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Mr. Soul!

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Pioneer of Black-produced TV is lauded; violence, language.

Movie NR 2018 104 minutes
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In Mr. Soul!, some admirers make credible arguments that Ellis Haizlip's contributions to the visibility of Black figures and Black culture in America was hugely influential for generations that followed. Some say those contributions paved the way, directly or indirectly, to progress made by people of color in terms of representation in the media, breaking through into professions previously cut off to Black people, to the Black Lives Matter movement, to the prominence of Oprah Winfrey, to the election of President Barak Obama, and other breakthrough advancements. Director Melissa Haizlip brings a justified admiration to this portrayal of her uncle, who would now be in his 90s. The real treasure here is the unearthing of performances by young artists, some of them live on the Soul! stage, that are riveting.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 1, 2018
  • On DVD or streaming: August 2, 2021
  • Director: Melissa Haizlip
  • Studio: HBO Max
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run time: 104 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: October 2, 2023

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