Author Archives: Waller Curtis

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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DC Comics VS. Marvel Comics – “Black Panther” & “Luke Cage”

DC Comics VS. Marvel Comics – “Black Panther” & “Luke Cage”

In the wee hours of the morning DC Comics blanketed any one who “Likes” Marvel Comics with their timeline for upcoming films.  I was having a bit of insomnia, and happened to catch it in my peripheral vision, while posting “Happy Birthday” to friends on Facebook.

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20 Sounds of Sirens, Soulful Spirits, Icons & FUNK – “Empire” is #1

20 Sounds of Sirens, Soulful Spirits, Icons & FUNK – “Empire” is #1

In the midst of societal ills and personal challenges I look to family and music for solace. Holy Moly! There are a few things that I am remiss about discovering at this juncture and some new releases and tunes forthcoming that I’m very excited to hear. Music serves as therapy for me, and is and will always be, the universal language that conjoins the hearts and minds of humanity.

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Kendrick Lamar is the FUNKIN’ Truth

Kendrick Lamar is the FUNKIN’ Truth

This is not a review, just an announcement, the new Kendrick Lamar is here.  Lamar gave hip-hop a long awaited FUNK injection with his debut release “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” in 2012.  His new CD “To Pimp a Butterfly” is a Funkalicious follow-up.

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The FUNKY Mind of Alex Garland

The FUNKY Mind of Alex Garland

Filmmaker Alex Garland will make his directorial debut with “Ex Machina”!  A Sci-Fi flick, he also wrote the screenplay for it, which follows his previous works “Sunshine,” “Never Let Me Go” and “Dredd.”

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Oh How We Love the FUNK of Shonda Rhimes

Oh How We Love the FUNK of Shonda Rhimes

On the day after Eric Holder announces the results of the Federal Investigation on Ferguson…  Shonda Rhimes incorporates the essence of current events on “Scandal,” presenting the horror of the Michael Brown case and addressing the issue of “illegal immigrants”, via “Olivia Pope” ala Kerry Washington.

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Stevie Wonder’s Grammy Honor – ‘Songs’ Back on the Road

Stevie Wonder’s Grammy Honor – ‘Songs’ Back on the Road

According to CBS’s website: 25-time Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder will be honored in a star-studded musical primetime special “Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute.” It airs on CBS next Monday, February 16th at 9pm/8pm central.

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NEW FUNK: The Sonic Sights of FKA Twigs

NEW FUNK: The Sonic Sights of FKA Twigs

‎Straight outta the U.K., FKA Twigs’ new album “LP1” dropped the latter part of last year.  Real name Tahliah Debrett Barnett, she’s an English singer-songwriter, producer and dancer originally from Gloucestershire, that’s already become a trend setter in fashion.

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insideplaya LOVES D’Angelo

insideplaya LOVES D’Angelo

Earlier this year, I posted portions of an article originally published ‎through the blog insideplaya, about D’Angelo.  A tough love piece, it rendered facts about the business of the music industry, the legacy of FUNK, and Michael “D’Angelo” Archer’s career.

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Another FUNKIN’ PSA – 14 Pages of FUNK

Another FUNKIN’ PSA – 14 Pages of FUNK

This is in celebration of 14 pages of the Funkalicious blog.  In lieu of current events, I simply want to document profound photos of yesteryear and yesterday… another PSA

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THE FUNKY FILMS OF P.T. ANDERSON

THE FUNKY FILMS OF P.T. ANDERSON

Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film “Inherent Vice” hits theaters on January 9th.  The seventh feature from P.T., it stars Joaquin Phoenix, who starred in his last movie “The Master.”  Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Owen Wilson and Eric Roberts are also cast in the picture, set in the 70’s, about an adventure of an L.A. detective.

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THE FUNKALICIOUS 25 FOR 2014

THE FUNKALICIOUS 25 FOR 2014

There was a lot of FUNKY Music this year!  Not limited to the genre of FUNK, several icons and legends in music released new albums, as well as some of music’s newer FUNKY artists.  Here’s the FUNKALICIOUS list for 2014…

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