Author Archives: Waller Curtis

Taraji P. Henson Talks About Being Diana Ross

Taraji P. Henson Talks About Being Diana Ross

Taraji’s “trending”… Why? Apart from Ms. Henson’s “Empire” success, she’ll soon grace the cover of W magazine, and she’s giving the flavor of “The Boss.”  The Inquisiter, People, US Weekly, Extra, Yahoo and Facebook, are all talking about her look.

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HEY! FUNKIN’ ROAD HOGS – MOVE!!!

HEY! FUNKIN’ ROAD HOGS – MOVE!!!

The following, are 10 examples of the proverbial “Road Hog,” that can make for unpleasantness on any given day.

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The FUNKY Blatant Black Ignorance of Rachel Dolezal & Interviews

The FUNKY Blatant Black Ignorance of Rachel Dolezal & Interviews

This is a follow-up to my initial thoughts on the actions of Rachel Dolezal.  In lieu of her Fakin’ the FUNK, I simply want to display her false reality, accompanied by reactions to her delusion.

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NO MORE FUNKIN’ WAR

NO MORE FUNKIN’ WAR

As long as I’ve been alive there’s been war.  Taken from npr.org: “The U.S. is going to deploy more military trainers to Iraq. President Obama has approved sending 450 more Americans in the effort to take back Anbar province from the self-proclaimed Islamic State.  That’s the largely Sunni region which stretches west from Baghdad to the border with Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.  Iraqi government forces have done poorly against ISIS.”

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SHEEFY: NEW FUNKIN’ TALENT FROM DETROIT

SHEEFY: NEW FUNKIN’ TALENT FROM DETROIT

Every so often a new talent comes along with a means of expression that surpasses the average that currently exist.  Up and coming artist, Tashif “Sheefy” Turner, fits that description.  Straight outta Detroit, here’s a taste, that will forever reign as a mark of his beginnings…

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NAACP Prez Rachel Dolezal Believes She’s a Black Woman

NAACP Prez Rachel Dolezal Believes She’s a Black Woman

After years of oppression and discrimination that black people have endured, a white woman has benefited from these atrocities.  Born and raised as a white person, Rachel Dolezal who’s the President of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington, appears to genuinely believe she’s actually a black woman.

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20 YEARS for the ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL – BLACK MUSIC MONTH?

20 YEARS for the ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL – BLACK MUSIC MONTH?

This year marks the 20th year for the Essence Music Festival!!!  An INCREDIBLE FUNKIN’ event, it started out as a celebration, for Essence magazine’s 25th anniversary.  After the first year, it was clear, at the very least another was required.

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UBER’S FUNKY RECRUITING

UBER’S FUNKY RECRUITING

UBER has been consistently growing city to city and around the world since its inception in 2009.  Today I saw a sign as I was on my way to the supermarket, where they were offering “Free Gas,” for their drivers and as a means of recruiting new drivers.

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KEVIN HART’S FIFTH FUNKY TOUR!

KEVIN HART’S FIFTH FUNKY TOUR!

“What Now?” is Kevin Hart’s fifth major LIVE stand-up outing.  I had the fortune to attend the second set on his stop in Boston last night at TD Garden — he killed it.  I LOVE comedy shows!  Over the years I’ve seen Paul Mooney, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, each of them two or more times.

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THE UNIVERSAL HIP-HOP MUSEUM

THE UNIVERSAL HIP-HOP MUSEUM

The Museum of UnCut Funk (TMOUF) supports The Universal Hip-Hop Museum (UHHM), as it seeks to open the doors of an actual facility, in the Bronx this September.  Like TMOUF, UHHM, currently lives and operates online.

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The FUNK and Recovery of Tracy Morgan

The FUNK and Recovery of Tracy Morgan

On Saturday, June 7th of 2014, Tracy Morgan’s limo bus was pulverized by a Walmart tractor trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike, as it was in route to New York after a performance in Delaware.  Morgan’s friend and comedy writer, James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, was killed in the accident.  Morgan himself experienced brain trauma, a broken leg and broken ribs, from the tragic occurrence.

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THE BROTHERS DOZEN & A SISTA – 13 Successful Black Directors

THE BROTHERS DOZEN & A SISTA – 13 Successful Black Directors

Saw a story on Atlanta Blackstar’s website about black film directors.  A good overview of these mavericks, I wanted to share and archive it, here in the Funkalicious blog…

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BROTHERS LOUIS JOHNSON & BB KING – The Art of FUNK & BLUES

BROTHERS LOUIS JOHNSON & BB KING – The Art of FUNK & BLUES

Louis Johnson, of the Brother’s Johnson discovered by Quincy Jones, passed away on May 21st.  Truly one I was blessed to have met, and got to interview about his life and music, he was unquestionably one of the FUNKIEST to ever hold a bass guitar.

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M is for Malcolm – Born 90 Years Ago Today

M is for Malcolm – Born 90 Years Ago Today

Many of the lessons Malcolm X taught, were for the benefit of all Men then, as well as today.  A Man that was Marveled, and yet MisunderstoodMalcolm Little was the son of parents Earl and Louise Little.  He Married Betty Shabazz in 1958, and is the father to Qubilah, Ilyasah, Attallah, Malikah, Gamilah Lumumba, and Malaak.

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EVERGREEN FUNKY CLIPS

EVERGREEN FUNKY CLIPS

Liken to my PSA blogs, “Evergreen Funky Clips,” will be videos regarding aspects of society that are Funked Up.  Best case scenario, a new day will dawn, however considering we have to address these issues…  Unfortunately despite the realization, while some issues will ideally cease to exist, little to nothing will be done about most of these atrocities.

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“It Comes in Threes” – In Memory of Percy, K2 & Johnny

“It Comes in Threes” – In Memory of Percy, K2 & Johnny

“It Comes in Threes” is a phrase you’ll hear, usually by way, of unfortunate circumstances.  Nothing could have prepared me for the recent tragic events that I’ve experienced.  Two people that I had the fortune to work with, and one that I have been inspired by, passed on within three days of each other.

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Jimi Hendrix Lives, on Cotton – Museum of UnCut Funk T-Shirts

Jimi Hendrix Lives, on Cotton – Museum of UnCut Funk T-Shirts

This is the best collection of T-Shirts I’ve seen that honor the legend that is Jimi Hendrix.  A lover of his music for years, I wanted to bring this incredible website to the attention of those, that regularly and/ or periodically read this blog.

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The Amy Winehouse Documentary

The Amy Winehouse Documentary

Amy Winehouse was born on September 14, 1983, in Southgate, London, she departed on July 23, 2011, in the Borough of Camden, London.  In a short period of time, she made a mark in music, that will span beyond our lifetime.

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100 YEARS OF BILLIE HOLIDAY – In Tribute to Eleanora Fagan

100 YEARS OF BILLIE HOLIDAY – In Tribute to Eleanora Fagan

April 7th, 2015 would mark the 100th birthday, of the legendary Billie Holiday!  Born on April 7th, 1915 in Philadelphia, her innovative vocal style has influenced a multitude of singers around the world, over the past century.

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“Furious 7” – Vin Diesel and Sly Stallone are Franchise Kings

“Furious 7” – Vin Diesel and Sly Stallone are Franchise Kings

When I think of a movie that’s done multiple sequels, the first one that comes to mind is “Rocky.” After that, there’s “Star Wars,” and it’s now forthcoming follow-ups; the “Star Trek” franchise; Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” prequel flicks; “Mission Impossible” (MI5 out 7/31); “Godzilla” movies and “The Fast and the Furious.”

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