Can We Talk? A History of African-Americans and Talk Shows
Arsenio Hall: The Arsenio Hall Show
Comedian Arsenio Hall not only made history by becoming the first African-American to host his own late-night talk show, but he was able to beat the reigning king of late night, Johnny Carson, in several markets. As hip hop was becoming mainstream, the cool, youth-oriented Arsenio Hall had the key program to showcase new music and artists. The show ran from 1989 to 1994.