Magic Johnson looks to resurrect 'Soul Train'
Now that's he's backing a new cable channel,
Magic Johnson aims to bring resurrect ''Soul Train''.
According to The AP, the ex-NBA star is looking at concepts for
reviving the retro musical variety show that broke racial barriers
and became a massive sensation in syndication. Soul Train, which
ran from 1970 through 2006, was the brainchild of creator-host
Don Cornelius, who died Feb. 1st of an apparently self-inflicted
Johnson is the brand-new boss of a cable network, dubbed
''Aspire'', set to launch this summer. In an announcement
Tuesday, Comcast said it will carry the channel along with
other TV ventures backed by Sean "Diddy" Combs and director
In 2011, his Magic Johnson Enterprises and Ron Burkle's Yucaipa
Cos. purchased a stake in Vibe Holdings, the parent company of
Soul Train Holdings; the group was created in 2008, when Cornelius
sold the franchise to MadVision Entertainment and private-equity
firm InterMedia Partners.
"Certainly we want to proceed in a way that will highlight the
contribution of Don (Cornelius) to the creation of the brand
and it's subsequent impact on American culture," Kenard Gibbs,
CEO of Soul Train Holdings, recently told The Hollywood Reporter
of opportunities to expand Soul Train with a possible film, musical
and TV show.
Sailin' on a BW midnight boat, their were no questions asked.
Waters so green and the air was so clean Matt stuck right to
Oh I'm just dreamin'... my life Away