Mr. SOUL! The Movie is a documentary about her uncle Ellis Haizlip, the producer and host of SOUL!, a music-and-talk program that aired on public television from 1968 to 1973.
You owe it to yourself to watch Mr. SOUL! The Movie You can stream it on HBO Max. Melissa’s documentary covers five seasons of SOUL! and features archival footage of rare performances and interviews with guests Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, The Last Poets, Harry Belafonte, and many, many more.
To quote Ellis Haizlip, “The primary purpose of Soul! is neither to educate nor entertain, but to give people a chance to share in the Black experience. The show must do that first. Then it can educate and entertain. Soul! makes Blacks visible in a society where they have been largely invisible.”
Today’s interstitial music is “One Cylinder” by Lou Donaldson.
Join us next week when our guest deejay will be trumpeter, singer and composer Sarah Wilson.
- Lalah Hathaway & Robert Glasper “Show Me Your Soul” from Mr. Soul! (Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture)
- Donny Hathaway “The Ghetto” from Everything Is Everything
- Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd. Street Rhythm Band “Express Yourself” from Express Yourself: The Best Of Charles Wright And The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
- Patti Labelle And The Bluebelles “Over The Rainbow” from Over The Rainbow
- Hugh Masekela “Grazing In The Grass” from Grazing In The Grass: The Best Of Hugh Masekela
- Gladys Knight & The Pips “If I Were Your Woman (Single Version)” from 100% Motown 70s
- The Delfonics “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” from The Delfonics
- Billy Taylor Trio “I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free)” from Mr. Soul! (Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture)
- Kool and The Gang “Chocolate Buttermilk” from Mr. Soul! (Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture)
- Black Ivory “Don’t Turn Around” from Don't Turn Around: A Golden Classics Edition
- Nina Simone “Backlash Blues (2005 Remix)” from Forever Young, Gifted And Black: Songs Of Freedom And Spirit
- Rahsaan Roland Kirk “The Inflated Tear (Live September 22, 1972, SOUL!)”
- Al Green “Tired of Being Alone” from Greatest Hits
- Stevie Wonder “Superstition” from Talking Book