Panhandle PBS invites our community to join a free Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the film Mr. SOUL! on Friday, February 19 at 5 p.m. Visit to RSVP and take part in this online viewing experience as part of the Panhandle PBS Presents series.

Before Oprah and Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL! In 1968, producer Ellis Haizlip developed a new show aimed at Black audiences, one that used the familiar variety-show format to display and celebrate the breadth of Black culture. For five years, the public television show SOUL! highlighted Black literature, music and politics. Haizlip presided over the show as an unusual, unassuming host who conducted interviews with both an intense interest and laid-back style, attracting notable, eclectic figures to the show, and providing a national platform for previously unheard voices.

The show quickly gained critical praise and public support as one of the first platforms to expand the image of African Americans on television and shift their representation from inner-city poverty and violence to the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. Mr. SOUL! delves into this critical moment in television history, as well as the man who guided it, highlighting a turning point in representation with an impact that continues to resonate to this day.

This Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of Mr. SOUL! is part of the Panhandle PBS Presents series, which invites viewers to participate in screenings of national and local content safely from the comfort of their own homes. To learn more about this and other events, visit or call 806-371-5479 for more information.

Mr. SOUL! airs on Panhandle PBS Monday, February 22 at 9 p.m. and Friday, February 26 at 8 p.m. as part of Independent Lens.

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