As news spread that "Soul Train" legend Don Cornelius died Wednesday morning of a gunshot wound at the age of 75, fans and friends took to Twitter to express their grief in a stream of condolences that continued Thursday.
The 1970s were the first full decade after civil rights legislation all but obliterated racial segregation in the United States. And it was in large part because of this great sea change that a bright, bold flowering of African-American popular culture affecting music, movies, fashion, television, sports and literature burst forth, its impact resonating with a breadth and force that had never been witnessed before -- or seen since.
Which late night TV personality co-wrote "It's Raining Men"? Who came up with the State Farm jingle before hitting the big time? And who was the kid lit superstar who penned Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue"?
This was Christmas night. In the basement of a church off an icy street in downtown Detroit, four dozen homeless men and women sat at tables. The smell of cooked ham wafted from the kitchen. The pastor, Henry Covington, a man the size of two middle linebackers, exhorted the people with a familiar chant.
He was lauded and ridiculed. He broke down barriers and built them around himself. He soared to heights unimaginable with his music, and he made the ignominious front page of gutter tabloids worldwide.
Michael Jackson, the show-stopping singer whose best-selling albums -- including "Off the Wall," "Thriller" and "Bad" -- and electrifying stage presence made him one of the most popular artists of all time, died Thursday, CNN has confirmed.
Jon Bon Jovi should be living it up like the rock star that he is right now. He has a rare day off from touring and he's pacing around his plush digs in Miami with the vibrant Florida sun beaming through the windows around him. With South Beach at his fingertips, however, he opts to stay in and talk football. That's what happens when you're the owner of the Philadelphia Soul, one of only two undefeated teams left in the Arena Football League.
It should come as no surprise that a company backed by Norman Lear knows how to make creative use of television. Lear, the TV superproducer who created "All in the Family," "One Day at a Time," and other hit shows, is one of the owners of Concord Music Group.
Activist Rev. Al Sharpton organized rallies across the United States on Tuesday demanding rap lyricists stop employing the "n-word" and terms degrading to women, urging public divestment from the music industry until it complies.