Don Cornelius

In a week where racial hatred resulted in a tragedy in Charleston, I had a crazy thought: what would happen if we held a four hour Soul Train line in every city in this country?
In her new book, Love, Peace and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America's Favorite Dance Show, Soul Train, author Ericka Blount Danois does more than a pop-chronology or even a look behind the scenes.
His transcendent impact on Black culture and the world at large throughout the 1970s and 1980s was immeasurable. To call him simply a luminary does a great disservice to his contributions. He was a trendsetter, icon, and a barrier breaker.
Since Cornelius suffered an aneurysm in 1997, seizures plagued him in later years. In the final six months of his life, though
Perhaps the best way to honor the memory of an artist we will never forget is to choose to do that little bit more for someone in our lives who needs our help.
The death of Don Cornelius was major news. I wonder if Cornelius, himself, realized his place on the American scene. His impact was powerful with multiple dimensions. Without a doubt he took Black music mainstream.
In the wake of Don Cornelius' death, many suicide prevention advocates were hoping that his apparent suicide would give people an avenue for talking about something we don't like to discuss.
The recent death of TV pioneer Don Cornelius underscores the growing problem of depression and suicide among our elderly population. Most people don't expect older adults to take their own lives, but this population has the highest suicide rate of any age group.
The weekend following Cornelius' death was filled with a number of local tributes to the broadcasting legend. And finally
The recent death of Don Cornelius, founder and host of the long-running syndicated series Soul Train, brought back into the focus the role of black independent media. Soul Train remains a metaphor for the freedoms and possibilities in the early years of the post-Civil Rights era.
Don Cornelius was much more to me than an icon. He was my friend and mentor, and if I could have one last chance to speak to him, this is what I would say.
Last Labor Day, Chicago had a celebration remembering the days of Soul Train. Salute was paid to Don Cornelius, the creator of Soul Train. Don died today and instantly I remembered the party in the middle of the city that paid tribute to him.
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Like the rest of America, I was distraught over the death of the great Don Cornelius, creator of the legendary show, Soul Train. There will never be another one like him, for he truly changed the black entertainment landscape for all eternity.
"It's a huge loss," Goldberg concluded. "I don't know very many people of a certain age who don't remember 'Soul Train,'" Whoopi
As I write these words, I hear helicopters overhead covering the death of Don Cornelius in my neighborhood, but I prefer to remember that being able to board "Soul Train" changed my life -- and countless others -- for the better.