Black History Month – Don Cornelius, TV Pioneer (Photos)
It is unfortunate to hear the untimely death of legend, Don Cornelius. Ironically, in our black history month series, our first document was mogul Don Cornelius.
Born in Chicago, Don Cornelius was an American TV host and producer who is best known for creating the hit television show 'Soul Train'. Originally a journalist inspired by the civil rights movement, Cornelius created Soul Train which served as a platform for African American singers to get their voice heard. Don Cornelius was instrumental in offering exposure to black musicians like The O'Jay's, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, James Brown, as well as creating opportunities for talented dancers.
Besides his smooth and deep voice, Cornelius is best known for the catchphrase that he used to close the show: "... and you can bet your last money, it's all gonna be a stone gas, honey! I'm Don Cornelius, and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul!"
Let us not dwell on the unfortunate tragedy, but celebrate the contributions Don Cornelius made.
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