Monthly Archives March 2013

LOVE FOR THE UNDERDOG: The FUNKY FILMS of Danny Boyle

LOVE FOR THE UNDERDOG: The FUNKY FILMS of Danny Boyle

All of Danny Boyle’s films depict its hero in groundbreaking fashion.  His new film “Trance” appears to be on the same path and I can’t wait to see it.  Starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel, a man’s life depends on him being able to remember the location of a painting.

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MORGAN FREEMAN IS 101!!!

MORGAN FREEMAN IS 101!!!

Born in 1937, actor Morgan Freeman has been featured in more films and appeared on more television shows, than the years he’s been alive.  His first acting job in film was as an extra in “The Pawnbroker” released in 1964.  The actor has taken on  101 acting gigs thus far.

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SEVEN FUNKY SCI-FI FLICKS

SEVEN FUNKY SCI-FI FLICKS

This Friday and over the next several months, seven FUNKY Sci-Fi flicks are set to hit the silver screen.  Starring the likes of Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Harrison Ford, Tilda Swinton, Idris Elba, Matt Damon, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, it looks like we’re in store for some great acting amidst the stars.

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Moms Mabley Has Something To Tell You

Moms Mabley Has Something To Tell You

Whoopi Goldberg has produced a documentary on Moms Mabley, titled I Got Something To Tell You, that will be premiering at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Goldberg has been working on this doc for at least three years.

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Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist by Nancy Goldstein

Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist by Nancy Goldstein

Women’s History month is a very special time at the Museum Of UnCut Funk. As we celebrate the accomplishments of women in every aspect of  American History, we are focusing on women in the arts. To help us make this year’s celebration more note worthy we are honored to have Nancy Goldstein, author of Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist, as a guest content contributor.

Thank you Nancy.

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The Drama Behind The Scenes Of The James Brown Movie

The Drama Behind The Scenes Of The James Brown Movie

According to Shadow and Act, Spike Lee spent years trying to get his Jackie Robinson project financed and produced (unsuccessfully), only to eventually watch Legendary Pictures and Brian Helgeland launch their own Jackie Robinson picture with Chadwick Boseman. (You can read our post on the movie “42” here).

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The Drama Behind The Scenes Of The Marvin Gaye Movie

The Drama Behind The Scenes Of The Marvin Gaye Movie

So when I first I heard that there was a Marvin Gaye biopic in the works, Jesse L. Martin was the name that was attached to the starring role. This was years ago. Then I heard that it was not going to happen because of issues getting music rights approvals from Barry Gordy. Then recently I heard that the film was back in production with Lenny Kravitz in the lead role. Then I heard that Marvin’s son had a problem with both the film and Lenny starring in it. Now it appears that this project has come full circle, with Jesse L. Martin back in the lead role.

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Prince Is In The House

Prince Is In The House

Seems like I have been seeing a lot of Prince lately. A few weeks ago he was on Jimmy Fallon with his new band 3rd Eye Girl performing his new song, Screwdriver, and delivering a blistering guitar smashing rendition of his classic, Bambi. He presented the Record Of The Year at the Grammys. There is supposed to be a new album and a tour. Now he is performing at SXSW…It’s definitely getting way too funky up in here!

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Free Angela And All Political Prisoners – UPDATE ON APRIL 5th PREMIERE

Free Angela And All Political Prisoners – UPDATE ON APRIL 5th PREMIERE

Here is an update to my previous post on the highly anticipated documentary Free Angela And All Political Prisoners (click here to read)….the film is being distributed by Codeblack Films, a division of Lionsgate, and will open on April 5, 2013 exclusively in select AMC theatres in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Oakland, Philadelphia and Atlanta.

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FROM KEVIN HART TO RICHARD PRYOR: The Reigning “Kings of Comedy”

FROM KEVIN HART TO RICHARD PRYOR: The Reigning “Kings of Comedy”

As exemplified in an episode of Kevin Hart’s new series the “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” Richard Pryor is the all time “King of Comedy.”  Hart has a poster sized photograph of Pryor on his living room wall in the BET show.

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STEVE McQUEEN IN AMSTERDAM: SLAVERY IN AMERICA

STEVE McQUEEN IN AMSTERDAM: SLAVERY IN AMERICA

Steve McQueen’s most recent work of art was a blue vision in Amsterdam’s largest public park, the Vondelpark.  For two weeks, from March 7–25, all 275 streetlamps that usually use a warm white light were replaced with a subdued blue toned light.  McQueen’s objective with “Blues Before Sunrise” was to stimulate the senses via an aspect of cinema.

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Jay-Z, Will and Jada Invest in Culture: FUNKIN’ Angela Davis/ The New Annie!

Jay-Z, Will and Jada Invest in Culture: FUNKIN’ Angela Davis/ The New Annie!

Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jay-Z are the producers for the films “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” and “Annie.”  This marks Jay-Z’s company’s first two efforts in film.  In addition to starring in movies like “Independence Day”, “Enemy of the State”, “Wild Wild West”, “Ali”, “I Am Legend” and the franchise projects “Men in Black”; “Bad Boys”; “Hancock” and “I-Robot”…

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SuperFly The Musical

SuperFly The Musical

According to Tommy Mottola of The Mottola Group (the producers) it looks like SuperFly The Musical is finally coming to broadway.

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FUNKY BROADWAY – “The Trip to Bountiful” w/ Cicely, Cuba and Vanessa!

FUNKY BROADWAY – “The Trip to Bountiful” w/ Cicely, Cuba and Vanessa!

Tom Hanks is making his Broadway debut this season in Nora Ephron’s final play “Lucky Guy.”  Bette Midler is even returning to the “Great White Way” for a one-woman-show in “I’ll Eat You Last,” where she’ll depict the life of Hollywood agent Sue Mengers.  Although shows with Tom and Bette are exciting, after a 30-year absence, acclaimed actress Cicely Tyson returns to the stage for “The Trip to Bountiful” – that’s entertainment!

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Back to School The Adventures of Alex and Joey by Bianca Gray

Back to School The Adventures of Alex and Joey by Bianca Gray

Sista ToFunky and Bianca Gray share a passion for being entrepreneurs. We have forged a friendship that exceeds our day jobs and we provide each other with a level of support that few can understand. The Museum Of UnCut Funk is delighted to support Bianca in her latest endeavor.

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FOREVER FUNKED UP RE(A)D MESSAGES OF FEAR, DEATH, SEX & DEFEAT

FOREVER FUNKED UP RE(A)D MESSAGES OF FEAR, DEATH, SEX & DEFEAT

OR The Power of Red & Black in Advertising.  The “Temptation” ad from my previous blog inspired this.  Since the beginning of advertising the “creative mind” has literally banked on fear and nothing has changed.  The all ever popular soap commercials of radio, that led to the soap commercials for soap operas on TV, are steeped in fear.  Yes of course we need and use soap for cleaning things we use daily and our personal hygiene, however it’s the way the message is shaped.

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TYLER’S FUNKIN’ TEMPTATION/ KASI’S BLACK NATIVITY

TYLER’S FUNKIN’ TEMPTATION/ KASI’S BLACK NATIVITY

Tyler’s back with a new drama called “Temptation.”  Starring Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Jurnee’s not a junior miss anymore.  Initially intrigued to watch the trailer by an ad with huge ruby red lips in the subway, I didn’t recognize Smollett when I first saw the trailer.

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The Charles Walker Band Brings the FUNK ala CHOCOLATE LOVE!

The Charles Walker Band Brings the FUNK ala CHOCOLATE LOVE!

Charles Walker delivers funky original melodies on the sax and keyboards, while Porsche Carmon accents his music with her brand of soul on lead vocals.  If Jill Scott and Pam Grier had a baby, it would be Porsche Carmon, that’s FUNK Sho’ Nuff.

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FUNKY FISH: Fish McBites? I Wouldn’t FUNK With That if I Were You!

FUNKY FISH: Fish McBites? I Wouldn’t FUNK With That if I Were You!

According to the Huffington Post: Oceana, an advocacy organization devoted to “protecting the world’s oceans,” and the latest to test fish samples, would have us believe that the fish mislabeling problem is dire, dire, dire…

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A Place At The Table

A Place At The Table

50 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans.

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