BET’s American Soul initially premiered in early 2019 and is now returning for a much-anticipated second season. As with most reveals that happen throughout a particular time interval (in American Soul’s case, it’s the 1970s), individuals need to know the way a lot of the present is predicated on true occasions. Is American Soul a real story? Right here’s what we all know.
Is ‘American Soul’ a real story?
On the heart of American Soul is a person named Don Cornelius, performed by Sinqua Partitions. Those that grew up within the ‘70s most likely know that Don was an actual individual. He’s finest often called the creator of Soul Prepare, the nationally syndicated dance and music present. Along with creating the hit TV present, Don was additionally the host from 1971 to 1993.
Since American Soul options Don Cornelius and is in regards to the creation of Soul Prepare, you’ve most likely found out by now that sure — American Soul is certainly primarily based on a real story. It goals to inform the story of how the individuals concerned with Soul Prepare (each as performers and other people behind the scenes) labored collectively to create the long-lasting present.
Nonetheless, though Don Cornelius was an actual individual, not all of American Soul is a real story. Actually, most of the characters that encompass Don had been invented solely for the present. The primary Soul Prepare members in American Soul are fictional, though some real-life musicians akin to Patti Labelle (performed by Ledisi), James Brown (performed by Darius McCrary), and Chaka Khan (performed by Melanie Fiona) additionally make appearances on the present.
American Soul is a mix of truth and fiction, however the story rings true each for individuals who grew up watching Soul Prepare and for Tony Cornelius — the real-life son of Don, who additionally serves as an government producer on the BET present.
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Tony spoke in regards to the problem of telling a real story with some fictional characters — particularly when it got here to exhibiting the tensions between Don and his spouse Delores (Tony’s mom). After Don selected to maneuver with the present to LA (leaving the household behind in Chicago), he and Delores struggled with their relationship. “It was actually vital that we put loads of reality into it,” Tony mentioned.
“We skilled that troublesome steadiness. My father was a incredible supplier when it got here to taking good care of the household, my mom tells me that on a regular basis. However on the identical time, whenever you’re attempting to start out a enterprise, run a enterprise, you form of lose the household. In different phrases, you’re hyper-focused on success with the enterprise and generally you’re taking your foot off the gasoline with regards to household … it was very troublesome in these areas.”
“So it actually was vital for me to have the ability to share among the tales between my mom and father, issues that occurred as my father form of went down this street towards these odds to create a present that had constructive photographs for black individuals, in addition to do a present that hadn’t been completed earlier than. We had been giving artists a possibility they didn’t have earlier than within the enterprise. So it was actually vital for me to verify [the audience] knew the precise story.”
Season 2 of American Soul premieres Wednesday, Could 27 at 10/9c. You may watch new episodes of the present on BET.