This entertainment-variety-talk show was not only a vehicle to promote African-American 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, and had in-depth, extraordinary interviews with political, sports, literary figures and more. It was the first program on WNET to be recorded with the then-new technology of videotape, and most of the shows were recorded in real-time—not live, but unedited.
Soul ran from 1968 to 1973.
* Great behind-the-scenes magazine feature on Soul! and Black Journal, from Ebony magazine, March 1972.
* See article about the show’s cancellation from Jet magazine, June 1973.
* More about Soul! from Jake Austen’s book TV a Go Go.