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New Doc Explores How ‘Mr. SOUL!’ Brought Black Culture to Talk Show TV | Colorlines

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New Doc Explores How ‘Mr. SOUL!’ Brought Black Culture to Talk Show TV | Colorlines The PBS show celebrated art and activism with guests including James Baldwin, Sonia Sanchez and Stokely Carmichael.

Ellis Haizlip, Mr Soul, PBS, African American Entertainment, African American Television, African American News, Black History, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN
Ellis Haizlip broke the talk show and public television color barrier when he introduced “SOUL!,” the weekly program he hosted during the late ’60s and early ’70s, to PBS. Now, a half decade after the show debuted, his niece Melissa Haizlip (“Crossing Jordan”) revisits his legacy with the documentary “Mr. SOUL!Deadline anticipated the world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival by unveiling the trailer (above) yesterday (April 4).

Ellis Haizlip, Mr Soul, PBS, African American Entertainment, African American Television, African American News, Black History, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Ellis Haizlip, Mr Soul, PBS, African American Entertainment, African American Television, African American News, Black History, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

“There exists, as far as I know, no TV program that deals with my culture so completely, so freely, so beautifully,” the senior Haizlip remarked in archival footage from the trailer. To drive that point home, the trailer incorporates clips of performances from now-renowned Black artists as varied as Maya Angelou, Donny Hathaway and Alvin Ailey. Haizlip also conducted interviews on the show with Stokely Carmichael, James Baldwin and other activists and thought leaders.


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