Music

TV Watch: Soul Train Documentary

by Yvette Travillian

I know I don’t stand alone with my respect for Soul Train. And although I missed out on my parents era and was not able to watch iconic performers like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin do their thang on the stage (with cool ass host and creator Don Cornelius watching on the side), as a kid growing up in the late 80’s early 90’s, I still rushed to my TV EVERY Saturday morning to watch my favorites like New Edition, Keith Sweat and Heavy D and the Boyz perform hits that were playing on my cassette player continuously.   

However, as the early 2000’s progressed and the way we accessed music changed, Soul Train unfortunately became a program that was either forgotten or just ignored – due to new hosts,  a fading music award show and thousands of newer ways to see our favorite artist perform.

But regardless of what era you watched or missed this is your chance to relive it all. VH1 is airing Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America documentary all month as (one) of its tributes to Black History Month and I couldn’t be more excited for this moment.

Narrated by Terrence Howard, this 90 minute doc takes us from Don Cornelius’ early days hosting the show in Chicago to its brighter and more lucrative days in LA where it became the longest running, first-run syndicated series in history. With an original score provided by Questlove, this is an amazing opportunity to take a look at exclusive behind the scenes footage  of how the shows conception was formulated and the impact it had in transforming black music , fashion and culture into a  mainstream phenomenon.

MAKE SURE to check your local listings for re-airing because this is a definite MUST SEE.

Love, Peace… and SOUL!