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How Don Cornelius became the 'pope of soul'
By John Blake and Todd Leopold, CNN
updated 4:34 PM EST, Wed February 1, 2012
Don Cornelius' impact on America went beyond music. "Soul Train" united white and black America together.
"Soul Train" host Don Cornelius' impact on America was bigger than music
"He was an ambassador, the pope of soul," one sociologist says
Show's message was "I'm black and I'm proud," Gladys Knight says
Stars and fans praised his cool persona, boldness and cultural "tightrope" act
(CNN) -- Don Cornelius never led a civil rights march, launched a boycott or gave a speech before a cheering crowd of protesters.
But his impact on America was as profound as virtually any civil rights leader, says Shayne Lee, a sociologist who grew up watching "Soul Train."
Cornelius' groundbreaking TV show didn't just captivate African-Americans -- it tied white and black America together in a way that had not been done before, says Lee, who teaches a course on hip-hop at the University of Houston.
"He was an ambassador, the pope of soul," Lee said. "For a lot of suburban whites living in segregated America, this was their first exposure to this exiting new world of movement and energy. He made black culture more accessible."
Cornelius, who hosted "Soul Train" for 22 of its 36 years on the air, died Tuesday. He was 75. Police reports indicate he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The suave Cornelius was known by an entire generation of African-Americans as the dapper host of "Soul Train" who signed off each show by blowing a kiss and declaring, "We wish you love, peace and souuuullll."
Most of the tributes to Cornelius that poured in following his death focused on his contribution to music. Others said his legacy was bigger than sound.
Cultural impact of 'Soul Train'
Kenny Gamble, co-founder of Philadelphia International Records, which produced the theme song for "Soul Train," says Cornelius was a great contributor to American, not just black, culture.
"Soul Train," like Apple and Coca-Cola, is an American brand, Gamble says.
"Soul Train" traditions, like dancers gathering to cheer on fellow dancers as they shimmied down a dance line, are now a part of pop culture.
"No matter where you go in this world, people are doing the 'Soul Train' dance line," he said. "What's a party without the 'Soul Train' dance line?"
Gamble still sounded stunned after hearing the news about Cornelius.
"Unbelievable," he said. "That was my man."
Singer Gladys Knight told CNN that Cornelius was an unsung hero whose show amplified the message, "I'm black and I'm proud."
"He encouraged us to be ourselves," she said. "We're going to give you this platform and you go out and do your thing."
Sociologist Lee said that message -- be black and proud -- drove the civil rights movement. And just as the civil rights movement overturned segregation, Cornelius erased cultural barriers that separated white and black Americans living apart in their own cultural cocoons.
"I see Cornelius as a civil rights activist," said Lee, author of "Erotic Revolutionaries."
"The civil rights movement changed the legal structure; Cornelius changed the cultural structure. Changing the culture can change hearts in a way that protests can't."
Cornelius first changed television.
TV had not been known as friendly terrain for African-Americans before "Soul Train." Blacks were often seen in caricatured roles -- as minstrels, servants or outlaws. They were seen through the lens of white America.
"Soul Train" changed the focus. It lifted the veil on black America and showed blacks being themselves, and not as whites imagined them, said Lee.
"The show introduced the notion that blacks were creative, we have something to offer and we're not going anywhere. And if you give us a chance, you might like some of our moves," Lee said.
Cornelius offered white America a new way to see black men, Lee says. He wasn't a sidekick or servant, nor was he angry.
"He walked a tightrope," Lee said. "If he was too in-your-face, he would have been offensive on television, or too accommodating he would have been perceived as an Uncle Tom.
"He was soooo cool."
The cool apparently wasn't an act to those who knew him and knew how he launched "Soul Train."
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Teddy Pendergrass, who became R&B's reigning sex symbol in the 1970s and '80s with his forceful, masculine voice and passionate love ballads and later became an inspirational figure after suffering a devastating car accident that left him paralyzed, died Wednesday at age 59.
The singer's son, Teddy Pendergrass II, said his father died at a hospital in suburban Philadelphia. The singer underwent colon cancer surgery eight months ago and had "a difficult recovery," his son said.
"To all his fans who loved his music, thank you," his son said. "He will live on through his music."
Pendergrass suffered a spinal cord injury and was paralyzed from the waist down in the 1982 car accident. He spent six months in a hospital but returned to recording the next year with the album "Love Language."
He briefly returned to the stage at the Live Aid concert in 1985, performing from his wheelchair.
Pendergrass later founded the Teddy Pendergrass Alliance, an organization whose mission is to encourage and help people with spinal cord injuries achieve their maximum potential in education, employment, housing, productivity and independence, according to its Web site.
Pendergrass, who was born in Philadelphia on March 26, 1950, gained popularity first as a member of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.
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Gamble remembered Pendergrass fondly and lauded him.
"I think Teddy Pendergrass was really one of a kind of an artist, and his music kind of speaks for him," Gamble said in an interview early Thursday. "He had such a powerful voice, and he had a great magnetism."
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“life begins where water and light kiss”
The 2009 International Alchemy Conference referred to their featured speaker and main MC as “the Shakespeare of Quantum Physics" to me experiencing DreamingBear Baraka Kanaan feels like drinking a shamanic trinity blend of Rumi, Jim Morrison and Carl Sagan.
“Alchemy is about transformation and positive change, and the Alchemy Conference is about exploring ways to better our lives by opening our minds to the world beyond science” states Conference organizers.
“The goal of our work is to empower individuals with the highest level of spiritual growth coupled with practical knowledge on how to change our personal reality and thereby transform the world…Through his playful and potent loves spells, DreamingBear boldly seeks to awaken that sleeping giant of greatness within us and ignite a LOVEVOLUTION with the intention that our generation can rise into it’s fullest potential.”
Combining ancient wisdom with cutting edge science in a love story of all that is, Quantum Love Poets catalyze transformation with lyrically stimulation
whose phraseology instigation is an alchemical incantation to manifest reality. Weaving wonder with edu’tainment, invoking facts as acts of joy, DreamingBear Baraka Kanaan is Languaging Lovevolution so we find our minds nourished kind and freely growing in a healthy paradigm.
“NOW is our time to Rise! Right now, your life can be the most beautiful possible version of itself, if you’re ready to let go of every moment until THIS ONE, and Celebrate (which means to put into action) your unparalleled beauty and ability to recreate existence at will!”
“Welcome to the New Eden where Eve is the first *Electron
and Adam is the first A*T*O*M
and existence, what U call matter cause it matters so much,
has been formed from their positron charged
counterpart sweetheart romance!
Ladies. No matter what the patriarch tells you,
YOU ARE NO MAN'S SPARE RIB!”
DreamingBear is a true visionary, and like many visionaries, his soul evolution is rooted in understanding Life’s true worth, sustaining idealism thru adversity, living in Love thru it all. Half Palestinian half Native American, DreamingBear grew up in refugee camps, saw his brother murdered and sister kidnapped within months of each other when he was only 8 years old. His creative connection to source and strength of vision to honor his dreams healed his heart with love of life, self and all existence. Now his life’s work activates this love gate for us all.
“[We] came for experience, the good and the bad. Laughter and tears are the same thing, there is not even a hair’s breath between them, both born of ecstasy." “Every time you cry, every time you shed a tear, that is the payment you give back to existence for all that you have been given. We pay with water.”
Inviting people on “an unprecedented archeological dig of the future.. to excavate philanthropy and dust our kindness off” because “every heart knows: Kindness is the oldest science that has ever existed”
His timeless insights resonate harmonically with the love core in us all, revealing one’s inner knowing while encouraging one’s outward glowing. DreamingBear calls his performances playshops, people giggle as they grow. He manifests “spontaneous community combustion” with call and response exuberantly engaged as vibration initiation into Lovevolution sensations. It is well documented that after 12 mins of focused attention, whatever synapses are firing fortify in power, DreamingBear uses this knowledge for “cellular re-encodement” to “clear karmic cobwebs” by articulating epic journeys of activation transformation, we literally improve our capacity to love with each encounter.
DreamingBear says:“It is this heart's intention to make "god" say WOW, give the universe goosebumps, & inspire all of existence by living a life of profound beauty and creativity. And, I dare you to do it too! If we can dream it, we can be it.“
We "Bridge Heaven and Earth in the Human Heart and Soul through Music, Love, Spirit and Passionate Purpose...To Lift Our Individual and Collective Vibrations and Experience Higher!" says creative collaborator, Valarien Eric Reyes, whose mystical music, live guitar and scenic sound~scapes, accompany DreamingBear on the Lovevolution tour (whose video montage is linked to this article) as well as the upcoming “Languaging the new Paradigm” album (2010 produced by Jah Levi @the Center for Quantum Healing)
Founder of the Lovevolution Foundation and author of 8 books including Wild Love~ Kissed into Consciousness, Host of DreamingBear’s call to action:
“We have to Love by example” How you ask?
“Get online with the inner-net and download your soul the new operating system of unconditional love.” “I quadruple dog-dare you to have the courage to open mouth kiss your destiny in public!"
His creativity is contagious, his wisdom sagacious,
bless this bringer of Lovevolution!
~ Shamanatrix Missy Galore
view my Lovevolution tribute mantra "Let's Make Love With The Moment" @
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