February 1, 2012
Don Cornelius - To Most the Soul Train Inovator, to me a relative I never knew
As a kid I remember watching Soul Train on TV, always fascinated by the dancing and performing acts. Always wondering who the heck was that pretty asian lady with the long hair and the sequin outfits? Thanks to Google I found out her name was Cheryl Song. Her picture is below:
But I digress. I heard this morning that unfortunately Don took his life this morning. I heard it through internet posts while my mom found out from a family member on the phone. My mom had told me a few years back that we were related (he was my third cousin). His father and my grandmother's father (my great-grandfather) had been brothers. But unfortunately his father had been killed before he was born. His mother unfortunately did not really have anything to do with his father's side of the family (from what I was told), yet my mom said that there were some who did keep in touch from time to time. As the years went by from what I can understand communication had ceased or was barely there. I know he has two sons, but beyond that I do not know if they have families of their own. I just want to say that we know you are out there and we are praying for you at this time.
Every year my dad's side of the family throw a Mardi Gras party in February and we always throw the Soul Train line in there near the end. I can't even remember how many times I've danced down a Soul Train line but I know I have him to thank for that;)
I remember always wishing I could have met him, way before I found out he was family. When I did find out he was a relative, I always wondered if I would ever see him at family reunions, which unfortunately never happened. Now that he is gone, all I can say is that I wish you LOVE, PEACE, & may your SOUL rest in peace.