Monthly Archives June 2009

An Animated Tribute To Michael Jackson

An Animated Tribute To Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson left this earth too soon and so unexpectedly and tragically.The Museum of UnCut Funk is working through profound sadness over his passing by honoring him in this blog with a quick look at his career as a comic book character.

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The Roger Troutman And Zapp Interview

The Roger Troutman And Zapp Interview

I spoke to the late Roger Troutman and the group Zapp one summer just before the turn of the century.

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The Isaac Hayes Interview – A Man For The People

The Isaac Hayes Interview – A Man For The People

When Isaac Hayes made a comeback as a radio disc-jockey, before he took on the role of “Chef” on “South Park,” I spoke to him about his endeavor Literacy is the Balm, the World Literacy Crusade, Scientology, film and his historic Oscar win for “Shaft”.

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The Rick James Interview – Part Deux

The Rick James Interview – Part Deux

Shortly after Rick James’ release from Folsom prison, he hit the road to get back in the swing of things.

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Spoof Comics Presents SoulTrek

Spoof Comics Presents SoulTrek

Spoof Comics presents SoulTrek, a combination of Soul Train and Star Trek. Say What??? Okay, maybe not the best comic, but what a brilliant idea for Spoof comic book fans.

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Good Hair

Good Hair

Hours after President Barack Obama’s inauguration, Rock sat down to talk about his Sundance entry, “Good Hair,” a hilarious examination of the cultural pressures that prod blacks into costly, often painful methods to care for their hair.

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Barack Obama Comic Books – the good, bad and ugly

Barack Obama Comic Books – the good, bad and ugly

Comics featuring presidents are nothing new – even Nixon showed up in the Fantastic Four, and everyone hated the guy. But the comics industry’s obsession with Barack Obama is a little more intense than usual, resulting in some bizarre, baffling and sometimes even disturbing stories. No one ever did a comic where George W. Bush battles zombies, or one where … well, read on to find out.

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David Carradine – Funk On TV

David Carradine – Funk On TV

Kung Fu was FUNK on TV. From David Carradine to Bruce Lee to the Wu-Tang to Jet-Li to Ang Lee to QT aka Quentin Tarantino, the Martial Arts is steeped in FUNK. David Carradine’s death came as a shock to many.

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The George Clinton Interview

The George Clinton Interview

I remember meeting George Clinton at his hotel room when we spoke for this interview. It was 1998, awhile after he had dropped his albums “Dope Dogs” and “T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. (The Awesome Power of a Fully Operational Mothership),” which were released in 1995 and 1996, respectively. He spoke about some of his favorite projects that he released over the years, as well as the success of his visual art.

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George Clinton: A Funkin’ Legend

George Clinton: A Funkin’ Legend

George Clinton is a living legend. A pioneer of FUNK, his contributions to music parallel James Brown, Rick James, Sly Stone and Prince. The bands Parliament; Funkadelic and the P-Funk All Stars, packaged as three, are essentially one – and on par with FUNK collectives such as Earth, Wind & Fire, The Ohio Players, War, Cameo and Kool & the Gang.

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Racism In The Old West

Racism In The Old West

 
Here are a few examples of Tokenism and Racism In Western Comics…

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Black Music And Comics

Black Music And Comics

In celebration of June being Black Music Month, The Museum Of UnCut Funk is highlighting Black music and musicians featured in comic books.

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Richard “Grass” Green

Richard “Grass” Green

Richard “Grass” Green (May 7 1939 – August 5, 2002) was a cartoonist most notable being the first Black participant in both the 1960’s fan art movement and the 1970’s underground comix movement.

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No More Record Stores? Too Funky!!!

No More Record Stores? Too Funky!!!

WTF – This is TOO FUNKY!!!  Although I’ve known this was coming for about a year now, I was immediately thrown into an unsavory FUNK when I attempted to visit the Virgin Mega Store in Times Square the other day. IT’S CLOSED – as mentioned, I knew it was coming, but since it’s been awhile since I frequented the establishment, I’d forgotten the date it was closing… for good. “You can go down to the one in Union Square,” said Tony (a long-time friend and fellow FUNK lover). “No,” I said, “both locations are closed.”

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Funk Ad(d)s Up 2 $ – Part Three

Funk Ad(d)s Up 2 $ – Part Three

So I’m chillin’ at the crib, corresponding via e-mail, the TV’s on in the background, and I hear “Hot fun in the summertime,” but it’s not Sly & the Family Stone. I look up just in time to catch the end of the commercial… it’s an ad for the state of Maine.

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Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali

Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali

Superman’s Greatest Opponent: Muhammad Ali

Superman has had a tumultuous superhero career since his debut in 1938. He has been forced to walk the Earth as the boring Clark Kent and suffered the stress of battling villains like Lex Luthor and Braniac. In 1992, he was even killed by another foe, Doomsday, before returning a year later.

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