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How Late ‘Soul Train’ Host Don Cornelius Reshaped Independent Black Media

February 13, 2012

Whitney Houston is just the latest cultural icon to pass away during this year’s Black History month. On February 1, “Soul Train” host Don Cornelius was found dead at his home in Los Angeles, in what appeared to be a suicide. Cornelius brought black music and culture into America’s living rooms through his dance show, “Soul Train,” one of the longest-running syndicated shows in television history, and played a critical role in spreading the music of black America to the world. “Don Cornelius was very clear. This was going to be his vision, it was going to celebrate the diversity of blackness, it was going to celebrate the vitality of blackness, and it was going to be available to folks in the mainstream,” says Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal, who also reflects on the recent deaths of Whitney Houston and the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer, Etta James.

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  1. February 14, 2012 5:11 PM

    If you like Mark Anthony Neal, I think you might like my blog, Rhymes and Reasons. It is a series of interviews with hip-hop heads who discuss their lives in the context of a few songs that matter to them. The interviews tend to focus on questions of justice like racism, sexism, sexual violence, white privilege, etc. I hope you enjoy it.

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