Don Cornelius

Don Cornelius was the host and creator of Soul Train, the prominent dance show that showcased black music, which began in 1971 and went on for 35 years. During its illustrious run, the nation's biggest stars made appearances, such as James Brown, Aretha Franklyn and Run-DMC. Cornelius ingratiated himself to audiences with his trademark Afro and a deep, soothing voice. He signed off each show wishing his audience “Love, Peace and Soul.” Cornelius relinquished his hosting role in 1993 and the show went off the air in 2006. He most recently appeared as a presenter at the 2009 BET Awards. On February 1, 2012, he was found dead at age 75 due to a gun wound that was believed to be self-inflicted.

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This Day in Black History: Sept. 27, 1936

Don Cornelius was born on Sept. 27, 1936, in Chicago.

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BET News Special: Soul Train Revolutionized Black TV

The history behind Soul Train. (4/22/2014)

This Day in Black History: Jan. 30, 1959

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Don Cornelius: Through the Years

Remembering Don Cornelius, the iconic host of Soul Train, who died from an apparent suicide on February 1, 2012.

From Soul Train to 106 & Park

Soul Train begat a generation of Black music lovers and 106 & Park continues its tradition.
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