BET’s American Soul charts the creation and rise of Soul Train. In the early 1970s, Chicago DJ Don Cornelius had an concept: a program the place black artists might showcase their expertise, and reap the advantages. In this unique clip from the present, Cornelius is pitching his concept to Gladys Knight (Kelly Rowland) who’s drained and irritable, and would quite be anyplace else. “I really like Flip, however who owns his present? And who owns him?” Cornelius says of Flip Wilson. “I’m speaking a couple of nationwide tv present written, produced, and owned by black of us. I’m speaking about bringing us — not whitewashed, not toned down, however us — into hundreds of thousands of houses, prefer it or not.” Knight finally relented and was certainly one of Soul Train’s first friends. (The folks, clearly, favored it rather a lot — Soul Train ran for 35 years and 1,117 episodes.) American Soul premieres February 5.

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