(NR) USA – 1 hr 30 min
2018 · d. Melissa Haizlip, Samuel D. Pollard
Starring Ellis Haizlip, James Baldwin, Stevie Wonder, Nikki Giovanni, Sidney Poitier, Maya Angelou, Al Green
Rental: $12.00 (72 hour streaming period)
When Ellis Haizlip launched the variety show SOUL! on New York City public television, there was nothing else like it. From 1968 to 1973, the program became a hugely popular, groundbreaking platform for Black arts and intellectual life, despite opposition from the Nixon administration. Featuring literary luminaries (James Baldwin, Maya Angelou), political figures (Kathleen Cleaver, Stokely Carmichael), musicians (Stevie Wonder, Al Green), and many more, this documentary tells the story of America’s first “Black Tonight Show.”
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After you watch the film, check out this recorded Q&A featuring director Melissa Haizlip; executive producer Blair Underwood; producer Stan Lathan; composer Robert Glasper; poet and activist Nikki Giovanni; award-winning poets/musicians The Last Poets and Felipe Luciano; the R&B group Black Ivory; poet and professor Sonia Sanchez; and singer Lalah Hathaway, moderated by actress Amanda Seales.
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