BET Networks Honors The Life And Legacy Of Soul Train Creator Don Cornelius With A Special Programming Lineup

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February 1st, 2012

via press release:



106 & PARK Pays Tribute to the Life and Accomplishments of Don Cornelius Tonight, February 1 at 6:00 p.m.*


BET to Air SOUL TRAIN: HIPPEST TRIP IN AMERICA Tonight, February 1 at 8:00 p.m.* and the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2011 on Thursday, February 2 at 8:00 p.m.* 


CENTRIC will Run a 24-hour Marathon of Classic SOUL TRAIN Episodes Beginning Tonight, February 1 at Midnight*


NEW YORK — February 1, 2012 — BET and CENTRIC will pay homage to SOUL TRAIN creator, executive producer and host Don Cornelius with a special lineup of programming dedicated to his prolific life and legacy. On tonight’s episode of 106 & PARK at 6:00 p.m.*, hosts Terrence J and Rocsi will honor the life and accomplishments of the Soul Train founder with a special vignette followed by the documentary SOUL TRAIN: HIPPEST TRIP IN AMERICA at 8:00 p.m.* In addition, CENTRIC, the flagship network for the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS, will run a special 24-hour marathon of classic SOUL TRAIN episodes beginning tonight at 12:00 a.m.*


“We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Don Cornelius. He was a pioneer in the television and music industries and his legacy and influence on American culture will continue to live on for many generations to come. He made Soul Train a destination for lovers of black culture and music and connected the world to our culture and we are forever grateful,” said Debra L. Lee, Chairman & CEO of BET Networks.


“We owe so much of our success to him, he built the space for the creation of a BET, built a platform for the music that our audience loves and gave a voice to countless artists that shaped black culture and beyond—his impact  can't be measured. He will be missed, but remembered at every wedding, party and family reunion forever with the enduring Soul Train line.”


“Don Cornelius was the heart of Soul Train,” stated Paxton Baker, EVP & GM, Centric. “There were so many different things he affected through a one-hour television show that was nothing short of amazing. Much like BET and network founder Bob Johnson, Don Cornelius provided to Americans, African-Americans in particular, the opportunity to start working in this business in positions that were otherwise closed to them.”


BET Programming Lineup

Wednesday, February 1

6:00 p.m.* - 106 & PARK Special Episode



Thursday, February 2

8:00 p.m.* - SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2011


CENTRIC Programming Lineup

Wednesday, February 1


12:00 a.m.* - 24-hour SOUL TRAIN Marathon


Thursday, February 2

24-hour SOUL TRAIN Marathon continues…


Friday, February 3

9:00 p.m.* - SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2011


Saturday, February 4

10:00 a.m.* - 12-hour SOUL TRAIN Marathon

10:00 p.m.* - SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2010


Sunday, February 5

9:00 a.m.* - 12-hour SOUL TRAIN Marathon


For more updates on Don Cornelius, photo flipbooks of the past 40 Years of SOUL TRAIN and videos of previous SOUL TRAIN AWARDS, please visit and Viewers can keep up with this developing story on Twitter by following @BET and @CentricTV.


*All times are ET/PT.


About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.



Centric is a 24-hour music and entertainment channel that reflects the lifestyle and sophistication of today’s African-American and multicultural adult viewer.  With a finger on the pulse of an ever-changing beat, its compelling music content fuses Soul, R&B, Neo-Soul, Hip Hop, Reggae, Gospel, Jazz, Old School, New School and everything in between with today’s hottest artists. It is a unique mix of music, culture and lifestyle programming that embodies the lives, tastes and aspirations of the CENTRIC viewer: All you. All day. All night.

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