I grew up as a Jewish kid in an almost all-white Christian neighborhood with a mom who used to have us lock the car doors when a black person was around. 'Soul Train' was a peek into a world and a culture that I never would have seen before.
Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) February 01, 2012
RoadFish.com men’s lifestyle and finance magazine today offered praise and admiration to the late Don Cornelius, creator of the nationally syndicated music franchise "Soul Train," in the recent wake of Cornelius’ death. According to James C. McKinley Jr. of The New York Times, Cornelius was reported dead in his home this morning from self-inflicted gunshot wounds. "Soul Train" offered African American musicians a platform for exposure during a time when there was no television channel dedicated to soul music, and led to the fame and financial success of many now-recognized soul legends.
McKinley's article in The New York Times reports that the police were notified early on Wednesday morning that shots had been fired at Cornelius’ Mulholland Drive home. The Times says that Cornelius was taken to Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, and was pronounced dead at 4:56 a.m. The Los Angeles County assistant chief coroner, Ed Winter, is quoted saying, “It was reported as a suicide, a self-inflicted wound. I have investigators at the hospital.”
RoadFish.com’s editor states, "I grew up as a Jewish kid in an almost all-white Christian neighborhood with a mom who used to have us lock the car doors when a black person was around. 'Soul Train' was a peek into a world and a culture that I never would have seen before. In fact, it was watching 'Soul Train' that I first got any sense of dance moves and curvy girls. I loved that show, and it made me ever so slightly cooler just by watching it. I hope you are now with some swinging chick going down the Soul Train Line, busting out some moves to some warm grooves."
Cornelius said of his show in 2006, "I figured as long as the music stayed hot and important and good, that there would always be a reason for 'Soul Train.'" He was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 1995 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
According to the Associated Press, Cornelius’ business partner, Quincy Jones, stated, "I am shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden passing of my friend, colleague, and business partner Don Cornelius. Don was a visionary pioneer and a giant in our business. Before MTV there was 'Soul Train,' that will be the great legacy of Don Cornelius. His contributions to television, music and our culture as a whole will never be matched.”
RoadFish.com wishes to express their “admiration and respect for Cornelius’ role in offering exposure for those who we now recognize as household names, but might not have been if it weren’t for the launchpad of a show that Cornelius provided.”
The Associated Press reports that after a two-year hiatus, The Soul Train Awards will return to the air on November 29, to acknowledge the people who were influential in the R&B music industry. The two-hour music special will be co-hosted by actors Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard.
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