Tony Cornelius sits in a red-upholstered box seat above the Millennium Stage on the m/s Nieuw Amsterdam, a Holland America cruise ship, during the 2019 Soul Train Cruise (which sailed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from Jan. 20 through Jan. 27).
The official host of the annual ocean-going celebration featuring live performances by an array of beloved R&B artists, Tony Cornelius is the face of the Soul Train brand both on and off the ship. He’s just shown a rough-cut preview of the first episode of American Soul, the ten-part set to debut on BET on Tuesday, Feb. 5, to cruise attendees. Now that the audience has filed out, he is basking in the positive reactions.
“There’s so much to be proud of, but sometimes in the memories of what you have to go through, it’s painful, too,” he says with a smile.
Loosely based on the story of how the late creator/producer/host Don Cornelius (Tony’s father) developed Soul Train from a popular local teen dance show in Chicago into a nationally syndicated, global cultural force taped live in Los Angeles, American Soul is billed as an “unflinching” look at the show’s origins. Bringing the series to the screen has long been a goal of the Cornelius family, even before the untimely demise of Don Cornelius on February 1, 2012.
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