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Rest In Peace…..Don Cornelius


The Legendary Don Cornelius and creator of “Soul Train” was found dead this morning.

Law enforcement sources said police arrived at Cornelius’ home around 4 a.m.   He apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing.

The sources said there was no sign of foul play, but the Los Angeles Police Department was investigating.

“Soul Train” was the longest-running first-run nationally syndicated show in television history, bringing African American music and style to the world for 35 years.

“Soul Train” helped to launch The Soul Train Music Awards. It’s  success  led to other popular Soul Train spin-off specials like The Soul Train Lady Of Soul Annual Awards Special and The Soul Train Christmas Starfest. Don made his mark on Black History

Our condolences to the family of the late great Don Cornelius


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Happy Birthday Frances Jaye

Over the weekend, The Neo Soul Cafe, celebrated the birthday of the one and only DJ Frances Jaye. The party was held on Saturday 1.21.12 at the beautiful Dallas Contemporary Museum… The Party was hosted by the legendary Spinderella, with performances by Choklate, Slakah The Beatchild and Yahzarah. There was four DJ’s spinning, DJ M*Knight, DJ Ant D, DJ Jay Clipp, and DJ Viz The night was magical. So many of Frances friends were unable to celebrate with her. Here are a few birthday greetings we’d like to share with you….

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Move Love Remix Contest…

Hey Everyone, Indaba music is sponsoring a remix context. Remix Robert Glasper’s song “Move Love” to win $500 and a royalty-free one of a kind piano sample from Robert himself. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $500, a recorded piano sample by Robert Glasper to use royalty-free in an original composition and an autographed copy of Black Radio. There will also be 10 Honorable Mention prizes. The winners will receive an autographed copy of Black Radio.
For more info go to this site.

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Etta James passes at age 73


Legendary singer Etta James lost her battle with leukemia today at the age of 73. Etta’s health began to decline last year when she was was diagnosed with leukemia and a blood infection. She also reportedly suffered from dementia and kidney failure.
Born Jamesetta Hawkins, Etta began singing in church at age 5. During her teens she was the lead singer for a doo wop group Peaches, and recorded her first #1 song, “The Wallflower (Dance with Me Henry).” Shortly after this she attracted the attention of Little Richard who invited James to go on tour with him. This led to Etta’s legendary career as a soul singer. Ms James had a number of R&B hits however the most notable of all was “At Last” Rest In Peace Ms James…

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Rest In Peace Jimmy Castor


New York-born, Funk legend, Jimmy Castor succumbed to cancer January 16, 2012 in Henderson Nevada. Jimmy Castor was 64. He got his start in New York as a street performer. He formed his own group as a teenager. Castor wrote the song “I Promise to Remember” and recorded it with his first group, the Juniors. It was later made famous by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers. He sang briefly with Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers and enjoyed his greatest success in the 1970’s with his group Jimmy Castor Bunch. He was the genius behind hits like “Bertha Butt Boogie” & “Troglodyte” their biggest hit, “Troglodyte (Cave Man),” was a million-seller in the summer of 1972 and had a half-spoken lyric that helped paved the way for rap. Jimmy’s records have been sampled by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Eric B and Rakim, N.W.A., Big Daddy Kane, Jungle Bros. (the piano riff in “J Beez Comin’ Through”), Beastie Boys (“Hold It, Now Hit It” features a sample of Castor screaming, “Yo, Leroy!”). Castor’s “The Bertha Butt Boogie,” makes an appearance in Ice Cube’s track “Friday.” And Kanye West understood Castor’s allure, using the Jimmy Castor Bunch’s version of “I Just Wanna Stop” to build his early track “We Don’t Care.”

The list goes on, Check out Jimmy during his hey day….

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