Monthly Archives February 2014

NEW FUNKY FOOD FROM TACO BELL & DORITOS

NEW FUNKY FOOD FROM TACO BELL & DORITOS

Taco Bell is tired of Micky-D’s raking in all that breakfast dough.  So they’ve decided to add breakfast food to their menu!!!  While I’m sure there are several that are excited about a new fast food breakfast option, the stuff they’ll be selling, is not necessarily nutritious.  I’ll let the menu speak for itself…

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My Brother’s Keeper

My Brother’s Keeper

President Barack Obama continues to make things happen during his year of action with his My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.

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VANESSA WILLIAMS FUNKS UP BROADWAY, AGAIN!!!

VANESSA WILLIAMS FUNKS UP BROADWAY, AGAIN!!!

Vanessa Williams is headed to Broadway for the fifth time!  On April 1st, she’ll begin her run with the production “After Midnight.”  Williams made her Broadway debut starring in “Kiss of the Spider Woman” in 1994.  Having seen the Oscar award winning film, there was no way I was going to miss her in that production, she was phenomenal.

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“GET ON UP” – The James Brown Movie

“GET ON UP” – The James Brown Movie

Chadwick Boseman, the star of the movie “42” based on the life of Jackie Robinson, has taken on the role of James Brown for the biopic “Get On Up.”  The film chronicles Brown’s life from poverty to his rise to mega success, as he became one of the most influential musicians in history.  World renown as “The Godfather of Soul”, Brown is unequivocally “The Pioneer of FUNK.”

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BLACK HISTORY IN HOLLYWOOD

BLACK HISTORY IN HOLLYWOOD

Over the years, millions of people and the NAACP have taken offense to the lack of a black presence in Hollywood and films produced there.  Last night at the NAACP Awards, Directors Guild of America (DGA) President Paris Barclay and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) chief Cheryl Boone Isaacs, were inducted into the NAACP Hall of Fame at the organization’s 45th annual Image Awards ceremony.

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Celebrating Blackness 2014 Vol.5

Celebrating Blackness 2014 Vol.5

Celebrating Blackness is a on-going series that pays homage to those who fought against oppression. The Museum Of UnCut Funk Celebrates Blackness and pays homage to strong Black women who led the fight.

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Celebrating Blackness 2014 Vol. 6

Celebrating Blackness 2014 Vol. 6

Yeah We Built That!!!

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Funky Turns 40: Sista ToFunky’s Interview With Leo Sullivan

Funky Turns 40: Sista ToFunky’s Interview With Leo Sullivan

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Leo Sullivan, one of the pioneering Black animators who helped lead the revolution of positive Black animated characters during the 1970’s. I interviewed Leo for close to an hour, spoke to him after the interview for a little longer. He was gracious, humorous and introspective. His bio and interview are below. It was an honor to speak to this Animation Legend.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In Fast Company Design

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In Fast Company Design

Fat Albert, Schoolhouse Rock, The Harlem Globetrotters: with their retro animation styles, these 1970s cartoons seem dated now, but in their time, they were groundbreaking.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered By Hyperallergic

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered By Hyperallergic

Think of trailblazing black TV shows, and The Cosby Show immediately comes to mind. But before the Cliff Huxtable, there was Fat Albert, Bill Cosby’s beloved animated creation that became famous for his catchphrase, “Hey, hey, hey!”

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When We Were Colored Exhibition

Rain

Vintage Black Glamour.

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FOR THE LOVE OF LIL’ KIM — BEAUTY TO PREGNANCY

FOR THE LOVE OF LIL’ KIM — BEAUTY TO PREGNANCY

If you haven’t heard yet, Lil’ Kim is pregnant.  A fan more so of her presence in hip-hop than her music, I met Lil Kim when she was promoting her first album “Hard Core.”  At four feet and eleven inches and chocolate brown skin, her FUNKY reputation had preceded her.  The reserved young lady I met, was not the wild child I expected.

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THE FUNKIEST VALENTINE

THE FUNKIEST VALENTINE

I believe the best Valentine’s Day gift is not the giving of cards and chocolates, but expressions of communication and clear thoughts.  Like every year since we’ve been together, that was the exchange of gifts that my wife and I shared yesterday.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In Complex Art+Design

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In Complex Art+Design

The mission of the Museum Of UnCut Funk is to “preserve funky Black Cultural artifacts and history for future generations.”

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THE FUNKY R&B DUO: Toni Braxton & Babyface

THE FUNKY R&B DUO: Toni Braxton & Babyface

I never heard an R&B duet that I didn’t like.  Over the years there have been hundreds of performances, but the R&B duo as a musical entity, has been limited.  Jill Scott and Anthony Hamilton are the male and female who have done it right most recently with the song “So In Love,” from Scott’s CD “The Light of the Sun.”  This was a track that no true program director in the genre of Urban music could deny — they did the damn thing.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered On NY1

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered On NY1

Just in time for Black History Month, a new exhibition in Harlem looks at the rise of black characters on classic Saturday morning cartoons. NY1’s Roger Clark filed the following report.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In USA Today

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In USA Today

The Museum Of UnCut Funk and our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition National Museum Tour was recently covered in the Black History Month Supplement of USA Today.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In Ebony.com

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In Ebony.com

Pre-Boomerang/Cartoon Network, when there were only three major networks (CBS, NBC and ABC), part of the television ritual for kids during the 1970s was Saturday morning cartoons.

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A Few Words on the FUNKY Youths of Today

A Few Words on the FUNKY Youths of Today

In general, I tend to be inspired by those younger than myself.  Sometimes there are youths that inspire me from a backwards place.

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Celebrating Blackness 2014 Vol. 4

Celebrating Blackness 2014 Vol. 4

Hale Aspacio Woodruff was a Black artist known for his murals, paintings, and prints. One example of his work is the three-panel Amistad Mutiny murals…circa 1938.

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