April 11 - Fact of the Day: Cheryl Song on Soul Train

Soul. Train. Remember the show? Cheryl Song, now an ex-Soul Train dancer, shattered racial barriers on and outside the show. She was the standout Asian American dancer that stayed on the show for fourteen consecutive years (from 1976-1990) dancing her heart out even despite being criticized and harassed by some of the other dancers for being "non-black" or "yellow" in the beginning. From her popular appearances on Soul Train, she also appeared in Michael Jackson’s music video, “Beat It,” and Rick James’ music video, “Superfreak.” Many people from the 80s have embraced her as an unforgettable icon--the girl with long, black hair with extravagant outfits and elaborate dances that outdanced her peers--and reminisced about her presence on the show. Now, she works for the Federal Air Marshall Service at the Los Angeles International Airport, but still considers dancing on Soul Train to be the happiest time of her life.

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2GN7ODPaAJY

Source: http://soultrain.com/2011/07/27/diary-of-an-ex-soul-train-dancer-qa-with-the-unforgettable-cheryl-song/