A fan of “True Blood” since its inception, I’ve noticed a little extra flavor this season. We’re about at the halfway mark and it looks like we’ll be killing “Warlow” on Sunday judging from the previews — I was thinking it was gonna take all season, but I digress, back to the FUNK. Retta from the sitcom “Parks and Recreation” hosted the season premiere at club “Fangtasia” for starters.
The first time I went to an ice bar was in Alaska at an Ice Hotel! Now there’s one in New York called Minus-5 (degrees). Located at the Hilton hotel in midtown, it opened TODAY! Smart move in the midst of a heat wave. The establishment has three existing previous locations in the U.S., two in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mandalay Bay and Monte Carlo Hotel and Casinos and one in Minneapolis.
P!nk’s new single “True Love” parallels the theme of her new movie “Thanks for Sharing.” A story about recovering sex addicts, P!nk plays “Dede”, one of several participants in a twelve-step program for sex addiction. In the process,”Dede” may actually find ‘true love’ for the first time. The video for “True Love” has been getting a lot of attention, as it’s reflective of the entertainer’s actual life.
Alfred Hitchcock believed that “In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.” If Stephen King is the “Master of Horror” and Alfred Hitchcock is the “Master of Suspense”, Brian DePalma would be the “Master of Thriller” right… At least that’s how I see it. While all three can be “Scary”, there’s something about the way the words are spoken, the drama is built up or how it’s shot that gives a cinematic presentation various distinctions. “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it,” THAT’S SUSPENSE — Hitchcock said that too — I just found that quote after my preceding two sentences.
Hey – What up Depp Head Our man Johnny’s new movie starts today – YEA! Although it’s called “The Lone Ranger” it’s all about Tonto — why? Because it’s JOHNNY DEPP! Happy that his adventures as a pirate have been successful, I’m all for the new role. The trailer looks like we’re in for that old cheesy flavor accompanied with brand new technology — party favors and popcorn a must.
Here are the facts: Lauryn Hill was sued for not paying collaborators on her Grammy Award winning album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” and now she’s in jail for tax evasion. I’m not even versed with the details in either case, I don’t really need to be, those that sued her got paid and now she’s been locked up for not paying the government. Hill posted an open letter on June 28th, the day before she was incarcerated for her three month sentence. While she unquestionably speaks the truth in it, I don’t know how much of it has to do with HER not paying her taxes. It’s below from her Tumbler page:
When I first saw a poster for Stephen King’s new book “Joyland” in the subways of New York, I said, ‘Is that a new movie?,’ because of how bold the colors were and the way it’s advertised. One quickly realizes it’s a poster for his new book at second glance, but it immediately made me wonder — will it be a movie? A reader of his works and one who’s enjoyed most of the films adapted from his books, I had to investigate.
Dave Chapelle wraps a run of shows in Atlanta tomorrow night. The brilliant sketch comedian began his run of performances on Thursday at ATL’s Tabernacle concert hall, which sold out almost immediately, prompting LIVE Nation to add more shows. Chapelle’s closing show marks seven sold out sets, that included opening night; and early and late shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday… I smell a DVD. Eight shows evolving from one initial scheduled show, THAT’S FUNKY!!!
Who’s Hot in Hip-Hop? Where’s Real Hip-Hop At? Questions those seeking always hear and will pose from time to time. It’s ALIVE and doing just fine. While there’s only some that appeals to me, ALL of it never did. There’s “rappers” out there that want to dis MCs for combining singing with rap, when rap is what R&B is today. I enjoy both, those that give it to me straight and those that flow with a melody.
My writings are mostly fluff, what I consider controversial when I want to be. The works of Michael Hastings and Edward Snowden is serious stuff. My hats off to those that keep us, the American public, informed about what we have a right to know about. My condolences to the friends and family of Michael Hastings, as I can not imagine their torment during this time.
There’s not a lot I can say that the video doesn’t do already. I just wanted to post it here at Funkalicious so as many people as possible could encounter this new music, and enable visitors to The Museum of UnCut Funk the opportunity to experience the incredible band called Unlocking The Truth. I live in the same New York borough as they do, but it was a post on a friend’s Facebook page from Alaska that brought them to my attention.
One of the best Christmas presents I have ever received is a turntable. In fact, every turntable I’ve ever owned, was a Christmas present. The first one was from my mom. It was a Hi-Fi Stereo component, with adjusting speeds for 33 LPs; 78s; and 45s. The gift was accompanied by the first album I ever owned too — “Imagination” from Gladys Knight and the Pips! A very popular LP at the time, it featured the songs “Midnight Train to Georgia”, “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me” and “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination,” a song that to this day, still inspires me.
BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL! That used to be a popular phrase. One that still holds true for me, it doesn’t for a multitude of people… from the land where the black man — the first man — began. Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry are the directors of “Dark Girls.” Airing on OWN, it premiered last night, I don’t see any future air dates — but you can get all the details and see portions of the film on it’s official site: http://officialdarkgirlsmovie.com
LeA Robinson celebrated her 20th birthday last night with a live performance and the debut of her video for the smash single “Higher.” Dressed in a form fitting white jumpsuit, Robinson sang her songs “Don’t Mess with My Love,” “Flowers and Candy,” and “Higher”, at the event sponsored by RHM Management and Legacy House Entertainment (LHE). We had a chat with LeA about her new music — here’s what she shared about her forthcoming CD “808′s & Leggings.”
Wow! If Serena Williams isn’t winning a tennis tournament, she’s popping up on magazine covers or in an (almost) ad for a new video game. The FUNK of Serena can’t be stopped. The winner of The French Open for the second time, she graces the cover of Essence magazine for the July issue.
THIS IS AN “OPEN LETTER” TO MY FAVORITE HIP-HOP PRODUCER DR. DRE. WARNING: This Blog May Contain Language Not Suitable for Small Children and Is Only for Those Who Really Love the Music of Dr. Dre. It’s not for the meek or easily offended at the rant of a hip-hop advocate and enthusiast. That said, it’s simply metaphysically time for new music from Dre. If you agree with me, I need you to prove it, I need you to tweet, share, e-mail, and get on the phone so this message goes viral. If you’re not down with that, stop here, this blog’s not for you.
The Last Frontier is legalizing weed! The state is already among the 13 states in the union where marijuana is decriminalized. Marijuana is decriminalized, legal medicinally (see here: http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000881), or both — in 25 of America’s United States. Here’s a map with the break down from http://www.theweedblog.com
I found myself with a touch of insomnia last night, so I turned on the tube and began surfing until I felt sleepy. I land on “Tru-TV” and see flashing lights from police cars. “What’s this? Did TruTV pick up ‘Cops’”? I soon realize that’s not the case. It’s a show called “Bait Car.”
Spike Lee and Spike Jonze both have new films in theaters this fall. Two of today’s most innovative directors, they both have a distinctive style that sets them apart from men behind the camera of yesteryear. In addition to displaying aspects of the human condition, Jonze and Lee get to deliver it in ways Hollywood only, and never dreamed of. Before “Being John Malcovich” was released, there had never been a film quite like it. Once Lee made his way into the fray, more black people began working in the industry of film than ever before.
There’s a gross misinterpretation continually growing that texting is talking… IT’S NOT!!! What it is, is a method for millions of people not to talk, often because they don’t want a human exchange. It’s a means of expression that can’t be immediately challenged, disputed or debated. It’s a way of communication that many use because they think they’re slick, when in reality THOSE people are socially inept or illiterate. You ain’t foolin’ nobody.