closing scene with narrated credits