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  Soul Power by Sony Pictures Classics opens in theaters on July 10.

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I found myself starting off by saying that today is a busy day around here, but then I realized that everyday is a busy one. Michel is on a rare "outing" to screen a documentary with one of our show editors, Jasmine Garsd. The film, Soul Power, focuses on the three-day, Zaire '74 music festival that ran alongside Muhammad Ali and George Foreman's epic "Rumble in the Jungle" fight, and brought together African and African-American music stars. We plan to bring you a conversation with the director and, hopefully, music legend Bill Withers, one of the featured artists in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned.

Now, I am about to engage in very dangerous behavior, counting chickens before they hatch, so I am knocking on wood at this very moment. We are preparing for an important interview with Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who is in Washington as part of an effort to attract international donor support for his country. Tsvangirai is scheduled to talk with Michel right after his meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office, so we plan to tell you more about their discussions.

Getting Tsvangirai to talk with us has proved an amazing challenge over the last several months. One of the last times we were scheduled to have him on the program, during his contest for the presidency, we learned that he had been detained by police. So, keep your fingers crossed and tune in on Monday to see what happens.

Have a great weekend.



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