Sinqua Walls: "American Soul" Has Crossover Appeal

The 33-year-old actor dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss his show, career, and Clippers fandom, among other topics

Ferrall On The Bench
February 12, 2019 - 10:34 am

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Sinqua Walls dropped by CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench to discuss his show, American Soul, his career, and his sports fandom, among other topics. Walls plays Don Cornelius, who developed the Soul Train television show in the 1970s.

“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to play Don and to be a part of this show,” Walls said. “It’s such a gift each and every time I get to walk on set and just be out there with my castmates and tell his story.”

Cornelius hosted the dance show from 1971 to 1993. He passed away in 2012 at the age of 75.

Walls has enjoyed bringing Cornelius’ life – and his 1970s-era wardrobe – to the screen.

“It’s rock-star status, and the clothes are so vibrant,” he said. “Don did not hesitate to take a risk in his wardrobe. He’d wear powder blue, he’d wear open-chest (shirts) – it’s fun because you can go to the extremes with that.”

While the show airs on BET, it appeals to people of all ethnicities.

“We’ve had a diverse audience this season,” Walls said. “I’ve had people from all backgrounds, walks of life, racial ethnicities say that they were No. 1, excited to watch it, and now that they’ve seen it, they’re excited to keep watching it. Just like the show Soul Train crossed over in the ’70s to the ’80s and the ’90s, I definitely think we have an opportunity as well at American Soul to cross over into many households that people probably wouldn’t expect.”

Fun fact: Walls, 33, played basketball at the University of San Francisco and is a diehard Clippers fan.

“Right now, going to their games, it’s tough,” Walls said. “But I enjoy it all the time. I became a Clippers fan because growing up, that was the only ticket my family could afford. My Clippers lineage runs deep. Lob City was the best. I thought we had an opportunity to go all the way and go the distance. I was really hoping that we could."