Pioneering Voice of “Soul Train” Seeks Compensation for 50 Years of Iconic Scream

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The iconic TV show “Soul Train” is facing a federal lawsuit filed by Joe Cobb, one of its original voices. Cobb, who famously introduced the show with his soulful scream, is seeking at least $75,000 in back royalties from the current owners of the show, Paramount Global, CBS Entertainment, and Black Entertainment Television. Cobb’s association with “Soul Train” dates back to the 1960s when he and Don Cornelius, the show’s creator, worked together at WVON, a Black radio station in Chicago. While Cobb initially used the phrase “soul train” as a … Read more

Emerald Garner: From Tragedy to Triumph, Activist Turned Author Finds Healing and Her Voice in New Book

GARY, Ind. – Emerald Garner, an activist and author, has faced tragedy throughout her life. The youngest daughter of the late Eric Garner, she witnessed her father’s murder at the hands of the police, a horrific event that was captured on video and broadcasted widely. Eric Garner’s last words, “I can’t breathe,” became a powerful rallying cry for the social justice movement. The police officer involved, Daniel Pantaleo, was later fired for using an unauthorized chokehold to restrain Garner, a 43-year-old Black man who had been arrested for selling loose cigarettes. Pantaleo’s failed attempt to … Read more

Landmark Jury Verdict: Amazon Slapped with $46.7M Penalty for Unfulfilled Voice Technology Promises with Alexa and Echo

Portland, Oregon – In a recent jury verdict, online retail giant Amazon has been ordered to pay a staggering $46.7 million in relation to a lawsuit surrounding its Alexa and Echo voice technologies. The verdict was reached after a trial held in Cumberland County Superior Court. The lawsuit was filed by a home security company called Alarm.com, which alleged that Amazon had violated its patents with the development and use of Alexa and Echo devices. Alarm.com claimed that Amazon’s voice-activated technologies infringe upon their patents relating to remote home security systems. Following the trial, the … Read more