A pair of documentaries were honored on the first day of the 2022 Peabody Award honorees.
High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America and Mr. SOUL! were both presented with Peabody Awards on Monday (June 6), to kick off a week that will unveil new Peabody winners each day.
High on the Hog is a four-part series that covers the evolution of Black food and how it’s influenced U.S. culture and history, serving as a corrective to histories that have excluded Black culinary contributions. The series is hosted by chef Stephen Satterfield, and produced by One Story Up Production and Pilgrim Media Group for Netflix.
The series was based on the book High on the Hog by Jessica B. Harris. Shoshana Guy served as a showrunner, with Roger Ross Williams, Geoff Martz, Craig Piligian, Sarba Das, Fabienne Toback and Karis Jagger executive producing. Nicholas Caprio and Gretchen Stockdale worked as co-executive producers, while Roger Ross Williams, Jonathan Clasberry and Yoruba Richen directed High on the Hog.
Mr. SOUL! (pictured) was also presented with a Peabody on Monday. The doc is a tribute to the TV variety program SOUL!, and its producer and host Ellis Haizlip. The show ran from 1968 to 1973, recognizing contemporary luminaries of Black literature, poetry, music and politics.
The documentary was produced by Shoes in the Bed Production, ITVS, Black Public Media and WNET, and aired on PBS. Chaz Ebert, Stan Lathan, Blair Underwood, Sally Jo Fifer and Lois Vossen served as executive producers. Melissa Haizlip directed and wrote the doc, with Sam Pollard co-directing.