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

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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.

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