We unearthed an episode of the late 60s/early 70s show Soul! from the WNET archives, including a number of songs performed by singer and political activist Miriam Makeba, an in-depth interview with her about her political activities, and a little about her then-husband, Black Panther Stokely Carmichael. In addition, the episode contains poet Nikki Giovanni interviewing Muhammad Ali, and a performance from vocal group the Delfonics.
An interview with Muhammad Ali:
Ali talks with Nikki Giovanni about his recent fights, Wide World of Sports, Joe Frazier, and how he doesn’t recommend young black men take up boxing.
more about Soul!
Hosts: Ellis Haizlip, Nikki Giovanni, more
The entertainment-variety-talk show was not only a vehicle to promote black artistry, community and culture, but also a platform for political expression and the fight for social justice. It showcased classic live musical performances from funk, soul, jazz, and world musicians, but had in-depth, extraordinary interviews with political, sports, literary figures and more. It was the first program on WNET/Thirteen to be recorded on the then-new technology of videotape.