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A Throw Back To Old School Dance And Culture: The Soul Train

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The holidays of my youth were endless; filled with fun suffering experience. Play-fighting and foot races. Flying of kites and riding of bikes on the fields. Even when we had no light to illuminate our environment playing time continued even after supper and never stopped. We ran the street like swans of birds, climbing our neighbour’s fences and looking for the next compound to go explore. We terrorized our neighbour’s fruits and played cowboys and indian, on a hot sunny day we had our showers outside the house running naked with our innocence. 4pm was a special time on the clock, because that was when TV stations starts their transmissions, unlike now we have tv station running 24hrs. We sat down in front of our Tv screen waiting for the next cartoons to watch or kiddies program like famous 5, & the Cosby Kids. On Saturday was a special day, where after playing in the sun for hours you run back home for a drink of water. You pass by the television on your way to the kitchen. And your sisters are watching this: Soul Train Dancers If you're a certain age, Soul Train represents a cultural milestone. The show featured young black people dancing to popular predominantly black music, but underneath it was much more: Soul Train was a forum for African American post-civil rights movement dance, fashion, culture music and advertising. Host and creator Don Cornelius started the show in Chicago in 1970, airing it weekday afternoons on Channel 26 before taking the show to Los Angeles and greater fame the next year. The soul train reminds me of my childhood exploration days, the dance and the style of clothing which was extraordinarily tight fitted.  The show was sponsored by Johnson's product which was the first black-owned enterprise to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The partnership between the show and the black-owned, Chicago-based Johnson Products Company saw adverts like Afro Sheen hair and skin care products with commercials. Soul train featured performances by R&B, soul, and hip hop artists, although funk, jazz, disco, and gospel artists have also appeared. The series was created by Don Cornelius, who also served as its first host and executive producer. Each week when it’s aired on TV we looked out for several dance steps, hair style and fashion style that we can copy in other to impress our fellow friends. It’s actually funny looking at some of my old school picture, seeing the big shoes we wore and the tight slim trouser with wide bottoms. In those days we called it the Laboo trouser and if you were a kid you don't have one then you’re not the man. Sly Stone_Soul Train Photo Exhibition He sure feels like he is the man: Soul train no doubt affected the music and dancing culture of blacks, who used the medium as avenue of escapism and breaking of societal chains and shackles that were all-too-prevalent just decades before. releaseyourself old school gagnam style Well i begin to wonder how kids of today spend their holidays and what TV programs they looked forward to viewing and also reminisce about ....uhm Maybe Ben 10 i guess.  

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