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American Soul: Man is First Destiny Premieres Tues 5 Feb 2019 on BET

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Inspired by the personal trials and professional successes of a young, ambitious and troubled impresario Don Cornelius. The drama series is an unflinching look at the entrepreneur, his Soul Train dancers, crew and musicians in an unforgiving Hollywood in the 1970’s – how they work, play, rise and fall against the backdrop of Soul Train – “the hippest trip in America” and one of the most predominant television shows for African-American culture.

Produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment, AMERICAN SOUL is executive produced by Jesse Collins, Jonathan Prince, Devon Greggory and Tony Cornelius with Co-Executive Producer Andy Horne. Greggory and Prince, who created the series will also pen the pilot.

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Bobby Brown as Rufus Thomas
Christopher Jefferson as Julius “JT” Tucker
Gabrielle Dennis as Tina Turner
Iantha Richardson as Tessa Lauren
Jason Dirden as Gerald Aims
Jelani Winston as Kendall Clarke
K. Michelle as Martha Reeves
Katlyn Nichol as Simon Clarke
Kelly Price as Brianne Clarke
Kelly Rowland as Gladys Knight
McKinley Freeman as Ike Turner
Michelle Williams as Diana Ross
Perri Camper as Delores Cornelius
Shannon Kane as Ilsa Dejarnette
Sinqua Walls as Don Cornelius

Airdate: Tuesday 5 February 2019 at 9.00pm

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