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Event Tue Apr 02 2013

The Soul Train Impact: Music, Moguls and More


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There is no denying the effect the late Don Cornelius and "Soul Train" had on pop culture; for over 30 years, every Saturday morning, people everywhere were glued to their televisions to see the latest fashion, dance moves, and performances by the hottest soul and R&B acts.

Dubbed "the hippest trip in America," "Soul Train" launched the careers of up-and-coming bands and singers and made already popular acts even more popular; however, its influence extends beyond the beats and "The Boogie." Through its humble Windy City beginnings and even after the show was moved to Los Angeles in the early 70s, Cornelius turned his dream into a powerhouse brand and created a legacy for many years to come.

To celebrate Cornelius' contribution to the world of music and television, Columbia College Chicago alum Teena Sloane-Hendricks presents "The Soul Train Impact," an event that not only recognizes the arts and culture of the show, but also its business and entrepreneurial impact. Panelists, who will discuss the entertainment industry, business and more, include industry experts Kenard Gibbs (CEO of Soul Train Holdings), radio and media professional Tony Gray, Chicago's own, Grammy-nominated producer and DJ Steve "Silk" Hurley and more.

"The Soul Train Impact" will be held Wednesday, Apr. 10 at Columbia College Chicago's Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan, 2nd Fl., at 6pm. Admission is free; for more information, visit the event's Facebook page.

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Santucci Pontarelli / April 3, 2013 10:03 AM

I will always remember Soul Train I watched everytime it was on, I loved the music, the entertainers, the dancers, new artists, and this was the show you watched whenever you wanted to learn the latest dances. It truly was the "hippest trip in America" and I quote the famous gone but not forgotten Don Cornelius, we can all help keep his dream alive.

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

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Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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