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Right on the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, Ellis Haizlip conceived a Harlem Renaissance for a new era, ushering giants and rising stars of black American culture onto the national TV stage. He was hip, smart, as well as innovative, political and gay. And in his personal fight for equality, Haizlip ensured the Revolution would be televised. As host and executive producer of SOUL!, the “black Tonight Show.” Haizlip welcomed a dazzling array of A-listers: Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, James Baldwin, Stevie Wonder, Maya Angelou and Muhammad Ali and more. Mr. SOUL! invites us behind-the-scenes of this groundbreaking phenomenon, from its initial conception to its final broadcast, including the very public battle to keep it on the air despite a shifting political landscape.
Preceded by the short film “Make it Soul” (15 min).
With a Q&A moderated by DJ Soul Sister/Melissa A. Weber.