Mr. SOUL!/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
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Join us for a special screening and LIVE Q&A, presented by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, of Mr. SOUL!
Following the screening, the virtual discussion will include panelists, Verdine White, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Patti LaBelle, singer and actress, Melissa Haizlip, filmmaker, Mr. SOUL! and Nwaka Onwusa, Chief Curator and Vice President, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The panel will be introduced by Blair Underwood, executive producer, Mr. SOUL! and moderated by Stephanie Tavares-Rance, co-founder, Run&Shoot Filmworks.
Thursday, February 18 at 6PM PST/9PM EST
Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL! From 1968 to 1973, the public television variety show SOUL!, guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics.
Featuring rare live performances and interviews from: The legendary Al Green, Patti LaBelle, Earth, Wind & Fire, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, Sidney Poitier, Cicely Tyson, James Baldwin, Nikki Giovanni, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Billy Preston, Bill Withers, Sonia Sanchez, Wilson Pickett, Kool & the Gang, Toni Morrison, Roberta Flack and many more!
SOUL! was the first national show 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.
Mr Soul! RRHF 2021
Mr. SOUL! - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Introduction by Blair Underwood
Rock Hall Presents Mr. SOUL!
Mr. Soul panel discussion with Verdine White and Patti LaBelle
From 1968 to 1973, the public television variety show SOUL! Offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music and politics – voices that had few other options for national exposure. Enjoy this special screening followed by a panel discuss with Rock Hall Inductee Verdine White of Earth Wind & Fire, singer and actress Patti LaBelle, writer, director and producer Melissa Haizlip, and Rock Hall’s Chief Curator, Nwaka Onwusa. Fans can RSVP for the virtual screening and panel discussion, which takes place on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. EST, at www.rockhall.com/events. The panel discussion will begin at approximately 8:45pmEST (following the film screening). See the complete calendar of Rock Hall Black History Month events at www.rockhall.com/events.
- Mr. SOUL!
From 1968 to 1973, the public television variety show SOUL!, guided by the 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 a bevy of great archival clips, Mr. SOUL! captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate.
- Melissa Haizlip - Filmmaker, Mr. SOUL!
MELISSA HAIZLIP (Producer | Director | Writer) is an award-winning filmmaker based in New York. Her work responds to pressing social issues at the intersection of racial justice, social justice, activism, and representation. Her goal is to advocate and amplify the voices of women and people of color. Melissa’s feature documentary, Mr. SOUL! has been shortlisted for the Oscars for Best Original Song, and nominated for three 2021 NAACP Image Awards. Mr. SOUL! is also nominated for the 2021 Cinema Eye Honors, for Outstanding Debut Feature. The film won the 2020 Critics Choice Documentary Award for Best First Documentary Feature. Mr. SOUL! received 30 nominations and won 19 awards, including 14 film festival awards. Melissa went to Yale University. She’s currently co-executive producing a docuseries on women in hip-hop for Netflix.
- Verdine White - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
Verdine White is an American musician, best known as a founding member and bassist for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Band, Earth, Wind & Fire. White was placed at No. 27 on Bass Player's list of The 100 Greatest Bass Players of All Time.
- Patti LaBelle - Singer and Actress
Patti LaBelle is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. LaBelle began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer and front woman of the vocal group, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles.
- Nwaka Onwusa - Chief Curator and Vice President, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Onwusa joined the Rock Hall in 2019 as the director of curatorial affairs. Onwusa has played a role in developing various Rock Hall exhibits, including “Induction All Access: Photography by Kevin Mazur" and “The 2020 Hall of Fame Inductee Exhibit.” Onwusa was also the lead curator for the museum’s exhibit, “It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope and Empowerment.” An exhibit highlighting how legendary artists responded to social injustice, opened at the Rock Hall on July 25. Onwusa’s past experience included a decade of work at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. She has specialized in putting together exhibits that emphasize diversity in music. Her promotion will make her one of the most prominent African-American leaders in Cleveland’s arts and culture community.
- Stephanie Tavares-Rance - Moderator, co-founder, Run&Shoot Filmworks
Founder of the Academy Award accredited Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival.
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