Monthly Archives November 2010

The Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show – Rickety Rocket Cartoon

The Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show – Rickety Rocket Cartoon

Rickety Rocket was a segment in The Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show, about an artificially intelligent space ship created by a group of four Black kid geniuses who run a detective agency and solve mysteries in the future.

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The Hardy Boys Cartoon – Peter Jones

The Hardy Boys Cartoon – Peter Jones

The Hardy Boys cartoon featured the first postive Black character in a Saturday morning cartoon series, who was also the first Black male character and the first positive Black male musician character in a Saturday morning cartoon series – Peter Jones. He was the drummer in the band. He was voiced by Byron Kane.

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Captain Caveman And The Teen Angels Cartoon – Dee Dee Sykes

Captain Caveman And The Teen Angels Cartoon – Dee Dee Sykes

Captain Caveman’s first and second seasons were originally broadcast as segments on the package shows Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympics and Scooby’s All-Stars from 1977 to 1979. The third season featured Captain Caveman and the Teen Angles in their own half-hour time slot in 1980.

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The Space Sentinels Cartoon – Astrea

The Space Sentinels Cartoon – Astrea

Astrea was the first Black female superhero featured in a Saturday Morning Cartoon series, the Space Sentinels. Roman mythological figures Hercules and Mercury were joined by Astrea, one of the most respected and esteemed goddesses of the Greek and Roman world to form a superhero team to protect mankind.

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Tarzan and The Super 7 – Micro Woman And Super Stretch Cartoon

Tarzan and The Super 7 – Micro Woman And Super Stretch Cartoon

Chris and Christy Cross are Micro Woman and Super Stretch, a fictional, shape-shifting, husband and wife crime fighting team. They were the first Black Superhero duo and the first Black Husband and Wife superhero duo to appear in a Saturday Morning Cartoon.

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Take A Ride On The B.T. Express – The B.T. Express Interview

Take A Ride On The B.T. Express – The B.T. Express Interview

When BT Express dropped their hit “Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied),” I couldn’t believe they put all that FUNK and sexy lyrics into one song. As I was coming of age when the song was released, my first thoughts about the satisfaction they sang of, was sexual. This train of thought was the closest I had gotten to any sibilance of sex at that early age.

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Funkin’ It Up With Millie – The Millie Jackson Interview

Funkin’ It Up With Millie – The Millie Jackson Interview

When I had the fortune to interview Millie Jackson, she spoke to me about her endeavors from the Apollo Theatre to Broadway. We laughed a lot, as she was very candid with me about her unique style and the ups and downs of her career.

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The Funk And Soul Of Curtis Mayfield – The Curtis Mayfield Interview

The Funk And Soul Of Curtis Mayfield – The Curtis Mayfield Interview

When I was afforded the privilege to speak to Curtis Mayfield, it wasn’t until after his near fatal accident at Brooklyn’s Wingate Field. As he spoke to us in a reclined position, everyone present at the roundtable discussion felt blessed to be there.

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The Funk Of Chaka Khan – The Chaka Khan Interview

The Funk Of Chaka Khan – The Chaka Khan Interview

One of the greatest compliments I ever got as a journalist, was from Chaka Khan. She told me, that my interview with her, was “Vivid and Real.”

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Quincy’s New Music – A Vintage Interview

Quincy’s New Music – A Vintage Interview

Multi-Grammy winning producer, composer and arranger Quincy Jones will release his 37th album, “Q:Soul Bossa Nostra,” on Interscope Records on November 9th. The album features a who’s who of today’s hottest Pop, R&B and Hip-Hop artists and producers who have recorded contemporary versions of popular songs from Jones’ massive catalog.

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Gettin’ Down With AWB – The AWB Interview

Gettin’ Down With AWB – The AWB Interview

The Average White Band is still one of the baddest bands to take the stage of FUNK. A long time admirer of their biggest hit “Pick Up the Pieces,” it was during this interview that they told me the inspiration for the tune.

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The Funkin’ Love Of Teena Marie – The Teena Marie Interview

The Funkin’ Love Of Teena Marie – The Teena Marie Interview

Doing interviews with Teena Marie was an absolute highlight of my career in music. Having spoken to Rick James at least three times, chatting with her, was like adding to the anatomy of my body of FUNK encounters. While most females recognized in the genre of FUNK are considered to be R&B artists, one can not deny the FUNKessential contributions of Teena Marie.

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Funkin’ Parking

Funkin’ Parking

Why don’t people under 30 know how to park? OK, obviously a lot of them can park, but there’s a BUNCH of people that can’t.

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Aretha Cancels Her Tour

Aretha Cancels Her Tour

Recently out of the hospital, Aretha Franklin has been told no touring until Spring. According to her publicist No Doubt Marketing and Media, the undisputed “Queen of Soul,” Ms. Aretha Franklin was released from northwest Detroit’s Sinai Grace Hospital last Saturday, October 30th following a brief stay.

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