Soul Train Creator Don Cornelius Dead at 75

Don Cornelius, host and creator of the landmark television program Soul Train,  died this morning at the age of 75, after apparently taking his own life.

Officers found Cornelius at his Los Angeles home around 4 am, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Don Cornelius’ contributions to the world of television, music, Black history and pop culture cannot be overstated. Soul Train was  the place to see Black artists, entertainers, and everyday people like you and me, at a time when Black faces on television and in the media were incredibly hard to come by.

Before BET, before the Cosby Show, and before Tyler Perry, there was Soul Train.

AMY WINEHOUSE f/ MOS DEF – "Love Is A Losing Game" LIVE

This Is Your BYP WakeUpCall!

Check out this amazing video of Amy Winehouse performing “Love Is A Losing Game,” featuring a guest spot from good friend Mos Def!


Can you imagine how fantastic an official collaboration between these two would have been?

Of course, that collabo would never come to pass. Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London apartment on July 23rd.

Last Night KTD Saved My Life

Somewhere in Chicago the most promising band has its members contorting their bodies a few more times before it pries open the mouths of audiences across the world. Whether the gesture be frantic fingertips of an emcee, a rattling head of a saxophone player, or a subtle hand-to-thigh clap of a singer, the soul of their music contains a contagious rapture that even the creators cannot even subdue. They call themselves Kids These Days, a befitting name since most of their members are still high school. Everything’s included: Greg Landfair Jr. (Drums), Lane Beckstrom (Bass) JP Floyd (Trombone), Nico Segal (Trumpet), Rajiv Halim (Saxophones), Liam Cunningham (Guitar/Vocals), Vic Mensa (Emcee), Macie Stewart (Vocals). Whipping all their ingredients for delivery, KTD stuffs HipHopSoulJazz down the throats of a progressively irrelevant youth culture.