1st look at ‘Soul of a Nation’

The primetime news series explores the Black experience in America, touching on such topics as the racial reckoning, policing, reparations and the evolving world of arts and entertainment.
3:50 | 03/02/21

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Transcript for 1st look at ‘Soul of a Nation’
Please help us get every bottle back. Back now with "Soul of a is explores this moment of racial reckoning and looks at policing, represent Prague answer the evolving role of arts and entertainment and Steve osunsami joins us with the first installment. Good morning, George. I'm proud to be part of the seem that is bringing you this series and it probably wouldn't be happening if it weren't for the changing conversation we're having in this country over the issue of race. Conversations about equity and over the next six weeks Tuesdays at 10:00 P.M. Eastern, 9:00 central we will have an hour in primetime where we investigate, discuss and celebrate. It's the first of its kind on network television, a weekly news magazine roundtable and entertainment hour on the black experience by black Americans for all Americans. 'Cause all of me loves all of you Reporter: Our musical guest tonight is John legend and he brings more than his songs. I could choose to not speak out about anything controversial and just focus on being popular and having people listen to my music, but I just feel like I can't be that person. Reporter: In our first episode tonight at 10:00 P.M. Eastern, one of the finest law enforcement reporters in the land, Pierre Thomas, brings us his interview with a black police officer who stared down the racist terrorists who stormed the U.S. Capitol. You used the word terrorists. Absolutely. Absolutely. They tried to disrupt this country's democracy. That was their goal. And you know what, y'all failed. Reporter: The program is unafraid to talk about issues many Americans would like to ignore, for example, the argument that many black Americans are making for reparations. The only answer? The only answer. The only answer. That's a big word. The only answer legislative response for us is reparations. Reporter: It was a question that came up when we traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to tell the story about a racist massacre that happened here in 1921, hard to believe but people are only now beginning to know what really happened. Hollywood is now helping where the history books have failed in this scene from "Watchmen" they tell the story of the black Americans killed. They have just now finding the remains of some of these victims and the families here want reparations too. Do you support direct payments to these families. I do personally, yes, for the reparations simply is repairing past damages and making amends. A segment of that can be cash payments to individuals who were directly harmed. I don't think there's anybody there would not support that. Well -- Given -- We will get back to that in a Given the history and I'll put that in context, from its face value, you get a lot of resistance. Yeah. People don't like to write checks for -- we -- Uh-huh. You know, people don't like to write checks for things that -- for sins that they don't feel they committed. Reporter: We'll have more on our investigation into the Tulsa massacre later in the series at the end of the series. We're also working on a podcast that dives deep into that story that will air along with that report and, you know, we hope you'll watch tonight, George. It is going to be black. It is going to be excellent. It is the time for a series like this. Steve, thanks very much. I can understand why you're proud to be working on it. "Soul of a nation" right here on ABC 10:00 eastern.

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