Monthly Archives August 2013

Valerie Smith In Comic Books

Valerie Smith In Comic Books

The Museum Of UnCut Funk presents A Josie and The Pussycats Comic Book Retrospective featuring Valerie Smith.

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March On Washington Stamp

March On Washington Stamp

The Museum Of UnCut Funk is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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THICKE & FUNKY — “Got To Give It Up” TO “Give It 2 U”

THICKE & FUNKY — “Got To Give It Up” TO “Give It 2 U”

My impression was that Robin Thicke’s big hit “Blurred Lines” was meant to be an awesome tribute to Marvin Gaye’s 70s smash “Got To Give It Up.”  Sampling and re-creating classic hits has been such a mainstay for the music industry for the past 30 years now, that I thought most people had probably stopped taken notice of it.  Not Marvin Gaye III, who it appears will be taking legal action against Thicke, who initiated a lawsuit against the Gaye family.

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President Obama Commemorates The 50th Anniversary Of The March On Washington

President Obama Commemorates The 50th Anniversary Of The March On Washington

President Obama delivers remarks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

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MARTIN LUTHER KING’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF A DREAM!

MARTIN LUTHER KING’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF A DREAM!

Thousands marched on Washington this past weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.  The actual date that the speech was rendered, is today.  My niece Leighana was among the multitude, where Reverend Al Sharpton, the NAACP’s Ben Jealous, and King’s eldest son, Martin Luther King III, spoke.  Here’s a shot of my niece below, who continued a tradition her mother and I participated in when Stevie Wonder campaigned for King’s birthday, to be declared a national holiday.  Apart from a few words from King III, I’ll let the esteemed Dr. King do the rest.

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MICHAEL JACKSON: STILL FUNKY – RARE INTERVIEWS

MICHAEL JACKSON: STILL FUNKY – RARE INTERVIEWS

Michael Jackson would be 55 today (8/29) if he were still among us.  Michael’s mom Katherine Jackson and his two eldest children Prince (16) and Paris (15), are currently in the midst of a lawsuit against concert promoters AEG Live, charging them with “Wrongful Death.”  AEG’s position is, Jackson was already using drugs that took his life when they began their contractual agreement.  On August 14, Jackson’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe took the stand in the pending case.  Rowe was called as a defense witness for AEG, and testified as her former mother-in-law Katherine sat in the front row.

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Food And The Civil Rights Movement

Food And The Civil Rights Movement

The Museum Of UnCut Funk is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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What’s Going On Circa 1963

What’s Going On Circa 1963

The Museum Of UnCut Funk is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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The Fred Williamson Movie Poster Exhibition

Fred Williamson Movie Poster Exhibition

Fred Williamson Movie Poster Exhibition

Honoring The Hammer.

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BOOTSY’S FOR THE PEOPLE — The Bootsy Collins Interview

BOOTSY’S FOR THE PEOPLE — The Bootsy Collins Interview

Bootsy Collins is working on a song and has plans to shoot a video for the Food-Pantry “OUR DAILY BREAD.”  “They feed hungry people every single day,” says Collins, who’s contacted other musicians to aid him with the cause.  “Midnightstar & Eddie Levert (of the) Ojays are onboard to help me lay it all down for the people,” Bootsy remarked on his Facebook page.  The FUNK legend and friends expect to start shooting the video this Wednesday, August 21st — more  details to follow ala FB.

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GOOD MOVIE – LEE DANIELS DOES IT AGAIN!!!

GOOD MOVIE – LEE DANIELS DOES IT AGAIN!!!

Went to see “The Butler” last night, Loved It!  Part of me was just gonna “write something” on FB, but I had to write more, and GIVE IT UP to the filmmaking genius of Lee Daniels.  Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo and an impeccable ensemble cast, Lee has another future classic on his hands.

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Celebrities And The 1963 March On Washington

Celebrities And The 1963 March On Washington

The Museum Of UnCut Funk is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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The March On Washington Movement

The March On Washington Movement

The Museum Of UnCut Funk is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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Corey Pickett

Corey Pickett

The Museum Of UnCut Funk thanks Corey Pickett for agreeing to showcase his work in Aesthetic Grooves. Corey creates works of art that is consistent with our mission to pay homage to Black Icons from the 1970’s and beyond.

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Obama Awards Bayard Rustin The Presidential Medal of Freedom

Obama Awards Bayard Rustin The Presidential Medal of Freedom

The White House announced that Bayard Rustin, the trailblazing civil rights activist, will be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

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GEORGE DUKE WAS A MUTHERFUNKER

GEORGE DUKE WAS A MUTHERFUNKER

More or less “labeled” a Jazz artist, George Duke was a multi-faceted musician and composer.  He died on Monday at the age of 67 in his native state of California.  According to the New York Times…

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CELL STALKER

CELL STALKER

At one point amidst our daily usage of cell phones and modern technology, it seemed to me that some folks were just getting out of hand.  It inspired me to do this cheesy short film, I hope you like it.

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President Obama Honors Negro League Players At The White House

President Obama Honors Negro League Players At The White House

President Barack Obama honored former baseball players from the Negro League, a haven for Black players who for decades were prevented from competing with white players in professional baseball.

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40 FUNKY YEARS OF “LIVING FOR THE CITY”

40 FUNKY YEARS OF “LIVING FOR THE CITY”

Stevie Wonder’s “Innervisions” album is forty years old today!  What’s crazy is I was just listening to it no more than four weeks ago, thinking how relevant Stevie’s lyrics still are, but I put it on for the music.  It was “Living for the City” that I wanted to hear in particular, but “Innervisions” is one of those records you can put on and just press play, still today.  Back in the day when it was released, we had to put the needle on the record, as CD was something, on the way.

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Minorities in Cartoons: “The New Archies”

Minorities in Cartoons: “The New Archies”

Anthony Dean is the owner of Anthony’s Notes. He enjoys writing about media and technology related topics; comics and animation are also hobbies of his. The Museum Of UnCut Funk thanks Anthony for giving us permission to post his article in Aesthetic Grooves.

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