I wish I could just vortex back to the eighties so I can experience the feeling  when Soul Train came on television every Saturday afternoon. It’s kinda similar to how I feel today when I reminisce on how my anxiety levels were on ten Sunday through Friday. I couldn’t wait to see who was performing each week, and every time Don Cornelious announced who’s on the show, he never disappointed me. Soul Train was one of those shows that made us proud. As people of color, we didn’t get a lot of love in the world of televised disco, of course, until Soul Train hit the airwaves.

Not only did we look forward to the performances, we looked forward to seeing our favorite featured dancers, the fashions, and the latest dance moves. Don was the coolest host ever and his ultra-suave presence alone was undeniable at 6’4″. He wished us love, peace, and soul every week and I’m convinced he meant it with his waving finger gesture and his hop step! Soul Train was one of the many topics of discussion in class Monday mornings and was considered the catalyst for urban television in syndication.

I just HAD to share one of my favorite parts of the show; it’s the part of the show that set it off for every black family function in America. From weddings to birthday parties, The Soul train Line was that quintessential activity that always brought us joy, lots of laughter and fun while doing what we do best…DANCE.

This is one of my favorites because every part of this gave me all kinds of life, from the removable prom skirt, fringes, extra pelvic action, the white girl with rhythm, cumber buns, theatrics and stage props, MJ wannabes, and Eddie Murphy clones!! Just see for yourself!

Read the history of Soul Train here.

Watching Babyface’s tribute put me through over fifteen minutes of nostalgia. So many good memories popped up in my head, watching the performers. From Tevin Campbell to Babyface himself, all the music that was performed during his tribute was enough to make me realize how indifferent today’s music has become to me. I am musically biased and always will be. No music from today will touch the music from the nineties and even from the eighties. I understand that the generation above mine could say the same about the music I grew up listening to. My generation can say the same about the music of the generation under us. Each generation is accustomed to certain trends and as always we’re always changing with the times and music is no exception. I know the younger generation has their own “Babyface” in Ne-yo, their own “New Edition” in Mindless Behavior, and their own “Brandy” in KeKe Palmer.

That fact still doesn’t change how I feel about the music I grew up as a young lady to. To this day, I still beam with excitement when any of the songs performed by the artists plays on the radio. The music from the nineties reflect the happier times in my life when I didn’t have many responsibilities. The music from the nineties also proves how times has changed. Most of us are not impressed and rather keep the radio turned off.With that said, I appreciate the few stations that keep us happy with throwback music on rotation, because it keeps us balanced. If I can withstand music my almost 12-year-old daughter listen to, she can learn to listen to my favorites.

Tevin Campbell was my favorite male solo artist from the nineties I’m so glad he decided to come out from hiding and surprise us so effortlessly! Brandy did her thing, making me want to re-buy that Waiting To Exhale soundtrack. “Sittin’ Up In My Room” was one of my faves. Fantasia DID THAT AND SOME MORE STUFF! She gives EVERYTHING every time she sings, and she’s soul soulful I pulled cornbread out of the oven… I wasn’t even cooking! Once she sang “Superwoman”, we were immediately reminded that Karyn White was missing. Everyone thought she would’ve been a great addition. Karyn recently posted a video on Facebook, saying she watched with everyone else and had the same question….why wasn’t she a part of the tribute? Click here to see what she had to say.

Bobby Brown was another who was a pleasant surprise to see come out. We all know he’s been through a lot. With that said, I appreciate his courage to come out and do what he does BEST! AND he sang one of my faves. God bless him.

My all-time favorite group, BoyzIIMen came out looking debonair and did an outstanding performance, despite Michael McCary’s departure. They sang two of their Babyface-written hits from their album II. “I’ll Make Love To You” and “End Of The road”. “End Of The Road” was also the Boomerang soundtrack.

Last but definitely not least, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds performed the megahit “Whip Appeal”.Babyface’s entire songwriting catalog is the catalyst for true R&B. That is not a debate!

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