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You Can Bet Your Last Money: ‘Soul Train’ Left Its Chicago Station 49 Years Ago Today [EUR Video Throwback]

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The “hippest trip in America” started its journey from Chicago 49 years ago today … and never looked back.

The first nationally-syndicated episode of “Soul Train” aired October 2, 1971 and would continue every Saturday, for an astounding 35 years, with the last two a “Best Of” situation once the ratings began to slide and most of the affiliates became Fox stations that moved the show to the wee hours. Created, executive produced and hosted by Don Cornelius, “Soul Train” was groundbreaking as the lone commercial television program on air created by Black talent specifically for a Black audience.

Before giving the world R&B’s top talent along with his weekly “peace, love and soooouuul” benediction, Cornelius worked as a news reader and backup disc jockey for Chicago radio station WVON in 1967 when he was hired by local TV news station WCIU in 1967.

His side hustle, though, was promoting and hosting a series of concerts featuring local talent at Chicago-area high schools. He called his traveling caravan of shows “The Soul Train.”

WCIU brass got wind of this musical locomotive and in 1970, invited Cornelius to air his concerts on the network. After locking in Chicago-based Sears, Roebuck & Co. as sponsors, “Soul Train” premiered on WCIU-TV on August 17, 1970, as a live show airing weekday afternoons. The first broadcast featured Jerry Butler, the Chi-Lites and The Emotions.

And the show’s hyped, high-pitched “Sooooooouuuuul Train!” introduction? That was local WVON disc jockey Joe Cobb, who initially announced it like that as a joke. Cornelius would not only like it, but hire him to introduce the show in the same manner for every broadcast. He tells the story below.

Joe Cobb Original voice of “Soul Train”

Soon, Chicago-based Johnson Products Company – with its Afro Sheen and Ultra Sheen hair products…

…saw a cash cow in “Soul Train” and agreed to co-sponsor the program’s expansion into national syndication. Cornelius and “Soul Train’s” syndicator targeted 25 markets outside of Chicago, but could only secure seven: Atlanta, Birmingham, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

The show would eventually expand to all 25 targeted markets. But on October 2, 1971, the first episode aired only in those lucky seven, with guest stars Gladys Knight and the Pips (singing “The Friendship Train”), Eddie Kendricks, Honey Cone and Bobby Hutton.

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Aaliyah Book Titled ‘Baby Girl: Better Known As Aaliyah’ Dropping in 2021

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*Christmas has come early for Aaliyah fans, as an upcoming book has been announced that will chronicle her life and career. 

According to Billboard, “Baby Girl: Better Known As Aaliyah” will drop Aug. 17, 2021, under Simon & Schuster/Atria Books. 

Written by journalist and author Kathy Iandoli, the title “will focus on the span of Aaliyah’s life and career — from her earliest beginnings singing in Detroit all the way through to her game-changing musical era with Timbaland, Missy Elliott, and the late Static Major,” revealed in a press release. “The book also includes a deep dive into her tumultuously abusive entanglement with R. Kelly and an intense investigation on the crash that ended her life.” 

Says Iandoli: “I wrote this book as an Aaliyah fan. This is for all of us who for the last twenty years can spot her influence everywhere, while wishing she was still here. I left no stone unturned, and I hope I’ve added to her legacy properly.”

READ MORE: Aubrey O’Day Takes Aims at Trump Family, Claims Ivanka is a Lesbian

News of the book follows confirmation from Aaliyah’s estate that they are bringing her music to streaming services.

“To our loyal fans: We are excited to announce that communication has commenced between the estate and various record labels about the status of Aaliyah’s music catalogue, as well as its availability on streaming platforms in the near future,” read the announcement from Aaliyah’s Twitter account. “Thank you for your continued love and support. More updates to come!”

Check out the official announcement via the Twitter embed above.

In a 2016 story from Complex on the singer’s uncle, Barry Hankerson, who owns her catalog under his Blackground Records label, writer Stephen Witt said of the absence of Aaliyah’s music on the internet,  “Aaliyah’s internet absence is different—there’s no logic to it. It’s not an artistic statement or a play for more money, and there’s no dedicated Aaliyah-only streaming service in the works.”

Witt continued, “Instead, there’s a single, stubborn man, sitting on a catalog that includes almost all of her most famous work. … The situation puts her entire musical legacy at risk of fading from memory. Year by year, streaming accounts for a greater portion of an artist’s visibility and reverence among the next generation of listeners. And he refuses to budge.”

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‘Dying To Be Famous: The Ryan Singleton Mystery’ Teaser Trailer Released by Bounce TV / WATCH

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*Bounce, the first and only broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, released the teaser trailer of their all-new original true crime special Dying To Be Famous: The Ryan Singleton Mystery.

Dying To Be Famous: The Ryan Singleton Mystery is an intriguing six-episode, true-crime docuseries.  Bounce’s first which follows the extraordinary true story of the mysterious death, and likely murder, of Ryan Singleton, a young African American male, and aspiring film producer, who, after setting out to pursue fame and fortune in Hollywood with two of his friends, ended up dead in California’s Mojave Desert, his body dumped, mutilated and missing all vital organs.

World Premieres Sun. Nov. 1 at 9:00 pm (ET) with two back-to-back episodes.

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About Bounce
Bounce (@bouncetv) is the first and only broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, with programming seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-top on Roku®, on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and on the web via BounceTV.com. Bounce features a programming mix of original series, docuseries and movies, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and events and more. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).

 

 

 

 

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Aubrey O’Day Takes Aims at Trump Family, Claims Ivanka is a Lesbian

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*Singer Aubrey O’Day previously claimed she had an affair with Donald Trump Jr., and she even wrote a song about him. Now she’s back with more bombshell allegations about the Trump family. 

O’Day took to Twitter during Thursday night’s Presidential Debate with some not so shocking claims against the president’s kids.

Last year, O’Day said her affair with Don Jr. ended when his then-wife discovered text messages between them.

She said, “We both thought we were each other’s soulmates. It’s something we spoke about often. A soulmate is someone you spend a period of time, moment, of life with that you’re connected as one. I had that with Don.”

READ MORE: Is Aubrey O’Day’s 2013 Song ‘DJT’ about Her Alleged Affair with Donald Trump Jr.?

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Last night, she took aim at Trump for attacking Joe Biden’s deceased son Beau Biden.

“since trump has now lowered this debate to trashing family.. -don jr HATES his father. -ivanka is a lesbian on the low. -eric fucked miss universe on the apprentice board room table while with his now wife. #Debates2020,” she tweeted. 

O’Day also included a GIF that said, “I have the receipts.”

“and while we are at it.. I have texts of don jr telling me what a little shit asshole barron is. That they were on the private jet and barron didn’t like his food so he threw the plate across the plane at the attendant. NONE of these people are INNOCENT of being assholes & liars!,” she continued. 

“We need to stop discussing kids.. because Ivanka is a lesbian, yet doesn’t support women’s rights in this administration that she RUNS on the low. #Debates2020,” O’Day wrote. Check out her tweets above.

Black Twitter is now demanding that she drop those receipts. 

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