Late ‘Soul Train’ creator, Don Cornelius, named in ‘Playboy’ scandal

P.J. Masten has claimed “40 to 50 young women” were “silenced” by Playboy after making allegations of abuse. The former Bunny Mother — who worked in six Playboy Clubs throughout the U.S. from 1972 to 1982 — claimed the late Hugh Hefner was determined not to have any “heat” on him or have the iconic […]

BET ‘American Soul’ star Sinqua Walls unveils the legacy of Don Cornelius

BET’s “American Soul” cast has done a masterful job of reminding its viewers how powerful and influential “Soul Train” was. Former “Power” star, Sinqua Walls, takes on the tall task of bringing the show’s main character – Don Cornelius – to life. In so doing, he unveils Cornelius’ forward thinking habits, his childhood struggles and […]

Jelani Winston discusses his role in BET’s newest show, ‘American Soul’

BET is making us break out our vinyl player to discover the true essence of these three iconic words; peace, love and soul with their new series “American Soul.” Inspired by the 35-year legacy of music and dance show “Soul Train,” “American Soul” is a scripted drama blending fictional and real-life stories that surrounded the show; […]

Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland to portray two music legends in BET biopic

Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland will star as Diana Ross and Gladys Knight in a new biopic. BET’s upcoming music show “American Soul,” the series based on the life and career of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius, will feature a mini Destiny’s Child reunion when the singers take on the roles of music legends Ross […]

Lee Thompson Young’s death certificate released

After weeks of waiting, coroners have finally confirmed what many sadly believed that “Rizzoli & Isles” actor Lee Thompson Young died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. According to TMZ, the former “Famous Jett Jackson” star’s death certificate was released yesterday and confirmed that he committed suicide through the use of a handgun. […]

Shocking black celebrity suicides

This week Hollywood lost another young talented actor to suicide. Lee Thompson Young, 29, starred as The Famous Jett Jackson from 1998 to 2001 on The Disney Channel and most recently played the role of Detective Barry Frost on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles. Many friends and fans are having a hard time understanding how and […]

Authorities still unsure why Lee Thompson Young committed suicide

Lee Thompson Young’s fans and Hollywood friends are still in shock over the death of the young TV star and while those around him still mourn his tragic death, police are still trying to figure out why the promising star decided to take his own life earlier this week. According to TMZ, Young didn’t leave […]

The Whispers to celebrate 50 years of music on Soul Train cruise

Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the “A” w/Souleo They may be called The Whispers, but quiet as it’s kept for the past 50 years this soul vocal group’s impact on the music industry has been more like a shout. For their 50th anniversary they are getting aboard this fall’s Soul Train Cruise. It’s a full […]

Celebrity suicides: Freddy E, Don Cornelius and others

Seattle-based rapper Frederick Eugene Buhl, aka Freddy E., committed suicide on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013.  He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Tragically, he announced his plans to take his own life on Twitter. The 22-year-old allegedly couldn’t take the pressure of breaking up with his girlfriend, Honey Coca1ne. A man of his word, he […]

Chris Lighty and Other Famous Black Suicides

The world of hip-hop was devastated on Thursday, Aug. 30 when news spread that manager and Violator Entertainment founder Chris Lighty was found dead outside of his Bronx home, from an apparent suicide. According to reports, Lighty had been had been dealing with personal issues, including a massive $5 million IRS debt that he’d been […]

Don Cornelius’ Ex-Wife Getting Big Payday

After the tragic death of Don Cornelius on Feb. 1, news is now spreading that all is not well when it comes to the TV icon’s finances. According to reports, Cornelius left behind two large life insurances policy and his estranged ex-wife is expected to receive hundreds of thousands in the wake of his death. […]

Don Cornelius: History, Timeline of a Legend’s Life

Birth name: Donald Cortez Cornelius Age: 75 Born: Sept. 27, 1936, in Chicago Died: Feb. 1, 2012, in Sherman Oaks, Calif., outside Los Angeles Cornelius was one of the earliest employees of the legendary black-owned WVON radio station in Chicago, where Cornelius got his start. 1971: Hosted “Soul Train,” a show that primarily featured R&B, […]

Don Cornelius: Death of a Soul Man

The self-made man that reinvented the way that we enjoy music, interact with our celebrities, and dance at parties (Soul Train line, anyone?) is gone, but his legacy lives.

Twitter Tribute to Don Cornelius (1936-2012)

The Twitter world stepped away from their regularly scheduled programming to pause and share warm sentiments as well as wish a peaceful repose for the spirit of the great showman, Don Cornelius who took his life on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Cornelius is widely recognized as one of the first black show hosts and a man […]

Depression and Dejection Root Causes of Suicide and Rejection

We laugh and we joke and assume that people who evoke merriment and glee are by design happier than you and me. Their comical movements and amusing accounts, are either meant to inspire or distract us from the rising body count. Funny, as in dead funny isn’t quite the joke it seems to be, for […]