Monthly Archives August 2014

NEW FUNK FROM PRINCE

NEW FUNK FROM PRINCE

Prince is releasing not one, but 2 new albums this fall.  Expected for release on September 30th, “Art Official Age,” is a solo project and “Plectrumelectrum,” is the long anticipated project that features 3rdEyeGirl.  Friends and fans may already have seen the video for the previously released single, “Breakfast Can Wait,” which features Dave Chapelle on the cover art – if not, go here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHbyNrGXpAA

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All Negro Comics: Sugarfoot

All Negro Comics: Sugarfoot

Finally, we’ve been able to source digital copies of Sugarfoot from the ground breaking comic book All Negro Comics circa 1947 from the Digital Comic Museum.

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Vintage Black Heroes – Ace Harlem

Vintage Black Heroes – Ace Harlem

Ace Harlem was the first Black Detective to be featured in a comic book.

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Up From Harlem

Up From Harlem

Up From Harlem is a christian biographical drama in comic book form, based on the inspirational book by Rev. Tom Skinner about his Malcolm X-like transformation from street gang member to religious leader.

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Norman Rockwell’s America?

Norman Rockwell’s America?

The Museum Of UnCut Funk gathered a number of illustrated interpretations of the events from Ferguson, MO after the tragic death of Michael Brown on August 8, 2014.

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Call A Spade a FUNKIN’ Spade

Call A Spade a FUNKIN’ Spade

In the midst of turmoil, even when the worst of matters are smacking folks of all cultures in the face, a spade gon’ be a spade.  “Call a Spade a Spade”: To tell the truth about something, even if it is not polite or pleasant.  Pertaining to ethnicity, the phrase predates the use of the word “spade” as an ethnic slur against black people, which was not recorded until 1928.  This item encompasses a bit of both regarding recent public and personal occurrences.

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These Are Not The Games I Played

These Are Not The Games I Played

Remember the good old days of playing your favorite board game on family night? I have many positive memories. Unfortunately, some companies thought it would be entertaining to produce truly offensive board games that reflect racist stereotypes. These games perpetuate negative images of Black people in society. Sambo, Mammy, Ghetto, Projects, Welfare and Nigger are words used in association with these games.

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Abraham, Martin & John – Freddie, Richard & Robin

Abraham, Martin & John – Freddie, Richard & Robin

Liken to three men who believed in equality, peace and respect for human life, three men brought joy, comic relief and hope to millions of people.  Three men assassinated for being committed to their beliefs will forever have their place in history, for living up to a standard that they believed everybody deserved.

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#IfTheyGunnedMeDown – Unjust and Fatal Assaults by Police

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown – Unjust and Fatal Assaults by Police

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown is the latest phenomenon in social media.  In lieu of too many tragic unjustified killings by police, people – particularly ethnic ones – are posting photos of themselves side-by-side in two different respects.  One side is them in a respected capacity, while the other pictures them in what might be a questionable one.

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FUNKY “PARTNERS” ON FX!

FUNKY “PARTNERS” ON FX!

Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammar are co-stars and co-executive producers for their new show “Partners” on FX.  Co-concieved by the two of them, it premiered last Monday, August 4th.  A half-hour sitcom, they’ve already aired four episodes, showing two new scenarios back-to-back.  Playing the roles of lawyers, Martin is the straight man to Grammer’s delivery of one-liners.

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The UNIMAGINABLE FUNKIN’ MIND of Musa Tariq

The UNIMAGINABLE FUNKIN’ MIND of Musa Tariq

I’m always impressed when intellect and wealth meet humanity.  The initiatives and efforts of Bill and Melinda Gates in the realms of education, health, hunger and global economics are astounding.  Oprah Winfrey’s school in Africa for girls; how she’s put young men through college here in the United States; and her “Legends Ball” where she honored Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee, among others, before they left this earth will forever amaze me.

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Vietnam by Julian Bond

Vietnam by Julian Bond

Vietnam, is a comic that was written by Julian Bond and published in 1967, after he was expelled from the Georgia House of Representatives for opposing the war in Vietnam.

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Jennifer Hudson IS An Oscar WINNER! FUNKED UP Advertisement!

Jennifer Hudson IS An Oscar WINNER! FUNKED UP Advertisement!

So I’m surfing the web this morning before doing anything of substance while my brain is still waking up, click on something, don’t even remember what – oh, “a dad in Detroit doing good,” and I see this ad… (click on it for full view)

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T.I.’s Next MC? Remy’s Out! Where Shawna At? & 16 Funkalicious Fatales

T.I.’s Next MC? Remy’s Out! Where Shawna At? & 16 Funkalicious Fatales

In five days Oxygen’s new series “Sisterhood of Hip-Hop” hits the tube.  A new show from the mind of T.I., the tagline is “Chasing the Dream, Changing the Game.”  While chasing the dream is all too real, it remains to be seen if any of these “up and comers” will “change the game.”  The 5 cast members are: Brianna Perry, Nyemiah Supreme, Diamond, Bia and Siya.  The show will have special appearances of established talents, Pharrell, Rick Ross, Eve, Lil Jon, Irv Gotti, Tank and Travie McCoy.

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WHAT DA FUNK? Stacy’s Chips Uses James Brown’s Flavor

WHAT DA FUNK? Stacy’s Chips Uses James Brown’s Flavor

I can’t say they stole the soul, but they sure do emulate it in their latest spot for their “Simply Naked” pita chips.  Stacy’s chips are actually a favorite of mine among healthy snacks.  As far as I’m concerned, the commercial pays homage to the FUNK legend, but I wonder what he would think if he was alive to see the T.V. ad.

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Funk Ad(d)s Up 2 Do$$ars – Part VI: GAP Band vs. Commodores

Funk Ad(d)s Up 2 Do$$ars – Part VI: GAP Band vs. Commodores

Charlie Wilson is without a doubt one of the best return to music stories in R&B.  I won’t call it a comeback, cause he’s been here for years, with one of the FUNKIEST bands in the ‘80s – The GAP Band.  Lionel Richie was down with the Commodores before his solo success, and today they both have songs, backing major brands.

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Get On Up

Get On Up

The Museum Of UnCut Funk loves James Brown more than anyone can imagine!

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FOUR SEASONS OF FUNK – JAMES, RICK, GEORGE & BOOTSY

FOUR SEASONS OF FUNK – JAMES, RICK, GEORGE & BOOTSY

James Brown’s biopic “Get On Up” hits theaters today.  In the spirit of FUNK, I wanted to share an interview I did with him for those who might want to hear the actual voice, of “The Godfather of Soul.”  Then I figured, why not include three other masters, of the FUNK genre.  Having the honor to speak with these men were not only a highlight of my career in music, but in life, as they provided the soundtrack to it (click on photo above for full view).

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