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    Don cornelius story "american soul" to air on bet

    The 10 episode series debuts on BET February 5th at 9 PM. Led by Sinqua Walls as Don Cornelius, the ensemble cast also includes Kelly Price, Jason Dirden, Iantha Richardson, Christopher Jefferson, Katlyn Nichol and Jelani Winston. Kelly Rowland will have a guest-starring stint as Gladys Knight. Singer/reality star K MIchelle has just been added to play a young Martha Reeves.

    Inspired by the personal trials and professional successes of young, ambitious and troubled impresario Don Cornelius, American Soul is a 10-episode dramatic and unflinching look at the entrepreneur, his Soul Train dancers, crew and musicians in a cutthroat Hollywood in the 1970s and how they work, play, rise and fall against the backdrop of the show most responsible for the way the world perceived African-American culture.

    Jesse Collins (The New Edition Story, The Bobby Brown Story) Jonathan Prince (creator of the similarly-themed American Dreams on NBC) and Devon Greggory executive produce. Don's son, Tony Cornelius, will co-executive produce alongside Andy Horne. Greggory will pen the pilot, and Jesse Collins Entertainment will produce.

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    I saw a teaser trailer for that a month or so ago. Making a 10 episode mini-series is awfully ambitious for BET but I'm looking forward to it.

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    His story should be interesting if accurately told. Interesting that his son is involved and hope that he can deal with such a script dealing with his entire life with a modicum of objectivity showing both his substantial creative achievements and personal blemishes as well . Don Cornelius according to people that know him have told me, was a complex and even tormented man, yet highly intelligent,aware and insightful with a great knack for capturing popular culture...

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