A rich and illuminating piece of cultural history.
In 1968, they asked him to produce the first "black Tonight Show." Instead, he started a revolution by bringing the real black experience to the national stage. Meet Ellis B. Haizlip, the man who changed the color and face of mainstream television; the man behind SOUL!--one of the most controversial, successful, and socially significant black-produced TV shows in US history.
When Ellis Haizlip, a producer of black theater, was asked to help create a "black Tonight Show" in the late '60s, he nixed the idea in favor of something more original. He chose the word "soul" for the title, his white co-producer added the exclamation point, and Soul!quickly became must viewing ...