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  • An old press pass for “A Black’s View of the News”

Don Cornelius, the creator of Soul Train, died Wednesday in California. Cornelius broke into television at WCIU, Channel 26, in Chicago in the late 60s, on A Black’s Views of the News. My friend Tom Weinberg recalls this was “the first nightly black news program in the country.” Weinberg was the producer, his first job.

Weinberg, who’s had a long career in independent video, is the creator of the Media Burn Independent Video Archive, an online museum full of astonishing stuff. He’s just offered up these relics—to the left is an old press pass, and there’s more after the jump.