Monthly Archives July 2012

A Blast From The Past: Harlem Globetrotters Comic circa 1952

A Blast From The Past: Harlem Globetrotters Comic circa 1952

Bill Stern was a radio and a TV sportscaster from the 1920’s-1960’s. In the 1950’s, Ziff-Davis published Bill Stern’s sports stories in the form of a comic book series entitled Bill Stern’s Sports Book. Volume 2 # 2, published in the winter of 1952, contained a story featuring the Harlem Globetrotters. You can read this comic below.

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A Blast From The Past: Satchel Paige Comic circa 1953

A Blast From The Past: Satchel Paige Comic circa 1953

Satchel Paige was a star of both The Negro Leagues and Major League Baseball and the first player from The Negro Leagues to be inducted into the hall of fame. The Ageless Satchel Paige story is from Treasure Chest Comic Vol. 8 # 17, April 23, 1953.

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A Blast From The Past: Sugar Ray Robinson Comic circa 1952

A Blast From The Past: Sugar Ray Robinson Comic circa 1952

Bill Stern was a radio and a TV sportscaster from the 1920’s-1960’s. In the 1950’s, Ziff-Davis published Bill Stern’s sports stories in the form of a comic book series entitled Bill Stern’s Sports Book. Volume 2 #2, published in the winter of 1952, contained a story featuring ‘Sugar’ Ray Robinson, whom many consider to have been the greatest boxer of his time. You can read this comic below.

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A Blast From The Past: Joe Louis Comic circa 1952

A Blast From The Past: Joe Louis Comic circa 1952

Bill Stern was a radio and a TV sportscaster from the 1920’s-1960’s. In the 1950’s, Ziff-Davis published Bill Stern’s sports stories in the form of a comic book series entitled Bill Stern’s Sports Book. Volume 2 # 2, published in the winter of 1952, contained a story featuring Joe Louis and Jack Dempsey. You can read this comic below.

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A Blast From The Past Series: Star Trek circa 1974

A Blast From The Past Series: Star Trek circa 1974

Star Trek was adapted for comics by Gold Key. The first issue was published on July, 1967. This series ran for sixty one issues, through 1979. Lieutenant Uhura, played by Nichelle Nichols, was one of the first positive Black characters on television and also one of the first positive Black characters to appear in a comic book series and later in a Saturday morning animated series.

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A Blast From The Past: Jesse Owens Comic circa 1952

A Blast From The Past: Jesse Owens Comic circa 1952

Treasure Chest Comic vol. 7, #20, June 5, 1952, featured a biography of Jesse Owens in which his undermining of Aryan supremacy in Hitler’s Germany at the Berlin Olympics of 1936 is recounted, as is his subsequent recognition by post-Nazi Germany.

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A Blast From The Past: Joe Louis Comic circa 1950’s

A Blast From The Past: Joe Louis Comic circa 1950’s

The Joe Louis Champion of Champions #2 comic book was published in the early 1950’s by Fawcett publishing. This was Fawcett’s way of  breaking into the Black comic book market. You can read this comic below.

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A Blast From The Past Series: Room 222 circa 1971

A Blast From The Past Series: Room 222 circa 1971

The Room 222 comic book series, published by Dell, ran for 4 issues from January 1970 through January 1971. Issue 4 was a reprint of issue 1. Room 222 was one of my favorite TV series back in the day, which ran from 1969 through 1974. I loved tuning in every week to see what was happening at Walt Whitman High. I loved the characters, the handsome Mr. Dixon played by Lloyd Haynes, and his beautiful girlfriend Miss McIntyre played by Denise Nicholas. There were also the cool students – Pam, played by Ta-Tanisha and Larry played by Eric Laneuville.

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A Blast From The Past Series: I Spy circa 1966

A Blast From The Past Series: I Spy circa 1966

I Spy is a secret agent TV adventure series that ran for three seasons, from 1965 to 1968. I Spy teamed Robert Culp, who played international tennis player Kelly Robinson with Bill Cosby as his trainer, Alexander Scott. I Spy was groundbreaking because it was the first American television drama to feature a Black actor, Bill Cosby, in a lead role.

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Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander Talk about Concrete Park

Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander Talk about Concrete Park

How many of you already know that the co-story/spec/screenwriter for the Arnold Schwazenegger thriller Eraser (co-starring Vanessa Williams) was Black? Or that he has also penned scripts for Mel Gibson (the remake of Fahrenheit 451), and worked on projects with Oliver Stone, Jerry Bruckheimer and Will Smith?

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Dear White People

Dear White People

Remember when Black movies didn’t neccesarily star a dude in a fat suit and a wig? Or have major plot twists timed to Gospel numbers for no apparent reason? No? Damn…

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Soul Food Junkies

Soul Food Junkies

Filmmaker Byron Hurt explores the health advantages and disadvantages of Soul Food, a quintessential American cuisine, in his documentary Soul Food Junkies.

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Sunshine Again

Sunshine Again

Heather Ferreira is a filmmaker who is all about producing authentic retro looking films. As a part of her journey to opening her own film company, Sellino films, she produced a kids show called Sunshine Again in 2007.

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The African Diaspora Today Interview

The African Diaspora Today Interview

Back in October, 2010 the curator of The Museum Of UnCut Funk was interviewed by Dr. Carol Adams, the host of African Diaspora Today, on WVON 1690 AM in Chicago. Dr. Adams is also the Chief Executive Officer of the DuSable Museum of African American History. Check it out.

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The Skip Funktologist Interview

The Skip Funktologist Interview

On June 11, 2012 the curator of The Museum Of UnCut Funk was interviewed by Skip Funktologist from Jammin KZKO The Vibe internet radio in Denver. We discussed the museum, the collection and more. Check it out.

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The Power 105.1 Interview

The Power 105.1 Interview

Over the Memorial day weekend, the curators of The Museum Of UnCut Funk were interviewed by Kim Kane, radio personality for Power 105.1 radio in NY. Kim is also the host of the community affairs program Power On The Block. We discuss the museum collection, our Black animation touring exhibition and other initiatives that we are working on. Check it out.

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Earvin “Magic” Johnson Buys ‘Soul Train’ Rights

Earvin “Magic” Johnson Buys ‘Soul Train’ Rights

According to the NY Post, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and his business partners have bought the rights to the Soul Train franchise for “several million dollars,” and are planning an upcoming musical based on the life of Don Cornelius.

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The Soul Of Sesame Street

The Soul Of Sesame Street

Can you believe that Sesame Street turned 40 in 2009? I was lucky enough to see this revolutionary children’s educational series at the very beginning, when in my opinion it was the best show on TV. Ask any body else who was a kid under 5 at that time and they will tell you the same thing.

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The Soul Of Sesame Street – Roosevelt Franklin

The Soul Of Sesame Street – Roosevelt Franklin

“Hail to thee our alma mater
Roosevelt Franklin High!
Elementary School
Elementary School.”

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The Soul Of Sesame Street – Soul Alphabet

The Soul Of Sesame Street – Soul Alphabet

One thing that I loved about watching Sesame Street was that you would often see your favorite Black actors, musicians and athletes hanging out with the muppets. Everyone from Lena Horne to Ray Charles to Richard Pryor to Arthur Ashe made appearances on Sesame Street. I didn’t know at that time that I was being treated to performances by some of the biggest icons of entertainment and sports. I just knew that it was funky and really appreciated seeing cool Black people interacting with my favorite puppets.

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