Mr. SOUL! | WKAR

February 18, 2021
7:00pm Eastern Time
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Before Oprah and Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL! From 1968 into 1973, the public television variety show SOUL! offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics, capturing a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate today. Followed by a panel of speakers. Brought to you by WKAR and MSU Library


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Video Descriptions

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5 minutes

Welcome to OVEE!

Julie Sochay Senior Director of Content and Communication

Filmmaker Introduction

Filmmaker Melissa Hazlip introduces Mr. SOUL!

Mr. SOUL! - Indie Lens Pop Up

In 1968, producer Ellis Haizlip developed a new show aimed at Black audiences, one that used the familiar variety-show format to display and celebrate the breadth of Black culture. For five years, the public television series SOUL! highlighted Black literature, music, and politics, and often paired guests in unexpected juxtapositions that gave them an opportunity to shine in unique ways.

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A Brief Pause

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Julie Sochay Senior Director of Content and Communication

67min 23sec

Moderator

  • Jen Preslar

    Jen Preslar is the Events Coordinator for WKAR

Panelists

  • Erik Ponder

    PANEL MODERATOR African and US Ethnic Studies Librarian at MSU Libraries

  • Julian C. Chambliss

    Professor of English Popular Culture, Comics and Digital Humanities

  • Ken Prouty

    Ken Prouty, is associate professor of musicology and jazz studies at the Michigan State University College of Music.

  • Jeff Wray

    Professor of Film Studies and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies, Department of English at Michigan State University

  • MSU Libraries

    Event Partner

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