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Trailer | Mr. SOUL!

Preview: Season 22 Episode 9 | 32s | Video has closed captioning.

Premiering in 1968, SOUL! was the first nationally broadcast all-Black variety show on public television, merging artists from the margins with post-Civil Rights Black radical thought. Mr. SOUL! delves into this critical moment in television history, as well as the man who guided it, highlighting a turning point in representation whose impact continues to resonate to this day.

Aired: 02/22/21

Rating: NR

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The Lasting Legacy of SOUL!

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The Lasting Legacy of SOUL!

Mr. SOUL! explores America’s first Black variety television show SOUL!, which ran from 1968 to 1973, and was steered by pioneering Black producer and host Ellis Haizlip.

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