Television: Soul Drama

To the ghetto community, NBC's Julia is a white TV show played in blackface. Hoping to bring some black truth to television, Chicago's public channel, WTTW, this winter is carrying a new series titled Bird of the Iron Feather.*

The show runs for half an hour three nights a week, soap-opera style, but its black producers call it "soul drama." The main distinctions are a disdain for euphemism and a bitter black perspective. Characters refer to each other as "black bastards" and "niggers," "sons of bitches" and "mothers." White employers are parodied behind...

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