Donnie Simpson Announces The Return Of ‘Video Soul,’ 25 Years After Its End

The longtime host tweeted that he has been waiting for the return of the hit show for 25 years.
From 1981 through the mid-90s, R&B and soul artists had a platform dedicated to them and their work. That platform was Video Soul, a two-hour program that ran on BET and was hosted by Donnie Simpson and Sherry Carter.
In a surprise announcement from Simpson himself on Wednesday (Sept. 29), Video Soul has officially been rebooted. The esteemed radio personality and host tweeted, “I’ve been waiting to say this for 25 years now…’Video Soul’ Is Back!!! I can’t tell you how many people over the years have suggested that I bring it back. I told them I would & today it’s official. Video Soul is live and free on #Tubi right now.”
The post also included the trailer for the new Video Soul. The reboot will highlight timeless R&B acts like Teddy Riley, K-Ci from Jodeci, and Keith Sweat, as well as younger and newer artists like Sammie and Asiahn. However, the new series also has more hip-hop acts sprinkled in including Pras of The Fugees, Lecrae, Kool Moe Dee, and Yung Joc.
In response to the news, fans tweeted, this was “just what the culture needed.” During the height of Video Soul‘s success, the program garnered interviews from R&B’s finest. It was the place where New Edition “reunited” at the peak of their internal tension. It was also where Aaliyah and R. Kelly “addressed” rumors about their relationship.
The first six episodes of the new Video Soul are currently airing for free on Tubi.

Donnie Simpson at BET’s 25th Anniversary premiering on Nov. 1 @ 9p.m ET/PT (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for BET Network)

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