The New Original Series "American Soul" tells the Untold Story of the Soul Train Creator Don Cornelius

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31 January 2019
American Soul
Courtesy of BET
 "American Soul"
Premieres Tuesday, February 5 at 9 PM ET/PT
on BET

          Inspired by the untold rise of iconic music and dance program Soul Train, American Soul is a drama blending fictional and real-life characters and moments; and chronicles the struggle to make the dream of Soul Train come true. Set in the early 70’s, filled with music, dance, fashion and glamour, the series reveals what it took to launch the first nationally-syndicated Black music show and what happened when the music stopped.

American Soul
Photo: Annette Brown/BET

         Battles with record labels for top talent, off-camera drama as young dancers vie for the spotlight, stand in the way of a 30-something Don Cornelius who is sacrificing all that he loves to follow his dream. The journeys of these characters collide in a racially charged LA with the odds stacked against them. All they have is each other and the magic of Soul Train.

          Series regulars include Sinqua Walls (Power, The Breaks), Kelly Price (Grammy®-nominated singer), Jason Dirden (Greenleaf), Iantha Richardson (This is Us), Katlyn Nichol, Jelani Winston, Christopher Jefferson. Guest Appearances include:  Kelly Rowland as Gladys Knight, Michelle Williams as Diana Ross, Bobby Brown as Rufus Thomas, K. Michelle as Martha Reeves, Gabrielle Dennis as Tina Turner, McKinley Freeman as Ike Turner.
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