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  • Mr. Soul! (2018)
  • 104 min | Documentary
Mr. Soul! (2018)
104 min | Documentary

Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL. Ellis Haizlip ensures that the Revolution would be televised with "SOUL!," America's first "Black Tonight Show." From 1968 to 1973, the public-television variety show SOUL!, guided by ...See moreBefore Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL. Ellis Haizlip ensures that the Revolution would be televised with "SOUL!," America's first "Black Tonight Show." From 1968 to 1973, the public-television variety show SOUL!, guided by enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics--voices that had few other options for national exposure, and, as a result, found the program an improbable place to call home. The series was among the first to provide expanded images of African Americans on television, shifting the gaze from inner-city poverty and violence to the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. With participants' recollections and illuminating archival clips, Mr. SOUL captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate, and an unsung hero whose voice we need now more than ever, to restore the SOUL of a nation. Written by Melissa Haizlip See less
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Melissa Haizlip | Sam Pollard (co-director) (as Samuel D. Pollard)
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Apr 22, 2018 (United States)

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Anna Maria Horsford
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Michael Jackson
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Sidney Poitier
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Diahann Carroll
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Blair Underwood
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Patti LaBelle
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Arsenio Hall
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Roxie Roker
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Muhammad Ali
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B.B. King
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Maya Angelou
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Questlove
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Stevie Wonder
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Gladys Knight
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Malcolm X
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Martin Luther King
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Bill Withers
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Al Green
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James Baldwin
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Earth Wind & Fire
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Angela Davis
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Donny Hathaway
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Alvin Ailey
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Nona Hendryx
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Stokely Carmichael
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Ellis Haizlip
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Rahsaan Roland Kirk
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Robert J. Thompson
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Hugh Masekela
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Sarah Dash
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