Hey, Soul Train Awards, what’s up with the pandering, blue-eyed soul segment?

David Goodson | 12/5/2013, 1:57 p.m.

E.) Can we have anything to ourselves?

The “Blue-Eyed Soul” segment—hmm. Didn’t Gregory Abbott, Vanessa Williams and Lil’ Kim have blue eyes—well, at least close to blue, except Kim, whose eye colors are versatile?

So we really mean Caucasian. I get it, we’re the “Soul Train, All Aboard,” but by the same token, can we envision the American Music Awards or the Grammy Awards having Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Lenny Kravitz, Living Colour and Prince do a Black rock segment? I’ll wait …

Speaking of Prince, just got word that Prince will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the ESSENCE Festival with a Superdome headlining performance over Fourth of July weekend.

ESSENCE and Prince will also support #YesWeCode, a special community initiative led by the Rebuild the Dream Innovation Fund’s founder Van Jones to encourage our young people to use technology and creativity to code.

The definitive destination for entertainment, empowerment, inspiration and culture, the ESSENCE Festival last hosted Prince in 2004.

“Welcoming an artist as iconic as Prince back to the ESSENCE Festival for a 20th anniversary performance is incredibly exciting,” said Essence Communications President Michelle Ebanks. “The ESSENCE Festival is where we come together to connect to both our culture and our community, so we are pleased to support Prince and the Rebuild the Dream Innovation Fund in advocating for our youth.”

For more information about the Rebuild the Dream initiative #YesWeCode, visit yeswecode.com.

Additional performers and speakers for the ESSENCE Festival, taking place July 3-6 in New Orleans, will be announced soon enough.

I’m out. Holla next week. Till then, enjoy the nightlife.