Olivia, Q Parker, and Raheem Devaughn on Don Cornelius and Soul Train’s Impact


In the wake of Don Cornelius’ passing, VIBE tapped three young R&B stars to talk about the impact that Don and Soul Train had on their lives.

“My heart is heavy to hear of the loss of the legendary Don Cornelius. He had a profound impact on my career and my life. His creativity is greatly appreciated as his platform created a cultural phenomenon. He will truly be missed.” –Q Parker of 112

“Don Cornelius was a musical icon. In the spirit of Black History Month, his contribution to music shouldn’t go unnoticed. He gave so much to our people in creating an outlet for our music before it was ever given the opportunity to go mainstream. My fondest memory is when I appeared on the show in 2001. It was such a great experience for me. So glad I got the opportunity to be apart of the Soul Train Era. This is truly a sad day. I extend my sincere condolences to his family and friends. He will be truly missed.” –Olivia-VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Co-Star/Recording Artist

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of the music legend Don Cornelius. The creation of Soul Train was groundbreaking especially to artists that may not have been typically able to have access to the masses. Don was a catalyst for urban music. He recognized the need to expose the world to our originality. Soul Train had a tremendous impact on fashion, dance, and music as a whole as it was a cultural phenomenon. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet Don. Let’s remember the impact of his contributions and not judge the manner by which he departed this life. His life is a example that outward accomplishments have no indication of deep pain. Love, Peace, & Soul. R.I.P. Don Cornelius.” –Raheem Devaughn

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