Independent Lens: Mr. Soul!

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—Ellis Haizlip—who guided it, through participants’ recollections and archival footage, highlighting a turning point in representation whose impact continues to resonate to this day.