FIRST LOOK: Darius McCrary, Ledisi, Big Boi and More Bring Music Icons to Life in New Season of ‘American Soul’

by Krystal Franklin

May 13, 2020

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After news broke last year, we finally get to see Darius McCrary, Ledisi, Big Boi, Melanie Fiona in their roles as James Brown, Patti LaBelle, George Clinton and Chaka Khan in season two of American Soul.

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I still can’t believe this actually happened! 😭😭😭🙏🏾Yup! It’s Ya Girl as the ICONIC @chakaikhan on @americansoulbet 💜💜💜 . . . Chaka is a huge inspiration to me. The fashion, the fire, the gift! Sheeeesh! I have been humbled to meet her, perform for her and now play her. If ya’ll only knew the years of visual comparisons and manifestation that lay behind this opportunity… it’s very emotional for me. I’ve done some really cool things in my life and career, but this one definitely feels like destiny. As an artist, you can only hope that people feel what you have to offer and respect you for it. Thank you @bet @jessecollinsent @iamrobireed. To be thought of and entrusted with this role, is probably one of the highest honors and compliments I have ever received. I hope I made you all proud. I am eternally grateful. . . . Season 2 airs on @bet 5/27/2020. 💪🏾

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Season one showed us just how believable Kelly Rowland was as Gladys Knight and Bobby Brown as Rufus Thomas.  So who else will play some of music’s biggest stars on the small screen?

Tone Bell as Richard Pryor.

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Yung Joc as Gary Shider.

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Comedian D.C. Young Fly as Sly Stone.

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Demetria McKinney will star as June Pointer.

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London Brown as Bootsy Collins.

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Hmm. Sounds promising, right? Watch the trailer below.

Sinqua Walls will reprise his role as Don Cornelius in American Soul when it returns Wednesday, May 27 at 10/9C.

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