In 1968, producer Ellis Haizlip developed a new show aimed at Black audiences, one that used the familiar variety-show format to display and celebrate the breadth of Black culture. For five years, the public television series SOUL! highlighted Black literature, music, and politics, and often paired guests in unexpected juxtapositions that gave them an opportunity to shine in unique ways. Mr. SOUL! delves into this critical moment in television history, as well as the man who guided it.



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Sam Pollard, Melissa Haizlip
New York, NY
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Arts & Culture
African American & African