I'm incredibly sad to hear of Don Cornelius' death by gunshot wound to the head, apparently self-inflicted today, He helped put soul music on the map and introduced and influenced such artists as The Jackson 5, MJ, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and countless others. He also helped launch the careers of dancers who never would have had the opportunity. Bringing soul music and black artists into the living rooms of white America, Cornelius helped to bridge the race gap through music. … more
When people discuss his legacy there are important aspects they left out. His show created a vehicle for product advertising for many things geared towards African Americans, especially in haircare. Many of these businesses had no other television outlet to advertise.