Yesterday, Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) Soul Train Pass the Mic series showed up on my YouTube feed. It is probably because I have liked and subscribed to the Soul Train channel videos when selecting ones for prior posts.
I have especially fond memories of Soul Train. As a teenager, I always wanted to be a Soul Train dancer. I was once a dancer on a local television dance show in New Orleans, called Get Down.
When I watched a few Pass the Mic episodes, it brought me back to happier days. It accentuated how much we have digressed. I needed the feel-good part.
DJ Cassidy, the host DJ, keeps the show energetic and vibrant. It is great to watch various R&B stars from the 1980s sing to their hit songs in their homes. Cassidy Zooms from his home, switching from one hit R&B song and legend, to the next. He interjects words that encourage and keeps the crowd going. It is a wonderful experience, given that many of us are locked in.
Cassidy was ingenious to come up with this idea. I can see many other applications, such as setting up Zoom meetings, passing the mic, on various current topics. …For me, controversial ones like Racism, Prescription Meds, Police Killings, Spirituality vs. Religion, etc.
Cassidy produced the initial shows himself, from his home, while in quarantine. An hour-long episode aired on BET, during Thanksgiving. I missed it! …. Damn, Damn, Damn!
DJ dedicates each episode to the heroes, the front-line workers, who fight for health, freedom, and justice.
I love this! Thanks, BET, Soul Train, and the marvelous DJ Cassidy. Kevy
DJ Cassidy’s Pass The Mic: BET Soul Train Edition – Nov 30, 2020 – DJCASSIDY
Pass The Mic: Volume Three – Oct 15, 2020 – DJCASSIDY
Pass The Mic: Volume Two – Aug 6, 2020 – DJCASSIDY
Pass The Mic: Volume One – Jul 20, 2020– DJCASSIDY
THE JACKSON 5 – Soul Train 1972 (All Songs) – Jun 29, 2019 – Jackson 5 Things
DJ Cassidy Will ‘Pass the Mic’ Between Early ’80s R&B Legends as His All-Star Webcast Series Becomes a BET Special – By Chris Willman – Nov 19, 2020
DJ Cassidy’s popular “Pass the Mic” webcast series is going to TV on Thanksgiving weekend… and going totally ’80s. BET’s Nov. 29 broadcast of “The Soul Train Awards” will be immediately followed by a second prime-time special that will bring Cassidy’s all-star medleys, usually seen via Twitch and YouTube, to a network for the first time. And while the star DJ isn’t revealing any names yet, he is telling Variety that this edition of his mic-pass will bring together the leading lights of R&B from a decade that happens to be his favorite
Or maybe something more like just a half-decade, to get specific about it. “When I think about ‘Soul Train’ and the long legacy that spans decades,” he says, “I am immediately drawn into thinking about the 1980s. particularly the first half of the decade. The sounds of the R&B records that came out of the first half of the ’80s, the attitude and style and emotions of those records, all speak to the legacy of ‘Soul Train’ so powerfully, and I think those records exude the feeling of celebration. Read More
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