How the Soooooooul Train Awards…derailed

Posted: November 29, 2010 in BlackFace

Saturday, 12:00 noon: If this day and time combination is etched in your mind, chances are your television was tuned into Soul Train.  I imagine a space in your home where you desperately tried every dance move; your wardrobe followed.  The Soul Train Scramble Board caused you to “holla” at the television, especially if you believed time was running out.  Who could forget the commercials, “Ultra Sheen, Afro Sheen, and Ultra Sheen cosmetics.”  It was a place where for one hour you could see African Americans (or Black people in the 70’s) actors, newsmakers, athletes and entertainers convene in the culture.  Don Cornelious…priceless.  Which begs the question, “Where was all this fanfare last night?!”  A few mentions of the founder and host in a comedic sketch; a brief spot on the late Sid McCoy, the voice of Soul Train; a few random clips of the Soul Train Dancers; and the saving grace of the evening, honoring Anita Baker and Ronald Isley.  The first 30 minutes of the show had me wondering whether I was watching a musical whose focus was to resurrect R-Kelly’s career (sorry bruh, you’re God forgiven – but the thought of you with a child makes you hard to watch…or believe); or that the host were just, kinda sorta…there.  Unfortunately, the glory days of the show of celebration faded into a mini-low budgeted cable music award gathering.  Don’t believe me, check the audience reaction, especially when the camera crew was desperately scanning the room for a favorable (most time bewildered) face in the crowd.  With that, I turned off the television and allowed my DVR to do the work, watched the parts that were most representative of Soul Train’s legacy, and promptly deleted the entry.  The reruns are a more appropriate and authentic award to the Soul Train gang and its prodigious host and guest than the debacle of an awards show we saw last night.  And in parting we wish you “Love, Peace and Soooooooooooooul!!!”

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