Hungry people cannot be good at learning or producing anything, except perhaps violence…Pearl Bailey
The 1964 story line Pettigrew for President featured a Black candidate for the Presidency of the Untied States. Considering the times, this was a pretty risky story line for Treasure Chest, or for that matter, any other comic title in America. The serialized story began in the issue cover dated January 30, 1964, Volume 19, #11. Treasure Chest #19 is in the archives of the Museum Of UnCut Funk.
Superman vs. Muhammad Ali…The Museum Of UnCut Funk has 8 copies of this classic comic book in it’s archives.
From the moment the Golden Age of comics hit the shelves of drug stores and penny candy stops, the mythology and lore created by comic books has become a part of not only American, but global culture – so much so that the images and names of many characters are well-known in every corner of the world. Everyone knows the origin of Batman. Children know the name Superman. Teens across the world relate to the hardships of Spider-man, but what do people remember the most about such characters? If anything else, the character’s name is the beginning of what defines them, who they are, and what they stand for.
As we approach the holidays and gather with friends and family, we take a look at the history of food and how it has been grown, persevered and prepared by Black people from slavery to present.
Mary Hunter had an idea for an innovative marinating stick. She’s been following through on it ever since — winning a TV-show contest and gaining chefs’ approval.
Horror movies with predominantly Black casts represent a niche segment of the horror genre that has been under appreciated for decades. A number of these films continue to entertain new generations of movie aficionados. These films are national treasures and should be a part of any film collection. The Museum of UnCut Funk pays homage to Blaxpolitation Horror films of 1972 and 1973.
Solomon Northup was a citizen of New York who was kidnapped in Washington city in 1841 and rescued in 1853 from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana.
The Peanuts cartoon franchise started in the early 1950s and is one of the most famous and influential cartoon series of all time. Because Peanuts was featured primarily in comic strips in the Sunday newspaper and later in films and television specials, its target audience is family friendly, with both children and adults taking part. In 1968, which was also in the heat of the civil rights movement, a new character, Franklin, was introduced into the Sunday comic strip. Because he was Black, Franklin made history and quickly became one of the most famous Black cartoon characters of all time.
Like many other venues in 1960s America, the comics page was essentially racially segregated. The diversification of the comics required the mainstream acceptance of Charles Schulz’ Peanuts and the persistent idealism of one of its readers.
In the summer of 1968, Charles Schulz decided not to take the path of least resistance and introduce the world to Franklin, the first and only Black Peanuts character.
Franklin made his first Peanuts comic strip appearance on August 1, 1968 in a short run of four comic strips which lasted three days. Franklin did not reappear until October 15, 1968. Check out the lost comic strips of Franklin from Peanuts.
Franklin, the sole Black member of the Peanuts ensemble, is sitting all by himself on one side of the table.