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February 14, 2012 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
It began as an idea for a tribute to the late Soul Train creator and host Don Cornelius, and it ended up being the ultimate love, peace, and soul challenge to the city: To put Philadelphia in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most dancers to go down a Soul Train line. Well, that was easy. Thousands of joyful folks formed a block-long Soul Train line Monday that snaked past the steps in front of the Art Museum, and 327 took a turn bogeying down before it got too dark to dance.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2012
AT OUR HOUSE, "Soul Train" was must-see TV because it was one of the only TV shows where you could count on seeing brown faces. Negroes, as we were called back then, would be dressed to the nines, wearing the hottest street fashions, huge afros, hot pants, wide-brimmed hats, platform shoes and maxi coats. Good thing fire never broke out in the "Soul Train" studio, because there would have been a polyester meltdown. For me, a black girl with practically no rhythm, "Soul Train" was my classroom, helping me navigate the social minefield of high school dances.
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March 7, 1997 | by Tonya Pendleton, Daily News Staff Writer
The Grammys and American Music Awards already have been given out, but there is another important award show that many R&B and hip-hop artists will be anxiously awaiting. The Soul Train Music Awards were created as a way to honor R&B, hip-hop, gospel and jazz artists often ignored by the other awards shows. Don Cornelius is the creator of "Soul Train," the longest-running show in syndication. This year's show, the 11th annual, will be hosted by Brandy, L.L. Cool J and Gladys Knight.
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November 21, 1995 | by Renee Lucas Wayne, Daily News Staff Writer
Nobody did it better. In the days when you wanted to know the hippest and latest dance - when you had to get it down exactly right for the party, your cousin's wedding, the playground at recess, the family reunion - you tuned in to Channel 48 on Saturday afternoon. At exactly 1 p.m., the TSOP theme kicked in, that funky cartoon train chugged across the screen, and then the room was filled with those booty- shakin', pop-lockin', applejack hat-wearing, afro pick-usin', platform shoe kickin' Soul Train dancers.
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October 15, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
IT'S ONLY THE SECOND WEEK in October, so that means it's time to start hanging Christmas lights, cursing New Year's and thinking about awards season. Then again, when it comes to celebrities, when is it not awards season? The Soul Train Awards announced their nominations yesterday, and Chris Brown is beating everyone. Brown scored seven nominations, including Best R&B/Soul Male Artist and Song of the Year for "Loyal. " Beyonce earned six nods and Pharrell followed with five.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2012
When we were growing up as teens in the 1970's, Saturday mornings filled my sister and me with funky anticipation. We'd race downstairs, flip on the Magnavox, and settle in to experience "the hippest trip in America" - Soul Train . See, Soul Train wasn't just any television dance show. Soul Train belonged to us. Soul Train showcased our R&B music, our artists, our dances, heck, even our black hair-care products. It was our cultural touchstone at a time when we were learning that, yes, black was beautiful - even if we weren't quite sure if we believed it yet. But Don Cornelius, Soul Train's pinstripe-suited, haystack-afro'ed, deep silken-voiced creator and host, affirmed it for us. That's why it's so ironically sad that news yesterday of Cornelius' death at 75, from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home outside of Los Angeles, came on the first day of Black History Month.
NEWS
February 11, 2012 | By Shaj Mathew, Inquirer Staff Writer
At 4 p.m. Monday, hundreds of Philadelphians, including Mayor Nutter, are expected to gather on the Art Museum steps to try to form the world's longest Soul Train line. The dance line - an effort to commemorate the life of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius - could break the Guinness record, now held by a Berkeley, Calif., high school, if more than 211 dancers come together. "We can beat that record," said organizer Mannwell Glenn, 50, of West Philadelphia. Glenn, a radio host and political consultant, said he expected at least 500 dancers.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
"SOUL TRAIN" may be making a comeback. On Broadway. Stage and film producer Matthew Weaver , who helped create "Rock of Ages," has acquired the theatrical stage rights to the TV show and said yesterday that he's hoping to repeat his success by turning "Soul Train" into a show that attracts both die-hard Broadway fans and those who usually avoid Times Square. "I'm nervous and I'm humbled and I'm excited," said Weaver, who heads the production company MediaWeaver Entertainment.
NEWS
November 21, 1995 | by Stu Bykofsky, Daily News Columnist
What does it say that three generations of Jewish men in my family are "Soul Train" fans? The remarkable revelation emerged during a family gathering at which TV was being discussed (after we finished with world peace and whether the calories in dessert actually count when you are dieting). I acknowledged I was a long-time fan of the show, and had been watching since the "kids" were wearing wild bells and 'fros out to here. "I watch it, too," piped up my (then) 30-year-old son, Shaw.
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October 15, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
IT'S ONLY THE SECOND WEEK in October, so that means it's time to start hanging Christmas lights, cursing New Year's and thinking about awards season. Then again, when it comes to celebrities, when is it not awards season? The Soul Train Awards announced their nominations yesterday, and Chris Brown is beating everyone. Brown scored seven nominations, including Best R&B/Soul Male Artist and Song of the Year for "Loyal. " Beyonce earned six nods and Pharrell followed with five.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
"SOUL TRAIN" may be making a comeback. On Broadway. Stage and film producer Matthew Weaver , who helped create "Rock of Ages," has acquired the theatrical stage rights to the TV show and said yesterday that he's hoping to repeat his success by turning "Soul Train" into a show that attracts both die-hard Broadway fans and those who usually avoid Times Square. "I'm nervous and I'm humbled and I'm excited," said Weaver, who heads the production company MediaWeaver Entertainment.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2013
IT'S ONE OF those things that nag at you. You know, the last phone call or text that you got. Looking back, you wish you'd responded instead of letting the moment pass. In my case, it was one from radio legend E. Steven Collins, who texted at 5:44 a.m. Saturday about his pool party at his home in Laverock later that day. It sounded fun, but I was headed out of town and never got back to him. I wish I had, because the next I heard, Collins was gone. Dead at 58 of a massive heart attack that happened sometime Sunday night.
NEWS
April 3, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
WHAT A DIFFERENCE one song can make. Nobody knows that better than Billy Paul, the veteran Philadelphia jazz and R&B song stylist whose career soared to the stars in the early '70s with "Me and Mrs. Jones," his brilliantly nuanced portrayal from the cheatin' side of town. In "Am I Black Enough for You" - the brutally honest documentary about the man born Paul Williams and his wife, Blanche Williams - record mogul Clive Davis nails that superhit as "one of the most important performances and singles" of the hit-laden Philadelphia International Records catalog.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2012 | By Dan Gross
"P ETE ROSE : Hits and Mrs. " will premiere Jan. 14 on TLC. The reality show about the Phillies legend and his former Playboy model fiancee, Kiana Kim , began shooting earlier this year. A TLC announcement says that the couple are happily engaged but that their families each have reservations about the upcoming nuptials. Complicating things is that Rose and Kim live in different cities - she in Los Angeles with her two children and Charlie Hustle in Las Vegas.   A 'Soul Train' record It's official.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
Word arrived by mail Monday that Philadelphia did indeed set a new Soul Train Dance world record. Writer Sheila Simmons, the principal organizer, got a congratulatory letter Guinness World Records along with the official certificate, which declares: "The largest Soul Train Dance consisted of 291 participants and was achieved by the Philadelphia Soul Train Line Dancers in Philadelphia, Pa., USA, on 13 February 2012. " The previous record - which lingered, but not for long, on the Guinness website this morning - was set by 211 dancers in November 2011 at Berkeley High School in Berkeley, Calif.
SPORTS
February 29, 2012 | BY STAN HOCHMAN, For the Daily News
THERE IS NOTHING wrong with Ilya Bryzgalov that a slick interpreter can't cure. Never mind the goalie's early-season lament that he was lost in the woods. What he is, is lost in translation. Too often, the quirky statements he makes are misinterpreted. Take the latest cry for help, that he hopes to "find peace in his soul to play in this city. " That is the way it was reported and it sounded gloomier than a Stalingrad winter. Listen closely and the anguished moaning can be explained in other ways.
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February 22, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
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NEWS
February 14, 2012 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
It began as an idea for a tribute to the late Soul Train creator and host Don Cornelius, and it ended up being the ultimate love, peace, and soul challenge to the city: To put Philadelphia in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most dancers to go down a Soul Train line. Well, that was easy. Thousands of joyful folks formed a block-long Soul Train line Monday that snaked past the steps in front of the Art Museum, and 327 took a turn bogeying down before it got too dark to dance.
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