SOUL!: 1971–Miriam Makeba, Muhammad Ali, Nikki Giovanni, the Delfonics

THIRTEEN Staff | February 5, 2009

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, poet Nikki Giovanni interviews Muhammad Ali, and the vocal group the Delfonics perform.

Muhammad Ali Interview with Nikki Giovanni

Muhammad 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.
14 minutes.

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More about SOUL!
Aired 1968-73
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.

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