Can We Talk? A History of African-Americans and Talk Shows

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Nat King Cole: The Nat King Cole Show

In 1956, singer/musician Nat King Cole made history by becoming the first African-American celebrity to have his own TV show. Unfortunately, the variety show was canceled after one season.  NBC couldn’t find advertisers or, as Nat so famously said, “Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark.”

(Photo: CBS/Landov)

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