Don Cornelius

Soul Train creator Don Cornelius was found dead, a suicide, on Feb. 1 at 75, a sad ending to the life of someone who brought us one of the purest expressions of joy ever to take the form of a TV show. But Soul Train wasn't just a good time. It was of its times, an example of how something as simple as good music and dancing can make an important cultural statement. Cornelius was influenced by the civil rights movement and saw that developing a national media platform for soul music was its own kind of small-p political statement. He...

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