The Great American Soap Opera

Every soap opera has one element in common: conflict.

Conflict, internal or external, is the engine that drives all great dramas, all great rivalries, all great love stories, indeed all great passions from affairs of the heart to affairs of state. The great dramatic conflict that has threaded the entire fabric of the history of the United States has been the relationship between this great country and it's citizens of African descent.

This is not to belittle the struggles and triumphs of any other groups who have felt the sting of discrimination or oppression throughout the course of American history. Obviously, people of various ethnic and religious backgrounds have their own tales to tell. Women have unique testimonies to share. Japanese Americans were unfairly and unjustly treated by the American government during World War II, having since been granted reparations. No one can dispute with any shred of credibility the shameful horrors visited upon Native Americans, casino revenues notwithstanding.

If you think this is the part where I go into a lengthy explanation of how and why African Americans are unique as an aggrieved class, think again. Intellects far superior to mine and history itself makes a far more compelling argument than I can. Besides, Daytime Confidential is not the appropriate forum for such a discussion to take place either. As an African American man on the cusp of middle age who has loved soaps for the bulk of my life however, I feel there are a few salient considerations to be made of the importance between soaps and the inauguration of the first African American president in this nation's history. In order to look forward, I must first look back.

Joseph C. Phillips Guests on Young and Restless

Nelson Branco is reporting in the latest Suds Report that former General Hospital star Joseph C. Phillips will be making a guest appearance on The Young and the Restless as a Securities and Exchange Commission agent.

Daytime Confidential interviewed Phillips on the podcast in March about his role as Justus Ward on General Hospital, his role on The Cosby Show and his book "He Talk Like A White Boy." To listen to the interview use the Daytime Confidential player and click on episode #220.

Daytime Confidential #220: Joseph C. Phillips Interview

On today's show we have an exclusive interview with Joseph C. Phillips, the original portrayer of General Hospital's Justus Ward. We visit about his time on General Hospital including his favorite storyline, what it was like to appear in his first major storyline opposite of Tony Geary, portray a member of the Quartermaine family, and work with the wonderful Rosalind Cash.

We discuss his role on the NBC hit comedy The Cosby Show, the two upcoming documentaries he is set to appear in, his work as a conservative commentator and he weighs in on the As the World Turns Nuke controversy.

He talks about his work with Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, his book "He Talk Like A White Boy", and how raising his sons is the most fulfilling roles of his life.