Maaaaan listen..As a kid growing up, he was somebody you looked up to in awe of his no nonsense, no foolishness, smart, tough, cool and intelligent approach. He was one of the first action heroes I can remember that set the tone for many that followed. Pure Alpha at its apex. NFL icon aboard the Star Trek enterprise.. Standing Ovation & Thank You for your iconic contribution Mr BERNIE CASEY..you represented us to the fullest.. fly easy..
I dont even know what to say or how to react..He was the reason why BLACK MUSIC and CULTURE yielded a diverse roster in style, sound, perspective and creative direction. No other television show celebrated Black (dont be afraid to say it with me African Americans..BLACK) expression on a diverse level the way SOUL TRAIN presented. Thus creating a lingering appeal that has lasted 40 yrs plus which helped set the tone for just about every Music outlet on an international scale..As a kid (I understood very clearly) and was proud to see people that looked like me and my family on television be represented with pride, dignity & style..”They” fought him tooth and nail in bringing such a vision that would not only give Black artists a fair shake in exposure in which the world would be privy to an AUTHENTIC experience in sound & style that is presented & celebrated by those very people..This Chi-town native carried the blueprint of his days at WVON which eventually became a audio visual outlet that not only changed the game but it changed minds..I would not dare to dream, create, raise the stakes if it were not for a visionary named DON CORNELIUS..(I was so very lucky to speak, meet and shake the man’s hand 3yrs ago..)..He was an institution..Rest In Paradise..
February 1, 2012 | Categories: RESPECT, Unique 74 | Tags: African American Images, AFTRA, ASCAP, BET, Black Music Legacy, BMI, CHICAGO, Culture, Disco, Don Cornelius, FUNK, Icon, MTV, Pop, radio, RESPECT, SOLAR Records, Soul, Soul Train, Soul Train Music Awards, Soul Train Records, Television, Unique74, WVON | Leave a comment