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Obama Talks About Prince In Clip From New David Letterman Netflix Show

David Letterman has a new show debuting on Netflix Friday (January 12th) and in this clip he talks to Barack Obama about Prince. The former president describes an incident with the artist months before his death. Obama’s daughter Sasha was invited on stage by Prince and she convinced her father to dance with them. The name of the show is My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman.

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Atlanta Season 2 Teaser

Donald Glover’s FX comedy Atlanta is returning for season 2 on March 1st. The teaser gives just enough mystery to raise questions about the future storyline, especially at the end when Paper Boi is grabbed by an unknown person in the dark.

 

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Oprah Winfrey Accepts Cecile B. DeMille Award At The Golden Globes Awards

Oprah Winfrey became the first Black woman to receive the Cecile B. DeMille Award at The Golden Globes ceremony last night. Her acceptance speech started with an ode to Sidney Poitier who was the first Black person to accept the honor in 1982 and then she acknowledged the responsibility of representation and the industry’s current coming-out about sexism.

Oprah referenced Recy Taylor, the Black woman from Alabama who was gang-raped by six white men in 1944. Taylor’s attackers were never convicted despite their confessions after an investigation spearheaded by Rosa Parks. Taylor passed last month shortly before her 98th birthday and Oprah used her story to the history of women being violated. Her speech rallied for the #MeToo Movement and a new world without sexism. This morning while the hype surrounding her appearance was still high, anonymous sources told the media that Oprah is seriously thinking about running for president in 2020.

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Throwback: Soul Train

Don Cornelius started his career as a news and sports reporter for WCIV-TV in Chicago. Soul Train was a show he independently hosted as a series of concerts to promote local talent. In 1970, the station gave Cornelius the opportunity to put the show on television. The show debuted in August of 1970 and by 1971 it was nationally syndicated. Soul Train was like Dick Clark’s American Bandstand but it featured African-American entertainers and audience members. Clark briefly tried to compete with Soul Train by creating the Soul Unlimited show but it was canceled after Jesse Jackson accused ABC of trying to undermine America’s only Black-owned television show.

Soul Train was the first time Black popular culture had a national presence on TV. Contemporary fashion, dancers and soul artists were seen nationally years before Michael Jackson integrated MTV. Artists received increased exposure and were able to forge new bonds with their fans beyond print media. Rosie Perez, Fred “Rerun” Berry and Jermaine Stewart were some of the dancers to be recognized for their work on the show. Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniels were Soul Train dancers before they became members of Shalamar.┬áHip-Hop was first broadcast on the show in the ’80s with memorable appearances from Kurtis Blow and Run D.M.C.

Soul Train ran until 2006 but Cornelius stopped hosting the show in 1993. The Soul Train Awards launched in 1987 and The Soul Train Lady Of Soul Awards first aired in 1995. Cornelius sold the show’s rights to a consortium led by Magic Johnson in 2011 and he died the following year in an act of suicide.

The Soul Train Awards continues to air and celebrate the achievements of African-American artists. Every modern media space dedicated to Black creatives has a debt to Don Cornelius and Soul Train.

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Prophets Of Rage Perform Legalize Me & Living On 110 On Jimmy Kimmel Live

Prophets Of Rage start 2018 with their first TV appearance of the year on Jimmy Kimmel Live! They perform their pro-marijuana “Legalize Me” and homelessness song “Living On The 110.”

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