Episode from the podcastAll Of It

Ellis Haizlip, America's First Black Television Host

Released Thursday, 10th September 2020
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[REBROADCAST FROM APRIL 19, 2018] Before there was Oprah, there was Ellis Haizlip. From 1968 to 1973, Haizlip hosted the public-television variety show "SOUL!," which celebrated Black arts and politics in a time when broadcast media was almost entirely white. Haizlip's niece, filmmaker Melissa Haizlip, pulls from archival footage and interviews in her new documentary "Mr. SOUL!" to examine the story of her uncle, America's first Black TV host. The film is now screening in virtual cinemas through September 24th.